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Kent Conrad Advised Barack Obama Not To Back Bowles-Simpson | Sam Stein | Posted 04.08.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) said on Sunday that he urged President Obama not to publicly support a much...

A Deficit Pitch Without Social Security -- The Only Chance of Winning

Josh Rosenblum | Posted 11.08.2011 | New York
Josh Rosenblum

Last week, a New York Mets pitcher threw the type of pitch Obama must use to stop any new proposals to cut Social Security if he plans to make it through the game of his reelection.

After Downgrade, Americans Must Drive Tea Party From Power

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 10.08.2011 | Politics
Fernando Espuelas

The world's most powerful country was brought to the edge of financial chaos by Mrs. Bachmann and her Tea Party cohorts. Americans should never forget the damage that they have caused the whole nation.

My 2010 "McLaughlin Awards" [Part 1]

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

My apologies to anyone tuning in who was expecting to see the 150th "Friday Talking Points" column, since it will be pre-empted for two weeks here. B...

Eating the Old at Thanksgiving

David Coates | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Coates

This Thanksgiving, inter-generational conflict is back on the political agenda -- the burden which the old supposedly place upon the young is back in public view -- because the rich and famous are after Social Security again.

Friday Talking Points [146] -- Clowning Around

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Send in the clowns! No, that's not a statement on Congress returning to Washington next week. Although if you choose to read it that way, I certainly...

Two Birds with One Stone: Strengthen Social Security and Lower Unemployment at the Same Time

Natale Zimmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Natale Zimmer

We can strengthen Social Security and reduce unemployment by making these proposed changes, and ultimately, these steps will help reduce the deficit as well.