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AP / Carolyn Kaster

Debt Madness Was Always About Killing Social Security

Republican hypocrites are out to settle ideological scores that have nothing to do with the debt they themselves ran up.

Posted on Jul 27, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Charlie Neibergall

Don’t Believe Everything You Read About Michele Bachmann—or Anyone Else

In today’s tight media economy, reporters tend to be young, overworked, underpaid, inexperienced journalists grateful for their jobs and afraid of being fired. Their bosses, no doubt, are just as fearful. These journalists are easy marks for campaign hacks with a story to sell.

Posted on Jul 25, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

After the Debt Ceiling Fiasco

Most Americans care more about jobs and the economy than debt, which is why Mitt Romney is campaigning on those issues while President Obama is caught up in the tea party’s priorities.

Posted on Jul 25, 2011 READ MORE


Bernie Sanders, a Violin and the Disappearing Middle Class

In December, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., made a noble attempt to filibuster against the extension of the Bush tax cuts. Predictably, his effort failed, and President Obama and members of the 111th Congress assumed responsibility for $858 billion in public money lost over the following two years.

Posted on Jul 23, 2011 READ MORE


The Limits of Compromise

There are basically two ways to reduce the debt as a percentage of GDP: Cut government spending or make the economy grow. The problem is that doing more of one means doing less of the other.

Posted on Jul 21, 2011 READ MORE



Cliff (CC-BY)

Senate Democrats Angry Over Obama ‘Sellout’

Senate Democrats have noticed that the president is dealing directly with House Republicans to reach a debt ceiling deal, one that may include trillions in cuts to Social Security and Medicare without any tax increases, and they’re not happy.

Posted on Jul 21, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Paul Beaty

Republican Goofery Isn’t Limited to the Tea Party

There is a deep-rooted wrongheadedness about the Republicans as they drag the country toward fiscal disaster. Those afflicted with this harmful thinking range from tea party extremists like Michele Bachmann to pundits such as Peggy Noonan.

Posted on Jul 21, 2011 READ MORE



futureatlas.com (CC-BY)

Blowing Up the House

We are witnessing the disintegration of tea party Republicanism.

Posted on Jul 20, 2011 READ MORE


‘Dysfunctional’ Too Polite to Describe Tea Party Congress

Even the most extreme Republican partisans in the Senate seem to realize that their House colleagues, seized by some combination of ideology, madness and pig ignorance, are propelling the country and the world toward economic chaos.

Posted on Jul 20, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Sorry Elizabeth, Wall Street Said No

Obama’s gutless decision to abandon Elizabeth Warren comes after the president populated his administration with the very people who created the financial meltdown.

Posted on Jul 19, 2011 READ MORE


GOP Candidate Cain Gets Away With Bigotry

Open religious prejudice is usually enough to disqualify a candidate for national office—but not, apparently, when the religion in question is Islam.

Posted on Jul 18, 2011 READ MORE


Why Did Congress Waste Six Months?

The House Republican strategy to link a normally routine increase in the nation’s debt limit with a crusade to slash spending has already had a high cost, threatening the nation’s credit rating and making the United States look dysfunctional and incompetent to the rest of the world.

Posted on Jul 17, 2011 READ MORE


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Posted on Jul 15, 2011 READ MORE


Obama Losing Patience as Republicans Panic

At long last, President Obama seems to have run out of patience with the truculent Republicans who have rejected all of his overtures for a budget deal—just as Moody’s and other economic authorities again warned of the potentially catastrophic consequences of a debt default.

Posted on Jul 15, 2011 READ MORE



David Salafia (CC-BY-ND)

I Missed My Chance to Pee on Rupert Murdoch

I first met Rupert Murdoch at the urinal in the men’s room. It was 1976 in an office building somewhere in Manhattan.

Posted on Jul 13, 2011 READ MORE


Obama Can’t Celebrate Yet

The wounded are especially dangerous fighters. President Obama now occupies the high ground in the debt ceiling debate, having called the Republicans’ bluff on the debt. He showed that deficit reduction is not now, and never has been, the GOP’s priority. He dare not get overconfident.

