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The Origins of Tea Party Radicalism

The ferocity of the tea party movement’s opposition to President Obama is mystifying to political progressives. Most of the left simply doesn’t see the current occupant of the White House as especially liberal, let alone “socialist.”

Posted on Feb 10, 2010 READ MORE


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Some Healthy Summit Skepticism

I’ve been trying, because I’d truly like to see health reform pass, to find something nice to say about President Obama’s plans for a summit. Here’s the best I could come up with: It can’t hurt.

Posted on Feb 10, 2010 READ MORE



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Congress Has a Snow Day

Thanks to the lousy weather pummeling the nation’s capital, Congress is taking some time off. The House canceled all business pending bluer skies, while the Senate convened for a whole five minutes Monday. As of this posting, there is a 100 percent chance of snow in the forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday.

Posted on Feb 8, 2010 READ MORE


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Rep. John Murtha Dies at 77

After serving almost exactly 36 years in the United States Congress, Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania has died. He had been in intensive care following gall bladder surgery. He was the first Vietnam War veteran elected to Congress. (continued)

Posted on Feb 8, 2010 READ MORE


Finish Health Care or Go Home

Some Senate Democratic moderates are petrified that Republicans will make terrible trouble if health care is passed through the “reconciliation process.” If Democrats are that intimidated by Republicans, they should just give up their majority.

Posted on Feb 7, 2010 READ MORE


How to Fix Health Care After Massachusetts

We can still have health care reform in America. We need to take a short-term and a longer-term view.

Posted on Feb 4, 2010 READ MORE



Booze Pirates Fleece Puerto Rico With the Help of Congress

A transfer of billions of dollars in federal aid from public projects in Puerto Rico to one of the world’s largest liquor conglomerates over the next 30 years continues to move forward without any objection from Congress.

Posted on Feb 3, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Charles Krupa

Another Lone Wolf Joins the Pack

When I heard Scott Brown, the newly elected senator from Massachusetts, describe himself as a “Scott Brown Republican,” I groaned. It sounded as if he’s coming to Washington to be part of the problem, not part of the solution.

Posted on Feb 1, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Elaine Thompson

The Creed of Objectivity Killed the News

Don’t blame the Internet. The bloodless and soulless journalism of the traditional media left newspapers on the wrong side of the growing class divide and their readers.

Posted on Feb 1, 2010 READ MORE


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Posted on Jan 31, 2010 ENLARGE


The Man Who Fell to Earth

Chastened is not an adjective normally associated with Barack Obama, but that was the underlying theme of his State of the Union address.

Posted on Jan 28, 2010 READ MORE


Hope in the Deep Freeze

There are many reasons why Barack Obama’s spending freeze, which appears to be nothing more than pandering to the angry right, will not work as policy or politics.

Posted on Jan 28, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s First State of the Union—Full Remarks

It was his third address to a joint session of Congress in less than a year, and it had all the usual gestures toward bipartisanship, but Barack Obama’s big speech was not without sizzle. The president shamed Republicans for obstructing, Democrats for giving up and the Supreme Court for auctioning off our democracy.

Posted on Jan 27, 2010 READ MORE


In Defense of the Filibuster

This won’t comfort Democrats mourning the loss of their filibuster-proof majority, but the existence of the filibuster is, on balance, a good thing.

Posted on Jan 27, 2010 READ MORE



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Health Care Reform? What Health Care Reform?

Democratic congressional leaders are hitting the pause button while they figure out how to press ahead—if at all—with comprehensive health care reform. The most conservative Democratic senators have made it clear they oppose budget reconciliation, but then the whole point of reconciliation is to avoid the votes of conservative Democratic senators. (continued)

Posted on Jan 26, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Fighting Words, Winning Actions

It’s not enough to use variations of the word “fight” more than 20 times in the course of relatively brief remarks, as the president did Friday in Ohio. At some point, he needs to—metaphorically, of course—actually slug somebody.

