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Why Is the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers Helping the Republicans?

The White House is trying to scare average people about the consequences of the “fiscal cliff.”

Posted on Nov 26, 2012 READ MORE


Santa Obama and the GOP

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Posted on Nov 25, 2012 READ MORE



Office of the Speaker/Bryant Avondoglio

Change? Learn? Compromise? Grow? Not These Republicans

Hearing so much chatter about “change” in the Republican Party, the innocent voter might believe that the Republicans had learned important lessons from their stinging electoral defeat.

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 READ MORE


Thankstaking

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Fiscal Cliff

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Thanksgiving Day Balloons

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Rand Paul Talks Marijuana Legalization, O’Reilly-Stewart Feud Heats Up, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including how federal authorities could soon have warrantless access to your private emails, and the latest ridiculous venture from the conservative who brought us “Unskewed Polls.”

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 READ MORE


GOP Slogan

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Best Looking Losers

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Humpty Dumpty

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Allen West Recount Results, Ron Paul Talks Secession, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the latest governor to put a foot down on Obamacare and Chris Christie appears on “Saturday Night Live.”

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 READ MORE


Why We Should Stop Obsessing About The Federal Budget Deficit

The best way to generate jobs and growth is for the government to spend more, not less. And for taxes to stay low – or become even lower – for the middle class.

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Obama and the End of Decline

If Obama is looking for a single, unifying objective, it should be to make sure that by the time he leaves office, the vast majority of Americans will have abandoned their declinist fears.

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 READ MORE



MCAD Library (CC-BY)

Most Independents Elected to Statehouses Since 1942

The 25 alternative candidates elected to state legislatures in the 2012 election might not seem like a huge groundswell, but it represents the highest level of independent representation in statehouses since 1942.

Posted on Nov 18, 2012 READ MORE



Nothing Great About the ‘Grand Bargain’

The president and Congress reaching a “grand bargain” would mean significant cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid; some Republican senators believe Obama is using a Cold War-era mind-control technique on American citizens; meanwhile, millions showed up to the largest coordinated strike Europe has ever seen. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 18, 2012 READ MORE


Cold Hard Facts

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Bye-Bye Birdie

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Hanging On to Rice

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Christie on Romney’s ‘Gifts’ Comment, Biden on ‘Parks & Recreation,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including an update on the “fiscal cliff” meetings between President Obama and congressional leaders, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker doing something rational for a change.

Posted on Nov 16, 2012 READ MORE


47 Percent Part Two

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Post-Election Depression

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AP/Sandy Huffaker

The Land of Milk and Honey Once More

The big news from the last election is that California, home to 12 percent of Americans and the world’s eighth-largest economy, is a model of rational political thought.

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Mitt Romney’s Sneering Farewell to the ‘47 Percent’

Trying to explain away his decisive, sweeping and very expensive rout to his disappointed supporters—those one-percent Republicans—Mitt Romney offered a new version of the discredited “47 percent” argument that was so ruinous in its original form.

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 READ MORE


It’s a Brave New (Political) World

Any way you slice and dice the data, they point toward inevitable political change over the next couple of decades.

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 READ MORE


The GOP’s Listening Problem

I know it’s early, but I have a sinking feeling the Republican Party is taking all the wrong lessons from last week’s election.

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Thanks for Nothing

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‘Pro-Life’ Lawmaker Supported Ex-Wife’s Abortions, New Karl Rove Election Theories, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the latest conspiracy theory involving President Obama and a BP oil settlement.

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Stewart Rips Fox News for ‘Blaming’ Obama Win on Single Women

According to Fox News, married women have more responsibility and are more concerned about the future of this country than single women, who care only about abortion and free birth control. Cue “The Daily Show” host!

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 READ MORE


Cliff or Treat

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The Growing Global Movement Against Austerity

Amaia Engana didn’t wait to be evicted from her home. On Nov. 9, in the town of Barakaldo, a suburb of Bilbao in Spain’s Basque Country, officials from the local judiciary were on their way to serve her eviction papers. Amaia stood on a chair and threw herself out of her fifth-floor apartment window, dying instantly on impact on the sidewalk below.

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 READ MORE



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The Inconvenient Truths of 2012

Human nature and politics being what they are, Republicans will underestimate the trouble they’re in, and Democrats will be eager to overestimate the strength of their post-2012 position.

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 READ MORE



Pete Souza/The White House

Avoiding the ‘Fiscal Cliff’: ‘Broadening the Tax Base’ vs. Raising Taxes on the Rich

The president says he wants $1.6 trillion in tax hikes. Republicans say they won’t raise tax rates but might be willing to close some loopholes and limit some deductions and tax credits. Is compromise in the air?

Posted on Nov 14, 2012 READ MORE



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How Gerrymandering Stacked the House With Republicans

In the 2012 elections, it appears that Democrats won the popular vote for House seats by a narrow margin, 49 percent to 48.2 percent, according to The Washington Post. So how did Republicans expand their margin to win the “second-biggest House majority in 60 years and their third-biggest since the Great Depression”?

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What Piñata?

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Chicken Psychiatrist

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Self-Reflection

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Dick Morris Admits to Being Partisan Hack, Bobby Jindal Calls GOP ‘Stupid Party,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Paul Ryan’s election loss blame, Nancy Pelosi’s future in the House and a Republican lawmaker’s unusual pay request.

Posted on Nov 13, 2012 READ MORE


Conservative Kristol: ‘It Won’t Kill the Country if We Raise Taxes’

The Weekly Standard editor is breaking with the Republican Party on the issue of taxes, telling “Fox News Sunday” that the GOP shouldn’t “fall on its sword” defending against a tax increase for millionaires.

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 READ MORE



Allen West Loses, Grover Norquist on Obama’s ‘Poopy Head’ Strategy, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a possible surprise pick to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of state and a conversation David Petraeus’ mistress had about him during a January appearance on “The Daily Show.” 

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 READ MORE


GOP Blame Finding

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Butting Heads Over the Fiscal Cliff

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Not Me

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Alexis Gravel (CC-BY-ND)

Once Again—Death of the Liberal Class

The presidential election exposed the liberal class as a corpse. It fights for nothing. It stands for nothing.

Posted on Nov 11, 2012 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Obama Shouldn’t Back Down

It is said after every election that the victors should put politics aside and work for the good of the country. If President Obama believed this pious nonsense, he would put his second term in jeopardy.

Posted on Nov 11, 2012 READ MORE


GOP Hispanic Outreach

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Trickle Down Economics

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GOP Constituency

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The Next Game of Economic Chicken: Taxing the Rich

The game of chicken isn’t about how much or when we cut the budget deficit. Or even whether the upcoming “fiscal cliff” poses a danger to the economy.

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

The Top 10 Hits of Election 2012

This playlist sums up the winners and losers from the biggest political bash in the last four years.

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 READ MORE



Bob Jagendorf (CC-BY)

Christie Calls Obama After Election, Sends Romney an Email

Republicans will probably say this is yet another instance of the New Jersey governor cozying up to the president and dissing the White House loser.

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 READ MORE


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