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House Expected To Pass State Jobs Bill After Being Called Back From Recess

JIM ABRAMS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) -- House members are giving up a couple of days reconnecting with folks in their districts this week to pass a jobs bill that Democrat...

When Teachers Are Slashed, the Children Pay

Randi Weingarten | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Randi Weingarten

While state coffers are shrinking, the number of children enrolled for the coming school year is not -- and neither is the extent of their educational needs.

A Small Business Dilemma: Survival

Jim Worth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jim Worth

This has been a long hard recession for small business. And though, officially, the recession is over, it has not ended for small businesses.

Weekly Audit: Why Are Unemployment Benefits A Major Political Fight?

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

by Zach Carter, Media Consortium blogger Congress finally authorized an extension of unemployment benefits on Wednesday, providing a critical life...

Lucia Graves

Lindsey Graham Blasts Jobs Bill, We 'Just Write Checks Without Ever Having To Give Anything Up' | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Before Barack Obama had even signed the unemployment insurance extension into law, Sen. Lindsay Graham was already railing against renewing benefits f...

Weekly Mulch: How Reid's Energy Bill Undermines Senate Climate Efforts

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

by Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium blogger Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) introduced a limited energy bill that responds to the oi...

Lucia Graves

Harry Reid: Republicans Want Economy To Tank So Democrats Will Be Battered In Midterms | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said on Wednesday that Republicans want the economy to tank and hope jobs legislation fails so that Democra...

If You Feed Them They Breed -- And Other Dehumanizing Conservative Idiocy We Should Ignore

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Johnson

Conservatives are throwing out every argument against helping the economy to see if any of them stick. The latest nonsense they are spreading is that helping the unemployed keeps them from finding jobs.

Jobs: The Best Politics is Doing the Right Thing

Deepak Bhargava | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deepak Bhargava

Let's cut to the chase. The American people are not happy with Washington and for good reason. After the roller coaster fight to win affordable healt...

Mr. Congressionality Explains It All For You

John Krifka | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Krifka

....job hunting, that is...

Strip-Searched: Lost iPhone Probe Shows Why Search Warrants Should Never Be Used on Journalists

Peter Scheer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Peter Scheer

The threat to personal liberties posed by search warrants in the pre-digital era was trivial compared to the virtual strip-search that a warrant has become today.

Friday Talking Points [129] -- Incrementalism Wins Big

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We're going to begin today with the news that a popular New Jersey beach is considering allowing women to sunbathe topless. And then move right on to...

Renewing Our Commitment to the Forgotten Men and Women

Elaine Marshall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elaine Marshall

As you know, last night the Senate dropped the ball again on extending unemployment benefits for the millions of people struggling just to get by in t...

A Party of Bunnings

Steve Benen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Benen

Four months ago, Sen. Jim Bunning took a lonely, ridiculous stand -- there could be no jobs bill, and no extended help for the unemployed, if it increased the deficit. In the early summer, we have a Party of Bunnings.

Arthur Delaney

Jobs Bill: Democrats Say Thursday's Doomed Vote Was The Last Chance | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday that after Republicans once again defeated a bill to reauthorize several expired domestic aid...

Deficit Hawks Vote "No" on the American Dream

Hilary A. Doe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hilary A. Doe

Despite allegations by Republicans and deficit hawks, the jobs bill is simply not a contribution to America's debt.

Arthur Delaney

Unemployment: Outlook Grim For Jobs Bill Ahead Of Vote | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Democratic leaders in the Senate have apparently failed to win enough support to overcome a Republican filibuster of a bill to help the poor, the old ...

Weekly Audit: Senate Republicans Nix Jobs Bill

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

by Annie Shields, Media Consortium blogger It looks as if election-year strategies are trumping any actual problem-solving by Republican lawmakers. In...

Arthur Delaney

Unemployment Benefits Lapse Means Less Help For The Newly Jobless | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

If Alonzo Rogers had lost his job with a trade show company in June 2008, he would have been eligible for nearly two years of unemployment benefits, t...

The Top 10 Reasons Congress Needs to Stand Tall on Stimulus

Chad Stone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chad Stone

"Most striking is the sense of political paralysis in both chambers and an almost visceral hunkering down in the face of the tough choices ahead," Pol...

Arthur Delaney

No Clear Path Forward After Jobs Bill Fails Again In Senate | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Deficit concerns once again trumped jobless aid in the Senate as Republicans, a lone Democrat and Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) on Thursday evening def...

Ryan Grim

The K Street Kickback: The Giveaway That Reid Stripped From The Jobs Bill | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The GOP is outraged that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) spiked the bipartisan jobs bill unveiled on Thursday, dropping some of its major p...

Senator Thune's Response to Center's Report Doesn't Hold Up

James R. Horney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James R. Horney

Thune argues that the large cut in budget authority he proposes for FY 2010 wouldn't impair the functioning of the federal government because agencies could spread out its effects over several years. This is incorrect.

How Much Job Creation Is Enough? (Hint: Add a Zero) - Part 2

Stephen Kent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Kent

It's currently unclear whether President Obama's lobbying to get a new jobs bill through the Senate will prove successful. But assuming it does, and ...

How Much Job Creation Is Enough? (Hint: Add a Zero) - Part 1

Stephen Kent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Kent

The May jobs report illustrates the mismatch between the magnitude of our unemployment problem and the incremental policy levers Washington is pulling...