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Shade It Black: Death and After in Iraq

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Warren Crusades Against Big Banks, NYC Soda Ban Struck Down, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including details of a bipartisan agreement on immigration and the reason Donald Trump is willing to help the White House financially.

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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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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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White House/Pete Souza

Obama: Sequestration Is ‘Dumb,’ It’s ‘Going to Hurt’ but ‘We Will Get Through This’

Braced for automatic budget cuts that he described as “dumb” and painful, the president said Friday, “I’m not a dictator” and “if Mitch McConnell or John Boehner say ‘I need to go to catch a plane,’ I can’t have Secret Service block the doorway, right?”

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Tiger and Obama Golf

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Two 2016 Prospects Spotlight Democrats’ Identity Crisis

Despite its success in recent elections, and despite the image of unity it projects, the Democratic Party is in the throes of an epic identity crisis pitting its corporate money against its stated principles.

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White House/Pete Souza

Obama Is Going Over Congress’ Head

On Friday, journalist and historian Jon Meacham said on HBO’s “Real Time” that President Obama should, like FDR and Ronald Reagan, ignore Congress and campaign directly to the American people. It appears that is what Obama intends to do.

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Ooze Cruise

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Carnival Cruise

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Historic Tar-Sands Action at Obama’s Door

For the first time in its 120-year history, the Sierra Club engaged in civil disobedience, the day after President Barack Obama gave his 2013 State of the Union address.

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Roll Call

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White House/Pete Souza

The New Politics of Immigration

On immigration, the parties are now competing to share credit for doing something big. It’s wonderful to behold.

Posted on Jan 30, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Obama’s Place in History Already Assured

The overall failure of American foreign policy during the first Obama presidency was foreseeable.

Posted on Jan 22, 2013 READ MORE


Swearing In

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White House/Chuck Kennedy

The Amazing Grace of It All

Reflect for a moment: A black man stood on the Capitol steps and took the oath of office as president of the United States. For the second time. Meaning that voters not only elected him once—which could be a fluke, a blip, an aberration, a cosmic accident—but turned around and did it again.

Posted on Jan 21, 2013 READ MORE


Inauguration

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The White House/Pete Souza

Obama’s Sweeping Action on Gun Control Panned by GOP

President Obama launched the country’s biggest push on gun control in decades Wednesday, rolling out wide-ranging plans that include 23 executive actions.

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NRA’s Latest Attack Ad Includes Obama’s Children

The National Rifle Association is facing criticism for a new ad that drags President Obama’s two daughters into the gun control debate. The controversial video says the president is an “elite hypocrite” because he doesn’t support the powerful gun lobby’s proposal to put armed guards in schools across the country.

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Office of the Speaker of the House/Bryant Avondoglio

Perpetual Dysfunction: How Republicans Govern

President Obama is set to begin his second term at a moment when the question is not what great things our nation can achieve but whether our government, in Obama’s words, can “stop lurching from crisis to crisis to crisis.”

Posted on Jan 14, 2013 READ MORE



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White House Replies to Secession, Death Star Petitions

The White House’s responses to several petitions by various states to secede from the rest of the country and another one that sought to build a Death Star by 2016 carried the same answer, but in radically different tones.

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Christie On a Roll

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White House/Pete Souza

The Inconvenient Truth About Jack Lew

I suppose that he can’t be much worse than Timothy Geithner, but that should be scant cause for cheer over the news that the president has nominated Jack Lew as Treasury secretary.

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Obama Picks Next Treasury Secretary, Jon Stewart Weighs In on Guns, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including AIG’s decision on whether to join a lawsuit against the government over the financial crisis bailout and the White House’s response to a petition to deport Piers Morgan.

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 READ MORE


Biden: White House Will Take Action on Gun Control

The vice president pledged Wednesday that the White House will take action on gun control in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting.

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Is Barack Obama Getting Serious About Global Warming?

Americans demoralized by President Obama’s lack of initiative on the climate problem are being told he is “seriously considering” hosting a summit at the White House, intended not to outline his plan to tackle the crisis, but to “apprise” members of the public “about how they can act.”

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White House/Pete Souza

Obama’s CIA Pick Stinks of Torture, Targeted Killings

John Brennan has spent the last four years as President Obama’s counterterrorism adviser and the “architect” of the administration’s expansive drone assassination program. Some time before that, he was a deputy executive director of the CIA when that agency pioneered the use of extradition and torture under President George W. Bush.

Posted on Jan 7, 2013 READ MORE


Fiscal Deal Passes as House GOP Clown Car Crashes, Again

The House of Representatives has increasingly been dominated over the past two decades by a coterie of tantrum-prone extremists who lack the probity and steadiness required for democratic self-government.

