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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

How Matt Damon and Ben Affleck Can Boost Obamacare

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 10:17 AM

On March 31, the enrollment period for Obamacare will end, hopefully with nearly 6 million customers signed up. On April 1, President Obama should announce the enrollment period will be extended for three months and begin the largest marketing campaign in the history of healthcare with a mobilization of the...

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Obama Endangers Dems

(3) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 9:52 PM

As Democrats smart from the loss of a special election in Florida because of the unpopularity of President Obama, the CIA under his administration is accused of spying on the Intelligence Committee of a Democratic Senate, and a new Wall Street Journal/NBC poll finds disapproval of the president among Democrats...

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Hillary Clinton Right About Putin and Hitler

(2) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 6:24 AM

Standing ovation for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for speaking truth to power on the matter of Vladimir Putin using a tactic today similar to one used by Adolf Hitler prior to the Second World War, when Hitler falsely claimed he was protecting German ethnic nationals in neighboring nations...

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Bill Clinton's Rescue Ride

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 1:04 PM

Springtime is coming, baseball teams have reassembled for training, Robert Redford is back on cable playing Roy Hobbs in The Natural and Bill Clinton has begun his ride to rescue Democrats in the 2014 midterm elections.

In politics, the trick is to know the difference between the noise and the...

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Jimmy Fallon Should Book Russian Protest Punk Rock Group Pussy Riot on the Tonight Show

(3) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 3:08 PM

Something extraordinary happened at the Sochi Olympics this week. The courageous women of the Russian feminist punk rock group Pussy Riot were beaten and whipped while they protested against Vladimir Putin at the Sochi Olympics. I wrote about Putin in my recent column in The Hill,...

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Bill de Blasio Lifts the Left

(8) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 12:50 PM

On great matters of income inequality and social justice for what is called the 99 percent, a new star is born from the streets of New York, who has lifted the spirits of progressives everywhere. The election of Bill de Blasio as mayor of New York City creates a powerful...

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Boehner Invites Hispanic Wave To Vote Democratic in 2014

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 12:19 PM

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), taking the latest in his series of twisting and turning positions on immigration reform -- which he was against before he was for, which he is now against this year but for next year -- has fallen into the kind of trap I warned about in...

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The GOP Benghazi Disease

(3) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 1:54 PM

The Republican Party is widely viewed by voters as offering little except a fanatic personal and partisan antipathy toward President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as well as obsessive compulsions about Benghazi and Obamacare, without any credible message about how life for Americans might improve if more...

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2014 Warning to Dems

(19) Comments | Posted January 19, 2014 | 2:15 PM

Midterm elections are won by the party that turns out its base and lost by the party that does not. Democrats have an inherent disadvantage in midterm elections because of a historically lower turnout of blacks, Hispanics and young voters compared to turnout in presidential elections.

Today, the range of...

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Hillary and Pope Francis

(3) Comments | Posted January 14, 2014 | 11:28 AM

Let me interrupt the coronation. Hillary Clinton did not have a good political year in 2013. And there are warning signs that she may be repeating her mistakes of 2008.

I am a strong supporter of Clinton, but throughout 2013 her favorability rating fell considerably. She has been largely silent...

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Bill de Blasio, the FDR of New York

(1) Comments | Posted January 3, 2014 | 1:54 PM

As I suggested in my last column, there is a resurgent progressive populism in America, and the latest example is the election of Bill de Blasio as the man who will be the FDR mayor of New York.

If President Obama blew it by abandoning true progressive populism,...

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Third Way Attacks Elizabeth Warren and Bill de Blasio, and Should Disclose Bank Donations

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 5:17 PM

The "think tank" Third Way, who I referred to as a Democratic "pretender" in my recent column in The Hill, wrote an oped for the Wall Street Journal that attacked progressive economic populism and attacked Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and New York Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio yet refuses...

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Pope Francis, Liberal Populist

(52) Comments | Posted November 28, 2013 | 8:23 AM

On Tuesday, Pope Francis issued an extraordinary, detailed and politically profound apostolic exhortation in which he called on political leaders and politicians to reject trickle-down economic theories that create the exclusion and inequality that kills people.

Francis condemns the "idolatry of money" and the excesses of unbridled capitalism with words...

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Honor JFK With American Leadership in Space

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 2:09 PM

Let's look beyond the repellant spectacle of politics in Washington to reflect on a president who rallied America to greatness and consider how we can bring his legacy alive in our generation.

We should put the space program back at the center of American life. Let's begin a national discussion...

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The Fix Is In: Obama Comeback Begins Today

(31) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 3:51 PM

My guess is that my column this week, suggesting President Obama can rise again, may come close to hitting the bottom of his recent slide in popularity.

The president will fix the problem for those whose insurance policies were canceled. They may ultimately be big winners as insurers...

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Obama Can Rise Again

(2) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 1:18 PM

Democrats can win in 2014 the way Harry Truman won in 1948. President Obama, Democratic leaders in Congress, former President Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Organizing for Action, the Ready for Hillary super-PAC and Democrats everywhere should launch an aggressive campaign with the following theme for 2014:


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Rachel Maddow Performs Political Surgery

(3) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 7:44 AM

President Obama, to his great credit, has apologized to Americans who found their insurance policies canceled under Obamacare and tasked his White House staff to find fixes to the problems I described in my latest column.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who is embroiled in controversies about plagiarism, could...

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Liberals Should Fight Like Hell for Single Payer Health Care

(45) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 8:14 AM

In my recent column in The Hill titled Obama's health care Katrina I took President Obama to task -- proudly -- for spending years telling Americans they would keep their insurance policies when he knew millions of Americans could not. I called for a solution to help these...

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Food Stamp Cuts a Crime Against the Poor by Politicians

(13) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 9:17 AM

This Friday, Nov. 1, America will learn the latest monthly jobs report news, which will not be good due to the Republican-caused government shutdown.

This Friday, the poorest Americans will learn that their hunger will worsen because their food stamps will be cut unless Congress and the president act.


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Wendy Davis's Second Best Asset: Ted Cruz

(5) Comments | Posted October 27, 2013 | 6:01 PM

My former boss and mentor, the great Lloyd Bentsen, when he was senator from Texas, used to say the initials for his wonderful wife, B.A. Bentsen, stood for "best asset."

B.A. Bentsen is one of the great ladies of Texas and everywhere, and Sen. Bentsen's wise comment about her makes...

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