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The New Newt

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

At least one of Newt's wives would tell us that Newt is a man who "played a wonderful con" in connection with his marriages and is "authentically dishonest."

How About a Nobel Prize for Political Alchemy?

Dennis Jett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis Jett

If there were a Nobel Prize for political alchemy, there would be no doubt about who this year's winner would be. The Republican Party is about to turn a very large lump of steer manure into electoral gold.

Green News Report: October 5, 2010 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app! IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Toxic sl...

Robbing the Middle Class: Republican 'Pledge' Lets Wall Street off the Hook

Zach Carter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Zach Carter

Republicans have not only pledged to set Wall Street loose, they've vowed not to clean-up the economic mess that results. When Wall Street sets the economy on fire, they'll let it burn -- if that means home, your job, or your retirement, so be it.

Obama Poll Watch -- September, 2010

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Last month I rashly wrote that since Obama was starting the month on an upswing, he had a good chance of posting largish gains in September. This didn't happen.

Do House Republicans Want to Take Health Care Away From 19 to 25 Year-Olds?

Ari Matusiak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ari Matusiak

Going into the last weeks of an already hyper-partisan election season, the health insurance of young Americans and all Americans should be beyond partisanship.

Polarization Politics: So Far, So Good

Bob Burnett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Burnett

As the U.S. heads into a critical midterm election, the electorate is more polarized than at any time since the Vietnam War. And Republicans view this as an accomplishment rather than as a problem.

What Does Joe the Plumber Want?

Hussain Abdul-Hussain | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hussain Abdul-Hussain

Amidst the Tea Party and GOP's purposeful vagueness, they have found it best to stick with the populist theme of Joe the Plumber, first invented by the McCain-Palin campaign in 2008.

How Democrats Can Win 2010 Elections -- Step 4: Concentrate on the House

Sheri and Allan Rivlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sheri and Allan Rivlin

As Congress enters its final days before adjourning for full time campaigning, the outlines of the substantive differences between the parties is set....

The 2010 Election: America's Aretha Franklin Moment

Bennet Kelley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bennet Kelley

With the increasing chance of Republicans taking control of at least one house of Congress, I hereby invoke Aretha Franklin to deliver a simple message to the voters of America on this important election: Think!

Whose America Is That?

Richard Trumka | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Trumka

Nothing about the content of the Pledge to America is surprising -- it's the same Bush-era economic agenda that got us into the mess we're in today.

If Republicans Regain Control of Congress What Spending Would They Actually Cut?

Robbie Gennet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robbie Gennet

You may have heard that the Republicans released a "Pledge to America" plan, a budgetary blueprint which reads more like a Pledge to Bankrupt America ...

No Change

Jonathan Richards | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Richards

Some things never change. Snow is cold, rain is wet. And you can count on be Republicans. New ideas? Who needs 'em? ...

For the GOP, a Certain Inconsistency

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Taxes. They don't like 'em. (Who does?) They've never liked 'em. But this time around, they've found a new reason not to like 'em. They breed uncertainty. Or so the Republicans keep telling us.

The Moderates' Lament

Tina Dupuy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tina Dupuy

The current Republican Party is counting on the Tea Party morphing into the attack wing of the GOP -- isolating moderates and anyone with genuine new ideas. So where do the reasonable Republicans go who were not listened to?

Fantasies, Conspiracy Theories and Tax Cuts for the Rich

Elizabeth Bisbee Silber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Bisbee Silber

Republican fantasies and conspiracy theories create frenzy and fear in the electorate. They gin people up about non-issues while the real problems facing us remain unaddressed.

Sept. 27, 2010, News Update

Richard Valeriani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Valeriani

Members of the Iranian human rights commission condemn execution of Virginia woman. Meanwhile, woman in Iran convicted of adultery condemned to death by stoning. How do you say chutzpah in Farsi?

The Scary Staleness of Truth Telling

Marty Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Marty Kaplan

NPR's Linda Wertheimer recently discussed a decision that political reporters have to make: How many times can you (politely) say that Candidate X lied today, when Candidate X lies every day, and so do Candidates A through Z?

John Boehner: We Can't 'Begin To Talk About Potential Solutions' Yet (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Elyse Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In an appearance on "Fox News Sunday" over the weekend, House Minority Leader John Boehner suggested that now is not the time to talk about finding so...

Sam Stein

John Boehner Twice Refuses To Say Whether He'd Ban Earmarks As House Speaker | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The 21-page blueprint for governance that House Republicans introduced this week has been criticized by both Democrats and Republicans alike for lacki...

Amanda Terkel

Barney Frank Opponent Says He Won't Be Campaigning On GOP 'Pledge To America' | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sean Bielat, the Republican trying to unseat longtime incumbent Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) in Massachusetts' fourth congressional district, says he w...

Paul Krugman: Banana Republic, Here We Come

New York Times | PAUL KRUGMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Once upon a time, a Latin American political party promised to help motorists save money on gasoline. How? By building highways that ran only downhill...

Republicans Betray National Security With Impunity

Hal Donahue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hal Donahue

This week, Senate Republicans held the US Military and their families hostage to appease their extremist, reactionary fringe. Yet, on Thursday in DC, ...

Friday Talking Points [140] -- Pledging Nonsense

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The White House has been in the news this past week, mostly for who will be leaving it soon. One is tempted to insert the old "will the last to leave...

Can The 'Pledge To America' Energize Republican Voters?

Politics Daily | Walter Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Even the "Contract with America" had limited vote-getting potency. Despite the way that shaky historical memory has created after-the-fact causation b...