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Paul Blumenthal

Former Lobbyists Could Staff 'Super Congress' | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.11.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With congressional leaders having finalized their selection of the 12-member, bicameral panel designed to pinpoint $1.5 trillion in defi...

Financial Crisis: For the GOP, It's All So E-Z

Rick Horowitz | Posted 10.11.2011 | Comedy
Rick Horowitz

Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus has released the following statement concerning the continuing and dangerous deterioration of the U.S. economy.

Those Who Suffer the Most Are Least Represented on the New Super Committee

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. | Posted 10.11.2011 | Black Voices
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.

Neither Mitch McConnell nor John Boehner has felt the need to nominate a minority or a woman to the Super Committee that will have a lot to say about who will suffer the most under the new committee's decisions.

Inside The Connections Of 'Super Congress' Members

The Center For Public Integrity | Sandy Johnson | Posted 10.11.2011 | Politics

Every member of the Super Congress comes with a history of political patrons and connections with special interests. The Center for Public Integrity's...

Michael McAuliff

Pelosi Picks Democratic Champions For Super Congress | Michael McAuliff | Posted 10.11.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) made the final picks for the new deficit-slashing "super Congress" Thursday, naming three ...

Suuuper Committee!

Jared Bernstein | Posted 10.11.2011 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

I wouldn't make too much out of the personalities on the super committee. The Democrats probably would give something on Medicare or Social Security, but not if the Republicans won't budge on revenues. So the smart money is on deadlock.

Jordan Howard

Schakowsky Bill Addresses Job Crisis | Jordan Howard | Posted 10.10.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, announced on Wednesday that she will introduce a progres...

Behind Bachmann's Curious Move And New Poll Has Bad News For Republicans

Posted 10.10.2011 | Politics

Despite her penchant for bashing stimulus funds, Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann sought government money. Rival GOP candidate Jon H...

The Perils for Obama of Not Talking About Poverty in America

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 10.10.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

It's strange that President Obama doesn't show any indignation about our long slide into economic oblivion. He's certainly not "fighting mad" about it. He draws a line in the sand, the Republicans cross it, then he steps back and draws another line in the sand.

Elise Foley

McConnell, Boehner Make 'Super Congress' Appointments | Elise Foley | Posted 10.10.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican leaders of the House and Senate announced their picks Wednesday for the "super Congress" deficit committee slated with findin...

Sam Stein

Harry Reid Reveals 'Super Congress' Picks | Sam Stein | Posted 10.09.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will appoint Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and John Kerry (D-Mass.) to t...

What's Happening to America?

Ethan Casey | Posted 10.09.2011 | Politics
Ethan Casey

A decade ago, I read a book that made a lasting impression on me. It was a memoir called Defying Hitler by Sebastian Haffner, who had recently passed ...


Michael Brenner | Posted 10.08.2011 | Politics
Michael Brenner

Barack Obama has failed the country. He has failed us due to a lack of conviction, a lack of appreciation where the path of presidential duty lies, a lack of courage, and no lack of expedient impulses to promote himself.

Fat Cat Pledge: "I Will Pay Higher Taxes"

Carla Seaquist | Posted 10.08.2011 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

In a rare kind of largesse, various of his wealthy backers backers told Cantor that, contrary to Republican dogma, they could support paying higher taxes. On behalf of that middle class, and the working class too: We accept, we accept!

President Obama Deserves Our Support: A Democratic Response to Rep. Conyers

Sen. Bert Johnson | Posted 10.08.2011 | Black Voices
Sen. Bert Johnson

President Obama's long-term plan today is one rooted in the shared values of our Democratic family. We should not pull the rug out from underneath the president when he needs our solidarity the most.

Paul Blumenthal

Pelosi Calls For Open Super Congress | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.07.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Saturday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called on the debt reduction "super committee" to do its work in the open. ...

The Coming Social Anarchy

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore | Posted 10.05.2011 | Politics
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore

Previously unaligned allies must work to ensure that members of the super committee arrive at a progressive solution for strengthening Social Security for the next 75 years.

Paul Blumenthal

Super Committee Should Be Transparent, Republican Senators Say | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.04.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Six Republican senators sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) o...

Social Security's Biggest Threat: The Debt Deal Super Committee

Russ Feingold | Posted 10.04.2011 | Politics
Russ Feingold

Unless congressional leaders appoint progressives willing to stand up to moneyed interests, the new congressional super committee will be nothing less than a chopping block for Social Security.

WATCH: Jon Stewart Takes On The Super Congress

The Huffington Post | Katla McGlynn | Posted 10.04.2011 | Comedy

On Wednesday night's "Daily Show" Jon Stewart broke down what many Americans probably Googled this week: the new Super Congress (or Super Committee) t...

Pentagon Chief Warns Against 'Dangerous' Budget Cuts

Posted 10.04.2011 | Politics

By PAULINE JELINEK, Associated Press WASHINGTON -- Silent for days amid the Capitol Hill debt standoff, the Pentagon has finally thrown down a mark...

Paul Blumenthal

GOP Senator: Disclose All Contributions to Super Congress Members In Real Time | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.02.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Immediately after voting against the debt limit deal, Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) introduced a bill to require the real time disclosure of...

King Solomon and the Debt Deal

Morna Murray | Posted 10.02.2011 | Politics
Morna Murray

With a debt limit deal that will be carefully dissected in the days to come, President Obama faced a choice that was just about as difficult as King Solomon's: allow the country to default or give in to demands from a small group of radical ideologues.

The Debt Ceiling and Health Care

Linda Bergthold | Posted 10.02.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

Now that the debt ceiling will be raised and we can pay our bills (for a while at least), we are left to wonder -- what will it really mean for some of the programs we care about?

Paul Blumenthal

Should Super Congress Be Super Transparent? | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.02.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The proposed so-called "super Congress," created by congressional leaders in the debt deal and required to find $1.5 trillion in debt re...