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Obama Stimulus Plan

What Would You Do with $13?

Craig Crawford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Craig Crawford

Wandering around Georgetown yesterday for this video, I found that in this ritzy neighborhood, the sandwich business stands to gain from the president's payroll tax cut ($13 a week for the average worker).

GOP Dogma Clouds Recovery Act Debate

Jeffrey Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Feldman

The idea the Republicans want us to believe the "economy" only includes for-profit businesses. Anything that involves investment in public agencies is, therefore, not the economy.

Immigrant Groups Fighting Stimulus Provision

Washington Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Among the many provisions of the $800-plus billion stimulus bill hotly debated and horse-traded behind closed doors, one that remained largely under t...

Al Sharpton Criticizes Democrats For "Diluting" Stimulus Bill

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — The Rev. Al Sharpton criticized Democrats on Wednesday for "diluting" education portions of the economic stimulus bill in orde...

Obama Denver, Phoenix Trips: Promoting Stimulus

AP | BEN FELLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

EAST PEORIA, Ill. — President Barack Obama on Thursday pitched his economic plan at a Caterpillar Inc. plant reeling from layoffs, his message b...

Keep the Stimulus Package Green, and Save Old Forests

Mary Ellen Harte and John Harte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte and John Harte

Why is the government investing potentially as much as $50 billion in loans toward the nuclear power industry, while investing only half of that towards solar and wind power?

A Trifecta of Inadequacy

Sahil Kapur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sahil Kapur

Here's your Republican Party in a nutshell: controlled by Rush Limbaugh, seeking wisdom from Joe the Plumber and eager to extol Sarah Palin as their next commanding officer.

House vs. Senate Stimulus Bills

ProPublica | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Some highlights: The House version would spend $60 billion more on education -- the Senate version adds more than $100 billion for tax cuts to individuals and families.

Republicans Build a Roadblock to Nowhere

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

Republicans stand near-united to fight the President of the United States out of one side of their mouths - and cry for bi-partisanship out of the other.

Can't Get There from Here

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

The Obama administration has made its first serious misstep. No, it wasn't the wooing of ingrate Republicans, or the dining with clueless reactionary pundits. It is much more significant.

Bipartisanship Fetishism vs. What's Best for America: Obama Needs to Choose

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

When Galileo became convinced of the truth about how the solar system works, he didn't decide to just split the difference with the Pope so he could get a few nice editorials about "common ground" and "working together." Obama needs to stop trying to appease the bipartisanship fetishists. READ MORE Why is Obama Reluctant to Kill the Zombie Banks Threatening Our Economy? The plan laid out -- or, more accurately, sketched out -- by Tim Geithner makes it very clear that he is on the wrong side of the issue, more worried about the banking industry than the American people. Like Hank Paulson before him, Geithner appears more concerned about saving particular banks than saving the banking system. READ MORE

Patriotic Extortion

Marty Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marty Kaplan

Imagine if the Democrats had not pre-capitulated to the Republicans on the stimulus bill. Imagine if they had forced the Republicans to actually mount a filibuster.

GOP Fired Up By Stimulus Battle: "We're Picking Good Fights"

DC Examiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

You see it all over Capitol Hill, in the hallways, the hearing rooms, the gathering spots. Republicans, coming off a devastating, across-the-board ele...

Obama and The Economy: How It's Going to Play Out

Ian Welsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ian Welsh

The only people in this debacle who acted in the interests of ordinary Americans are House Democrats, but in the end they're going to be forced to choose between no bill and a fatally compromised bill.

Just imagine: What if McCain Had Won the Election and Obama had Shafted him During the Stimulus Debate?

John Amato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Amato

Um, are McCain's feelings after losing an election the big question on people's minds in the nation? I think the stimulus package is the focus of the country right now, don't you?

Our Phone Calls Are Working, Don't Let Up!

Bill Scher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Scher

If representatives know that's what their constituents want, they will be both more inclined to keep that critical public investment from the House bill, and act with the speed.

Daley Reveals Part Of Stimulus Projects Wish List

Chicago Sun-Times | Maureen O'Donnell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Mayor Daley on Monday outlined projects he would like to complete if funding is made available through President Obama's economic stimulation package....

Obama To Visit Peoria, Illinois Caterpillar Plant To Discuss Economy

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

ELKHART, Ind. - President Barack Obama's efforts to promote his economic stimulus plan will include a stop in central Illinois. Obama visited Indiana...

Change vs. Bipartisanship: What Happens When You Throw a Bipartisan Party and Half the Guest List Stays Home?

Drew Westen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Drew Westen

The problem with a message of bipartisanship is that it makes it very difficult to tell the story of why things are so bad that we need dramatic change.

Oh, About That "End" of the Obama Honeymoon ...

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
William Bradley

Where Obama may have made a mistake is in being too substantively accommodating with people who are basically not going to support him except in the event of an extraterrestrial invasion.

Lieberman: Republican Moderates Deserve "Congressional Medal Of Honor" For Stimulus Cuts

Think Progress | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Today in his town hall address in Elkhart, IN, President Obama criticized heavy cuts to education funding in the Senate's economic recovery package cr...

Obama Stimulus Trip Details: Peoria Stop Added

The Huffington Post | Rachel Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Robert Gibbs told reporters Monday that President Obama is adding a stop to his stimulus trip on Thursday in Peoria to visit Caterpillar. As for this ...


Zachary Karabell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Zachary Karabell

As muddled as this economic stage may be -- and all major measures taken in crisis usually are -- it is born of the drive to reconstruct and not profiteer, and that alone is progress to applaud.

Republicans Say They'd Support the "Right" Stimulus Bill, But Stimulus for Them Is Only More Tax Cuts

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

If you look closely at what the Republicans are saying, this isn't a debate on the merits of this stimulus legislation, but rather another round of policy battles fought during last year's campaign.

Stimulus, Yes; Bank Bailout II, No

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

If Obama does his job he will mobilize public opinion and isolate Republicans who would rather sink the economy than give a Democratic president legislative success.