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Three Reasons Obama Had a Terrible Year

President Obama’s job approval rating began dropping almost from the beginning of 2013, and it never really recovered.

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Unspeakable: Washington Ignores Homeless Epidemic

The hardship of families and children is an overlooked national disgrace.

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U.S. Navy/MC3 Paul Kelly

Sequestration: Getting Our Priorities Straight

Lobbyists for military contractors are swarming all over Capitol Hill these days in a frenzy to stave off automatic budget cuts as part of the second wave of sequestration, due in January.

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David Cameron’s Surprise: Permanent Austerity

Back in 2010, the British PM began slashing the country’s budget on the promise that temporary cuts were necessary to reduce the deficit and right the economy. Another recession soon followed.

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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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Republicans Draw Red Lines

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Tea Party Loonies

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Congress Goes on Summer Recess

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AP/Jae C. Hong

America’s Lowest Class

For the hundreds of thousands of Americans who don’t even have a roof to sleep under, things are getting only worse.

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Sequester Relief

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Everything We Know About What’s Happened Under Sequestration

Among other effects, cancer clinics in March began turning away thousands of Medicare patients being treated with expensive chemotherapy drugs, which the clinics say they can no longer afford.

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White House/Pete Souza

Obama Goes Wobbly

President Obama had the opportunity this week to make an irresponsible Congress face the consequences of its own dumb actions. For reasons I cannot fathom, he took a pass.

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Control Tower

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Sequester Squeeze

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Earth to Washington: Repeal the Sequester

What is Washington doing to fix the economy? Worse than nothing. It has now adopted the same kind of austerity economics that’s doomed Europe—cutting federal spending and reducing total demand. And the sequester doesn’t end Sept. 30. It takes an even bigger bite out of the federal budget next fiscal year.

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Sequestered Air

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Rush Limbaugh

George W. Bush Library Dedicated, GOP Pollster Rips Limbaugh, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Barbara Bush’s surprising advice to son Jeb and Congress tries to fix air travel delays caused by the sequester.

Posted on Apr 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Americans Suffer While Finance Tax Waits for Congress’ Attention

The Financial Transaction Tax, or Robin Hood Tax, would generate more than $300 billion a year in revenue, thereby doing away with the need for the sequester currently forcing across-the-board budget cuts.

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The Stealth Sequester

So far, the much-dreaded “sequester”—some $85 billion in federal spending cuts between March and Sept. 30—hasn’t been evident to most Americans. Take a closer look, though, and many people are starting to feel the pain. They just don’t know it yet.

Posted on Apr 10, 2013 READ MORE



Obama Cuts His Own Pay, O’Reilly Explodes at Ingraham, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including RNC Chairman Reince Priebus accuses Democrats of supporting “infanticide” and the big obstacle Mark Sanford faces in his political comeback.

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Budget Year

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Snowquester

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Beastie Feastie

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Pulling the Rug

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Happy Tears

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Obama and GOP Snow Angels

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Invasion by Sequestration

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Bunny Hill

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Hungry Children Will Be Among First to Suffer From Sequestration

The difference between a natural disaster and a disaster caused by politicians is that the latter will almost always hit the poor and the obscure most heavily.

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Budget Wars: A Case for Hope

There are, believe it or not, grounds for hoping that the sequester, stupid as it is, might open the way to ending our nation’s budget stalemate.

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School ‘Reform’ the Walmart Way

The Walton family, better known as the Walmart heirs, have invested millions in trying to privatize Los Angeles public schools; perhaps the true culprit of the sequester is President Obama; meanwhile, the former pope’s resignation can be seen as a sound surrender rather than a cowardly abdication. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Christie Slams Congress, Krugman Debates Scarborough, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a major development in the confirmation hearing of John Brennan and Jeb Bush flip-flops on immigration reform once more.

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Sprinkler of the House

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‘The Daily Show’: Jon Stewart Rips ‘Incompetent’ Congress Over Sequester

On his program Monday night, Jon Stewart said that the sequester, which took effect Friday, was like an “autoerotic asphyxiation” for Congress.

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The White House/Pete Souza

What Obama Should Do Now

I’d make clear to the American people that they made a choice in 2012 but that right-wing House Republicans have been blocking that choice, and the only way to implement that choice is for Congress to pass the Build America’s Future Act.

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AP/Osamu Honda

Whiny Billionaires in Need of Sequestration

Where is the Occupy movement now that the depravity of the super rich is on full display?

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Sequester, Held in Contempt

I hate the sequester, beginning with its name. “Sequester” is a verb, not a noun. This ridiculous exercise is not just unwise and unproductive, but ungrammatical as well.

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Sequestration Immolation

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Congressional Sinkhole

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Flickr/401(K) 2013

Austerity and the Threat to Democracy Around the World

The “sequester” is actually, of course, the American form of austerity, or cutbacks in government spending during a recession. Austerity, or stingy government in Europe has kept employment extremely depressed compared to what it would have been with government stimulus, as Paul Krugman argues.

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Sequestration Nation, and Remembering Robert Kennedy

With the sequester now beginning, I find myself thinking about Robert F. Kennedy—and 46 years ago when I was an intern in his Senate office. 1967 was a difficult time for the nation. America was deeply split over civil rights and the Vietnam War. Many of our cities were burning. The war was escalating.

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Adelson’s Company Admits to Bribery, Krugman Labels Sequester ‘Stupid,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including John Roberts being called out for a big error in the Voting Rights Act case and former NBA star Dennis Rodman defends his “good friend” Kim Jong Un.

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Borowitz: U.S. May Not Be Able to Invade Countries for No Reason Due to Cuts

One good thing might come out of the sequester, according to comedian Andy Borowitz. In a satirical report for The New Yorker, he writes that the budget cuts may prevent American forces from fighting “totally optional wars based on bogus pretexts.”

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Explains the Sequester

As Democrats and Republicans haggle over the severity of the budget cuts, “Saturday Night Live” took the opportunity to explain how exactly the sequester could affect you—or at least, it mocked the possibilities on its latest show.

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Crisis Management

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The Sequester and the Tea Party Plot

Sequestration is only the start. What the tea party set out to do was not simply change Washington but eviscerate the U.S. government—“drown it in the bathtub,” in the words of their guru Grover Norquist.

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The Environment Unprotected From Sequester

Thanks to the dreaded sequester cuts, the nation’s habitat will take a sizable hit as the development of clean energy is set back and 8,400 meat inspectors are furloughed. The oil industry, however, emerges as a victor as it gets to keep its billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies while the EPA sees its funding for monitoring and cleanup reduced, Mother Jones reports.

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Terror Alert Redux

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