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Eliminating Regulations That Protect the Health and Safety of Americans Is Not Job Creation

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 01.23.2012 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

The solution to the recession is fairly straightforward. We must increase demand for American goods, create jobs and resolve the home foreclosure crisis. If we continue this regulatory race to the bottom, American manufacturers will be less competitive and fewer -- not more -- jobs will be created.

Are Political Negotiations Dead?

William Pierce | Posted 01.23.2012 | Politics
William Pierce

Given the passion and commitment and monumental issues the Founders struggled over and compromised over -- most of them were, after all, willing to die for their beliefs -- it is hard, perhaps impossible, to understand our politicians today.

Super Fail Complicates Election Year Battle Lines

AP | JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 01.23.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The failure of Congress' deficit-reduction supercommittee adds a new dimension to the 2012 political contests, drawing political ba...

Big Oil's Happy Thanksgiving

Bill Meadows | Posted 01.23.2012 | Green
Bill Meadows

Already, the unchecked carbon pollution from facilities like oil refineries has led to climate change destruction.

Stupor Committee

John Krifka | Posted 01.23.2012 | Politics
John Krifka

ties one on.... us ...

The Pentagon's First Bake Sale

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2012 | Comedy
Chris Weigant

Since the politicians quite obviously won't patriotically support the healthy growth of our military-industrial complex any more, we are going to have to make up the difference ourselves.

Obama the Bargainer in Chief? Don't Hold Your Breath

Rick Horowitz | Posted 01.23.2012 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Barack Obama stayed away, and the super committee squabbled and quarreled and came up with nothing. Whereas if he had joined the conversation, the super committee would have... squabbled and quarreled and come up with nothing.

Hey Super Committee! THIS Is What Success Looks Like

Karen Dolan | Posted 01.23.2012 | Politics
Karen Dolan

The super committee failed to reach an agreement that would have unnecessarily imposed untold hardship on the vast majority of those of us already struggling in a bad economy. If this inability to reach a terrible deal is "failure," can you imagine what "success," defined by this crowd, would have looked like?

How to Solve the US Budget Crisis -- Dismiss the Super Committee

Lyric Hughes Hale | Posted 01.23.2012 | Politics
Lyric Hughes Hale

The US budget debate has been highly politicized. Now it is the time to take a fresh look at the numbers, and the realities behind them.

The 99% "Mic Checks" the 1%

Carl Gibson | Posted 01.23.2012 | Politics
Carl Gibson

As the automatic cuts resulting from the failed super committee debacle phase in, Washington should should be ready for a surge of Occupiers as OWS activists march toward Capitol Hill on foot.

Obama Holds Firm on Defense Cuts After the Super Committee's Demise

Joel Rubin | Posted 01.23.2012 | Politics
Joel Rubin

While the super committee failed to ensure that all Americans pay their fair share to fix our nation's economy, already the voices that helped get us into this mess are threatening to put us in an even worse place.

Top Republicans Back Crucial Expiring Provisions

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 11.23.2011 | Politics

Maine Republican Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins have come out in favor of extending unemployment benefits and the Social Security payroll tax c...

Super Committee Fails, but American People Win

Van Jones | Posted 01.23.2012 | Politics
Van Jones

Progressives don't often battle the concentrated forces of corporations and armies of lobbyists to a stalemate. For that, we can stop, reflect on a job well done, and thank the congressmen and women who stopped the worst from getting through. But we're not out of the woods yet.

Dancing on the Super Committee's Grave, Singing Hallelujah

Robert Naiman | Posted 01.22.2012 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Tax rates raised today can easily be lowered in the future. Cutting Social Security benefits by changing the cost-of-living formula and raising the Medicare retirement age are forever.

Ending Long-Term Jobless Benefits Would Hurt Economy

AP | CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | Posted 01.22.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON — A tax cut that reaches 160 million Americans and government aid for the long-term unemployed will expire at the end of the year &nd...

John Celock

Governors Focus Past Super Committee Failure | John Celock | Posted 11.28.2011 | Politics

The group representing the nation's governors is recalibrating its priorities after the super committee failed to reach a deficit reduction deal. ...

Shared Responsibility for Job Creation

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 01.22.2012 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

If Congress is going to remain at a gridlock, all Americans must come together to help change the economic climate in this country before all hope is lost.

U.S. Security and the Multilateral Development Banks

Terra Lawson-Remer | Posted 01.22.2012 | World
Terra Lawson-Remer

In the face of looming cutbacks, maintaining cost-effective investments in the multilateral development banks is critical.

Congress Faces Decisions To Extend Key Programs As Clock Ticks

AP | ALAN FRAM | Posted 01.22.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Congress' failed deficit-cutting supercommittee has faded away, but the pressure on lawmakers to quickly confront a stack of expens...

America the Beautiful: What's in It For Me?

Monika Mitchell | Posted 01.22.2012 | Politics
Monika Mitchell

All hell broke loose in New York last week when Occupy Wall Street protestors took to the streets to demand their piece of the pie. Rage, conflict and...

The Super Committee, Austerity, Stimulus, and Compromise: the Collapse of American Politics

Richard Brodsky | Posted 01.22.2012 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

How deeply do you want to plumb the depths of the collapse of the super committee?

On the "Death" of the Super Committee

Dan Glickman | Posted 01.22.2012 | Politics
Dan Glickman

Maybe the only real solution to all of this is for the public to take the 2012 elections very, very seriously, and send a more definable mandate to the politicians on the decisions they are entrusted to make.

'They Are Now Going To Be Forced To Deal'

The Hill | Jeremy Herb | Posted 11.22.2011 | Politics

Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) said the congressional supercommittee's failure Monday to come to an agreement on spending reforms was "good news" because...

Chill in the Air

Max Fraad Wolff | Posted 01.22.2012 | Business
Max Fraad Wolff

We find ourselves several years into a wheezing, anemic "recovery." Public patience has been lost. As colder winds and shorter days make themselves felt, there seems a tangible shiver running down the collective spine.

The Public Sees Members of Congress as Fools or Knaves

Ed Koch | Posted 01.22.2012 | New York
Ed Koch

What has happened to us that we no longer seem to elect leaders at all levels of government who create confidence?