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113th Congress

Seven Million Jobs, Two Budgets - and One Very Strange Tribe

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.14.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The problem isn't that we can't fix our economy. The problem is we won't. And until we change the primitive culture of our politicians and media, our citizens will suffer the consequences.

The Contest Over the Real Economic Problem

Robert Reich | Posted 05.14.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

The biggest problems we face are unemployment, stagnant wages, slow growth, and widening inequality -- not deficits. The major goal must be to get jobs and wages back, not balance the budget.

Let's Hear It for 'Bullshit!'

Norman Lear | Posted 05.13.2013 | Politics
Norman Lear

If anybody can tell me that there are another two syllables that can express what lies just beneath the consciousness of most Americans at this minute -- and all Americans when they know what they are angry minute about, I want to know what that is.

GOP Rift Fueled By Conservative Group's Challenges

Reuters | Posted 05.13.2013 | Politics

By John Whitesides WASHINGTON, March 13 (Reuters) - The anti-tax advocacy group Club for Growth, an unapologetic purveyor of in-your-f...

Joy Resmovits

Ryan Budget Freezes Maximum Pell Grants

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.12.2013 | Politics

Under Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis) "Path to Prosperity" budget framework for 2014, college students would have one less weapon against the creep of climbi...

More on the Ryan Budget: A Guidepost on the Road to Gridlock

Jared Bernstein | Posted 05.12.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

As the Ryan budget, which is really quite divorced from reality outside the hyper-conservative House and has absolutely zero chance of enactment, shows, these budgets have little to do with the actual agreements that determine actual revenues, outlays, and policies.

Ryan the Redistributionist

Robert Reich | Posted 05.12.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

Paul Ryan's new budget purportedly gets about 40 percent of its $4.6 trillion in spending cuts over ten years by repealing Obamacare, but Ryan's budget document doesn't mention that such a repeal would also lower taxes on corporations and the wealthy that foot Obamacare's bill.

The Difficulty With Political Dogma

Matthew Dowd | Posted 05.12.2013 | Politics
Matthew Dowd

The interesting thing about both sides' budget dogma is that there really isn't any historical fact-set that supports either one. In previous economic struggles in our country, government spending was cut or taxes were raised and the economy did just fine.

Democrats: Masters of Self-Delusion

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics
Michael Brenner

The Democrats have become like the defenders of Constantinople who for centuries withstood one siege after another from the East only because the massed besieging armies fell victim to the plague.

An Etiquette Lesson for Elizabeth Warren From 'El Loco'

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.10.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Politicians and regulators serve criminal banks for the very same reason that Willie Sutton robbed them: That's where the money is.  If these senators don't figure that out pretty soon, they're going to have to go to the people to raise money.

Dems Face Daunting Challenge

AP | KEN THOMAS and THOMAS BEAUMONT | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — After a surprising string of victories last fall, Democrats now face a challenging terrain as they look to hold onto their Senate m...

Hashtag America: #StandWithRand Takes Over

Ericka Andersen | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics
Ericka Andersen

Hashtags corralled a legitimate, constructive conversation by multiple thousands into one space. The only way it could be accomplished was with hashtags. It was a victory for social media in an era when bringing partisan sides together in such a way is no small feat.

Senate Considers Next Steps On Gun Control

Posted 03.07.2013 | Politics

By ALAN FRAM, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's prospects for winning near-universal background checks for gun purchases...

We Do Have to Make Choices

Rep. John K. Delaney | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics
Rep. John K. Delaney

Do we invest in our future and pay for it by raising revenues, reforming Social Security and Medicare, and trimming other programs? Or do we do nothing, underinvest in our country, and surrender our children's future to a world rapidly changing?

What Obama Should Do Now

Robert Reich | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

The President must reframe the public debate around the future of the country and the investments we must make together in that future, rather than austerity economics.

How Obama's Politics Led to Sequestration

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics
Jeffrey Sachs

It is easy for progressives to blame the Republicans for the sequestration and to view President Obama as having waged a last-ditch effort against these cuts. This is too easy. Many have been confused by focusing on Obama's eloquent speeches and progressive vision while missing his actual budget policies.

Irate Constituents Give Congress An Earful

Reuters | Posted 05.02.2013 | Politics

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON, March 2 (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress is getting an earful about the big spending cuts beginning to hit ...

Obama: Crisis Will 'Inflict Pain'

Reuters | Posted 05.02.2013 | Politics

By Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON, March 2 (Reuters) - Just hours after across-the-board spending cuts officially took effect, President ...

Why Sequestration Harms Seniors and Costs Taxpayers

Barbara J. Easterling | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
Barbara J. Easterling

Two straight years of budget cuts and hiring freezes have crippled Social Security's ability to handle dramatic workload increases, and the additional cuts required under sequestration will cause further erosion.

Obama, Leaders Meet At White House Over Sequester

Posted 03.01.2013 | Politics

Obama met with congressional leaders Friday to discuss looming automatic budget cuts. Republican House Speaker John Boehner was among the leaders w...

For The Love of God, Plumb

Jess Wilson | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
Jess Wilson

Dear Honorable (and Other) Members the United States Congress, I know y'all are busy, what with all that finger pointing and all, but I'd like to tell you a story. I pay your salary, so indulge me, won't you?

Sequestration Sums Up the Failures of Congress

Chris Williams | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
Chris Williams

It may take weeks before Congress agrees to end the sequester, but until then, the financial future of America and her citizens swings back and forth like a pendulum.

Rep. Conyers Needs our Support to Kill the Sequestration's Austerity

William K. Black | Posted 05.01.2013 | Business
William K. Black

President Obama can easily break with this strategy of choking our economic recovery by supporting a clean bill that would kill the sequester instead of our economy.

Instead of Delays at all Airports, Let's Sequester Congress and Shut Down All Airports Serving D.C.

Peter Scheer | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
Peter Scheer

U.S. aviation officials are warning of severe flight delays due to furloughs of air traffic controllers triggered by the sequester's across-the-board budget cuts. I have a better idea.

The Sequester and the Tea Party Plot

Robert Reich | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

The President should let the public see the Tea Partiers for who they are -- a small, radical minority intent on dismantling the government of the United States. As long as they are allowed to dictate the terms of public debate they will continue to hold the rest of us hostage to their extremism.