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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.

Right Wing Fantasies Require Made-Up Facts

Ira Forman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ira Forman

Why does a columnist for a serious Israeli newspaper spout such nonsense on an issue which is central to Israel's long-term security?

Requiem for a Lightweight President

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Brenner

There are slim grounds to expect a forthright reform agenda ever to emerge from the Oval Office. The moment has vanished -- whether November brings a rout or just a defeat.

President Obama, Replace Rahm With Me: An Open Letter From Michael Moore

Michael Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Moore

President Obama, I don't know what your team has been up to, but they haven't served you well. And Rahm, poor Rahm, has turned into a fighter -- not of Republicans, but of the left.

A Strategic Retreat From Leadership

Rep. Mike Coffman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Coffman

Obama's proposed budget for space exploration describes an approach that is both reckless and naïve. It would completely abandon the manned space flight program known as Constellation.

Reform the Filibuster

Sen. Michael Bennet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Sen. Michael Bennet

The obstructionist actions of Republican senator Jim Bunning left no doubt that Washington is broken, and it's getting worse. That's why I am introducing new legislation to reform the filibuster.

Bipartisanship Is Not a Substitute for Real Reform

Heather Booth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Heather Booth

Dodd is expected to release the financial reform bill this week. Since legislation usually doesn't get any better after it is introduced, if we are going to get a strong, independent Consumer Financial Protection Agency, we have to act now.

Bipartisanship: The Coat that Hides the Same Suit

Richard Greener | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Greener

It makes no sense to have the votes needed to carry that position and then give up in the interest of securing additional votes you don't need to placate the feelings of those who oppose your effort.

Jason Linkins

Pelosi: We've Had A Year Of Trying To Strive For Bipartisanship (VIDEO) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

One of the things I've endeavored to point out is that if "bipartisanship" is a quality that can only be measured in terms of a final vote count, then...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

Thursday's health care summit could have been dubbed Talking Points-Palooza. The GOP stayed ferociously on message, with speaker after speaker calling on the president to "start over" with a "clean sheet of paper" and take a "step-by-step approach." For their part, Democrats were committed to sending the message that, as Max Baucus put it, "We're really not that far apart." That might be the case -- if Republicans were actually interested in coming to an agreement. But they're not -- as the last 14 months have made abundantly clear. No matter how many conciliatory steps Democrats take in their direction, Republicans just keep backing away. President Obama will announce his plan for moving forward this week. Let's hope he scraps his delusions of bipartisan agreement, and pushes Congressional Democrats to beef up the bill and pass it through reconciliation.

Left, Right & Center: The Health Care Summit, Goldman and Greece, and Toyoda in D.C.

HuffPost Radio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

Goldman Sachs: Is it Wall St. gone wild? Or just the progress of capitalism? And is the US trouncing on Toyota because it owns GM? How did Mr. Toyoda do on Capitol Hill?

Jason Linkins

Health Care Summit Happily Brings Period Of Bipartisan Illusioneering To An End | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The White House needed to look open-minded, the Republicans needed to turn the recitation of talking points into a cathartic experience, and the overall presentation was a political theater.

Friday Talking Points [113] -- Republican Reconciliation Hypocrisy

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

As the dust settles on the aftermath of the health reform summit, not much has changed. Not that anyone really expected anything to change, much, to be honest.

DC Hubbub and What it Means For the Climate Bill

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Heather Taylor-Miesle

Originally published at The Markup. As I sit here writing, I have the White House Health Care Summit running in the background. This is the meeting ...

Health Care and Bipartisanship in the Balance

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

President Obama, this is your moment for political courage, vision, leadership, and faith. We urge you to take heart and move meaningful health care reform forward.

Decoding 'Bipartisanship' [VIDEO]

Craig Crawford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Craig Crawford

In this installment of "D.C. Decoder" for, we examine what bipartisanship really means and what we can realistically expect from such efforts.

Obama, Dems Enjoy Substantial Public Support on Their Health Care Proposal

Lanny Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lanny Davis

Many people are wrong in thinking that the Democrats' comprehensive approach to healthcare reform lacks public support across the ideological spectrum.

Jason Linkins

The Real Bipartisan Lie | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

You only need to read one paragraph of this Politico article, "The big bipartisan lie," before you recognize the lie, and it isn't what Politico think...