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Senate Takes Baby Steps Toward Bipartisanship

The Hill | J. Taylor Rushing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

There are signs that the sharp partisanship that has frozen the Senate in recent months is thawing. Senators ended last week with a string of example...

Negotiations 101: Why Don't Congressional Democrats Do the Obvious?

Peter M. Shane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter M. Shane

Democratic behavior in Congress is so counterproductive that I cannot resist pointing out two lessons they would surely pick up in an introductory course on negotiations.

Scott Brown Has A Unique Opportunity

T.A. Ridout | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
T.A. Ridout

Now that Scott Brown (R-Mass.) is officially a U.S. senator, he has a fantastic opportunity. With healthcare reform wallowing in limbo, he is in a unique position to work with Democrats.

Message From NYT/CBS Poll: Public Wants Government That Delivers

Bill Scher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Scher

62% of Americans polled are "not willing" to "decrease spending in areas such as health care and education" to reduce the deficit; 45%, are willing to cut military spending to reduce the deficit.

Ryan Grim

Reid Tosses Bloated Bipartisan Jobs Bill For Something Leaner | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Senate's bipartisan jobs package, which had robust support from the White House and the GOP, but was packed with corporate giveaways, lasted less ...

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.

Learning on the Job

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Hart

Retiring Justice Stevens, whose views on both abortion and capital punishment shifted during his lengthy service, exemplifies an increasingly rare type of public servant: one who is willing to change.

Washington's Personality Disorders

Bob Franken | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Franken

You haven't seen infighting until you watch psychotherapists and others who worship at the mental health altar, argue over the DSM, That's the Diagnos...

Can Obama's Health Summit Succeed?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There are two yardsticks for success. The first is to actually get something done, and get something passed; the other, to position the Democrats politically for the midterms, whether a bill gets passed or not.

Time for the Democrats to Get Loud and Fearless

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

Here's a major reason why the Republicans are still a viable party: they don't mind getting loud. They're willing to make a huge production out of insignificant and contradictory nonsense. The Democrats could learn a thing or two about this.

POLL: Nearly Two-Thirds Of Americans Want Congress To Keep Trying On Health Care

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A large majority of Americans still want Congress to pass health care reform, according to early results from a Washington Post-ABC News poll released...

HuffPost's Ryan Grim Talks About The President's Surprise Visit Before White House Press Corps (VIDEO)

Huff TV | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Huff TV

On Tuesday, HuffPost's Ryan Grim went on MSNBC to discuss President Obama's surprise appearance before the White House press corps, and his efforts to...

Bipartisanship and Other Urban Legends

Cindy Handler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cindy Handler

If voters reject the Dems in November, it won't be because they legislated too far to the left, or to the right: It will be because they were outflanked by their opposition and didn't get to legislate at all.

Weathervane Week

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Kuttner

How much more of this will it take before Obama and the Democrats grasp that bipartisanship is a dead letter, a lousy tactic, and a sign of presidential weakness?

Super Bowl of Nondual Nonpartisanship

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pavel Somov, Ph.D.

1. As a competitive swimmer of the river of consciousness I never understood the idea of a false start. What do you mean I have to wait to compete?! 2...

Kapitol Kops

Jonathan Richards | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Richards

Senator Shelby and his colleagues on the negative side of the aisle think things are moving just a little too fast in the Senate. ...

The Simple Way to Pass the Jobs Bill with "Bipartisan" Support

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

We should write into the jobs bill that the money for jobs, tax credits, and everything possible that can be geographically limited, will only be spent in districts whose Members of Congress support it.

Obama's Rodney King Strategy

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

Ever since the Massachusetts election, Barack Obama has been asking Democrats and Republicans, "Can't we just get along?" But will the Republicans finally play fair?

Declare A Summer of Health, Mr. President

Stephen H. Dinan | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stephen H. Dinan

Reliable sources say that 75% of disease is related to lifestyle and fixing that 75% has less to do with health insurance and far more to do with health education and creating healthy lifestyles.

The GOP Says, "Two Out of Three?"

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Rick Horowitz

(In rooms where Republicans gather...) "I say we do it again -- invite him back, and do it again." "You think he'll do it?" "Only this time we'...

Obama Reaching Out To GOP Lawmakers In Show Of Bipartisanship

The New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Emboldened by the response to President Obama's face-off with House Republicans last week, the White House is intensifying its push to e...

How Bipartisanship Hurts the Country

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

When politicians compromise with each other in the spirit of so-called bipartisanship, what they're really saying is, "You go from the right, I'll go from the left and I'll meet you at K Street."

Instant America

Gina Glantz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gina Glantz

Instant analysis, instant reaction, instant tactics to meet the perceived American voter need for instant gratification. Missing in all this are old-fashioned Democratic values and political principles.

Drive to the basket, Mr. President!

Bill Allen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Allen

Mr. President, it's time to stop being nice; keep calling the Republicans out. Remember that even though the facts are on your side, that matters little to voters unless you put it on our level.

Jason Linkins

Bipartisanship Missing From Final Votes: Whose Fault Is That? | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Over the weekend, NBC White House Correspondent Chuck Todd took to his Twitter account to say what The Plum Line's Greg Sargent characterizes as one o...