“I would say … that symbolically, that agreement is moving us to the point where we are having the final interment of John Maynard Keynes,” he said, referring to the British economist. “He normally died in 1946 but it appears we are going to put him to his final rest with this agreement.” – Huffington [...]
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BREAKING: Reid bill fails in Senate. “Nothing is agreed to unless everything is agreed to.” – Lawrence O’Donnell As deal rumors float above the swamp stench around Washington, based on McConnell’s devious plan (I told you so), whether it’s ABC or Major Garrett, the above O’Donnell quote is our foundation. That considered, from Garrett: Other [...]
“Tell your henchman to stop saying nice things about me,” McConnell, the Senate minority leader, told Reid earlier this week, according to people familiar with the conversation. “It hurts me.” Even as he’s sought to project immovable unity with House Speaker John Boehner, the prospects for an eleventh-hour deal rest largely on McConnell’s shoulders. For [...]
Progressive Notes: Conyers is Fed Up, Protests Against “Bargains,” Obama’s Growing Problem w/Left, Polls, and Other Happenings
Art offers his perspective as a movement progressive activist. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Houston), and others rally against cuts on the backs of the poor and middle class at the Capitol this week. Congressman Conyers (D-Mi) held a press conference with other progressives and laid into the GOP and Obama over this debt ceiling grand [...]
Joyce L. Arnold: Liberal, lesbian, Independent, equality activist, writer. Over a couple of days I suddenly saw the phrase “tipping point” show up, as related to progress toward LGBT equality. Not that it hasn’t been used before, but it was interesting to see it several times in so short a period. In a press release, [...]
TM NOTE: Good Saturday morning and welcome Daniel! Get your favorite wake up drink and have a chat while thinking about how to treat yourself this weekend. Daniel’s passion is baking, so I’ve asked him to share his delectables on the weekends to remind us all that the joys of cooking and the splendor of [...]
But the man who has occupied the Oval Office since January, 2009 is… — a man seemingly without a compass, a tactician who veers rightward one day and leftward the next, an inside-the Beltway dealmaker who doesn’t explain his comprises in light of larger goals. … But instead of explaining this to the American people, [...]
The debt ceiling debacle is making everyone look rudderless and without any leadership game. The good news for Obama reelect is that the American people have the attention span of a newborn gnat. From Gallup: President Obama’s job approval rating is at a new low, averaging 40% in July 26-28 Gallup Daily tracking. His prior [...]
Joyce L. Arnold: Liberal, lesbian, Independent, equality activist, writer. When it comes to our two party political and governing systems and structures, we’re way beyond “dysfunctional.” With realization that challenges, from within and without the institutionalized two party system, face huge obstacles, I nevertheless think those efforts are not only worthwhile, but essential. And not [...]
**UPDATED** As Speaker Boehner pitifully massages a House bill into further irrelevance, after failing to heard the Tea Party anarchists to vote on his raising the debt ceiling bill, humiliating his speakership. Pres. Obama has his own problems, after criticism began mounting that he’s been reduced to the sidelines. In an effort to prove he’s [...]
BREAKING – 10:30 pm: GOP Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy announces no vote tonight. …as soon as the lights go out Eric Cantor is going to start measuring for drapes. ..at least not yet. From Sam Stein: House GOP leadership announced abruptly on Thursday evening that they were suspending a vote on Speaker John Boehner’s [...]
As John Boehner counts votes and has one-on-one meetings, Sarah issues a veiled threat to the House Tea Party Caucus from the outskirts of Facebook. P.S. Everyone I talk to still believes in contested primaries. Of course they do, because the people Sarah talks to don’t have to actually govern the country and be held [...]
Abortions are still legal in America, but you wouldn’t know it today. Women requiring an abortion are now forced, because of lack of access to doctors, to utilize telemedicine to effectively terminate a pregnancy, which is a legal procedure according to U.S. law. This has come about because of right-wing zealots and religious quacks, who [...]
NBC’s “First Read” has a devastatingly blunt headline on the Democrats this morning: “in retreat.” But Democrats contend they will win the “longer-term war.” But when you take a step back from the hour-by-hour movements in this debate, it’s obvious how much ground the White House and Democrats have conceded. First, they retreated on their [...]
**UPDATED** “This is where America is.” – Rep. Joe Walsh Times are tough these days, so it’s not surprising that some divorced fathers are having tough times paying child support. But when you’re an outspoken austerity, cut, cap and balance bloviator, the news of allegations that Joe Walsh is a dead beat dad is at [...]
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*updated below* So much for keep calm and carry on, what Joe Scarborough proclaims to be his motto. It was the weirdest one-on-one back and forth with a high profile talking head imaginable. It makes high school look mature.
**UPDATED** Would we be any worse off with Stephen Colbert as president? I doubt it. Politifact has watched the video “(repeatedly!
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