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The End of Shutdowns

One image perfectly captured the absurd, irrational and wholly unnecessary confrontation over whether to shut down the federal government on the basis of differences over a small part of the budget.

Posted on Apr 11, 2011 READ MORE


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House Rejects FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules

With murmurs of a veto in the background, Republicans successfully pushed a measure through the U.S. House rejecting the FCC’s 2010 net neutrality rules for Internet service providers.

Posted on Apr 9, 2011 READ MORE


Ryan’s Plan Neither Serious nor Courageous

What the meteoric career of Paul Ryan demonstrates is how easily impressed we are whenever a politician purports to restore solvency by punishing the poor and the elderly (while coddling the rich).

Posted on Apr 8, 2011 READ MORE


Trumped by Political Failure

That anyone could seriously imagine Donald Trump as president of the United States—the actual president—must reflect something deeper and more significant than the weakness of the Republican field.

Posted on Apr 7, 2011 READ MORE



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The Right’s War on Moderation

However the shutdown saga ends, the negotiating styles of the two sides ought to tell moderates that they can no longer pretend that the two ends of our politics are equally “extreme.”

Posted on Apr 6, 2011 READ MORE



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Government Agencies Prepare for Shutdown, Pols Fight Over Pocket Change

With the prospect of a government shutdown so real the White House has ordered government agencies to batten down the hatches, it’s hard to believe all this is over a few billion dollars. House Republicans are insisting on more cuts than President Obama has agreed to, and if both sides can’t get together by Friday ... (more)

Posted on Apr 5, 2011 READ MORE


The End of Progressive Government?

Put the two parts of Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget together—tax cuts for the rich, program cuts for the poor—and its radically redistributionist purposes become clear. Timid Democrats would never dare embark on class warfare on this scale the other way around.

Posted on Apr 3, 2011 READ MORE


Why the Reckless Republicans Win

The Republican minority within a minority is getting its way because nobody else in Washington is reckless enough to promote a government shutdown.

Posted on Apr 1, 2011 READ MORE


What About Syria?

One historical purpose of presidential speeches has been to buy time to give presidents’ policies a chance to work out.

Posted on Mar 29, 2011 READ MORE


Stinkers









Posted on Mar 28, 2011 ENLARGE


The Surprising New Class Politics

The battle for the Midwest is transforming American politics. Issues of class inequality and union influence, long dormant, have come back to life.

Posted on Mar 27, 2011 READ MORE


Obamacare Makes a Wish









Posted on Mar 27, 2011 ENLARGE


Why the GOP Is Obsessed With ‘Leadership’

Leaders do not operate in a vacuum. When they make strategic adjustments, their opponents do too. President Obama has prompted just such a pivot by Republicans.

Posted on Mar 24, 2011 READ MORE


NPR Left Turn









Posted on Mar 21, 2011 ENLARGE



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What’s So Scary About NPR?

Somehow nobody asked the most obvious question: If NPR were truly slanted toward the liberal side, why would a phony tape of a private conversation be needed as proof?

Posted on Mar 20, 2011 READ MORE


GOP Candidates









Posted on Mar 19, 2011 ENLARGE


Republicans and Planned Parenthood









Posted on Mar 18, 2011 ENLARGE


Six Sadistic Proposals From State Government

States are indeed the “laboratories of democracy.” The problem is that today, those laboratories are increasingly run by mad scientists.

Posted on Mar 18, 2011 READ MORE


Why We Loved David Broder

I loved David Broder from the moment I met him, and there are scores of reporters who felt that way.

Posted on Mar 16, 2011 READ MORE


Helping Hand









Posted on Mar 15, 2011 ENLARGE


The High Cost of a Broken Metaphor

“We’re broke.” You can practically break a search engine if you start looking around the Internet for those words. Just one problem: We’re not broke.

Posted on Mar 13, 2011 READ MORE


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The Republicans’ War on the Environment

As unsurprising as it is utterly stupid, a Republican-dominated House subcommittee has voted to strip the Environmental Protection Agency of the power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, while a parallel bill has been introduced in the Senate.

Posted on Mar 11, 2011 READ MORE


What Wisconsin Can Teach Washington

Consider the contrast between two groups of Democrats, in Wisconsin and in the nation’s capital, and the reaction of voters.

Posted on Mar 10, 2011 READ MORE


Don’t Ice Out Public Media

When we are discussing war, we need a media not brought to us by weapons manufacturers. When discussing health care reform, we need a media not sponsored by insurance companies or Big Pharma.

Posted on Mar 9, 2011 READ MORE


The GOP’s Ingenious Madman Strategy

Richard Nixon espoused what he called “the madman theory.” It’s a negotiating approach that induces the other side to believe you are capable of dangerously irrational actions and leads it to back down to avoid the wreckage your rage might let loose.

Posted on Mar 6, 2011 READ MORE


When Cuts Don’t Cut It

After slamming Democrats for not focusing on “jobs, jobs, jobs,” Republicans have decided to ignore their own winning message in favor of “cuts, cuts, cuts.”

