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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.

It's the Jobs, Stupid

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Obama needs to learn from the example of Harry Truman, who not only won re-election in 1948 in American history's greatest electoral upset; his coattails were so attractive that the Democrats took back both houses of Congress.

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.