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Right-Wing Politics Is Not Just Pro-Business... It Is, Itself, a Big Business

Paul Abrams | Posted 07.17.2014 | Politics
Paul Abrams

One cannot understand right-wing politics without realizing it is primarily a profit-making enterprise. And, like other profit-maximizing organizations, it does whatever is necessary to drive its own profits.

Christina Wilkie

Bloomberg Joins Controversial Lobbying Group | Christina Wilkie | Posted 12.12.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- New York mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Wednesday that he has joined Campaign to Fix the Debt, a controversial debt-reduction group f...

Ryan Grim

Alan Simpson Fires Off Letter To HuffPost | Ryan Grim | Posted 06.09.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The American people are tired of hearing "bullshit and mush" in the debate over the future of Social Security, former Sen. Alan Simpson ...

Ryan Grim

Alan Simpson Accepts Social Security Debate Challenge | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.31.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.), a leading voice in the argument over the future of Social Security, has agreed to debate progressive ...

Alan Simpson Lashes Out At GOP 'Madness'

Posted 05.27.2012 | Politics

Former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.) lashed out at members of his party on Sunday, slamming them for their unwillingness to compromise on proposed tax in...

Christie's Absurd Claims

Paul Abrams | Posted 11.28.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Governor Chris Christie claimed President Obama came into office in a crisis, and did not lead. Moreover, he suggested the president did not recognize problems and push to solve them. He must not understand the meanings of two words: "filibuster" and "abuse."

"The Great Flabbergasting": Rachel Maddow's (Surprising) Blind Spot

Paul Abrams | Posted 10.22.2011 | Media
Paul Abrams

Even brilliance has its blindspots. Maddow's seems to be her continued fascination with Republicans who vote against their own proposals. It is not befuddling at all. With rare exceptions, Republicans never favored the positions they espoused in the first place.

The SuperCongress Dilemma: Warren Buffett v. Grover Norquist

Ryan Clayton | Posted 10.17.2011 | Politics
Ryan Clayton

If you had to choose between the advice of successful investor Warren Buffett or political hack Grover Norquist on how to fix our nation's fiscal ills, who would you trust?

Budget Cuts Mean Job Cuts

Beth Kobliner | Posted 10.04.2011 | Business
Beth Kobliner

Finally! The debt ceiling drama is over and we can all breathe a big sigh of... Wait a second. It's certainly not a sigh of relief that you're hearing...

Sam Stein

Nancy Pelosi: Dems Will Be Forceful On Super Committee But Won't Draw 'Lines In The Sand' | Sam Stein | Posted 10.04.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Frustration on and off the Hill is mounting for Democrats who are worried that the newly created debt reduction "super committee" will e...

Ryan Grim

Senate Dems Fired Up At Kent Conrad | Ryan Grim | Posted 07.03.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats are furious at their lead budget negotiator for crafting a blueprint that they think moves the party too far to the rig...

Lucia Graves

Jan Schakowsky Introduces Bill To Raise Taxes For Wealthiest Americans | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) announced legislation on Wednesday that would create new tax brackets for earners who make significantly mo...

Money Changes Everything: Will the Battle Over the Budget Derail All Bipartisan Cooperation in 2011?

Eileen McMenamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eileen McMenamin

A collection of senior lawmakers gathered at a Washington panel last Wednesday to reflect on the possibility of cooperation across party lines in the 112th Congress.

Joe Klein: 'Righteous Burghers' Obsessed With Debt Are Ignoring The Economy

TIME | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Again, I'm not opposed to long-term deficit reduction, so long as it's equitable. But I do wonder why these righteous burghers are leading the charge ...

Debt Commission Staffers Paid By Outside Groups

The Washington Post | Dan Eggen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

...Tthe National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform has also come under attack for its unusual approach to staffing: Many of its employees...

Amanda Terkel

Barney Frank: Cut NATO Spending | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Public officials on both sides of the aisle are increasingly looking toward the defense budget as a possible avenue for cutting spending...

Friday Talking Points [148] -- Aliens Landing?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

So the good news this week was apparently that giant mutant space monsters are not, in fact, about to arrive and (assumably) enslave humankind and eat...

Republican "Principles" Busting Out all Over

Martha Burk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Martha Burk

I've been agonizing for some time over how as a country we've catapulted so far beyond George Orwell's 1984, which taught us that rhetoric could be co...

Lucia Graves

Deficit Commission Fails To Pass Plan | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Obama's fiscal commission fell short of reaching consensus on a plan to shave $3.8 trillion from the federal deficit over the ...

Dan Froomkin

An Example Of How Civil Political Discourse Threatens Modern Conservatism | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The conventional wisdom among this city's elite is that if liberals and conservatives would only sit down and actually listen to each ot...

Scoring a Fiscal and Social Win-Win

David Bank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Bank

As policymakers tackle the national debt, they should invest in a national asset: the talent of older adults seeking to put their experience to work in their encore careers.

Wasteful Development Subsidies Among Cuts Proposed by Debt Commission

Geoffrey Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Geoffrey Anderson

If Congress really wants to rebuild our economy and spur job growth they should start by cutting federal subsidies that incentivize wasteful development and bankrupt our communities.

Lucia Graves

Steny Hoyer: $13.7 Trillion Debt 'The Most Pressing Problem Confronting Our Country' | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Wednesday that the country's $13.7 trillion debt is "the most pressing problem confronting our co...

Ryan Grim

Deficit Commission: Cut Taxes For Wealthy, Raise Retirement Age For All | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The president's deficit-commission report, scheduled for a vote by the full panel on Friday, proposes to slash tax rates for corporatio...

Lucia Graves

Erskine Bowles: Debt Plan 'Will Not Be Some Watered-Down Version Of The 'Chairman's Mark'' | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Members of President Obama's deficit commission will vote Friday on a proposal to slash federal spending and rein in the country's debt....