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Kissing GOP Frogs

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Posted on Apr 24, 2011 READ MORE


The Money Pit

When it comes to matters of money and politics, there is a big gulf between Democrats and Republicans—in theory.

Posted on Apr 21, 2011 READ MORE


Cracking the 2012 Code

Handicapping an election 19 months away seems relevant only to political junkies except for this: Expectations, as shrewd investors know, affect actions.

Posted on Apr 21, 2011 READ MORE



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2012 GOP Candidate Pool Officially Unexciting

An ever-authoritative New York Times/CBS News poll has discovered, shockingly, that Republican voters are not very tuned in to, or excited about, the potential lineup of contenders for the 2012 White House grand prize—and those they are aware of tend to be of the TV-friendly persuasion.

Posted on Apr 21, 2011 READ MORE



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Republicans Make War on the Environment

The U.S. is caught up in three wars, a budget crisis and high unemployment. So what are Republican politicians working on? Cutting long-standing environmental regulations and shifting the burden of oversight from the federal to the state level.

Posted on Apr 16, 2011 READ MORE


Lines in the Sand

It was refreshing to hear all those unambiguous declarations from President Obama on Wednesday. If ever there were a time when lines desperately needed to be drawn, it’s now.

Posted on Apr 14, 2011 READ MORE


The End of Shutdowns

One image perfectly captured the absurd, irrational and wholly unnecessary confrontation over whether to shut down the federal government on the basis of differences over a small part of the budget.

Posted on Apr 11, 2011 READ MORE


Trumped by Political Failure

That anyone could seriously imagine Donald Trump as president of the United States—the actual president—must reflect something deeper and more significant than the weakness of the Republican field.

Posted on Apr 7, 2011 READ MORE



Chinese Cows Produce ‘Human’ Milk

Cows produce milk with the properties of human breast milk, telenovelas turn serious, a new HIV vaccine is set to go into trials and Arizona passes a new race-based law ... this time about abortion. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Apr 5, 2011 READ MORE


The End of Progressive Government?

Put the two parts of Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget together—tax cuts for the rich, program cuts for the poor—and its radically redistributionist purposes become clear. Timid Democrats would never dare embark on class warfare on this scale the other way around.

Posted on Apr 3, 2011 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Libya, Budget Battle, GOP Lineup

President Obama’s speech about Libya was perhaps striking for what he said as much as for what he didn’t say. Did he say enough to sway public opinion? Also in this week’s edition of “Left, Right & Center,” regulars Robert Scheer, Tony Blankley ...

Posted on Apr 1, 2011 READ MORE


The Surprising New Class Politics

The battle for the Midwest is transforming American politics. Issues of class inequality and union influence, long dormant, have come back to life.

Posted on Mar 27, 2011 READ MORE



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Next GOP Target: Planned Parenthood

Congressional Republicans have yet another “liberal” target on their short list, looking to take down Planned Parenthood with tactics similar to those they’ve used to go after NPR—i.e., hit ’em in the wallet. Problem is, their strategy gets a bit confused when it comes to the reproductive ...

Posted on Mar 22, 2011 READ MORE



Republicans Heart Wall Street

The GOP begins to roll back Wall Street reform, college graduates are snubbing law school, and Washington’s pro-nuke consensus. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 20, 2011 READ MORE


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Posted on Mar 19, 2011 READ MORE



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Is Glenn Beck Not Long for Fox News?

While we are generally loath to give Fox News’ chalkboard jockey Glenn Beck our attention, the rumor that he could be taking his act off Fox News and on to other right-wing media outlets of undetermined nature—and as early as the politically conspicuous ...

Posted on Mar 17, 2011 READ MORE



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House GOP Gangs Up on NPR

Because this is the most pressing matter to capture their collective attention, House Republicans moved swiftly to bring the issue of government funding for National Public Radio (or lack thereof, if they’d have it their way) to a vote Thursday. Updated

Posted on Mar 17, 2011 READ MORE


The High Cost of a Broken Metaphor

“We’re broke.” You can practically break a search engine if you start looking around the Internet for those words. Just one problem: We’re not broke.