Posted on Jul 13, 2011 READ MORE



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Secession Proposal Would Create a Republican California

By the Los Angeles Times’ count, there have been more than 220 attempts to divide California, and all have failed. A new proposal by a Temecula politician would split off the conservative counties south and east of Los Angeles to form a Republican-dominated South California that would be home to 13 million people (minus those who flee after secession). (more)

Posted on Jul 12, 2011 READ MORE


Robin Hood in Reverse

The internal American debate may be said to center around how much to rob the poor, and how much to enrich the rich.

Posted on Jul 12, 2011 READ MORE



Pablo Manriquez (CC-BY-ND)

Forget Congress, Alan Grayson Should Pull a Palin

Every progressive’s favorite loudmouth is running to reclaim his seat in the House of Representatives, where he wants to fight Democratic “appeasement” of Republicans. Alan Grayson told Talking Points Memo, “It’s exactly like I said, the Republican health care plan: Don’t get sick. ... The Republican unemployment plan ... (more)

Posted on Jul 12, 2011 READ MORE


Debt Ceiling Dessert

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Posted on Jul 11, 2011 READ MORE


Something to Squawk About

The truth is that Democrats have made clear they are open to a compromise deal on budget cuts and revenue increases. Republicans have made clear they are not.

Posted on Jul 11, 2011 READ MORE


Obama’s Raw Deal?

Suddenly Republican leaders in Congress, after months of staring down the Democrats over a potentially disastrous debt default, began blinking so fast that they might have been signaling in Morse code.

Posted on Jul 10, 2011 READ MORE


Making a Progressive Case

Do progressives care about reducing the national debt? Of course they do, no matter what the White House might believe.

Posted on Jul 10, 2011 READ MORE


Washington Dysfunction: A Scorecard

Here’s why getting to a deal on the debt ceiling is so complicated.

Posted on Jul 6, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Calling the GOP’s Bluff

Obama’s in-your-face attitude seems to have thrown Republicans off their stride. They thought all they had to do was convince everyone that they were crazy enough to force an unthinkable default on the nation’s financial obligations. Now they have to wonder whether Obama is crazy enough to let them.

Posted on Jul 5, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / uskidz

Minnesota Shuts Down

Six months of negotiations ended in booing and hissing Thursday night when Minnesota’s Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton announced that his state’s government would shut down as a result of a failure to reach a compromise with Republican legislators on how to deal with the state’s $5 billion budget deficit. (more)

Posted on Jul 1, 2011 READ MORE


Debt Ceiling Negotiations

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Posted on Jul 1, 2011 READ MORE



Freedom to Marry (CC-BY)

California Passes $86 Billion Budget Without New Taxes

Californians made it easier for their lawmakers to pass a budget, but you might not be able to tell from all the drama. Perhaps you heard that Gov. Jerry Brown (above) vetoed a budget passed by his own party, Republicans managed to block voters from approving new taxes and the state controller stopped paying legislators. (more)

Posted on Jun 28, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Lauren Victoria Burke

John Dean Knows How to Get Rid of Clarence Thomas

For good reason, there has been serious hand-wringing over what to do about the ethical lapses of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. There is clear precedent for how to deal with the justice. Thomas could be forced off the bench.

Posted on Jun 28, 2011 READ MORE



woodleywonderworks (CC-BY)

The Economy Is Bad Enough

With the nation struggling to recover from a devastating recession, unemployment stuck at crisis levels, financial markets spooked by the possibility of European defaults and consumers disinclined to consume, it makes no earthly sense to suck money out of the economy.

Posted on Jun 27, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Louis Lanzano

Gay Marriage: From Stonewall to Albany

New York’s action last week signifies more than just one more state added to the list of those permitting same-sex marriage.

Posted on Jun 27, 2011 READ MORE


Obama and the Agony of Prudence

Among Dana Carvey’s most brilliant sketches on “Saturday Night Live” were his dead-perfect impersonations of President George H.W. Bush, which made a permanent contribution to America’s political language. “Not gonna do it!” Carvey-as-Bush would say. “Wouldn’t be prudent!”

