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The NRA's Biggest Gun: Grover Norquist and the Decline of (True) Freedom

Josh Horwitz | Posted 01.22.2012 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

From suppressing the democratic aspirations of millions of Africans to helping corporations fleece taxpayers to pushing worker/employer relations back to the Gilded Age, Norquist has proven by his actions that his brand of "freedom" is every bit as tainted as the NRA's.

No Super Committee Deal. Good. Now Let's Focus on Jobs -- the Best Way to Reduce Deficits

Roger Hickey | Posted 01.21.2012 | Politics
Roger Hickey

The deal on the table, whose failure is much lamented by beltway pundits, would have seriously harmed the economy, without significantly reducing deficits. In fact, it might have made it worse.

How Does a Supercommittee Die?

Jared Bernstein | Posted 01.21.2012 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

Not with a bang but a whimper. Not a surprise, but disheartening on many levels. Let us count the ways.

"Super" Committee Produces Super Breakdown in Leadership

Bob Edgar | Posted 01.21.2012 | Politics
Bob Edgar

What a sad spectacle. The 12-member panel was doomed from the start, stocked with too few members skilled at the art of compromise and too many whose idea of a give-and-take negotiation is "you give and I take."

Michael McAuliff

Super Committee's Failure Is A Win For Occupy Movement, Some Progressives Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.22.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The nail barely thudded into the coffin of Congress' failed super committee Monday before all sides launched a barrage of blame, signali...

Failure Is an Option

Craig Crawford | Posted 01.21.2012 | Politics
Craig Crawford

Once again Congress managed to dodge a public outcry by appearing to do something until demand for action wanes. It's about the only thing Capitol Hill does well.

Jennifer Bendery

Super Committee's Failure Means Lost Avenue For Obama's Jobs Bills

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 11.22.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The so-called super committee announced Monday that it failed to deliver on its task: producing a plan that shaves trillions of dollars ...

LIVE VIDEO: Obama Addresses Super Committee Failure

Posted 11.21.2011 | Politics

President Obama is set to make a statement from the White House briefing room at 5:45 p.m. on Monday, following news that the congressional super comm...

Grover Norquist and the Death of the GOP

Andrew Reinbach | Posted 01.21.2012 | Politics
Andrew Reinbach

He's forced, bullied, and otherwise persuaded most of Republicans in Congress to swear they'll never raise taxes, and he says he's ready to enforce it. If that pledge plunges the federal budget and world's economy into the slough of despond -- well, that's tough.

Arthur Delaney

Super Committee's Failure Leaves Orphans Behind

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 11.21.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Throughout the super committee's deliberations, impending "automatic, across-the-board cuts" were routinely cited as a driving motivatio...

Former President Weighs In On Super Committee

Back Bay Patch | Cate Lecuyer | Posted 11.21.2011 | Politics

Clinton greeted a steady stream of people hailing from next door, to New Zealand, shaking every person's hand and thanking them for attending. He also...

Superfail! 7 Amazing Super Committee Headlines You'll Never See

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 01.21.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Now we'll see hundreds of new headlines screaming that the committee "failed." What we won't see are headlines explaining what really happened: That this failure was inevitable; that it reflects the wishes of most people; that OWS played a large part in the outcome.

Candidate Focuses On Innovation, Social Security

Nashua Patch | Carol Robidoux | Posted 11.21.2011 | Politics

The topic of innovation led Gingrich to foreshadow his plan to introduce later today a proposal for a personal Social Security savings plan for young ...

The Super Committee Should Go Really Big and Turn Against the One Percent

Dean Baker | Posted 01.21.2012 | Business
Dean Baker

There is plenty of potential for the super committee to do some serious good if it is willing to go really big. But that would mean confronting the 1 percent, and it just isn't very likely that this committee would be that super.

What a Supercommittee for the 99% Would Have Done

Sarah Anderson | Posted 01.21.2012 | Politics
Sarah Anderson

Where do we want to be in 2031? We want the United States to be a healthier, more equitable and sustainable country that engages effectively with global partners to prevent conflict. Our proposed reforms would head us in that direction.

'It Is Like Holding A Gun To Your Own Head'

Nashua Patch | Robert Michaelson | Posted 11.21.2011 | Politics

The Republican candidate zoned in on military defense and foreign policy issues as he addressed employees of the defense and security company. He b...

Michael McAuliff

Republicans Campaign On Failure Of Super Committee

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.21.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans have already begun campaigning on the Super Committee's impending failure by blaming Democrats in a blast email Monday morn...

If Only We Could Declare a Mistrial for the Super Committee and Send Them Home

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 01.21.2012 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

If a jury is deadlocked, the courts declare a mistrial -- send the jury home -- and start over with a new one. Too bad we cannot do that with Congress.

Democrats Refuse to Buckle to GOP Demands for Huge Cuts in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid

Robert Creamer | Posted 01.21.2012 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The inability of the super committee to reach an agreement is not a reflection on the "intransigence" of both sides and "unwillingness" to compromise. The far right wants changes in the American social contract that will destroy the middle class.

Better Than Failure: Super Committee Can Set Up a 'National Referendum,' Avoid Sequestration

Paul Abrams | Posted 01.21.2012 | Politics
Paul Abrams

The Super Committee can still salvage something that, for a Congress whose approval rating is just slightly north of Fidel Castro's, would actually make the American people feel empowered.

Super Committee Failure Could Rattle Markets

Posted 11.21.2011 | Business

A brutal year for global investors may get even worse this week if Congress proves yet again it is too bitterly divided to deliver on its promise to r...

Michael McAuliff

Super Committee Fails: Panel's End Run Around Democracy Fizzles

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.21.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An ill-conceived scheme to make an end run around public opposition to major spending cuts to entitlement and social programs has founde...

Both Sides Now: If Debates Are the First Primary, Is Gingrich Winning?

HuffPost Radio | Posted 11.28.2011 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpgMatalin and Reagan discuss whether a reality show called "GOP debates" are choosing survivors. Is Newt smart and experienced or a "lobbyist and liar"? Then: will we attack Iran, too?

Arthur Delaney

Super Committee Will Likely Fail, Co-Chairs Admit

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics

The leaders of a special deficit reduction panel signaled Sunday that they will fail to strike a deal to reduce the deficit before their Wednesday dea...

The Super Committee's Big Lie

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 01.20.2012 | Politics
Jeffrey Sachs

As the Super Committee threatens this week to gut the government on the basis of a big lie, it's more important than ever that we fight back with systematic data. With truth on our side, the new progressive movement will prevail.