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Cliffhanger: Why Republicans Don’t Care What the Nation Thinks

Are House Republicans—now summoned back to Washington by Speaker John Boehner—about to succumb to public pressure and save the nation from the fiscal cliff?

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GOP Pollster Rips the NRA, a ‘Meet the Press’ Police Investigation, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a new warning on the debt ceiling from Timothy Geithner and why it’s probably not the most wonderful time of the year for President Obama and Congress.

Posted on Dec 26, 2012 READ MORE



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The Way for Obama to Beat GOP Fanatics in Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

President Obama is cutting his Christmas holiday short, returning to Washington for a last attempt at avoiding the fiscal cliff. But he’s running headlong into the Republican strategy of fanaticism.

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Pirates Beware: The U.K. Is Handing Over Your Loot

The government of the United Kingdom plans to allow copyrighted material to be copied for personal use; Julian Assange gives kudos to Bradley Manning from the balcony of the Ecuadorean Embassy in London; meanwhile, South Africa’s ruling party has called for an official boycott of Israel. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 24, 2012 READ MORE



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How Dark Money Helped Republicans Hold the House

In the November election, a million more Americans voted for Democrats seeking election to the U.S. House of Representatives than Republicans. But that popular vote advantage did not result in control of the chamber.

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Where Are We Heading—Bedford Falls or Pottersville?

Every year about now I watch “It’s a Wonderful Life” again to remind myself what Frank Capra understood about America—its essential decency and common sense.

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What Americans Should Learn From the ‘Republican Apocalypse’

What may finally consume the House Republicans is their boundless contempt for the American public—a contempt bluntly demonstrated in their refusal to consider any reasonable compromise with President Obama to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff” Dec. 31.

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Doomsday Planning

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Cliffhanger: Obama’s Unnecessary and Unwise Concessions

Why is the president back to making premature and unnecessary concessions to Republicans?

Posted on Dec 20, 2012 READ MORE



Where Are the Tears for Pakistani Children?

President Obama should be crying over kids killed by drones in Pakistan, not just those slain on American soil; apparently some believe that the Sandy Hook massacre was God’s reckoning for our support of abortion and gay marriage; meanwhile, the open Internet comes to an end as the United Nations give governments power to cut off parts of it. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 READ MORE



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Don’t Be Afraid of NRA Bullies

Politicians are still terrified of the NRA, even though analysis shows that the organization’s power is greatly exaggerated.

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Guns, of Course, but What About Mental Illness?

Although gun policy is certainly important to talk about in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook tragedy, mental illnesses may be more crucial to discuss; President Obama fed the loyal Susan Rice to the sharks for the same reasons he’s both feared and admired; meanwhile, education is becoming a commodity rather than a right thanks to the neoliberal agenda. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 READ MORE


Unreason on Health Care

The human capacity to put passion and intense feeling over cool rationality does not surprise us when it comes to love, sex, family, friendship, certain kinds of religious commitment and even devotion to sports teams.

Posted on Dec 16, 2012 READ MORE



Feinstein to Introduce Gun Legislation, Boehner Proposes Tax Hike, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including an update on Hillary Clinton’s health scare, why a pizza chain founder is suing the Obama administration and what Stephen Colbert is doing with the rest of his super PAC money.

Posted on Dec 16, 2012 READ MORE


Ghost of the Cliff

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Why Is Washington Obsessing About the Deficit and Not Jobs and Wages?

It was the centerpiece of the president’s re-election campaign. Every time Republicans complained about trillion-dollar deficits, he and other Democrats would talk jobs. That’s what Americans care about—jobs with good wages. So why, exactly, is Washington back to obsessing about budget deficits?

Posted on Dec 16, 2012 READ MORE



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How Republicans Would Benefit From John Kerry Secretary of State Nomination

Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., is reportedly now President Obama’s top choice to succeed Hillary Clinton as secretary of state after Susan Rice withdrew her name from consideration for the top diplomat position late last week.

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Budget Armageddon Is Nearing

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GOP and Unions

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Red States Surrender Health Care Oversight to Federal Government

By failing to submit their Obamacare plans before the deadline, several Republican-dominated states handed control of their health insurance programs to the federal government by default.

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The Strategy

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Susan Rice Withdraws From Secretary of State Consideration

“Today, I made the decision that it was the best thing for our country, for the American people that I not continue to be considered by the president for nomination of secretary of state,” Rice said in an interview with NBC News’ Brian Williams.

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Not So Wise Men

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Charlie Crist Re-Gifted

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Cliff on the Shelf

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Right to Work

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Republicans Trying to Change

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The Internet Turf War

At the World Conference on International Telecommunications in Dubai, governments are trying to get their hands and handcuffs on the Internet; some scientists have posited that homosexuals inherit the trait from their opposite-sex parent; meanwhile, Italy’s disgraced Silvio Berlusconi prepares to run again. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 READ MORE



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The Botox Solution

Do any of the GOP’s proposals exhibit a willingness to make the kind of changes it will need to attract members of the growing groups that it has spent years antagonizing, such as Hispanics, Asian Americans, unmarried women, secular whites, and others? You’ve heard the expression “putting lipstick on a pig,” haven’t you?

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 READ MORE


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The Billionaires’ Long Game

I keep hearing that the billionaires and big corporations that poured all that money into the 2012 election learned their lesson. They lost their shirts and won’t do it again. Don’t believe that for an instant.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 READ MORE


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Going Up

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Cliff Notes

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The Peril of a Sentient GOP

The biggest problem the Republican Party faces is not uninspiring candidates or unsound tactics. It is unpopular ideas.

Posted on Dec 10, 2012 READ MORE


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Pot Is Officially Legal in Colorado, Allen West Is a Sore Loser, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including President Obama’s take on the Michigan “right to work” battle and the Republican National Committee’s attempt to figure out what went wrong in the 2012 election.

Posted on Dec 10, 2012 READ MORE


The Other Fiscal Cliff

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Dunk Him

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Political Struggle

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Manufactured Crisis

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Krugman: ‘America Is Not Facing a Fiscal Crisis’

No, says the Nobel Prize-winning economist, who must be hoarse from repeating the same thing for the last four years: The United States is facing a jobs crisis, one that costs the savings, homes and dreams of millions of Americans and about $900 billion a year in lost productivity.

Posted on Dec 7, 2012 READ MORE


List of Demands

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