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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.

What Should Be Achieved at the Health Care Summit

Zack Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Zack Cooper

There are a host of other countries that have achieved comprehensive health care reform, and it's not because politics in those countries are devoid of left versus right ideological battles.

After the Summit, Jump into Bed With a Republican, a Democrat, and a Tea-Partier

Bill Shireman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Bill Shireman

The bipartisan summit on health care has already been dubbed a failure by party spinsters on both sides. But Americans are hungry for the integrative...

The Health Care Reform Summit: Two Areas for Common Ground

Bradford Kane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bradford Kane

President Obama's health care summit with Republicans and Democrats this week provides a profound opportunity to identify areas of common ground for health care reform.

Weekly Pulse: Obama to Promote Health Plan at Summit

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
The Media Consortium

Weekly Pulse: Obama to Promote Health Plan at SummitBy Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger On Monday, the White House released its plan for h...

Why Shouldn't Obama Throw Injured Patients Under the Bus To Get Health Reform? Ask Steven Olsen

Jamie Court | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jamie Court

Malpractice costs are a fraction of one percent of health care costs. No honest expert believes that limiting the rights of medical malpractice casualties will have any impact on health care costs.

The System Is Not Broken: The People Need Fixing

Saul Segan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Saul Segan

Our people should have the feeling that their governmental leaders are truly listening to them and not just patting them on the head while pursuing their own agendas.

Moment of Truth

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

March 2010 will either be remembered as the month when the scales fell from Barack Obama's eyes and he realized that the bipartisan fantasy, given the current Republican Party, is a fool's errand.

Eliot Spitzer's Tough Words For Obama: Reform Doesn't Come From Bipartisanship (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, MSNBC Washington Correspondent Norah O'Donnell, and "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane appeared on "Real Tim...

Is Bipartisanship a Means or an End?

Anna Burger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anna Burger

The American people want the best ideas from both parties and they want to see Congress have an honest debate on those ideas. But make no mistake about it: Americans are deeply invested in results.

Members of Congress Have Violated Their Oath of Office

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

All members of Congress take an oath that includes these words: "I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter." Most -- maybe all -- have violated that pledge.

Notes on a Lesson in Democracy

Roderick Spencer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Roderick Spencer

Has rigid partisanship transformed the U.S. into a democracy in name only, like apartheid-era South Africa?

It's the Narrative, Stupid: Tales Around the Camp(aign)fire

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Our highly trained staff, at the National Narrative Institute, of highly skilled narrative-crafters can put aside complexity, and zero in on what really matters: a simple tale, with easy-to-recognize good guys and bad guys, and a moral that can fit into a fortune cookie. In today's 24/7 world, after all, who has time for more?

Dodd: Changing The Filibuster Rules Would Be 'Foolish' (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On Morning Joe today, Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) said that changing the filibuster rules would be "foolish." "There's nothing wrong with partisanship....

Congress Confirms Over 100,000 American Girls Being Exploited Through Commercial Sex

Conchita Sarnoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Conchita Sarnoff

Every year more than 2 million children are trafficked world-wide. That number is at best conservative and at worst speculative since there is no systematic data in place.

Bipartisan Blight III: Evan Bayh Bye

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

The substance of Evan Bayh's bipartisan policies that were enacted helped get us into the mess we are in, and are making it harder to get out of it.

A 10-Point Program for Job Creation and Economic Transformation

Bradford Kane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bradford Kane

The focus of job proposals should be on transformative economic development in key industries that hold the promise of becoming the drivers of economic prosperity for years to come.

Evan Bayh's Retirement Sets Off Debate About Partisanship In Washington

The Washington Post | Dan Balz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Evan Bayh's surprise decision not to seek reelection touched off a debate Tuesday among strategists and scholars about whether the Indiana senato...

The Guy Wants Out: Bye-Bye, Bayh!

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Rick Horowitz

"That's nice. Very nice to meet you, Mitch. I -- anyway, the reason I'm calling is because we've been getting complaints. From the other tenants."

Jason Linkins

What Did The Senate Do To Make Evan Bayh Sad, Anyway? | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

One of the weird things about Sen. Evan Bayh's (D-Ind.) sudden decision to quit the Senate, and frag it as dysfunctional on the way out the door, is t...

Evan Bayh Packs It In

Will Marshall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Will Marshall

Bayh's decision to pack it in, after 12 years, is a loss to his party, and even more to his country. Most of all, it's a withering rebuke to Congress, which seems to have lost the knack for governing.

Senate Takes Baby Steps Toward Bipartisanship

The Hill | J. Taylor Rushing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

There are signs that the sharp partisanship that has frozen the Senate in recent months is thawing. Senators ended last week with a string of example...

Boehner's Bipartisanship: Top GOP Leader Wants Health Care Bill Online, Then Pounces On White House For Posting It

OpenLeft | Chris Bowers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On February 8th, Republican House leader John Boehner sent a letter to the White House, demanding that the White House post online any health care pro...

Obama in Wonderland

Elizabeth Bisbee Silber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Bisbee Silber

Like Alice, Barack Obama is venturing into the less familiar, often hostile world of his political rivals as he attempts to negotiate his way to a health care compromise with the GOP on February 25th.

Negotiations 101: Why Don't Congressional Democrats Do the Obvious?

Peter M. Shane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter M. Shane

Democratic behavior in Congress is so counterproductive that I cannot resist pointing out two lessons they would surely pick up in an introductory course on negotiations.