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Ben is the Policy Director and Fiscal Policy Chair for the American University College Democrats. Born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, Ben has worked for think-tanks, political campaigns, and all three branches of the government. You can read more of Ben's writing on the AU College Dems Website.

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Fiscal Cliff 2: It Only Gets Worse

(3) Comments | Posted January 3, 2013 | 11:45 AM

The deal to avert the fiscal cliff was a major development in the budget battles that have been going on for the last two years. It raised taxes for the first time in 20 years. It split the House and Senate GOP unlike anything in recent memory. And perhaps most...

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Shut Up and Have a Conversation

(2) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 9:40 AM

Right before President Obama gave his statement on today's shooting, Jessica Yellin of CNN prefaced it by saying, "At this point, we know how President Obama usually handles these kinds of situations." I could rant about political prognosticators dissecting the speeches of politicians right after a tragedy of this magnitude,...

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To Beat Romney-Ryan, Obama Must Embrace Bowles-Simpson

(16) Comments | Posted August 13, 2012 | 4:35 PM

The wait is over. Mitt Romney has made his move and selected House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) as his vice-presidential nominee. This is a bold decision that turns the race from a referendum on the unemployment rate to a choice between two very different fiscal paths...

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Corporate Rights Group Celebrates Realizing MLK's Dream Themselves

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2012 | 4:01 PM

The Corporate Rights Advancement Project (C.R.A.P.) is celebrating this Martin Luther King's Day with service projects to honor the equal rights that all people, including corporations, have achieved.

"This year, we're proud to celebrate Dr. King's dream being realized," said a spokesman for Branson-Slessinger Incorporated, a small office supplies chain...

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Anti-Drug Activists Cheer HHS Ruling on 'Addictive' Contraceptive

(4) Comments | Posted December 10, 2011 | 4:06 PM

Anti-drug advocates are celebrating after a decision by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius kept yet another dangerous drug out of the hands of children.

The drug in question, levonorgestrel (also known by the street name "Plan B"), is typically used to prevent unwanted pregnancies in adults and teenagers...

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Perry Recalls Firefighters, Will Combat Wildfires with Prayer

(8) Comments | Posted September 7, 2011 | 5:42 PM

In a surprise announcement today, Governor Rick Perry (R-TX), having so far failed to contain the wildfires ravaging his home state, has declared that he will sign an executive order recalling all of Texas' firefighters and implementing an "emergency mandatory day of prayer and fasting" for all Texans to combat...

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Obama Considers Running for President of Libya Instead

(0) Comments | Posted August 24, 2011 | 5:00 PM

Following the imminent overthrow of Colonel Muammar Gadaffi's 42-year regime, Barack Obama will form an exploratory committee to determine whether he will be better off abandoning his campaign to retain his current office and instead mounting a bid for the pending Libyan presidency.

Last week it was reported...

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Obama Could Seek Advice From Kerry, Gore About How to Lose to Unqualified Texan

(9) Comments | Posted August 17, 2011 | 12:11 PM

Tired and frustrated after spending so much time dealing with a bitterly divided Congress that needlessly created self-inflicted wounds to the U.S. economy, President Obama has begun to privately weigh the personal benefits of losing the 2012 presidential election. However, as the Republican field takes form, he is increasingly concerned...

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Obama Laments Lousy Birthday Gifts

(15) Comments | Posted August 4, 2011 | 10:11 PM

Sources in the White House reported that President Obama was disappointed with the pathetic presents he received from around the nation on his 50th birthday.

Investors today surprised the President with a 5% drop in the stock market, while the American People gave him a poll with a dismal 42%...

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If the GOP Primary Candidates Were Pizzas

(2) Comments | Posted June 15, 2011 | 11:05 AM

The purpose of a presidential primary debate is to help voters decide which candidate they want to lead the country, with each question tailored to provide voters with crucial information that they need to make the right decision.

Remember when John King asked Herman Cain, "Deep Dish or Thin Crust?"...

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Following Sixteen Senior Staff, Candidate to Resign from Gingrich Campaign

(3) Comments | Posted June 10, 2011 | 1:33 AM

In a breaking development following the resignations of the Gingrich campaign manager and fifteen of the campaign's most senior aides, sources report that there may yet be more staff heading for the door. The campaign's candidate, Newt Gingrich, is reportedly leaving the campaign this afternoon.

The decision was made following...

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Rebecca Black to Join Sarah Palin on "Friday Morning in America" Tour

(7) Comments | Posted June 3, 2011 | 6:05 PM

Due to the success of her latest cross-country promotional tour, Sarah Palin announced via twitter that she would begin another with YouTube sensation Rebecca Black later this month. The upcoming "Friday Morning in America" tour will start in Des Moines, Iowa and end in Columbia, South Carolina. The tour will...

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Republicans Urge Autopen to Consider Presidential Campaign

(10) Comments | Posted May 28, 2011 | 6:17 PM

In an unprecedented move, yesterday an autopen was used instead of the president's signature to sign a bill into law while he was traveling in France. The White House's legal team has expressed confidence that the signature of the Autopen was sufficient to enact the extension of the controversial Patriot...

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Camping: Rapture Occured, but No One Worth Saving

(185) Comments | Posted May 22, 2011 | 10:23 PM

According to preacher Harold Camping, yesterday the Rapture occurred. During the Rapture, all good Christians ascended to Heaven to be with God while the wicked were damned to remain on Earth to experience the end of the world in October.

"This is absolute proof that I am correct," said Camping....

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Political Scientific Community Changes Classification of Gingrich From "Newt" to "Chameleon"

(6) Comments | Posted May 19, 2011 | 1:00 PM

Political scientists at Quinnipiac University shocked the world today when they announced that the previous classification of the Gingrich as "Newt" is incorrect. After 20 years of extensive examination, the scientists now believe that the Salamandridae Gingricus, more commonly known as the North Georgia Gingrich, is in fact a member...

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Pakistan Denies Prior Knowledge of Location of Abbottabad

(6) Comments | Posted May 9, 2011 | 1:25 PM

Following the successful Navy Seals raid that killed Osama Bin Laden, lawmakers have accused the Pakistani government of knowingly harboring the terrorist leader. Critics of Pakistan say that it is impossible for the Interservice Intelligence Agency (ISI) not to have noticed the million-dollar compound in Abbottabad because of its proximity...

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