Posted on Jun 26, 2011 READ MORE


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Posted on Jun 26, 2011 READ MORE


The Ruinous Rant of John McCain

The decline of the Grand Old Party into an angry mob is gaining momentum, with crackpot rage displacing common sense on every major issue from public finance to marriage rights.

Posted on Jun 26, 2011 READ MORE


Scared of a Little Compromise

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Posted on Jun 25, 2011 READ MORE



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Christie and N.J. Lawmakers Show No Mercy for Public Workers

Republicans and a handful of “Christie Democrats” joined forces in New Jersey’s legislature on Thursday to punch through a bill that will require public workers to pay way more for their health insurance and pensions, curb unions’ collective bargaining rights and rob them of other crucial benefits. (more)

Posted on Jun 24, 2011 READ MORE



Basheer Tome (CC-BY)

Commencement Day for a Lost Generation

The country my generation is passing on to my son and his peers is a mean-spirited place of global warming, class warfare and diminishing expectations, where the top 1 percent of households own nearly 35 percent of all privately held wealth and the “bottom” 80 percent lays claim to less than half that.

Posted on Jun 22, 2011 READ MORE


Small Government

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Posted on Jun 21, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-ND)

Meet Michele Bachmann

What is the most frequent question I’ve been asked recently? “What is it with Michele Bachmann’s 23 foster children?”

Posted on Jun 21, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Staff Sgt. Michael Sparks

Obama Is Wrong on War Powers

Let’s be honest: President Obama’s claim that U.S. military action in Libya doesn’t constitute “hostilities” is nonsense, and Congress is right to call him on it.

Posted on Jun 20, 2011 READ MORE


What Would a Republican Conference Be Without Racial Controversy?

Republicans are still working their way through the five stages of having a black president: denial (birthers), anger (town halls), bargaining (debt ceiling), depression (John Boehner’s tears) and, finally, racially charged jokes, like those told at the Republican Leadership Conference.

Posted on Jun 20, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Once Again, Obama Faces a Choice in Afghanistan

Back in 2009, President Obama was presented with two options for the war in Afghanistan: a troop surge favored by the military and a leaner counterterrorism strategy promoted by Vice President Joe Biden. He went with the surge, sending an additional 30,000 troops to fight in a war without purpose. (more)

Posted on Jun 19, 2011 READ MORE



Bill S (CC-BY-ND)

Rigging the 2012 Election

An attack on the right to vote is under way across the country through laws designed to make it more difficult to cast a ballot.

Posted on Jun 19, 2011 READ MORE


Washington’s Deeper Immorality

While the well-deserved departure of Anthony Weiner draws rapt attention in our tabloid nation, the depredations of less colorful but more powerful politicians go unnoticed, so long as no genitalia are involved.

Posted on Jun 17, 2011 READ MORE


Michele Bachmann Makes Dubya Look Good

Perhaps I should thank the current crop of Republican presidential candidates for providing me with an experience I never, ever expected to have: During this week’s debate in New Hampshire, I had a moment of nostalgia for George W. Bush.

Posted on Jun 16, 2011 READ MORE


Not Much of a Debate

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Posted on Jun 15, 2011 READ MORE


Here We Go Again: Reform in California

Forget the midnight ride of Paul Revere, Callista Gingrich’s jewelry collection and Anthony Weiner’s ... well, you know. The most important political people right now are 14 Californians you don’t know.

Posted on Jun 15, 2011 READ MORE


Front and (Too) Center

Like Hillary Clinton, Rudy Giuliani and quite a few others who never got to be president, Mitt Romney has the misfortune of being an early front-runner.

Posted on Jun 13, 2011 READ MORE



Center for American Progress Action Fund (CC-BY-ND)

Gridlocking the Lives of the Jobless

Welcome to the miserable world of no-way-out politics. The economy needs another jolt, but Congress is in gridlock.

Posted on Jun 12, 2011 READ MORE


The Party of Righteous Indignation

Congressional Democratic leaders are far less tolerant of corruption in their own ranks than their opponents, whose tacit acceptance of all brands of turpitude is boggling.

Posted on Jun 9, 2011 READ MORE


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