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Zach Carter

McConnell Plan For Debt Ceiling May Be Final Answer, Insiders Say | Zach Carter | Posted 09.16.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A key liberal insider and Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) indicated on Sunday that the final debt ceiling deal will likely resemble something aki...

Friday Talking Points -- Obama 2.0?

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.14.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

In the midst of the debt ceiling frenzy, nobody seems to have noticed that Obama is negotiating in a markedly different way than what we've seen from him in the past. He is at the absolute center of the showdown.

Tax Cut = Growth? Actually Not So Much

Paul Tullis | Posted 09.11.2011 | Politics
Paul Tullis

Distaste for raising taxes, claiming that it limits growth, simply isn't borne by the facts. It's time for the Democrats to fight back on this point and show the facts. The alternative is dangerous, regressive, and unfair.

Breathtaking Republican Hypocrisy on Medicare

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.13.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

To be sure, Republicans have always been against the concept of Medicare. But hypocrisy entered into the discourse last year, when they attempted to position themselves as the ones who were going to "save Medicare."

Rockefeller's Bill Is a Sneak Attack on the Clean Air Act

Dan Lashof | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Dan Lashof

Rockefeller's proposal would not explicitly deny the problem -- it would just make it impossible for the EPA to do anything about it, at least when it comes to the largest sources, such as power plants and refineries.

Tax Cut Package Provides Relief for Investors

Irvin G. Schorsch III | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Irvin G. Schorsch III

The tax relief act provides some clarity about where tax rates will be -- but only for the next two years. We'll be seeing a replay of the whole process again in 2012.

The Economist: 'Deficit Hawkery As Farce'

The Economist | M.S. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

I'M HAVING trouble writing about the GOP effort to reach a compromise over whether to cut $100 billion out of the 2011 budget, or just $50-60 billion....

The Liberal Divide: Recovery vs. Revenge

Martin Nolan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Martin Nolan

When Eugene McCarthy served on the Senate Finance Committee, he explained the GOP's tax philosophy with a metaphor from his boyhood on a Minnesota farm: "Republicans believe in feeding the sparrows by feeding the horses."

My 2010 "McLaughlin Awards" [Part 1]

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

My apologies to anyone tuning in who was expecting to see the 150th "Friday Talking Points" column, since it will be pre-empted for two weeks here. B...

Howard Fineman

Tea Time: New Era Of Leadership Begins With Blocked Spending Bill | Howard Fineman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The new, more Republican Congress won't arrive in town until next month, but the Tea Party Era unofficially began on the Hill Thursday n...

Mitch McConnell Fights Back Tears On Senate Floor

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell delivered a tearful sendoff to his GOP colleague Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire on the Senate floor Tuesday, ...

Sam Stein

Ted Strickland: Democrats Suffering From 'Intellectual Elitism' | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Fresh off a narrow loss in his gubernatorial re-election campaign, Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland on Wednesday offered some somber and sober-m...

The GOP Strategy to Defeat Obama

Richard Klass | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Klass

President Obama cannot afford to have the GOP strategy succeed in the "lame duck: session. He must use every one of his considerable presidential powers and communication skills to expose and thwart it.

GOP Senators Back Earmark Ban After Requesting MILLIONS In Pork

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing & Elyse Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

GOP senators have begun sharpening their swords for an epic face-off over a proposed earmark ban, a measure that some members of Congress believe must...

Call McConnell's Bluff

Mark Olmsted | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Olmsted

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R- Ky.) insists his primary goal is to make Barack Obama a one-term President. He has given you the magic form...

John Boehner, GOP Leaders Throw Down Gauntlet To Obama

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — House Speaker-in-waiting John Boehner pledged Wednesday that Republicans will use their new majority to seek a "smaller, less costl...

Sam Stein

Tim Kaine Rips Mitch McConnell For Abandoning Post-Election Bipartisanship | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The notion that the results of the 2010 elections could somehow produce an element of political harmony always seemed a bit detached fro...

Reading the Pictures: NYT Slaps Obama For Failure to Reach Across the Aisle. (Sigh.)

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2010-10-26-Screenshot20101026at9.31.18AM.pngHas Obama's "post-partisan" obsession simply vanished from from some journalists' memory banks?

Robbing the Middle Class: Republican 'Pledge' Lets Wall Street off the Hook

Zach Carter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Zach Carter

Republicans have not only pledged to set Wall Street loose, they've vowed not to clean-up the economic mess that results. When Wall Street sets the economy on fire, they'll let it burn -- if that means home, your job, or your retirement, so be it.

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...

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...

Sam Stein

Dem Talking Points Slam McConnell For Hypocrisy On Deficit | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate Democrats are circulating a new batch of talking points that take Republicans to task for proposing a slate of tax policies that, according to ...

The F Word: What Good Is the 14th Amendment?

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

The 14th amendment has done it again! No wonder right wing radicals want to repeal it.

Lucia Graves

GOP Uses Creative Stats To Push Bush Tax Cuts (VIDEO) | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Republican leaders are finding increasingly creative ways to justify their support for extending the Bush tax cuts for Americans making over $250,000 ...

The Evolution of Fascism -- Then and Now

Mark Olmsted | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Olmsted

I understand that our President prefers consensus to confrontation, but his fear of being cast as the "angry black man" is leaving a vacuum. Olbermann does a mean Edward R. Murrow, but his ratings don't compete with Limbaugh or Beck.