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Republican House Musings

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Republican Party's approval rating is the most dismal of all, clocking in lower than even the Democratic Party's approval. In other words, the voters are about to vote into power a party they like less than the party currently in power.

Will Young, Disenchanted Voters Show Up for Midterms?

Dr. Judy Lubin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Judy Lubin

There is still time to turn out the vote among key Democratic constituencies. But it will not be easy. Young voters are still not inclined to head to the polls.

Get Ready for Gridlock

Dr. Philip Neches | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Philip Neches

Obama may find with the 112th Congress that executive branch-only action may be the only path open to advance anything more than token parts of his agenda.

Tea Partiers Should Prepare for Disappointment

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Tea Partiers want to cut the favorite target of conservatives -- "entitlements." The only problem with that is that most folks don't call these programs "entitlements," most folks call them "my Social Security check."

'Suburban Nation'

Jeff Speck | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jeff Speck

But now, a preference has become a mandate, as sprawl has quietly been identified as a central cause behind a growing list of mounting national crises including foreign oil dependency, climate change, and the obesity epidemic.

Redistricting Battles Spur Wave Of Cash

Wall Street Journal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Republicans and Democrats, hoping to pick up seats in Congress through redistricting, are pouring money and political muscle into statehouse races in ...

Friday Talking Points [142] -- Republican "Doggy-Doo"

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We're going to start off with a warning this week: this preamble section is going to be mostly shameless self-promotion and one cheap inside joke. If...

US-Generic Ballot: 45% Republican, 37% Democrat (CBS 10/1-5)

Huffington Post | Brad J Shannon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

CBS News 10/1-5/10; 991 Likely voters, 3.1% margin of error Mode: Live telephone interviews (CBS News release) National 2010 Congress: Generic Ballo...

Big Insurance, Pharma, Wall Street and John Boehner

Richard Trumka | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Trumka

The man Wall Street wants to make speaker of the House supports raising the retirement age for Social Security. This is just one of the extreme positions John Boehner holds.

Legalizing the Bank Foreclosure Mess

Pat Choate | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pat Choate

Under pressure, Bank of America has halted mortgage foreclosures in the 23 states that require court approval. So too, have Ally Financial and JP Morgan Chase. Other banks are likely to do the same.

The Way Things Ought to Be

Jim Lichtman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Lichtman

While floods of money in our politics is the reality we live in, I don't think we should settle for this.

Obama Poll Watch -- September, 2010

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Last month I rashly wrote that since Obama was starting the month on an upswing, he had a good chance of posting largish gains in September. This didn't happen.

Study Finds Big Gaps In Rules For Foreign Travel Disclosure

Roll Call | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Congressional reports on foreign travel are essentially useless for determining where Members went, how much was spent and who traveled with the lawma...

Friday Talking Points [141] -- Rahm's Exit Contest Winner Announced

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I will begin today's column by drying a tear as we all wish Rahm Emanuel a fond farewell. Actually, I am lying. I am drying no tears for Rahm becaus...

Bittersweet Homecomings

Laura Munson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Laura Munson

I have had many homecomings lately. Though none of them involved sports. Instead, they were returns to places where I've lived and loved.

Jennifer Grey Going On 'House'

ew.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

No one puts Baby in a corner...except Gregory House. Dirty Dancing's Jennifer Grey will find herself in a no-win situation when she guest-stars on ...

Friday Talking Points [140] -- Pledging Nonsense

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The White House has been in the news this past week, mostly for who will be leaving it soon. One is tempted to insert the old "will the last to leave...

'Glenn Beck' Sponsor Goldline To Testify Before Congress

Mother Jones | Stephanie Mencimer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Glenn Beck's favorite gold company is getting hauled up to Capitol Hill Thursday for a grilling over its allegedly deceptive business practices. And t...

PHOTOS: Hempcrete, Earthships, And More! The Coolest Home Design Trends

Huffington Post | Alden Wicker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The modern home builder has a bevy of options for building a sustainable, low-energy, non-toxic building. From hemp, to corn cobs, to old tires, to sm...

Food Safety Bill Stalled By Tom Coburn, Small Farm Interests

The New York Times | GARDINER HARRIS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

But the Senate has still not acted to fix many of the flaws in the nation's food safety system -- although a bill to do so has broad bipartisan suppor...

Meet The Tea Party's Karl Rove

The Sacramento Bee / McClatchy | Dan Morain | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sal Russo, a consultant whose roots in Sacramento stretch back to Gov. Ronald Reagan's days, took a direct hand in O'Donnell's victory Tuesday. He is ...

Friday Talking Points [139] -- Three Years Of FTP

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Last week was a busy one, and also a pretty good one for Democrats, all around. But we'll get to all of that in a moment. First, though, we simply mu...

William Alden

Home Prices Could Drop For The Next Three Years

HuffingtonPost.com | William Alden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Thinking about buying a home? You might want to proceed cautiously. The housing market may continue to decline, potentially for at least three more ye...

Last Big Tuesday of Primary Season

Ed Kilgore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ed Kilgore

It's been a long and fascinating primary season, with most of the heavy action on the GOP side, and that's largely how it will culimate with tomorrow's eight-primary event.

Friday Talking Points [138] -- "Candidate" Obama Returns

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

America (as, likely, everywhere else) always has a seamy underside, crawling with metaphoric maggots, to anything that is mostly seen as good by the m...