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Washington Gridlock

We Need Infrastructure Now

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 05.13.2016 | Politics
Peter A. Georgescu

Remember shovel-ready infrastructure jobs and how they were going to lift the country out of the economic doldrums? They have not fared well, thanks to partisan politics. The Amtrak crash that took at least six lives last night makes it more obvious than ever that we need them now.

Jason Linkins

A Rare Success For No Labels Actually Makes Washington Dysfunction Worse | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics

No Labels, a loosely organized collection of platitude wielders, hasn't achieved much in its short time on this Earth. At least as far as its stated p...

Senate High Drama After Nov. 4

Brent Budowsky | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

In six days, the nation will render its collective judgment in the midterm elections, and none of us knows what voters will do when they choose their poison on Election Day.

Cities 3.0: How Cities Are Driving The Revitalization Of Our Nation

Kevin Johnson | Posted 09.13.2014 | Politics
Kevin Johnson

Cities 3.0 mayors are not sitting on our hands, waiting for the feds or someone else to solve our problems. We're embracing good ideas no matter where they come from, innovating to provide better services and building strong economies for the global marketplace.

Michael McAuliff

Congress' Leaders Showed Exactly How Broken They Are In Just 10 Minutes | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Legendary coach Tommy Lasorda liked to kick dirt on umpires every now and then, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) noted Wednesd...

Howard Fineman

Harry Reid Hearts Rand Paul, Or So He Says | Howard Fineman | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Amidst the nasty partisan torpor that is the U.S. Senate, there are very few Republicans whom Democratic leader Harry Reid likes, or eve...

Luke Johnson

How Dead People Run Washington | Luke Johnson | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Philip K. Howard, founder of nonprofit Common Good, thinks that the American government is being run by dead people. And no, he is not t...

Howard Fineman

Why Bill Gates Isn't Worried About Washington Dysfunction | Howard Fineman | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The skies were cloudy, gunmetal gray. It was drizzling just enough to make you annoyed at the lack of an umbrella. Politically, every...

Bill Clinton's Rescue Ride

Brent Budowsky | Posted 04.29.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Springtime is coming, baseball teams have reassembled for training, Robert Redford is back on cable playing Roy Hobbs in The Natural and Bill Clinton has begun his ride to rescue Democrats in the 2014 midterm elections.

Howard Fineman

Bill Clinton: 'We Have Just One Bigotry Left' | Howard Fineman | Posted 03.08.2013 | Politics

OWENSBORO, Ky. -- Up in Washington, President Barack Obama was beginning his belated self-education in the art of personal politics by inviting 12 Rep...

What Washington Can Learn From a Kentucky Gun Range

Don McNay | Posted 03.15.2013 | Politics
Don McNay

Talking points continue to rule all in Washington. Check out the political talk shows. If Washington stops yelling slogans and assuming that people think as a bloc, they may find that the American people are decision makers -- who may have ideas and solutions that don't boil down into slogans.


Amy Ephron | Posted 01.21.2013 | Taste
Amy Ephron

Has anyone noticed that there's no debate this year? To stuff or not to stuff... To brine or not to brine... Yes, you can fast-cook a turkey at high-heat but should you? I think we all have debate fatigue; election fatigue; Washington gridlock fatigue -- and it's all somehow spilled over into Thanksgiving.

No Gridlock for the Right Wing

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 08.29.2011 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

Contrary to the conventional wisdom, Washington is not gridlocked -- elected officials do not have to vote their party line. While practically all Republicans support conservative causes, a fair number Democrats vote conservatively as well.

Sam Stein

JPMorgan Doc Predicts Congressional 'Gridlock' | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The financial titan JPMorgan Chase is betting on the next congressional session to be historic in its lack of productivity, according to a leaked inte...