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Postal Service Saturday Delivery Pushed By Congress

Reuters | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics

By Elvina Nawaguna WASHINGTON, March 21 (Reuters) - The financially beleaguered Postal Service suffered a setback in its plan to end Sa...

If the GOP Wants to Diversify, It Might Want to Start With Its Platform

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

There's a reason why Blacks, Latinos, Asians, gays, immigrants and other groups overwhelmingly voted with the Democrats during the last election -- mainly that we vote with those who fight for greater equality.

The Fundamental Problem for Republicans

Matthew Dowd | Posted 05.20.2013 | Politics
Matthew Dowd

The Republican brand and many of its candidates are seen as intolerant throwbacks to a time gone by and not compassionate to where people are in their lives.

Official: Trade Policy Hurt By Budget Cuts

AP | JIM ABRAMS | Posted 03.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The administration's top trade official outlined President Barack Obama's ambitious trade agenda to Congress Tuesday while cautioning th...

Congress Finally Cleaning Up Unfinished Business

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A dispute over budget cuts that threaten dozens of smaller control towers with closure slowed Senate progress Tuesday on legislatio...

GOP Leaders Still Don't Get It

Dawn Laguens | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics
Dawn Laguens

Until the Republican Party's leadership and standard-bearers reflect the views of the national electorate -- and even their own members, they are destined to repeat the mistakes -- and the outcome -- of the 2012 election.

No, Government Spending Really Isn't Going Up Right Now

Jared Bernstein | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

2013-03-18-Screenshot20130318at1.59.15PM.jpgWhenever I say that, I get emails from people who don't believe it, and not just complaining conservatives. Well, here are the numbers.

Obama Charm Offensive Produces No Breakthroughs

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 05.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Over dinner at a fancy hotel a few blocks from the White House, Republican senators wanted to know if President Barack Obama would ...

Moving Towards a Clean Energy Economy

Sen. Brian Schatz | Posted 05.15.2013 | Politics
Sen. Brian Schatz

First, let's accept the facts: Climate change is real. It is caused by humans. It must be confronted. And it is solvable.

Extremism Is Okay, Thoughtlessness Isn't

Eli Lehrer | Posted 05.15.2013 | Politics
Eli Lehrer

It's not fine -- or good -- when legislators introduce bills that don't seem to reflect any thought at all. And that's just what one New Jersey Democrat has done.

Why Does Rep. Paul Ryan Get So Much Attention?

Jared Bernstein | Posted 05.15.2013 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

I'd been discussing the absolute non-reality of his proposal -- how the numbers don't begin to add up, the unrealistic budget cuts, the plethora of magic asterisks in the absence of actual proposals -- and the interviewer was like, "OK... but if you're right, why is his budget front page news?"

Common Ground for Aircraft Carriers and Health Care

Peter Merriman | Posted 05.15.2013 | Politics
Peter Merriman

When disagreeing parties attempt to compromise, the first step is to find common ground. Perhaps the Democrats and Republicans have stumbled on a tiny patch of common ground and failed to recognize it.

Seven Million Jobs, Two Budgets - and One Very Strange Tribe

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.14.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The problem isn't that we can't fix our economy. The problem is we won't. And until we change the primitive culture of our politicians and media, our citizens will suffer the consequences.

The Contest Over the Real Economic Problem

Robert Reich | Posted 05.14.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

The biggest problems we face are unemployment, stagnant wages, slow growth, and widening inequality -- not deficits. The major goal must be to get jobs and wages back, not balance the budget.

Let's Hear It for 'Bullshit!'

Norman Lear | Posted 05.13.2013 | Politics
Norman Lear

If anybody can tell me that there are another two syllables that can express what lies just beneath the consciousness of most Americans at this minute -- and all Americans when they know what they are angry minute about, I want to know what that is.

GOP Rift Fueled By Conservative Group's Challenges

Reuters | Posted 05.13.2013 | Politics

By John Whitesides WASHINGTON, March 13 (Reuters) - The anti-tax advocacy group Club for Growth, an unapologetic purveyor of in-your-f...

Joy Resmovits

Ryan Budget Freezes Maximum Pell Grants | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.12.2013 | Politics

Under Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis) "Path to Prosperity" budget framework for 2014, college students would have one less weapon against the creep of climbi...

More on the Ryan Budget: A Guidepost on the Road to Gridlock

Jared Bernstein | Posted 05.12.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

As the Ryan budget, which is really quite divorced from reality outside the hyper-conservative House and has absolutely zero chance of enactment, shows, these budgets have little to do with the actual agreements that determine actual revenues, outlays, and policies.

Ryan the Redistributionist

Robert Reich | Posted 05.12.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

Paul Ryan's new budget purportedly gets about 40 percent of its $4.6 trillion in spending cuts over ten years by repealing Obamacare, but Ryan's budget document doesn't mention that such a repeal would also lower taxes on corporations and the wealthy that foot Obamacare's bill.

The Difficulty With Political Dogma

Matthew Dowd | Posted 05.12.2013 | Politics
Matthew Dowd

The interesting thing about both sides' budget dogma is that there really isn't any historical fact-set that supports either one. In previous economic struggles in our country, government spending was cut or taxes were raised and the economy did just fine.

Democrats: Masters of Self-Delusion

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics
Michael Brenner

The Democrats have become like the defenders of Constantinople who for centuries withstood one siege after another from the East only because the massed besieging armies fell victim to the plague.

An Etiquette Lesson for Elizabeth Warren From 'El Loco'

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.10.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Politicians and regulators serve criminal banks for the very same reason that Willie Sutton robbed them: That's where the money is.  If these senators don't figure that out pretty soon, they're going to have to go to the people to raise money.

Dems Face Daunting Challenge

AP | KEN THOMAS and THOMAS BEAUMONT | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — After a surprising string of victories last fall, Democrats now face a challenging terrain as they look to hold onto their Senate m...

Hashtag America: #StandWithRand Takes Over

Ericka Andersen | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics
Ericka Andersen

Hashtags corralled a legitimate, constructive conversation by multiple thousands into one space. The only way it could be accomplished was with hashtags. It was a victory for social media in an era when bringing partisan sides together in such a way is no small feat.

Senate Considers Next Steps On Gun Control

Posted 03.07.2013 | Politics

By ALAN FRAM, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's prospects for winning near-universal background checks for gun purchases...