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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Ezra Klein: Republicans have ‘Won’

By |July 25th, 2011|

We don't yet know what the final deal to raise the debt ceiling will be. But now that Harry Reid is developing a proposal with $2.5 trillion in cuts and nothing in revenues, it's a safe bet that it won't include any tax increases. Which means that whether Republicans realize it or not, they've won. [...]

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The part where the light dawns.

By |July 22nd, 2011|

via David Rogers It’s amateur hour in the White House briefing room, starring Pres. Obama, because he naively bet his whole position on the premise that he could serve up entitlements to seduce Republicans into making him look good with Independents, but instead gets caught in the age old Republican stiff-arm, which hit Obama and his team in the face like a fire hydrant breaking open on a smoldering summer city street. But instead of getting cooled off by the blast it sent Pres. Obama into orbit. Whenever you see him as pissed off as he was on Friday night you can bet he’s worried about his own political hide. […]

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Allen West, Poster Child for the Republican War on Women

By |July 20th, 2011|

The above graphic is the headline on Emily's List fundraising email (just click on it to support Wasserman-Schultz), as they capitalize off of the battle that's ensued over DNC chairman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz taking it to Allen West. "The gentleman from Florida. who represents thousands of Medicare beneficiaries, as do I, is supportive of this plan [...]

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House Republicans Remove Any Doubt They’re Sane

By |July 19th, 2011|

Cut, cap and... baloney passed. Shocker, the Tea Party crazies are running the congressional asylum. Passing anything that has no chance of getting through the Senate, let alone a veto by Pres. Obama, is such a waste of energy. Watching some of Cantor's bloviating on the House floor makes me wonder what's wrong with some [...]

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HIT PIECE: Michele Bachmann’s ‘Stress-Induced’ Headaches ‘Incapacitate’

By |July 19th, 2011|

Aw, come on, boys. If John F. Kennedy can do it on all the drugs he chugged, so can Michele Bachmann. The Daily Caller headline is the tell: Stress-related condition "╦ťincapacitates' Bachmann; heavy pill use alleged. It cannot possibly be a coincidence that with Rep. Michele Bachmann surging we now are privy to a potentially [...]

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Obama: Gang of 6 Offer Deal, ‘Modification’ to Entitlements ‘Include Revenue Component’

By |July 19th, 2011|

**UPDATED BELOW** While the Tea Party amateurs in the House pretend to be congressmen and women by enjoying their political theater on Cup, Cap and Balance, because Speaker Boehner is powerless to stop them. It's a real low for Mr. Boehner, but even Pres. Obama understands he's screwed, as our House conservatives who [...]

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Murdoch Faces Parliament

By |July 19th, 2011|

Prime Minister David Cameron cut short a state visit to Africa and bowed to demands for Parliament to delay its summer recess on Monday, as he confronted a growing scandal over his cozy ties with Rupert Murdoch's top lieutenants in Britain and the opposition posed a fresh challenge to the survival of his year-old government. [...]

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