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The G.O.P.'s Fiscally-Conservative Frauds

Susan J. Demas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Susan J. Demas

Repealing the new national health care reform law will explode the national deficit by $230 billion by 2021. Tea Partiers must be pretty sore at these charlatans of fiscal conservatism.

The F Word: Leaving the People Out of the Debate

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

It's not just the unemployed we don't tend to see on U.S. TV. Take public workers. They're in the news every day, but it's not actually them. It's people talking about them.

Big Companies Set For Best Fourth Quarter Ever

The Huffington Post | William Alden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Even as unemployment remains high and Americans' finances slowly mend, big companies may be set for their most profitable fourth quarter on record. ...

Afghan War's 9th Anniversary: U.S. Nears Decade Of Fighting

AP | DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — It's make-or-break time in Afghanistan. The war enters its 10th year Thursday, and this is no ordinary anniversary....

The F Word: Why Tax When You Can Freeze?

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

Although that $2 billion Obama estimates he'll save in freezing federal employees' wages sounds like a lot of money, it isn't. Compare it to the $700 billion that we handed over to Wall Street.

Getting the Government We Deserve

Henry Mintzberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Henry Mintzberg

Americans revere business as a pillar of the country's individualistic democracy. But in a world requiring a decent if not dominant public sector, that means they'll get the government they deserve -- not the one they need.

Tea Party at the Pentagon?

John Feffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Feffer

The only likely tea party in the Pentagon's future will be a sedate affair, when Republican leaders sit down with Pentagon heavies over a pot of Earl Grey and discuss how to keep U.S. military spending at the highest levels possible.

The President Is Dispiriting: He Still Doesn't Get It

Bob Jacobson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Jacobson

We can't rely on the President to do what's right. He just does. We have to be right. The nation depends on our autonomy and determination. Anything else could literally mean the end of our democracy.

Three Good Things for Progressives to Take From the Midterm Election Results

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

It's been easy for the Republicans to spend the last two years demonizing and obstructing the president. Well now the GOP has a share of the power, and they can no longer just sit back and throw rocks.

Weekly Audit: Your Vote, Your Economy--Why Today's Election Matters to Your Pocketbook

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

Weekly Audit: Your Vote, Your Economy--Why Today's Election Matters to Your Pocketbookby Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger Election Day is ...

LESS at Stake This Election Than Ever Before (VIDEO)

Sally Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sally Kohn

If Tea Party candidates are elected and slash government, it's we the American people who will bleed. Especially in tough times -- amidst an economic ...

The F Word: WikiLeaks and War Spending

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

Last week we spoke to Ethan McCord, who featured prominently in the first bombshell release from WikiLeaks. On Friday there came another massive revel...

Confessions of a Republican

Chris Ingram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Ingram

I think the GOP is worth trying to fix, and I do my part by trying to expose the hypocrisy, and self-serving special interests from within its ranks.

The Great GOP Nat'l Debt Machine

Joe Vecchio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Vecchio

President Obama should get the Bush tax cuts back and pay down an enormous chunk of the national debt.

I Can Get Pennsylvania Back on Track

Dan Onorato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Onorato

I know what we need to do to get Pennsylvania's economy back on track--and I have the experience and the vision to prove it.

Cold, Cold GOP Hearts

Sally Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sally Kohn

Today's GOP boasts of its plans to slash government spending and bleed social programs to their core. Can decent Americans of any political stripe really stomach the harsh reality if that rhetoric is put into practice?

Tea Partiers Should Prepare for Disappointment

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Tea Partiers want to cut the favorite target of conservatives -- "entitlements." The only problem with that is that most folks don't call these programs "entitlements," most folks call them "my Social Security check."

A Real Platform for Us Real Americans

Todd Hartley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

I've been looking over the ballot for next month's election, and I have to say that our choices for elected positions aren't exactly inspiring. I'm no...

Your Conservative Friend Is Actually a Big Pinko. Or: How We Got Out of the Great Depression.

Aemilia Scott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aemilia Scott

Why can Americans unite so quickly and powerfully behind a spending and sacrifice spree in the service of conflict, but can't seem to rationalize public works for sake of our own improvement?

Amanda Terkel

WATCH: Kentucky Senate Hopefuls Face Off In Debate

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Kentucky Senate hopefuls Jack Conway and Rand Paul faced off in their second debate Monday night, sparring on spending cuts, education, tax cuts and t...

Study Finds Big Gaps In Rules For Foreign Travel Disclosure

Roll Call | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Congressional reports on foreign travel are essentially useless for determining where Members went, how much was spent and who traveled with the lawma...

GOP Rolls Out Preliminary Fall 2010 Agenda Topics

Roll Call | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

House Republicans are using the August recess to test a governing agenda that they plan to release this fall, including the key provisions in a distri...

Contractor Deaths Exceed Military Deaths In Iraq, Afghan Wars

ProPublica | T. Christian Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

More private contractors than soldiers were killed in Iraq and Afghanistan in recent months, the first time in history that corporate casualties have ...

Obama Calls For $50 Billion Infrastructure Plan For Roads, Rail, Air Travel

AP | DARLENE SUPERVILLE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

MILWAUKEE — A combative President Barack Obama rolled out a long-term jobs program Monday that would exceed $50 billion to rebuild roads, railways a...

Profiles in Doing Both: Can David Cameron Cut Deficits and Stimulate Growth?

Inder Sidhu | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Inder Sidhu

"The West's Most Daring Government." That's what The Economist is calling the United Kingdom's new Conservative-Liberal coalition, headed by Prime M...