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Brent Budowsky
Brent Budowsky served as Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen, responsible for commerce and intelligence matters, including one of the core drafters of the CIA Identities Law. Served as Legislative Director to Congressman Bill Alexander, then Chief Deputy Whip, House of Representatives. Currently a member of the International Advisory Council of the Intelligence Summit. Left government in 1990 for marketing and public affairs business including major corporate entertainment and talent management. He can be reached at

Entries by Brent Budowsky

Clinton's Iowa Game-Changer

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 5:00 AM

In her opening remarks at Kirkwood Community College in Iowa today, Hillary Clinton offered the game-changing idea that she will champion: taking corrupt money out of politics, even if it means promoting a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission case. As Iowa voters, American voters...

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A Warning to Hillary Clinton

(9) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 4:11 PM

As Hillary Clinton begins the most important days of a political career marked by extraordinary experience and pathbreaking accomplishment, CNN spent much of last week quoting unnamed people rightly or wrongly cited as close to Clinton who suggested the rollout plan for her presidential candidacy would bring forth a "new...

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Why Hillary Can Win Big

(7) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 1:04 PM

The most popular former president since the Second World War is John Kennedy. The most popular living former president is Bill Clinton. The most popular public figure in America is Pope Francis, whose favorable rating was a towering 78 percent in a recent Pew poll.

These three...

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GOP, Bibi Hurt Israel, USA

(57) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 3:34 PM

While the recalcitrant rightist government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has left Israel more isolated in the world than at any time since 1948, Bibi's ill-advised recent speech to a joint session of Congress could reduce a historically nonpartisan alliance between Israel and America to a hyperpartisan scheme between...

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Is Hillary Clinton a Liberal Reagan?

(66) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 8:05 AM

It is very possible that Hillary Clinton will be elected president by a substantial margin, return the Senate to Democratic control, name Supreme Court justices who will create a liberal court for a generation and help elect enough Democrats to the House to have a working majority in Congress for...

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J'aime Paris et l'Europe

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 1:51 PM

From the barbaric terrorist murders in Paris to cruel austerity in Greece that has left that cradle of democracy with a jobless rate of nearly 25 percent, Europe is in crisis.

Europe faces dangers from within and from abroad. While a united Europe will ultimately survive and prosper, the very...

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How Pope Francis Helps Liberals

(8) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 8:21 AM

One of the most important and under-reported political breaking news stories of the year was reported by the Catholic News Service in a story datelined from Vatican City on Jan. 6, 2015. In that story, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican's secretary of State, said that when Francis visits Philadelphia this...

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Clinton's Time Is Now

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 5:05 PM

In exit polls for the midterm election cycle, which was catastrophic for Democrats, 70 percent of voters were concerned about the state of the U.S. economy and 78 percent did not believe the next generation would be better off than today's.

The eyes of those focused on the future leadership...

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Cruz Declares War if GOP Wins Senate

(3) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 5:04 PM

In a last-minute gift to Democrats on the eve of the midterm elections, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has announced his plan to push for Senate Republicans to declare a rightist war against Democrats if the GOP wins control of the Senate. Set aside the campaign pitches of Senate Minority Leader...

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Senate High Drama After Nov. 4

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 4:26 PM

In six days, the nation will render its collective judgment in the midterm elections, and none of us knows what voters will do when they choose their poison on Election Day.

It is possible that Republicans lose three or four of the Senate seats they now hold and Democrats will...

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Grimes: A True Clinton Dem

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 12:26 PM

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes first met Bill and Hillary Clinton decades ago, through the close friendship between their families. Young Alison heard stories about politics from both Clintons, and as the girl became a young woman -- and now a candidate for the Senate -- the Clintons...

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Senate Shaping Up 50-50

(1) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 12:09 PM

When the new Senate convenes next year, the most influential person on Capitol Hill could be Greg Orman, the independent candidate for senator from Kansas, who I predict today will be elected in November.

This is the second major Senate call I have made this year. The first, several weeks...

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Bill Clinton Can Save Dems

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 1:54 PM

On Oct. 6 and 7, Bill Clinton will spend two days barnstorming across Arkansas to support Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and other Democrats. This all-out campaign tour will give a strong boost to Pryor's chances for reelection. As the former president continues his yearlong campaigning for key Democrats in the...

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How to Save the Lives of Troubled Vets

(1) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 1:54 PM

After more than a decade of war, there are many American heroes who served in the military with valor and distinction who are now bravely facing the challenges of post-traumatic stress disorder when they return home. Every day, more than 20 vets who served in different conflicts commit suicide. But...

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Draft Schweitzer for Montana Senate Seat

(1) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 11:52 AM

Sen. John Walsh (D-Mont.) has announced he is withdrawing from the Montana Senate race and former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D) has announced that he is not interested in running for the seat. My advice to grassroots Montana Democrats: Do not accept the Schweitzer decision, and begin a major movement...

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Bill Clinton Can Save Dems

(4) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 7:20 AM

Rarely do a man, moment, mission and election come together as perfectly as the opportunity for Bill Clinton to save the Democratic Party in the 2014 midterm elections.

Similarly for Democrats, there is an urgent need for President Obama to clearly understand the damage he is doing to his party...

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Clinton Repeats '08 Mistake

(6) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 2:37 PM

I am a progressive populist who strongly supports Hillary Clinton for president. But I must admit, the most memorable aspect of Clinton's carefully orchestrated book tour for Hard Choices could be the discussion about whether she is fully in tune with the temper of our times on matters of wealth...

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Clinton-Warren for Change

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 11:13 AM

In our season of political discontent, an enterprising pollster should run numbers for a potential ticket of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton running with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) as the ultimate team of transforming change for voters who want to end business as usual in Washington.

I predict that,...

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VA Scandal Is Bipartisan

(4) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 4:19 PM

If even one American veteran has died because of inadequate treatment by the Department of Veterans Affairs, President Obama and VA Secretary Eric Shinseki owe veterans an apology. Virtually all members and the leaders of both parties in both houses of Congress owe veterans an apology. The media owes veterans...

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Rove, Benghazi Lift Dems

(68) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 5:41 PM

With the Republican brand mired in vast public disapproval, Democrats hungry to inspire voter turnout in November, and Americans yearning for a higher standard of politics, Karl Rove suggesting former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suffers from brain damage was a Christmas gift to Democrats in May.

Let me count...

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