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113th Congress

Why We Should Have Gone Over the Fiscal Cliff

David Stockman | Posted 06.02.2013 | Politics
David Stockman

Fiscal cliffs as far as the eye can see are the deeply troubling outcome of the Great Deformation. They are the result of capture of the state, especially its central bank, the Federal Reserve, by crony capitalist forces deeply inimical to free markets and democracy.

Root Of Congress' Discord Exposed

AP | CHARLES BABINGTON | Posted 05.30.2013 | Politics

By CHARLES BABINGTON, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MONTGOMERY, Ohio -- Here in Cincinnati's suburbs, where people tend to be polite, one finds seeds of the...

Lawmakers 'Drastically' Tighten Belts In Attempt To 'Lead By Example'

AP | JIM ABRAMS | Posted 03.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Members of Congress are traveling less and worrying more about meeting office salaries. Their aides are contending with long lines to ge...

Why Politicians Are Sensitive to Public Opinion on Same-Sex Marriage, Immigration and Guns, But Not on the Economy

Robert Reich | Posted 05.29.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

Yes, legislative deals require compromise. But why is it that deals over economic policy almost always compromise away what a majority of Americans want?

The Morality Brigade

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

What people do in their bedrooms shouldn't be the public's business. Women should have rights over their own bodies. Same-sex couples should be allowed to marry. But what powerful people do in their boardrooms is the public's business.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Gains Leverage

Roll Call | Eliza Newlin Carney | Posted 03.25.2013 | Politics

The growing clout of Latino donors and voters has quietly boosted the fortunes of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, which has gained members, politic...

Budget Balance Is In Eye Of The Beholder

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 05.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — When it comes to budgets, balance is in the eye of the congressional beholder. To House Republicans, it means a balanced budget in...

Congress Rebukes IRS For Wasting Taxpayer Money

AP | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER | Posted 03.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Nobody's going to win an Emmy for a parody of the TV show "Star Trek" filmed by Internal Revenue Service employees at an agency studio i...

Senate Democrats On Track To Pass Budget

Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics

By ANDREW TAYLOR, ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Democrats controlling the Senate appear on track to pass their first budget in four years, promis...

Will the U.S. Senate Stand Up for Our Future?

Robert Redford | Posted 05.22.2013 | Green
Robert Redford

Rumor has it the U.S. Senate will consider a budget bill provision to approve the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Here's what they need to share with their constituents.

Saturday Mail Cutback Still Being Debated

AP | PAULINE JELINEK | Posted 03.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The new spending bill passed by Congress on Thursday appears to continue the requirement for six-day mail delivery, but some lawmakers a...

Government Funding Bill Sails Through House

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 03.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House Thursday passed a huge spending bill to keep the government open through the end of September, sidestepping any threat of a go...

Selling the Store: Why Democrats Shouldn't Put Social Security and Medicare on the Table

Robert Reich | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

We are the richest nation in the history of the world -- richer now than we've ever been. But an increasing share of that wealth is held by a smaller and smaller share of the population, who have, in effect, bribed legislators to reduce their taxes and provide loopholes so they pay even less.

Postal Service Saturday Delivery Pushed By Congress

Reuters | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics

By Elvina Nawaguna WASHINGTON, March 21 (Reuters) - The financially beleaguered Postal Service suffered a setback in its plan to end Sa...

If the GOP Wants to Diversify, It Might Want to Start With Its Platform

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

There's a reason why Blacks, Latinos, Asians, gays, immigrants and other groups overwhelmingly voted with the Democrats during the last election -- mainly that we vote with those who fight for greater equality.

The Fundamental Problem for Republicans

Matthew Dowd | Posted 05.20.2013 | Politics
Matthew Dowd

The Republican brand and many of its candidates are seen as intolerant throwbacks to a time gone by and not compassionate to where people are in their lives.

Official: Trade Policy Hurt By Budget Cuts

AP | JIM ABRAMS | Posted 03.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The administration's top trade official outlined President Barack Obama's ambitious trade agenda to Congress Tuesday while cautioning th...

Congress Finally Cleaning Up Unfinished Business

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A dispute over budget cuts that threaten dozens of smaller control towers with closure slowed Senate progress Tuesday on legislatio...

GOP Leaders Still Don't Get It

Dawn Laguens | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics
Dawn Laguens

Until the Republican Party's leadership and standard-bearers reflect the views of the national electorate -- and even their own members, they are destined to repeat the mistakes -- and the outcome -- of the 2012 election.

No, Government Spending Really Isn't Going Up Right Now

Jared Bernstein | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

2013-03-18-Screenshot20130318at1.59.15PM.jpgWhenever I say that, I get emails from people who don't believe it, and not just complaining conservatives. Well, here are the numbers.

Obama Charm Offensive Produces No Breakthroughs

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 05.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Over dinner at a fancy hotel a few blocks from the White House, Republican senators wanted to know if President Barack Obama would ...

Moving Towards a Clean Energy Economy

Sen. Brian Schatz | Posted 05.15.2013 | Politics
Sen. Brian Schatz

First, let's accept the facts: Climate change is real. It is caused by humans. It must be confronted. And it is solvable.

Extremism Is Okay, Thoughtlessness Isn't

Eli Lehrer | Posted 05.15.2013 | Politics
Eli Lehrer

It's not fine -- or good -- when legislators introduce bills that don't seem to reflect any thought at all. And that's just what one New Jersey Democrat has done.

Why Does Rep. Paul Ryan Get So Much Attention?

Jared Bernstein | Posted 05.15.2013 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

I'd been discussing the absolute non-reality of his proposal -- how the numbers don't begin to add up, the unrealistic budget cuts, the plethora of magic asterisks in the absence of actual proposals -- and the interviewer was like, "OK... but if you're right, why is his budget front page news?"

Common Ground for Aircraft Carriers and Health Care

Peter Merriman | Posted 05.15.2013 | Politics
Peter Merriman

When disagreeing parties attempt to compromise, the first step is to find common ground. Perhaps the Democrats and Republicans have stumbled on a tiny patch of common ground and failed to recognize it.