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Jim Kessler

Entries by Jim Kessler

A Grand Throwdown?

(4) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 10:34 AM

In an attempt to foil a grand bargain, two blogs on The Huffington Post accuse President Obama of betraying progressives and the nation. The authors, Robert Kuttner and William Black, not only misrepresent the president and his agenda but also mischaracterize the state of the economy.

Kuttner, a co-editor of...

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Mr. Krugman: Obama Should Just Say Yes

(36) Comments | Posted October 3, 2012 | 12:04 PM

Paul Krugman is one of America's intellectual treasures, but he is stunningly off when it comes to the deficit. He argues that if re-elected, Obama should "just say no" to all efforts to seek a major budget deal. In so doing, he belittles Bowles, Simpson and others...

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Look to '94 Crime Bill to Solve Budget Crisis

(7) Comments | Posted June 16, 2011 | 3:23 PM

The FBI reported that crime took another dip last year. That came as a surprise, because conventional wisdom held that crime rates track the economy: fewer jobs, more crime.

But the decline in the crime rate is not a one year blip. In the last fifteen years, the number of...

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Beyond the God Gap

(45) Comments | Posted June 23, 2010 | 11:40 AM

"Insofar as Evangelicals have demonized gays and lesbians [they] should repent before God." Was it Jon Stewart who said that? Bill Maher? Barney Frank? No, it was said by an Evangelical pastor of a Southern megachurch -- a conservative who calls Mike Huckabee a friend. We live in a new...

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Psst ... It's a Moderate Bill

(9) Comments | Posted April 13, 2010 | 4:00 PM

"Embarrassingly liberal," "shockingly liberal," and "too liberal for too long" are among the highlights of former Republican strategist Arthur Finkelstein's narrative on Democrats in the 1980s and 1990s. Born out of the bare-knuckle campaigns of Senators Alfonse D'Amato and Jesse Helms, Finkelstein did as much to ruin the word liberal...

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A Block or a Bloc?

(1) Comments | Posted March 24, 2009 | 10:39 AM

It didn't take long for the left to come out guns ablazin' over the formation of a moderate Democratic working group in the Senate. The Mod Dems, led by centrist Sens. Evan Bayh, Tom Carper and Blanche L. Lincoln, were attacked within 12 hours by liberal leader Robert Borosage,...

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What Would Reagan Do?

(3) Comments | Posted September 25, 2008 | 3:53 PM

On October 28, 1980, the race between President Jimmy Carter and challenger Ronald Reagan was deadlocked. Despite the hostage crisis in Iran and a poor economy, the electorate was not sold on Reagan, and his advisors thought he was more likely to lose than win. But on that night -...

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