Posted on Mar 3, 2011 READ MORE


Job Protection, 2012 Style

For all their bluster about making Barack Obama a one-term president, Republicans are assembling what looks like a remarkably weak field of candidates for the 2012 election.

Posted on Mar 1, 2011 READ MORE


GOP Tactic: Intramural Class Warfare

Seizing the circumstances of hard times, the Republicans are promoting and provoking intramural class warfare. They are pitting what is left of the private-sector middle class against the public-sector middle class.

Posted on Mar 1, 2011 READ MORE


Why the Wisconsin Fight Matters

This is not the first time that Wisconsin has been at the center of national agitation over the role of unions.

Posted on Feb 28, 2011 READ MORE


Two Public Pay Standards, One Statement of Values

Decisions by bought-off elected officials highlight a larger corporatist ideology—one that says attracting the best and brightest to the “greed is good” financial industry is more important than attracting that work force to common-good endeavors.

Posted on Feb 25, 2011 READ MORE



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The FCC, Net Neutrality and the Future Enrons of the Internet

Apparently having learned nothing from its failure to rein in Enron, Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns and the rest, Congress is pushing to deregulate Internet service providers.

Posted on Feb 24, 2011 READ MORE


Unintended Consequences

House Republicans voted to increase the number of abortions, raise federal health care costs and swell the welfare rolls.

Posted on Feb 23, 2011 READ MORE


Starving Wisconsin’s Unions

Let’s be clear: The high-stakes standoff in Wisconsin has nothing to do with balancing the state’s budget.

Posted on Feb 22, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Andy Manis

What Gov. Walker Won’t Tell You

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, less than two weeks into his term, pushed through $117 million in tax breaks for business allies of the GOP. There is your crisis.

Posted on Feb 21, 2011 READ MORE


The Tea Party Is Winning

We are acting as if the only real problem the United States confronts is the budget deficit, the only test of leadership is whether a president is willing to make big cuts in programs that protect the elderly, and the largest threat to our prosperity comes from public employees.

Posted on Feb 21, 2011 READ MORE



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No Compromise in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Saturday rejected a compromise on a budget repair bill under which Democrats offered to accept cuts in health and pension benefits for public employees in exchange for retaining their right to bargain collectively.

Posted on Feb 19, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

House Votes to Slash Spending

The Republican-controlled House, taking aim at everything from health care to the environment, has voted to cut more than $60 billion from the federal budget.

Posted on Feb 19, 2011 READ MORE



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House Blocks Funds for FCC Net Neutrality Rules

House Republicans have succeeding in amending a spending bill to deny the FCC money to implement new (and heavily gutted) network neutrality regulations. That’s right: banning a government agency from using government money to do government work.

Posted on Feb 18, 2011 READ MORE


The Submerged State

The Great Paradox—that is what future generations will likely call this era, and rightly so.

Posted on Feb 18, 2011 READ MORE


Obama and the Failure of the Deficit Hawks

The president has proposed some serious spending cuts and some modest revenue increases to keep things stable. This annoys his deficit-obsessed critics. He should smile, let them rage, and go about his business.

Posted on Feb 17, 2011 READ MORE


The Leadership Vacuum

Failure of political leadership knows no party. The past few days have offered an unfortunate demonstration of this sad maxim.

Posted on Feb 16, 2011 READ MORE


Can Obama Be Luke Skywalker?

Welcome to the war over E2I2. The great budget battle of Bill Clinton’s presidency was waged around a slightly different set of initials, also inspired by the “Star Wars” character R2D2.

Posted on Feb 14, 2011 READ MORE


Republicans Cut Shirts From Budget

The lawmakers, who call themselves the Shirtless Republicans and are led by Rep. Christopher Lee, R-N.Y., appeared in the Capitol rotunda this morning naked from the waist up.

Posted on Feb 13, 2011 READ MORE


Judging Obama’s Relaunch

Is President Obama a friend of business or a critic of business? The answer: Yes.

Posted on Feb 9, 2011 READ MORE


Reagan’s Democrats

As we mark the centennial of Ronald Reagan’s birth, one of our major political parties has become imbued with the Gipper’s political philosophy and governing style. I mean the Democrats, of course.

Posted on Feb 8, 2011 READ MORE



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The Last Reagan Campaign: Legacy

When President Reagan left office in 1981, his legacy did not seem Mount Rushmore quality.

Posted on Feb 7, 2011 READ MORE


Lessons From Our Egypt Moment

In light of the history-shaking events on the streets of Cairo, it’s not surprising that a truly remarkable development slipped through the news cycle with barely a nod.

Posted on Feb 7, 2011 READ MORE


America’s Foreign Policy Revolution

The democratic uprising in Egypt has brought into relief a gradual and little-noticed transformation in American politics.

Posted on Feb 3, 2011 READ MORE


Governor Laser Beam

The man once known as Governor Moonbeam sounded more like Governor Laser Beam when it came to addressing California’s fiscal crisis.

Posted on Feb 2, 2011 READ MORE


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