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House Will Not Block Budget Deal

The Senate reached a budget compromise Wednesday that will end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling.

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The Supreme Court Could Get Even Worse This Term

If the oral arguments conducted the first two weeks of the court’s current term are any indication, the Supreme Court will drift further to the right.

Posted on Oct 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Democrats Raise Their Ante

A crazy thing is happening in shuttered, dysfunctional Washington: Democrats are pushing back.

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Shutdown: Senate Makes ‘Tremendous Progress,’ House Pouts

Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate came close to a budget deal Monday.

Posted on Oct 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Emboldened by Shutdown Polls, Democrats Push Spending

Smelling blood in the water, Senate Democrats over the weekend rejected a Republican proposal to reopen the government and raise the debt limit.

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House GOP Shutdown an Exceptionally Reckless Waste of Time

Abroad, what is happening in Washington remains to most a mystery of very little interest.

Posted on Oct 9, 2013 READ MORE



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The Radical Christian Right and the War on Government

The federal shutdown fits seamlessly into the long ideological war to reduce Washington’s role to little more than defense, internal security and the protection of property rights.

Posted on Oct 6, 2013 READ MORE



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The Tea Party’s Last Stand

If the nation is lucky, this October will mark the beginning of the end of the tea party.

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Boehner Doubles Down, Threatens Default

House Speaker John Boehner went on television Sunday to scare the hell out of everybody.

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Let Go of the Car, Mr. Speaker

Republicans in Congress are like a dog that chases cars and finally catches one. There is a fleeting sense of accomplishment, followed by sheer panic.

Posted on Oct 4, 2013 READ MORE


How Republican Extremists Are Shredding Every Principle the GOP Claims to Uphold

By Washington standards, the current government shutdown is an everyday disaster—of a kind we are gradually learning to expect whenever the Republican Party controls Congress.

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Mission Accomplished: The Tea Party Shutdown

The right-wing extremists got exactly what they wanted. Now, what will the country do about it?

Posted on Oct 2, 2013 READ MORE



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Health Care for All: Why We Need a New Prescription

The right-wing assault on Obamacare is a distraction, but the “progressive” (or rather party line) defense of the Affordable Care Act is also a dead end.

Posted on Oct 1, 2013 READ MORE



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Elizabeth Warren on the Government’s Hostage Tactics on Birth Control (Video)

As the government was on the verge of shutting down, the Massachusetts Democrat exclaimed Monday that she was in a “state of disbelief” because Republicans have decided the “single most important issue facing our nation” is women’s access to birth control thanks to the Affordable Care Act.

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The Reason Republicans Were Willing to Shut It Down

Don’t write the Republicans off as totally crazy. They know that if Obamacare works, it will wreck chances for attaining their real goal.

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Why This Government Shutdown Will Backfire on Republicans

It’s their idea, and they’re proud of it.

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If a Government Shutdown Happens, It Will Be John Boehner’s Fault (Video)

President Obama on Monday blamed the looming shutdown on “one faction of one party,” but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid puts the onus on just one man.

Posted on Sep 30, 2013 READ MORE


Match Impossible

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Ted Cruz Ego

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Government Shutdown Fail

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Ted Cruz Fanclub

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Creepy Cruz

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Green Eggs and Cruz

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Ted Cruz Is Done Talking, Senate Moves On

In order to fund Obamacare and, in the process, the government, the Senate has to pass its own version of a House bill.

Posted on Sep 25, 2013 READ MORE


Navy Yard Shooter Mentally Ill

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Guns of America

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Gun Massacre Redux

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Militia

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American Exceptionalism

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Mental Illness

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Gun Lines

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Obama Needs to Stand His Ground

Republicans in the House are like a bunch of 3-year-olds playing with matches.

Posted on Sep 19, 2013 READ MORE


Obama’s Watch

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Collateral Damage

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Another Mass Shooting

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Obama Job Approval Keeps Sinking

Maybe it’s the NSA spying, the fact that the economic recovery has mostly benefited the richest Americans or the threat to bomb Syria. Regardless, a growing majority of the country disapproves of the president’s job performance.

Posted on Sep 18, 2013 READ MORE


Mental Health Care

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Congressional Crime Scene

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Red Line

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Second Amendment

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Mass Shootings

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High Five

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Shooting

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NRA Targets

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The Hill to the Rescue on Syria?

John F. Kennedy once remarked that defeat is an orphan. Here was a war bereft of parents even before it had begun.

Posted on Sep 9, 2013 READ MORE



Obama and Putin: Time for Diplomacy on Syria

“Never has the use of violence brought peace in its wake. War begets war, violence begets violence.” So said Pope Francis, addressing the crowd on Sunday in the Vatican City’s St. Peter’s Square.

Posted on Sep 4, 2013 READ MORE



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Senate Committee Votes to Authorize Military Strikes on Syria

On a 10-7 vote, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved a measure Wednesday that would grant the president up to 90 days to wage war on Syria without the use of ground troops.

Posted on Sep 4, 2013 READ MORE


Guns and Dollars

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The Armageddon Caucus

Congress is supposed to be the venue in which we Americans work our way past divisions that are inevitable in a large and diverse democracy. Yet for some time, Republican congressional leaders have given the most right-wing members of the House and Senate a veto power that impedes compromise, and thus governing itself.

Posted on Aug 26, 2013 READ MORE


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