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How to Govern When Congress Would Rather Repeal and Re-investigate Than Legislate

(98) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 12:00 AM

You don't need Nate Silver or fivethirtyeight.com to tell you what the American people want their elected representatives to focus on -- it's the economy, plain and simple. Put another way and to steal a phrase -- it's the economy, stupid. That's what President Obama is focused on, because despite...

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President Obama's Vision for the Middle Class in America

(32) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 10:48 AM

As you may have heard by now, the President will be giving a major address on the economy and the middle class on Wednesday, and I want to explain why it's one worth checking out.

Eight years ago, not long after he was elected to the United States Senate, President...

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Now Is Not the Time to Wave the White Flag on Clean Energy Jobs

(256) Comments | Posted October 4, 2011 | 5:38 PM

This morning, Chairman Cliff Stearns, who leads the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, told NPR that "We can't compete with China to make solar panels and wind turbines."

This comment reflects exactly the sort of counterproductive defeatism that Energy Secretary Steven Chu warned against...

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Fact Check: Obama's India Trip Won't Cost $200 Million Per Day

(894) Comments | Posted November 5, 2010 | 11:50 AM

A recent article in the foreign press supposedly quoting an anonymous foreign official claimed that the president's trip to Asia would end up costing American taxpayers $200 million per day and that 34 navy warships were being used for the trip -- certainly an astounding figure, were it true....

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Getting What They Expected

(43) Comments | Posted October 27, 2010 | 9:06 AM

Last week, as special interest billionaires continued to pour secret donations of millions of dollars each into front groups supporting Republicans, we asked the obvious question: "What do they expect in return?"

Today we found out they're already drawing up the plans. Washington lobbyists are lining up cash...

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Shadow Campaigning: What Do They Expect in Return?

(285) Comments | Posted October 22, 2010 | 2:41 PM

Ever since the Citizens United ruling opened the floodgates to unlimited and undisclosed special interest and corporate spending in our elections, President Obama has repeatedly warned that these undisclosed contributions will give special interests even more power over politicians. And, with that power, they plan to...

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The 10 Most Wanted Lobbyist Loopholes

(76) Comments | Posted May 4, 2010 | 7:26 AM

Loopholes are a lobbyist's best friend.

As debate on the Wall Street Reform bill returns today to the floor of the Senate, lobbyists are working overtime to insert loopholes and special provisions into the bill. Back in March, Treasury Secretary Geithner made clear to the audience at...

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