Posted on Mar 13, 2011 READ MORE


What Wisconsin Can Teach Washington

Consider the contrast between two groups of Democrats, in Wisconsin and in the nation’s capital, and the reaction of voters.

Posted on Mar 10, 2011 READ MORE



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GOP Senators Find a Workaround, Win Wis. Bill Battle

On Wednesday, the standoff between Republican and Democratic members of the Wisconsin state Senate came to an abrupt end, due to some GOP ingenuity that made the absence of 14 senators moot for the purpose of passing Gov. Scott Walkers’ infamous union-busting bill.

Posted on Mar 9, 2011 READ MORE


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GOP Hopefuls Start Their Engines

It’s looking like campaign 2012 may include a few familiar faces in the Republican lineup of presidential hopefuls, as potential challengers to an Obama re-election bid such as Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum begin to pull their acts—and teams—together.

Posted on Mar 8, 2011 READ MORE



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More 2012 Noises From Palin

While you’re adjusting to the notion of a possible Newt Gingrich campaign 2012 blitz, it might be time to start preparing for some Palin-for-president action as well. She hasn’t yet said she’ll make a break for the White House, but judging by this ...

Posted on Mar 7, 2011 READ MORE


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The GOP’s Ingenious Madman Strategy

Richard Nixon espoused what he called “the madman theory.” It’s a negotiating approach that induces the other side to believe you are capable of dangerously irrational actions and leads it to back down to avoid the wreckage your rage might let loose.

Posted on Mar 6, 2011 READ MORE


Wisconsin GOP Flag

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Posted on Mar 5, 2011 READ MORE



Anonymous Returns

Hacker group Anonymous takes down a Koch-backed website, two GOP groups plan to spend $120 million on the 2012 campaign, and sex in a Northwestern University classroom. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 4, 2011 READ MORE



Fouling the Clean Air Act

In a largely hidden component of its attack on the federal budget, the House of Representatives has approved a key Republican campaign promise to big business: protecting it from what the new majority calls the handcuffs of environmental safeguards.

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Starring Lineup

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Posted on Mar 2, 2011 READ MORE



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Boeing Boondoggle: Pork Can Fly

“The gift that keeps on giving” should have been the headline on the Pentagon’s decision to award the Boeing Co. a $35 billion defense contract. Defense of the nation, of course, had nothing to do with it.

Posted on Mar 2, 2011 READ MORE


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Shutdown Looking Unlikely on Capitol Hill

The good news: It doesn’t seem as though disputes between congressional Republicans and their Democratic colleagues on Capitol Hill and in the White House over spending cuts will bring the government to a standstill. The bad news ...

Posted on Feb 28, 2011 READ MORE


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Krugman: Kids Will Pay the Price for Spending Cuts

According to New York Times econo-whiz Paul Krugman, all this emphasis on austerity will not be good for posterity. In his latest column, Krugman slams the GOP for claiming to be all about the kids while stacking the deck against them with “draconian” budget cuts.

Posted on Feb 28, 2011 READ MORE



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The Madison-Washington Connection

The demonstrators in Madison, Wis., are fighting to preserve American hopes for opportunity and security that conservative Republicans are trying to destroy. 

Posted on Feb 22, 2011 READ MORE


Can Obama Be Luke Skywalker?

Welcome to the war over E2I2. The great budget battle of Bill Clinton’s presidency was waged around a slightly different set of initials, also inspired by the “Star Wars” character R2D2.

Posted on Feb 14, 2011 READ MORE



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GOP Plotting to Block Funds for Health Care Law

It may not happen right away, but for his part, Rep. Eric Cantor, otherwise known as House majority leader, has put it out there that his GOP House squad is planning to introduce language into upcoming legislation that will prevent the dreaded Obamacare law from being funded.

Posted on Feb 8, 2011 READ MORE


Reagan’s Democrats

As we mark the centennial of Ronald Reagan’s birth, one of our major political parties has become imbued with the Gipper’s political philosophy and governing style. I mean the Democrats, of course.

