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The French Choice

(10) Comments | Posted April 25, 2012 | 5:12 PM

The first round of the French presidential elections is now over. The result was pretty much as expected, except for an unexpectedly strong showing of right wing nationalist Marine Le Pen --although her 18 percent result was somewhat hyped by an initial estimate of 20 percent that was...

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We Have Defaulted

(4) Comments | Posted July 31, 2011 | 9:22 AM

The lesson of the debt ceiling debate, no matter what the outcome, is that the United States is hopelessly divided between a liberal Left and a radical Right, a group willing to sacrifice national interests to achieve its ends. The country must either surrender to the Right's demands or accept...

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Game Over: Republicans Find Default Acceptable

(5) Comments | Posted June 29, 2011 | 5:13 PM

The president went to Washington determined to end the bitter bickering and deep divide between the two parties. Despite what the Republicans have said, he has reached out to find compromise, been cautious and moderate, and searched endlessly for common ground. For two years this approach went nowhere. During...

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Mistaken on the War Powers Act

(5) Comments | Posted June 19, 2011 | 5:15 PM

I am an enthusiastic supporter of President Obama. Yes, on some issues, health care, the size of the stimulus, I had hoped he would take a more progressive posture, but in general I realize that he has to function under the shadow of a know-nothing, obstructionist Republican assault.

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The Dollar Collapse

(2) Comments | Posted May 2, 2011 | 12:25 PM

What explains the dramatic dollar decline over the past several months? Very simple: The Republican pledge of no new taxes.

Outside of the United States -- those selling the dollar -- know full well that no modern national state can be run on revenues of less than 20 percent of...

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Our Time to Say "NO"

(2) Comments | Posted November 29, 2010 | 5:26 PM

The Republicans understand "no." They have been living on "no" for years, but in the past Congress they have made it their mantra. One phrase units them: no new taxes. Whether it's the established leadership, Boehner, McConnell, Gingrich, McCain, all agree: no new taxes. The new Tea Party leadership,...

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The Chasm Between the Right and the Rest

(3) Comments | Posted September 8, 2010 | 5:03 PM

Newt Gingrich has just sent out an e-mail to his supporters entitled "America at Risk, A War with No Name," which argues for the development of a "long overdue serious strategy in fighting terrorism and the ideology behind it."

"Radical Islamists are people who want to impose Sharia...

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Compelling Republican "Collaboration"

(1) Comments | Posted February 15, 2010 | 1:24 PM

The Republicans have shown that a minority can control congressional outcomes. The Democrats advance policies; the Republicans, rather than bargaining for something in return, simply defeat Democratic efforts. The strategy works because the Republicans are content with the status quo. The Democrats, with their bicameral majority, must make the...

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The Tax Debate

(8) Comments | Posted February 7, 2010 | 8:50 PM

On the PBS News Hour, February 5, 2010, David Stockman, Budget Director for President Ronald Reagan, speaking of the age-old Republican scheme of "Starve the Beast"--cutting taxes to prevent domestic spending increases--declared: "Game over!"

The Congressional Republicans and the Tea Party Movement appear to be more...

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A Fight for our Future

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2010 | 9:51 PM


There is almost a universal consensus: the nation's political system has ground to a halt. We are paralyzed (Rich, NYT, January 31). We are "stuck." (Friedman, NYT, January 31). The country is in desperate need of leadership.

But America now does have a leader, and a...

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The Republican Heist

(76) Comments | Posted January 26, 2010 | 4:01 PM

I, like millions of others, watched the eight years of GWB government, appalled by its errant policies, incompetence and greed, but, I confess, I entirely misunderstood the plot. This was not the gang that couldn't shoot straight; this was the most highly competent group of bank robbers since the Lavender...

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