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In The Public Interest: Everybody Hates Waste, Right?

Nicole Tichon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nicole Tichon

Over the last year, serious policy debates have been subject to showdowns and shouting matches. Posturing and partisanship. Scrapping bills and taking...

The Big Fix (Hold on to your Wallets)

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

The drumbeat about deficits has reached deafening levels. Not wanting to let the crisis go to waste, an elite consensus is congealing on how to bring the deficits down. Call it the big fix.

The Audacity of Nope

Peter A. Ubel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter A. Ubel

If you had to summarize the three top "accomplishments" of the Republican party since Obama took office, they would be no, nada, and nope.

Jason Linkins

Financial Regulatory Reform And The Extraction of Bipartisanship | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Over the past year, when major initiatives fail to pass or pass without a single Republican vote, your beloved Beltway media is typically all too quic...

Who's the Real Radical, Obama or Gingrich?

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carl Pope

I think one of the great problems we have in the Republican Party is that we don't encourage you to be nasty.

BP's Egregious Conflict of Interest Is Wreaking Havoc on the Gulf

Bradford Kane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bradford Kane

BP's dual roles -- as the financially responsible party and as the principal party that is trying to stop the leak -- have been on a collision course.

Selig Says No to Galarraga, Calls for Bipartisanship After "Perfect Game" Humiliation

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Norm Stamper

Bud Selig has rejected pleas to reverse umpire Jim Joyce's bum call. But the commissioner did use the occasion to lament the general state of bipartisanship in America's pastime. "The game's become altogether too partisan," Selig told a reporter.

Is This Any Way to Run a Pop Stand?

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

Imagine an organization of two warring factions. The two spend most of their time vilifying each other, and defeating their opponents' plans. This nightmare is none other than the US Congress.

Colicky Babies, Tea Party Tantrums & Compassion

Molly Secours | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Molly Secours

What exactly was the source of discontent for those who met Obama's attempts at bipartisanship in health care reform with a yearlong tantrum?

One Party?

Dr. Philip Neches | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Philip Neches

In the health care debate, the Republican Party broke the historic operation of the two party system, with consequences for both parties.

70% Say Country "Dangerously Divided" by Health Care Debate

John Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Zogby

Our latest survey, taken immediately after the House passed health care, found 70% said the country has become "dangerously divided" by the debate, and 16% believe these feelings will quickly fade.

Want Bipartisanship? Let's Talk

Eileen McMenamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eileen McMenamin

As President Obama heads to Capitol Hill to meet with Senate Republicans, the first question that comes to mind is: Why don't the president and Republicans get together more often?

Who's Buying Bipartisanship?

Ray Suarez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ray Suarez

The elusive butterfly of partisanship is even harder to find in a Democratic Party more concentrated in the big metropolitan areas... and an even tougher goal in a shrunken Republican Party.

Ryan Grim

Senators Engage In Bipartisan Civil Disobedience, Refuse To Halt Hearing | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Jim Webb and Lindsey Graham had an unorthodox answer to a Republican parliamentary maneuver that blocked committees from meeting on Wednesday: Biparti...

Republicans Embrace "Party of No" Label

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If Republicans continue their tantrum once the Senate passes the reconciliation bill, it's going to be a lot easier for Democrats to convince independents that they, the Democrats, are the adults in the room.

Roy Sekoff: The Right Has Decided To Double Down On The Crazy (VIDEO)

Huff TV | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Huff TV

HuffPost editor Roy Sekoff appeared on "The Ed Show" Wednesday evening to talk about the Republican Party's political tactics. Rather than learning ...

Health Reform Post-Mortem

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

In order to get anything done this year, things are going to have to move a lot faster than health reform moved. The pace has to be stepped up from "glacial."

What the Health Care Bill Might Mean

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

If the Democrats can create some momentum of their own, and learn the lessons of health care, then they may be able to substantially reduce the electoral damage in November.

Friday Talking Points [116] -- Is It Sausage Yet?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If nothing else comes of it, you've got to admit that the health reform movement has given a lot of people a very detailed education about the sausage-making process in Washington.

The Beginning of the End of the Myth of Bipartisanship

Jayne Lyn Stahl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jayne Lyn Stahl

It's safe to say that, with Rand Paul's victory today, the myth of bipartisanship has been officially laid to rest.

DNC Launches Ad Attacks Mitch McConnell As 'What's Wrong With Washington'

The Plumline | Greg Sargent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Now the Democratic National Committee, seeking to elevate McConnell's remarks, is going up with a new ad, sent over by a source, blasting McConnell as...

Get Your Government Hands Off My Marijuana

Kevin Armento | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kevin Armento

Every time a Tea Partier against big government and wasteful spending, the left should stand shoulder-to-shoulder and proclaim, "You betcha. Get your government hands off my marijuana."

Americans Want Health Security & Affordability, and Don't Care About Myths & Legislative Procedures

Bradford Kane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bradford Kane

Reform at any time in the future will be far more extreme and painful, and much less likely to resolve deficiencies and put our nation's health spending on a sustainable track. It must be now.

Republicans, Heal Thyselves!

Bruce Kluger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Bruce Kluger

Maybe if the president and his enemies met at a well-stocked bookstore in D.C. and simply read titles to one another -- in the self-help aisle and from a few neighboring shelves -- they could finally find a way to dialogue.

How to Get Civility in Washington Back on Track

Michael Smerconish | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Smerconish

Elected officials spend only as much time together as is absolutely necessary. And they only see each other in a single context: the ugly political and ideological clashes that end up dominating the daily talk radio shows.