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The GOP Now Has Skin in the Game

Byron Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Byron Williams

Is it possible for members of the electorate -- along with the candidates they sent to Congress -- to hate gridlocked government, while at the same time holding on to the notion that only their position is right?

House Democrats Punished for Senate's Failures

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

The Democrats lost the House, and Nancy Pelosi the Speaker's gavel, because of the Senate's dysfunction. Many, if not most, I would wager, of the 400+ bills passed by the House had simple majorities in the Senate.

How'd That Bipartisanship Thing Work Out For You?

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

Could the effort at bipartisanship over the last two years have been a bigger disaster? The Democrats allowed the Republicans to make their case for two straight years while Democrats laid down their arms.

Reading the Pictures: Midterms: Where Tuesday's Whole Debacle Got Started

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2010-11-03-f.jpgRemember bipartisanship?

Time to End Hyper-Partisanship

Dan Glickman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Glickman

If the election demonstrates anything, it is that the public is weary of excessive gamesmanship and is demanding that American politics become more realistic and responsive. And we have all grown more cynical about where any of this can happen.

A Letter From a Progressive to President Obama

Stu Kreisman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stu Kreisman

Dear President Obama, I'll vote for you in 2012, but you're not making it easy to do so. Your administration's communication skills are, to be honest, horrible. And now we're in for two years of gridlock and hell.


Jonathan Schmock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Jonathan Schmock


Give Bipartisanship A Chance

Jim Kennedy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Kennedy

An imagined speech by President Barack Obama, delivered November 4, 2010 Two years ago tonight, you voted for change, and I accepted the responsibili...

Two Weeks To Go: This Election Cycle Analyzed, and an Announcement

David Helfenbein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Helfenbein

The election cycle has not been about anti-incumbency but instead about a movement created by conservative anger and led by a group known as the Tea Party.

Obama: How You Like Me Cao? (Bipartisanship's Death)

Ari Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ari Melber

Obama's political strategy is playing out in New Orleans, which anchors one of the few Congressional districts that will probably swing from the GOP to Democrats this November.

The Tea Party's Four Themes and Their Antidotes for the November Election

Bradford Kane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bradford Kane

The widespread frustration and anger is understood and acknowledged. But the solution is found in the vision for pragmatic, balanced, sound policies, not turning over the keys to those who would reverse America's progress.

The Death of GOP Internationalism

Don Kraus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Don Kraus

As the brutal primary fights in Utah, Alaska and now Delaware have shown us, this is not your father's Republican party. And it probably never will be again.

Obama's Bipartisan Obsession (Finally) Ends

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama's speech signaled that he's over his obsession with chasing the nonexistent pipe dream of bipartisanship from Republicans. He defined what his party stands for and why their values are superior to Republicans'.

Friday Talking Points [136] -- Girding For Battle

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The battle looms. It is, in fact, right over a hill right in front of us. So, are Democrats girding their loins for the fight, and roaring their def...

The Blame Game

Adam Neiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Adam Neiman

I don't blame the "professional left" or Robert Gibbs or Obama or even Rahm Emmanuel. I blame me. I was one of the last pragmatic progressives that swung from Hillary to Obama.

Jason Linkins

Mark Halperin Worries Social Security Rhetoric Will Affect Bipartisanship | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As you know, everyone inside the Beltway has sized up America's economic problems and has decided to get hysterical about the debt. Not the debt that...

Nevada Politics Makes Strange Bedfellows

Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D.

In the "strange bedfellows" category, opposition that transcends party affiliation, and in my opinion, that's a good thing. Let's hope this spirit of putting issues above party spreads.

Republicans and the "Left" Agree: Defending Social Security Is a Political Winner

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

A new poll shows overwhelming support for a progressive political agenda not unlike the one described by President Obama last year as a "New Foundation" for growth.

An Internationalism Republicans and Democrats Can Agree On

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Believe it or not, there actually are Democrats and Republicans -- lots of them -- committed to robust international engagement, smart foreign aid, and coherent and sensible U.S. international public diplomacy.

Corker Rips Obama Over 'Duplicity' Of Asking For Bipartisanship After Pushing For Reform

The Hill | Alexander Bolton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A GOP senator ripped into President Barack Obama at a meeting on Capitol Hill Tuesday, telling him he had "audacity" coming in and using Republican la...

Anger vs. Vision at the November Midterm Election, and a Containment Cap for the Tea Party

Bradford Kane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bradford Kane

Our national temperament and the fast pace of 21st century lifestyles lead many of us to feel that even deep-seated problems and structural crises should be fully resolved by the time we check our email. This thinking needs adjustment.

More Biden, Please

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Since Biden's not president himself, he is much more free to put things in explicitly partisan terms than his boss. And he seems to be doing a rip-snorting good job of doing so.

New Consensus on American Security

Joe Cirincione | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

In a hopeful sign of growing bipartisan support for nuclear reductions, former military commanders and national security officials announced their support today for quick approval of the New START treaty.

Mixed Messages From the White House

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

During the recent G20, more mixed messages emerged, with our President encouraging member nations to spend more to prop up their failing economies while his administration seeks to gut Social Security and Medicare at home.

My Private Obama

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

History has seldom delivered a more graphic, teachable crisis than the one that Obama inherited. Although we voted our hopes that events could compel Obama to govern as a progressive, we are still waiting, and we are a cheap date.