Posted on Jan 25, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama to Propose Spending Freeze

As part of his State of the Union address Wednesday, the president is expected to call for a three-year freeze on non-military, non-entitlement discretionary spending that amounts to a small fraction of the budget. It’s a stunt, for the most part, aimed at soothing budget-conscious independents. (continued)

Posted on Jan 25, 2010 READ MORE


The Urgency of a Teddy Roosevelt Moment

The only proper response to the distortion of our political system by ideologically driven justices is a popular revolt of a sort deeply rooted in the American political tradition.

Posted on Jan 24, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Will Obama Fight for Health Care Reform?

If President Obama has decided to give up on health care reform, he should just come out and say so. Then we could all get on with our lives—those of us with health insurance, that is.

Posted on Jan 21, 2010 READ MORE



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Democratic Corporatism Brings Reagan Back From the Grave

In a state where Democrats outnumber the GOP by a 3-to-1 margin, little-known Republican Scott Brown defeated his rival by demonizing the government and taxes.

Posted on Jan 21, 2010 READ MORE


No Obama Obituaries, Please

If scored strictly by his legislative attainments, Obama is a highly effective president. In fact, the scrupulously nonpartisan Congressional Quarterly rated him the most effective president of the past five decades, as measured by congressional votes on which he took a position.

Posted on Jan 20, 2010 READ MORE


The Contradictions of Obamaism

It turns out there were core contradictions in the promises Barack Obama made to the country in 2008. They caught up with his party on Tuesday in Massachusetts.

Posted on Jan 20, 2010 READ MORE


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White House / Pete Souza

Hard Lessons of a Rookie Year

There are important lessons from the past year that Barack Obama and his team had better learn if he is to achieve his goal of being a “transformational” president.

Posted on Jan 19, 2010 READ MORE


Chairman Mike Turns the Tables

Republican Party grandees were all set to use Michael Steele in the most cynical way. Now it’s becoming clear that Steele has been using the users all along.

Posted on Jan 14, 2010 READ MORE


Sweat Time for Hill Democrats

It’s not time for presidential panic, but lawmakers up for re-election could be in a different boat if Obama’s ratings stay in this slump.

Posted on Jan 14, 2010 READ MORE



Larry’s List: Mrs. Robinson Edition

While the real-life Mrs. Robinson, an ultraconservative, “sanctity of marriage” homophobe from Northern Ireland, was shtupping a teenager, our feet were all getting bigger. Confused? Head on past the jump for clarification—and maybe even a little enlightenment.

Posted on Jan 12, 2010 READ MORE


Health Care Reform: Easier Than It Looks

There is broad agreement on the kinds of concessions the Senate can make to the House and still preserve the 60 votes needed for passage of a unified health care reform bill.

Posted on Jan 10, 2010 READ MORE


Why 2010 Doesn’t Have to Be 1994

Democrats can avoid a midterm rout if they get progressives excited without turning off independent voters. Here’s how.

Posted on Jan 3, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

It’s Not Too Late to Mend the Ailing Health Care Bill

The flawed health care bill could still be improved if the president would stand up to the insurance companies that have, so far, been the most powerful force shaping reform.

Posted on Dec 29, 2009 READ MORE


In Defense of Harry Reid

Punditry in the nation’s capital has its own rhythms, and one common practice involves almost everyone beating up on the same politician at the same time.

Posted on Dec 28, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Mary Altaffer

One Day We’ll All Be Terrorists

The gravest threat we face is not from Islamic extremists, but the codification of draconian procedures that deny Americans basic civil liberties and due process.

Posted on Dec 28, 2009 READ MORE


The Politics of Politics as Usual

It’s certainly not pretty, but looking out for the interests of their states is a big part of what lawmakers are elected to do.

Posted on Dec 24, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Charles Dharapak

Demonizing Dean Won’t Absolve This Health Care Sham

Howard Dean was roundly condemned for casting aspersions on what even many of its more ardent supporters admit is an obviously flawed bill.

Posted on Dec 23, 2009 READ MORE


Decades From Hell: One Down, One to Go

This was, nationally and globally, a lousy decade. I hate to put a damper on your holiday season, but the next one has every prospect of being worse.

