Reid Shoots, Scores, by Ending Wars

By |July 27th, 2011|

Well, at least Harry can count, not only doing proper math, but it's likely he's the one who has the votes he needs, while the jury's out for Mr. Boehner. In the battle of budget scores, the Senate Democrats deficit reduction bill is the clear winner thus far over an alternative by Speaker John Boehner, [...]

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Rewrite!

By |July 26th, 2011|

...and just when Republicans were ready to declare victory. The first installment of $900 billion is contingent on enacting 10 year caps on annual appropriations which the leadership had hoped would save well over $1 trillion. But CBO late Tuesday came back with a report showing the legislation would reduce deficits by $850 billion when [...]

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Bachmann’s Big Beauty Budget

By |July 26th, 2011|

It's the Hillary effect again, this time on what it takes for a female candidate to run for president, including expenses a man doesn't have to consider. I've been following Michele Bachmann's makeover, which was unveiled at one point in 2010 when Sarah Palin came to campaign for her in Minnesota. I did a piece [...]

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Veto Recommendation Comes Down from WH/OMB on Boehner Bill

By |July 26th, 2011|

Via Mark Knoller.

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Elect More Women, Not Wankers

By |July 26th, 2011|

Democratic Rep. David Wu of Oregon announced Tuesday that he will resign amid the political fallout from an 18-year-old woman's allegations of an unwanted sexual encounter with him. - Congressman Resigns in Sex Scandal Consider this your debt ceiling sanity break. Another Democrat bites the dust, due to stupidity and personal insanity. Oh, [...]

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Clueless in Washington

By |July 26th, 2011|

The poll showed support for Obama's economic agenda has begun to slip in the past nine months. The percentage of people who said Obama has made the economy worse jumped six points since October to 37 percent. That creates a bigger opening for Republican attacks as the presidential campaign begins to heat up. The latest [...]

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Pres. Obama, Just Raise the Debt Ceiling

By |July 25th, 2011|

**UPDATED** House Speaker John Boehner's new budget proposal would require deep cuts in the years immediately ahead in Social Security and Medicare benefits for current retirees, the repeal of health reform's coverage expansions, or wholesale evisceration of basic assistance programs for vulnerable Americans. The plan is, thus, tantamount to a form of "class warfare." If [...]

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Progressive Notes: Citizens at Ohio Townhall Soundoff on Cuts to Big 3.

By |July 25th, 2011|

Art offers his perspective as a movement progressive activist. In Youngstown Ohio there was a townhall on cuts to social programs sponsored by labor unions and Senator Sherrod Brown. I see what the attendees said as a sample of what is to come across the country in the general election: "Social Security is not an [...]

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Norway Domestic Terrorist Reportedly Influenced by Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer, U.S. Right-Wing

By |July 25th, 2011|

Oh, the inconvenience of facts when met with ugly reality. Pamela Geller and Jihad Watch's Robert Spencer are cited in today's New York Times story: Marc Sageman, a former C.I.A. officer and a consultant on terrorism, said it would be unfair to attribute Mr. Breivik's violence to the writers who helped shape his [...]

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Just Raise the Debt Ceiling

By |July 25th, 2011|

This all started with Pres. Obama and the Democrats accepting the Republican demand that the debt ceiling include all sorts of austerity sweeteners. Then Obama went further, serving up entitlements on the reelection marketing theme that he was "strengthening" Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. His economic Republicanism was foreshadowed in Simpson-Bowles, which is why the [...]

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