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A Temperature Check From Sen. Sanders

“Despite such terminology as ‘fiscal cliff’ and ‘debt ceiling,’ ” writes Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., “the great debate taking place in Washington now has relatively little to do with financial issues. It is all about ideology.”

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Hagel in Your Face

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Debt Ceiling Pogo Stick

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Watch Out for the Right Hook

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Hagel Pick

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Jon Stewart Tears Into GOP Over Sandy Aid Fail in ‘Daily Show’ Return

After a three-week break, “The Daily Show” returned Monday night with the well-rested host raring to go after House Republicans for their messed up response to the Hurricane Sandy aid package. And go after them, he did.

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Hagel’s Headache

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113th Congress

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Chuck Hagel

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Paul Krugman’s ‘Trillion Dollar Coin’ Solution, Rand Paul’s Son Arrested, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including President Obama’s picks to round out his national security team, Hillary Clinton’s first day back at work since suffering a concussion and Donald Trump running his mouth again.

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Hagel

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Mr. Fish's Cartoon

A Long, Hard, Forgiving Look at Chuck Hagel

Chuck Hagel has apologized for the anti-gay comments he made in 1998 but liberals continue to disapprove of him for secretary of defense; with so much emphasis on the infamous fiscal cliff, someone should pay attention to the looming “climate cliff”; meanwhile, India’s Supreme Court will rule on a case that may mean the end of affordable generic drugs all over the world. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Threat to Economy

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Wingnut Packy Prints

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Hate Hate Hagel

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Fools on the Hill

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Debt Ceiling Threat

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Christie’s Negotiation Method

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Violence Against Women Act

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Holding the Reins

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Christie’s Cannonball

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Be a Cock

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Political Spectrum

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Congress Rights a Wrong, Ann Coulter’s Epic Rant, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including President Obama’s reported pick for secretary of defense and why Joe Biden could be America’s next reality TV star (or not).

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Hit the Brakes

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Tax Evasion Lesson No. 1: Become a Russian Citizen

French actor Gerard Depardieu has resorted to becoming Russian in order to avoid paying taxes in France, with a little help from Vladimir Putin of course; Jane Harman is being considered for CIA director, despite her past involvement in an Israeli intelligence influence operation; meanwhile, the Obama administration has been compiling a database that helps it determine how to treat a suspected terrorist. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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The Truth Behind the Fiscal Cliff’s Reality TV Show

During the halcyon 1990s, we labeled annual congressional temper tantrums for what they were: standard, if boring, budget impasses.

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Boehner in Charge

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Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey (CC-BY)

The 113th Congress Can’t Be Worse Than the 112th Congress

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The fiscal cliff is delayed, the 113th Congress is sworn in, the NDAA is signed, the Violence Against Women Act is killed and the LA Times is reborn.

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Negotiating With ‘Madmen’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The fiscal cliff is delayed, the 113th Congress is sworn in, the NDAA is signed, the Violence Against Women Act is killed and the L.A. Times is reborn.

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Our Clown-Around Congress

To say that Congress looked like a clown show this week is an insult to self-respecting clowns.

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Controversial 2013 NDAA Now Law, Biden’s Awkward Swearing-In Jokes, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the start of the 113th Congress, the GOP continues its war against women and two more states weigh legalizing gay marriage.

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Half and Half

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Sandy Aid Delayed

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Fiscal Deal Passes as House GOP Clown Car Crashes, Again

The House of Representatives has increasingly been dominated over the past two decades by a coterie of tantrum-prone extremists who lack the probity and steadiness required for democratic self-government.

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Christie and Trump Rip Republicans, Major Drama Within the GOP, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including an update on Hillary Clinton’s health and a House Republican who says you shouldn’t send any more donations to his fellow GOP congressmen.

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The Next War: The Battle Over the Debt Ceiling

The last time the debt ceiling had to be raised, in 2011, Republicans demanded major cuts in programs for the poor as well as Medicare and Social Security. They got some concessions from the White House but didn’t get what they wanted—which led us to the fiscal cliff. So we’ve come full circle.

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Not My Fault

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Republicans Angry About Tax Hike, Krugman on the Fiscal Deal, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the House vote on the fiscal cliff deal Tuesday night and President Obama marks the 150th anniversary of one of the most famous presidential proclamations. (UPDATED)

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Republican Bipartisanship

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Congress Rejects Own Pay Raise

By casting their ballots in favor of a deal that would avert the so-called fiscal cliff early Tuesday morning, senators overwhelmingly blocked a pay increase for themselves and members of the House that President Obama recently approved via an executive order.

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Partisan Cliff

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Fiscal Cliff Blame Game, a Hillary Clinton Health Update, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a marriage milestone in Maryland and Politics Today’s pick for the 2012 video of the year.

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Rape, Pedophilia and Guns

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GOP New Year

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Fiscal Cliff Talks Going Down to the Wire

Forget the Times Square ball drop in New York City. The most dramatic moment of New Year’s Eve 2012 will most likely happen on Capitol Hill.

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TexasGOPVote.com

Do-Nothing Congress to Get Pay Raise

Looking for a job where being unproductive and ineffective won’t hurt your chances of getting a raise? Try being a member of Congress!

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How Bad Is Our Debt Problem and Will a Deal Fix It?

President Obama met with congressional leaders Friday in another attempt to avert the fiscal cliff—the automatic tax increases and spending cuts set to take effect Jan. 1 unless Congress can strike a deal. The cuts and tax hikes are so large and so sudden that many economists fear they would plunge the country back into recession.

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Golden Parachute

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Republican Infighting

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