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Conservatives Rethink Political Correctness

Robin Lakoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robin Lakoff

Why all this commotion on the right over words and their expression? One can only wonder if language is coming to the fore of the conservative critique because they have nothing else to attack.

Ryan Grim

Reid: GOP Should 'Stop Crying About Reconciliation' | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) began to make the case on Tuesday for using a majority-vote process to move the final piece of health care ...

Friday Talking Points [112] -- Public Option's Last Stand

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Before we begin here, I'd like to humbly propose a new law. No American television station should be allowed to have an exclusive contract for any Ol...

Bring Republican Budget to a Vote in Congress

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Speaker Pelosi should bring the Rep. Ryan's budget to the House Floor for a vote. Then, the nation will witness dysfunctionality writ large as Republicans vote to filibuster their own budget.

Reid, Bennet Welcome Obama Help In Senate Campaigns

Wall Street Journal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama visits Western battleground states this week in a show of support for two of his party's vulnerable 2010 candidates, in particu...

Reid Reaches Out To Scott Brown On Jobs Bill

Politico | JAMES HOHMANN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Lacking votes on a jobs bill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is reaching out to the man who cost Democrats their 60-vote supermajority: Massachuset...

Friday Talking Points [111] -- Use It Or Lose It

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

President Obama this week has successfully put the Republican Party on the defensive. This could be a fleeting thing, or it could be the start of a whole new way for Obama's administration to operate.

March on Washington?

Norman Goldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Goldman

Unless and until there is a viable third party, Americans seem intent on just going back and forth between the two parties -- and both now appear to be awful in different ways.

Behold the Results of Bipartisanship: Baucus-Grassley Produce Tiny Jobs Bill

Bill Scher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Scher

If attracting large numbers of Republican votes to pass anything is considered a requirement, there's no way the jobs crisis can be addressed.

Harry Reid Ready For Recess Appointments

Politico | Manu Raju | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid used to consider recess appointments "an end run around the Senate and the Constitution" -- so much so that he kept ...

Shelby Blocks All Obama Nominations Over Alabama Earmarks

TPMDC | Evan McMorris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) has put an extraordinary "blanket hold" on at least 70 nominations President Obama has sent to the Senate, CongressDaily (s...

Friday Talking Points [109] -- Obama Enters Lions' Den, Bells Cat

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama followed up Wednesday night's speech with a town hall meeting in Florida, and then a truly stunning performance today, managing to "bell the cat" in the Republican lion's den.

Obama, Teddy, & the Perils of Governing Without Conviction

M.S. Bellows, Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
M.S. Bellows, Jr.

On the one year anniversary of the inauguration of Barack Obama, and the day after Teddy Kennedy's Senate seat was lost to a conservative male pinup with a pickup truck, my fears about the dangers of trying to govern without referring to fundamental principles seem to be coming true.

MIT Analysis: Americans Would Pay LESS Under Senate Health Care Plan

Politico | MIKE ALLEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A new analysis by a leading MIT economist provides new ammunition for Democrats as the Senate begins formally debating the historic health-reform bill...

White House Pep Talk To Dems On Health Care:

TIME | Karen Tumulty / Washington Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009 | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

With health reform's first test vote on the Senate floor less than 72 hours away, a platoon of top strategists -- including pollsters Mark Mellman and...

Media's Credibility (Not Public Option) Is What Is Dead

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Chris Weigant

The media has been pushing the "public option is dead" theme for so long, it's no wonder they're so astonished by yesterday's news that a public option will be included in the Senate bill.

Halftime At The Healthcare Reform Superbowl

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

A football locker room. Hundreds of Democrats are sitting on benches, to hear Coach's halftime pep talk in the Health Care Reform Superbowl. Some appear exhausted, some appear battered.

Republicans Have Already Won Massachusetts' Special Election

Jennifer Donahue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jennifer Donahue

In one year, just before Barack Obama's first inaugural anniversary, Democrats have gone from superpower status to struggling to beat back anything moderate or Republican in philosophy.

Harry Reid Hiding the Sausage on Healthcare Reform

M.S. Bellows, Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
M.S. Bellows, Jr.

Otto von Bismarck is popularly (though probably wrongly) credited with saying that "Laws, like sausages, cease to inspire respect in proportion as we ...

Reid Slams Broder: A Retiree Who 'Writes A Column Once In A While'

The Huffington Post | Lila Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Speaking from the Senate floor on Saturday, Majority Leader Harry Reid had some harsh words for Washington Post columnist David Broder. Reid was resp...

Reid: Republicans Are Like The Girls Who Wouldn't Dance With Me In High School (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When it comes to health care reform, hurt feelings and escalating tension among members of Congress have become par for the course. Much like the ...

Want Healthcare Reform? Pick Up The Phone.

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Yesterday, over 300,000 people picked up the phone and called Congress demanding health care reform this year. The phones ringing off the hook certainly did not go unnoticed by Congress.

Republicans Should Avoid Reid/Lott Comparison

Joseph Lowndes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph Lowndes

Reid's comments about Obama's electability were poorly phrased in anachronistic language about race. But Lott openly celebrated and identified himself with a politics of white supremacy.

How to Win by Negotiating with Ourselves

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

Normally you don't win anything when you negotiate with yourself. You barter yourself into a worse and worse position. I see an exception. Sam Stein ...

Democrats Now "All In" On Healthcare Reform

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Let's look at the poker hand we've been dealt on health care reform. Democrats have now officially gone from "pot committed" to "all in." The stakes, to be blunt, have been raised until they are as high as they can go.