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A "Big Deal" From a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Jeffrey Feldman | Posted 09.21.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Feldman

Because the Republican strategy has been to destroy the president at all costs -- including their own dignity -- the very idea that both parties would come together to agree on a "big deal" is a logical impossibility.

Don't Sell Our Future Short

Rep. Jim Moran | Posted 09.18.2011 | Politics
Rep. Jim Moran

On Tuesday night, the House of Representatives passed the "Cut, Cap and Balance Act." I was proud to vote against it. This is not the time for the Democratic Party to sacrifice our values.

U.S. Jobs, Economy Largely Considered Country's Most Pressing Issues: Poll

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 09.18.2011 | Business

In Washington, talks center around whether and under what conditions lawmakers should raise the nation's debt ceiling. Elsewhere, though, Americans fi...

1937, 2011: Déjà Vu All Over Again -- Stimulus Wanes, Unemployment Increases

Paul Abrams | Posted 09.18.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

One of the reasons the U.S. economy did so well in the last half of the 20th century is that we ignored ideology in favor of pragmatism. That is no longer true. Ideology has again become fashionable. And, we are paying for it, dearly.

The Debt Ceiling Debate Provides an Opportunity for Change

Steve Garcia | Posted 09.17.2011 | Politics
Steve Garcia

There is no better time for Democrats and Republicans to come together and show that they are greater than the politics that separate them.

Tea Party Debt Plan Takes Center Stage

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 09.16.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Courting confrontation and compromise alike, House Republicans shrugged off President Barack Obama's threat to veto legislation to ...

NJ's Budget: A Political Game With Dire Consequences

LaVar Young | Posted 09.14.2011 | Politics
LaVar Young

Last week's political showdown over the budget in New Jersey had democratic lawmakers fighting dirty and Governor Chris Christie fighting dirtier, and winning big.

Debt Deal: What Would You Do?

Mandy Jenkins | Posted 09.14.2011 | Politics

For the past several weeks, Congress and the White House have been debating what to do about the nation's debt limit before a projected default on Aug...

Tyler Kingkade

DOMA Defense: Boehner Complaint Dropped By Watchdog Group CREW | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 09.12.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced he would spend $500,000 to hire an outside law firm to defend the Defense of Marriage...

What The Feds Know About Cutting Waste -- And Why They Don't Succeed

AOL Government | Posted 09.11.2011 | Politics

A recent survey of government employees revealed that federal workers have a strong desire, and many ideas, on how government needs to be restructured...

Sam Stein

Obama: I'm Sure Boehner 'Will See The Light' On Infrastructure | Sam Stein | Posted 09.05.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Recent changes in rhetoric from Republicans on Capitol Hill have provided a sliver of hope about the prospects of getting an infrastruct...

Sam Stein

GOP Freshmen Lobby For Millions In Government Cash | Sam Stein | Posted 09.04.2011 | Politics

With Reporting By Alex Becker WASHINGTON -- For years, Tennessee lawmakers have advocated for the construction of a major port on the northwest cor...

Ex-Obama Adviser: Tax Raises Makes More Sense Than Spending Cuts

New York Times | Christina D. Romer | Posted 09.04.2011 | Business

The Republicans who walked out of budget negotiations the other week think they know the answer. They insist that higher taxes would threaten our frag...

Conservative Freshman Senators Bring New Stunts To Capitol Hill

Roll Call | Meredith Shiner | Posted 08.31.2011 | Politics

The conservative freshman Senators who rode into Washington as rock stars of the 2010 elections are beginning to find their comfort zone, sounding off...

We Are Each Other's Keepers

Judy Patrick | Posted 08.27.2011 | Los Angeles
Judy Patrick

What if we believed, and acted as if, we have a responsibility for one another and that together we must work to leave a healthy state for our children and our neighbors' children?

A Balanced Budget Amendment Would Change Everything

Robin Koerner | Posted 08.26.2011 | Politics
Robin Koerner

The USA has infinitely more economic flexibility under our current system than it would after a budget-balancing amendment, and the economic arguments against it are compelling. So what is there to discuss?

A Cost Of War:$20 Billion On Air Conditioning | Posted 08.26.2011 | World

The amount the U.S. military spends annually on air conditioning in Iraq and Afghanistan: $20.2 billion....

Conservative GOP Senator Issues Warning To Republicans

Posted 08.24.2011 | Politics

Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) issued a warning to fellow Republicans in Congress: If you vote to raise the debt ceiling without massive spending cuts, y...

For Most, Federal Tax Rates For Most Are Lowest Since 1960s: Bruce Barlett

New York Times | BRUCE BARTLETT | Posted 08.21.2011 | Business

A couple of weeks ago, I discussed the low level of federal taxes as a share of the gross domestic product in the United States, both historically and...

Sam Stein

Michele Bachmann Literally Praised Government Pork In Letter To Obama Official | Sam Stein | Posted 08.20.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) has built a large part of her conservative appeal on strict opposition to federal intervention in the fr...

Economically, World War II Was Stimulus on Steroids

Paul Abrams | Posted 08.13.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Right wing politicians are loathe to credit the New Deal with any success in hoisting the US out of the Great Depression, but credit WWII for that achievement. But that claim, however, undermines their entire premise.

GE CEO: Boost Hiring By Speeding Up Construction Projects

Posted 08.13.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON - Washington should streamline permitting for construction projects and make it easier for tourists to visit the United States to help ...

CHARTS: 10 Ways America Has Become A Low-Tax Country

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 08.10.2011 | Business

Whether a country has high taxes or low taxes would seem to be a straightforward question. Yet in the United States, the debate rages on. This wee...

10 Years Later, How Bush-Era Tax Cuts Changed America [CHARTS]

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 08.08.2011 | Business

A decade has now passed since the Bush-era tax cuts were signed into law, and the topic remains as divisive as ever. To mark the ten-year annivers...

Vanishing Giants In A Sharply Divided Congress

Posted 08.02.2011 | Politics

(Reuters) - The long-gone old bulls of the Congress -- giants like Democrats Ted Kennedy and Tip O'Neill and Republicans Everett Dirksen and Bob...