Posted on Jan 3, 2013 READ MORE



Obama’s New Year’s Resolution: Protect the Status Quo

Amidst the White House and congressional theatrics surrounding the so-called fiscal-cliff negotiations, a number of bills were signed into law by President Barack Obama that renew some of the worst excesses of the Bush years.

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Rendition Persists Despite Due Process Concerns

The Obama administration continues to embrace rendition—“the [controversial] practice of holding and interrogating terrorism suspects in other countries without due process”—as it remains at odds with Congress over how to apprehend and try such suspects overseas, The Washington Post reports.

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Anti-Westboro Baptist Church Petition Reaches White House Milestone

The petition to classify unofficial hate group Westboro Baptist Church as an official hate group is the White House’s most popular ever. But WBC members say they don’t understand the push to label their organization as such.

Posted on Dec 27, 2012 READ MORE



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Petition Seeks Piers Morgan’s Deportation Over Anti-Gun Comments

A petition seeking to deport the CNN host for speaking out in favor of gun control has garnered enough signatures to elicit an official response from the Obama administration.

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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.

Posted on Dec 21, 2012 READ MORE



The NRA Responds to Sandy Hook Shooting, Richard Engel Is Freed, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a serious female contender to become the next defense secretary and Nate Silver’s analysis of gun ownership in America.

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 READ MORE



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Westboro Baptist Church’s Tax-Exempt Status Challenged

Despite its vitriolic activities and protests that are political in nature, the hate group Westboro Baptist Church has somehow managed to keep its IRS tax-exempt status. But after its publicly announced plans to picket the funerals of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, tens of thousands of people have signed petitions hoping to change that.

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Patrick Semansky

The Shameful Exploitation of Bradley Manning

The major news outlets that were thrilled to profit from the information that Bradley Manning uncovered are deeply afraid of being associated with the brave whistle-blower himself.

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Wonderland on a Cliff

Are you as sick of the “fiscal cliff” as I am? Actually, that’s a trick question. You couldn’t possibly be.

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Senator Demands Federal Pot Plan, Norquist Makes Insane Prediction, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a GOP contender for a top Cabinet post in the Obama administration and why Michigan Republicans should have taken a closer look at the right-to-work legislation they passed.

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Death Star Petition Meets White House Goal

A petition on the White House’s We the People site calling to secure funding and resources for the creation of a Death Star has gotten the 25,000 signatures it needs to elicit a response from the Obama administration.

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 READ MORE


Obama, Romney Raised More Than $2 Billion in 2012 Race

The two major candidates took in the equivalent of the GDP of Sierra Leone in their quest for the White House—and that doesn’t count super PAC fundraising.

Posted on Dec 7, 2012 READ MORE



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The Making of the President: 2062

It was Yogi Berra who supposedly said, "It’s very hard to predict things, especially about the future."

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 READ MORE


The Conservative Learning Curve

Over the long run, the most important impact of an election is not on the winning party but on the loser.

Posted on Dec 5, 2012 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

In Baseless Persecution of Rice, Republican Reputations Will Sink

The opposition to Susan Rice is cobbled together from the remnants of a failed “October Surprise” election gambit, and has left President Obama little choice but to move ahead with her nomination.

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Obama Signs Whistle-Blower Protections Into Law

The president put his seal of approval Tuesday on legislation extending support to federal employees who reveal fraud, graft and abuse.

Posted on Nov 28, 2012 READ MORE



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Why Is the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers Helping the Republicans?

The White House is trying to scare average people about the consequences of the “fiscal cliff.”

Posted on Nov 26, 2012 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Hiding the Church’s Treasure

I hope the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops contemplating the future of the church’s public and political engagement notice how the good deeds of the Roman Catholic parish of St. Francis de Sales have inspired people far beyond the confines of Catholicism.

Posted on Nov 25, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Bernat Armangue

In Gaza, Status Quo Won’t Do

The drama unfolding in Gaza seems numbingly familiar. This time, however, there’s a big and potentially tragic difference: Not even the actors—Palestinians and Israelis—can possibly know how it will turn out.

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Obama and the End of Decline

If Obama is looking for a single, unifying objective, it should be to make sure that by the time he leaves office, the vast majority of Americans will have abandoned their declinist fears.

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Hatem Moussa

Israel Continues Gaza Bombardment While Preparing Ground Troops

Health officials quoted by The Guardian said that of the 21 Gazans killed in Israeli airstrikes Sunday, nine were children and four were women. Haaretz reports meanwhile that “the Israel Defense Force is continuing its intensive preparations for the ground phase of Operation Pillar of Defense.”

Posted on Nov 18, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Sandy Huffaker

The Land of Milk and Honey Once More

The big news from the last election is that California, home to 12 percent of Americans and the world’s eighth-largest economy, is a model of rational political thought.

Posted on Nov 16, 2012 READ MORE


It’s a Brave New (Political) World

Any way you slice and dice the data, they point toward inevitable political change over the next couple of decades.

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 READ MORE


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