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Congressional Gridlock

Why Gridlock Is Good (If You're a Progressive)

Deepak Chopra | Posted 01.19.2013 | Politics
Deepak Chopra

Gridlock is the political equivalent of a medically induced coma. Basic life functions continue while a critical disease runs its course. Being in a coma isn't good for anyone, but when the disease is worse, a coma may be the only way to return to health.

The Meaning of a Do-Nothing Election

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 01.13.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

This country is stuck in a hell of its own making that passes for everyday life at a moment when the world, for better and/or worse, is coming unstuck in all sorts of ways.

Thank You, Mr. President: You Held Back the Worst

Deepak Chopra | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Deepak Chopra

Under the most trying conditions he has held the tide against disheartening reactionary opposition. It took character to do that without descending to the level of right-wing ideologues, for whom no tactic is too low.

Immigration Gridlock Not Likely to End After the Election

Stewart J. Lawrence | Posted 12.01.2012 | Politics
Stewart J. Lawrence

We recently saw for the first time in recent memory that the Democrats -- not Republicans -- blocked an immigration reform measure that many legislators in both parties say they support, in fact.

If You're Sick of Gridlock, Blame the Constitution

Eric Black | Posted 12.01.2012 | Politics
Eric Black

This little screed is the introductory installment in an ongoing series that will bravely seek to explore the connection between the news and the olds, between what's bothering us now and the system in which the botherances are, at least in many cases, rooted.

Andrea Stone

Congress -- Where Committee Power Trumps Bioterror Protection | Andrea Stone | Posted 05.11.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Nearly four years after a congressionally mandated commission warned that bioterrorism poses the greatest threat to the nation, the form...

The "Gridlock" Story: Why Media Balance Is Broken

Spencer Critchley | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics
Spencer Critchley

In order for the mainstream media to claim that their version of balance reflects the moderate middle, they're forced to ignore the actual moderate middle.

Lucia Graves

Rate 10 Things Obama Could Do Without Congress | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has the executive authority to bypass a hostile Republican House of Representatives and a bitterly divided Senate...

SEC Chief: New Congress Won't Stop Financial Reforms

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

CHICAGO (By James B. Kelleher) - The top securities regulator said on Tuesday she doubts her agency's overhaul of the country's financial rules will ...

How Is President Obama Really Doing?

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Ross

For a guy who walked into a historic financial meltdown, two costly wars, and a Wall Street- and GOP-ravished economy, President Obama is doing pretty well.

Politics Has Lost Its Power. That's Why There's Gridlock

Michael Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Wolff

Everybody's beating their breasts about Washington gridlock. Let's defend gridlock for a moment. The opposite of gridlock was a halcyon time when Lyn...

What I've Gleaned So Far About the Stimulus Plan: Get Ready to Put Out

Leighann Lord | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Leighann Lord

When The Stimulus Plan left the House of Representatives, it was clocking in at 1,788 pages. For a bit of perspective, War and Peace - the longest novel in literary history - is 1,463 pages and is only slightly less boring.