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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



AP / Morry Gash

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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AP / LM Otero

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.

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Wisconsin GOP Flag

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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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AP / Ted S. Warren

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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AP / Alex Brandon

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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Wikimedia Commons / Prolineserver

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



AP / Andy Manis

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



Flickr / House GOP Leader (CC-BY)

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.

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Flickr / qmnonic (CC-BY)

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



Wikimedia Commons / U.S. House of Representatives

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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Reid & Co. Open Fire on GOP

The 111th Congress produced some real eleventh-hour gains for the Obama administration, and by extension the president’s party, but some Democrats, such as Sen. Harry Reid and outgoing Sen. Arlen Specter, aren’t ready to get over some of the biggest partisan clashes of the last two years.

Posted on Dec 29, 2010 READ MORE


A Reality Check for the GOP

It’s been not quite two months’ time since Republicans won a sweeping midterm victory, and already they seem divided, embattled and—not to mince words—freaked out. For good reason, I might add.

Posted on Dec 28, 2010 READ MORE


Obama’s Strong Finish

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AP / Cliff Owen

GOP Gets Ready to Rumble in 2011

Yes, Democrats scored some big legislative victories in Congress over the last two years and, as President Obama noted earlier in the week, the Dems were able to overcome “gridlock” (in no small part because they commanded the majority of the House and Senate) ...

Posted on Dec 23, 2010 READ MORE


Sept. 11 Heroes Disdained on the Right

To understand the depths of shame and cynicism in the partisan stalling of health legislation for 9/11 first responders, it is only necessary to recall how eagerly Republican politicians once rushed to identify themselves with New York City’s finest and bravest.

Posted on Dec 23, 2010 READ MORE


Obama Scores a Victory, Along With Some Vindication

President Obama must be tempted to respond to his progressive critics with a quote from the old-school rapper Kool Moe Dee: “How ya like me now?”

Posted on Dec 21, 2010 READ MORE



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Obama: Tax-Cut Deal Helps the Middle Class

In Internet-ese, one possible response to a couple of President Obama’s more intriguing justifications on Friday for the passing of the contentious tax-cut bill might be O RLY? This is because the president declared later that same day ...

Posted on Dec 17, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Tim Keegan (CC-BY-SA)

Everything Is Negotiable, Except Nature

The president is fond of compromises, but the terms of the climate change conundrum aren’t set by contending ideologies. In the case of global warming, chemistry rules, which means there are lines, hard and fast.

Posted on Dec 16, 2010 READ MORE


Labels Aren’t the Problem

The “No Labels” group that held its inaugural meeting this week in the name of the political center fills me with passionate ambivalence.

Posted on Dec 15, 2010 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / Scrumshus

Senate Vote Boosts Obama’s Tax-Cut Bid

That pronounced blast of disapproval from the left-leaning ranks in the House of Representatives last week may not be enough to blow President Barack Obama’s tax-cut proposal down, as the Senate gave it a strong vote of confidence Monday.

Posted on Dec 13, 2010 READ MORE


Obama’s Tax-Cut Plan for Dummies

From the “White House White Board” to Glenn Beck’s blackboard, it seems like everyone’s trying to spell out fundamental political concepts using methods usually reserved for elementary school teachers. Does this say something about their opinions of American voters?

Posted on Dec 13, 2010 READ MORE


In Latest Compromise, Obama Agrees He Is a Muslim

In his latest effort to find common ground with Republicans in Congress, President Barack Obama said today that he was willing to agree that he is a Muslim.

Posted on Dec 13, 2010 READ MORE


Hold Your Nose and Vote ‘Aye’

Approve the lousy deal. It pains me to write those words, because the agreement President Obama negotiated with Republicans on tax cuts is really quite awful.

Posted on Dec 9, 2010 READ MORE



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Angry House Dems Reject Bush-Obama Tax Cuts

Democrats in the House passed a resolution Thursday telling the president not to bother bringing his compromise extension of tax cuts for the wealthy to their chamber. Nancy Pelosi said Democrats would continue to work with the White House and, if history is our guide, the White House will continue to work with Republicans to get the bill passed.

Posted on Dec 9, 2010 READ MORE


Cutting Medicare and Social Security

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Posted on Dec 6, 2010 READ MORE



WikiLeak This Ear

Today on the list: The GOP vs. Sarah Palin, what Google charges for government surveillance, and WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange’s political philosophy explained.

Posted on Dec 2, 2010 READ MORE


Bending

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Where Is Obama Going?

Is President Obama’s strategy of offering pre-emptive concessions destined to make enemies of his potential friends in the electorate without winning over any of his adversaries?

Posted on Dec 2, 2010 READ MORE


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