Posted on Dec 23, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Winning Ugly

When all is said and done the health care reform legislation that President Obama now seems likely to sign into law, while an unlovely mess, will be remembered as a landmark accomplishment.

Posted on Dec 22, 2009 READ MORE



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Nader’s Utopia: The World According to Ralph

Ralph Nader describes his new book as a “practical utopia.” His quixotic answer to Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged,” it is a window into the world the consumer advocate and independent presidential candidate wishes he could create.

Posted on Dec 21, 2009 READ MORE


Progressives: Don’t Scream, Organize (update)

For progressives, the question on the health care battle going forward is not whether they have a right to be angry but whether they can direct their fury toward constructive ends. This column has been updated by the author.

Posted on Dec 20, 2009 READ MORE


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Democrats Need More Pelosi, Less Reid

The fact is some can play this game and some can’t. Nancy Pelosi delivers time and again. Harry Reid hasn’t. The president and his chief of staff could use some coaching, too.

Posted on Dec 17, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

The Democrats Blinked

By bowing to Sen. Lieberman and his obstructive pals in both parties on health care reform, Obama has confirmed what Republicans always say about Democrats: They simply aren’t strong enough to govern.

Posted on Dec 16, 2009 READ MORE


George W. Bush
White House Archives / Eric Draper

The Democrats’ Bush Nostalgia

Here’s what Democrats need to ponder: Can they prosper in the absence of George W. Bush?

Posted on Dec 16, 2009 READ MORE


In Need of a Watchdog on Health Spending

There was a nice, albeit fleeting, moment in the spring when hospitals, doctors, drug companies and insurers came together at the White House, pledging to do their part to get health care costs under control.

Posted on Dec 16, 2009 READ MORE


Political Moral Hazard

Without consequences—or worse, with rewards—for wrongdoing, there is an incentive to do wrong. One need look no further than Wall Street and Washington, D.C.

Posted on Dec 10, 2009 READ MORE


Matt Taibbi

Matt Taibbi: Obama’s Wall Street 180 Started on Election Day

Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi walks through Barack Obama’s banking sellout, beginning with the president’s transition team. According to Taibbi, Obama’s transformation from populist to Wall Street’s best friend started on day one.

Posted on Dec 9, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN



White House / Pete Souza

Financial Oversight: We’re Still Waiting, Mr. President

We have a “regulation czar,” but no new regulations. It seems we can expect little from those with a track record of enabling bad policies.

Posted on Dec 8, 2009 READ MORE


Senate Debate to Focus on Abortion

The health care reform bill that made it through the House of Representatives last month didn’t exactly win rave reviews from the pro-choice camp, and now it’s the Senate’s turn to have it out over whether government-subsidized health care should ever include coverage for abortions and, if so, under what circumstances that should be allowed.

Posted on Dec 7, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

The Health Care Race to Christmas

President Obama’s speech on Afghanistan and his subsequent jobs summit underscored why it’s essential to get a health care bill done quickly.

Posted on Dec 6, 2009 READ MORE



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Put Your Money Where Your Jobs Aren’t

The president is so desperate for ways to fight unemployment he issued a call Thursday for “fresh perspectives and new ideas.” Well, Nancy Pelosi has some. The House speaker wants to spend some of that hot, hot TARP money on job creation. (continued)

Posted on Dec 3, 2009 READ MORE


Obama’s Goldilocks Strategy

Obama’s surge in Afghanistan is a political loser, but in the short term he’ll get what he wants.

Posted on Dec 2, 2009 READ MORE


The Crushing Legacy of Bush and Cheney

Now it’s “Obama’s war,” but we should not ignore the events that led us to this moment and the inexplicable decisions of the Bush administration.

Posted on Dec 2, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Kiichiro Sato

Addicted to Nonsense

Will Tiger Woods finally talk to the police? Who will replace Oprah? We stand on the cusp of one of the most seismic events in human history and our obsessions revolve around the trivial and the absurd.

Posted on Nov 30, 2009 READ MORE


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