Posted on Feb 8, 2011 READ MORE


Michele Bachmann Proposes ‘Don’t Add, Don’t Spell’

In addition, Bachmann suggested slashing the federal budget by eliminating nine of the first 10 amendments to the Constitution. “I think you know which one I’d keep,” she chuckled.

Posted on Jan 30, 2011 READ MORE


Barack Obama: Paradoxical Whig

Be ready for the paradoxical phase of Barack Obama’s presidency. Many things will not be exactly as they appear.

Posted on Jan 26, 2011 READ MORE


Meat-Cleaver Budgeting

Republicans who feign attacks of the vapors and fainting spells over the big, scary deficit would be more convincing if they didn’t begin with the insane premise that defense spending should be sacrosanct.

Posted on Jan 24, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Charles Dharapak

Without Obama, We Lose So Much More Than an Election

The selfish negativity expressed by Republicans in the House health care debate last week showed why we should fight hard for President Barack Obama’s re-election in 2012.

Posted on Jan 24, 2011 READ MORE


In New Era of Civility, GOP Says Obama Born ‘Near America’

In a memo, House Speaker John Boehner explained, “From now on, we will say that he was born nearish America, and perhaps even as close as Cuba.”

Posted on Jan 23, 2011 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Obama’s All Business

The first order of business for the 112th Congress was its vote to repeal the health care law—is that good policy? Also, President Obama courts the business community and welcomes his Chinese counterpart—and the “Left, Right & Center” ...

Posted on Jan 21, 2011 READ MORE


It’s Repeal That’s Ailing

This whole health care thing isn’t quite working out the way Republicans planned. My guess is that they’ll soon try to change the subject—but I’m afraid they’re already in too deep.

Posted on Jan 21, 2011 READ MORE



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House Huffs, Puffs, Blows Health Care Down

House Republicans, joined by three Democrats, finally got around to passing their repeal of President Obama’s health care law. Were the measure to pass the Democrat-controlled Senate and be signed by President Obama, it would be a development as miraculous and inexplicable as John Boehner’s tan.

Posted on Jan 19, 2011 READ MORE


Turning the Tables on Health Care

Rule One of politics: When you have the advantage, don’t allow your opponents to turn the tables. House Republicans violated this rule, a mistake that will haunt them for years.

Posted on Jan 9, 2011 READ MORE


The GOP Is Holding the Economy Hostage, and It’s Time to Call Its Bluff

In their ideological zeal, the new Republicans on Capitol Hill seem eager to gamble everything—even the chance of a worldwide depression—on a showdown over the national debt ceiling.

Posted on Jan 6, 2011 READ MORE



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Obama Signs Big, Pricey Food Bill

The legislation that President Obama signed Tuesday represents the biggest revamp of the country’s food regulation system in decades—that is, if it gets past those congressional Republicans spoiling for a fight as they pledge to crack down on government spending this year.

Posted on Jan 4, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

GOP Gears Up to Take Down Health Care Reform

Emboldened by their big wins in last fall’s midterm elections, Republican members of Congress are sharpening their battle axes with the aim of hacking away at the health care reform legislation that President Obama and the Democrats took such great pains to pass ...

Posted on Jan 4, 2011 READ MORE


Health Care Melodrama

If the incoming Republican leadership in the House of Representatives is serious about trying to repeal health care reform, there’s only one appropriate Democratic response: “Make my day.”

Posted on Jan 3, 2011 READ MORE



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So Much for Bipartisanship

The GOP is mobilizing to make some big changes over the next two years, including but not limited to the following: taking down health care reform, cutting the budget and attempting to oust President Obama from the White House in 2012.

Posted on Jan 3, 2011 READ MORE


Celebrating the New GOP Majority

Welcome to the Republicans who take over the House of Representatives this week. Since it is a new year, let us be optimistic about what this development means for our nation.

Posted on Jan 3, 2011 READ MORE


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