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A Spark Of Change In Detention

Posted August 7, 2009 | 15:15:19 (EST)


by Faiz Shakir, Amanda Terkel, Matt Corley, Benjamin Armbruster, Ian Millhiser and Nate Carlile

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Yesterday, the Obama administration embarked on a serious effort to fix one of President Bush's most catastrophic post-9/11 enterprises:...

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The Road Ahead

Posted August 6, 2009 | 13:21:50 (EST)

Today, the Senate is expected to affirm what was obvious the moment that President Obama introduced Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the American people: Sotomayor's brilliant intellect, compelling life story, and 17-year record of fidelity to the law prepare her well for the Supreme Court. She will make an outstanding justice....

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Swiftboating Town Halls

Posted August 5, 2009 | 13:06:14 (EST)

by Faiz Shakir, Amanda Terkel, Matt Corley, Benjamin Armbruster, Ian Millhiser and Nate Carlile

With federal lawmakers returning home this week to begin their month-long recess, the far right is welcoming them with large, angry throngs at "town halls gone wild." "Screaming constituents, protesters dragged out by the cops [and]...

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Will Cram-Down Make A Comeback?

Posted August 4, 2009 | 14:56:42 (EST)

by Faiz Shakir, Amanda Terkel, Matt Corley, Benjamin Armbruster, Ian Millhiser and Nate Carlile

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In April, the banking industry and its allies in Congress successfully defeated a bankruptcy law reform that would have allowed bankruptcy judges to...

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Interest Groups Turn Up The Heat

Posted August 3, 2009 | 12:44:30 (EST)


by Faiz Shakir, Amanda Terkel, Matt Corley, Benjamin Armbruster, Ian Millhiser and Nate Carlile

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On Friday, after days of contentious negotiations between "Democratic House leaders and an influential group of fiscal conservatives in...

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A Faster Iraq Withdrawal

Posted July 31, 2009 | 13:31:24 (EST)


by Faiz Shakir, Amanda Terkel, Matt Corley, Benjamin Armbruster, Ian Millhiser and Nate Carlile

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Defense Secretary Robert Gates made headlines earlier this week when he said conditions in Iraq have improved to the...

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44 Years Of Medicare Success

Posted July 30, 2009 | 12:57:02 (EST)


by Faiz Shakir, Amanda Terkel, Matt Corley, Benjamin Armbruster, Ian Millhiser and Nate Carlile

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On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Social Security Act, part of which included Medicare,...

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Sorting Myth From Reality

Posted July 29, 2009 | 14:16:51 (EST)


by Faiz Shakir, Amanda Terkel, Matt Corley, Benjamin Armbruster, Ian Millhiser and Nate Carlile

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Congress may be moving one step closer to reforming health care, as the Senate Finance Committee nears agreement on a bipartisan...

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Building Confidence For Arab-Israeli Peace

Posted July 28, 2009 | 13:24:51 (EST)


by Faiz Shakir, Amanda Terkel, Matt Corley, Benjamin Armbruster, Ian Millhiser and Nate Carlile

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Key members of President Obama's national security team are in the Middle East this week to build regional support...

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'The Wacko Wing'

Posted July 27, 2009 | 13:05:27 (EST)

Last Thursday, CNN President Jon Klein sent an e-mail to a handful of the network's Lou Dobbs Tonight staffers informing them that he considered one of the stories pursued by the infamously anti-immigrant host to be "dead." On his radio show the week before, Dobbs declared that President Obama needed...

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Hoping Obama Fails

Posted July 24, 2009 | 15:08:05 (EST)

Days before President Obama took office, hate radio talker Rush Limbaugh, the de-facto leader of the Republican Party, summed up his desired outcome for the Obama presidency in four words: "I hope Obama fails." Just days after he uttered that statement, Limbaugh told his audience, "There's one thing we gotta...

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Obama's Health Care Presser

Posted July 23, 2009 | 15:22:19 (EST)

by Faiz Shakir, Amanda Terkel, Matt Corley, Benjamin Armbruster, Ian Millhiser and Nate Carlile

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As Congress works to pass comprehensive health reform legislation, Republicans are trying to "slow down" the effort and mischaractarize it...

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A Victory For Sensible Defense

Posted July 22, 2009 | 13:52:16 (EST)

With his "political capital on the line," President Obama "won a crucial victory on Tuesday when the Senate voted to strip out $1.75 billion in financing for seven more F-22 jet fighters from a military authorization bill." The "nation's premier fighter-jet program" was conceived in the waning days of the...

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The Right's Delay And Kill Strategy

Posted July 21, 2009 | 13:03:05 (EST)

Throughout his campaign for the White House, after his election victory, and as soon as he assumed office, President Obama made it clear that reforming the health care system would be at the top of his agenda. Reiterating that sentiment, Obama said recently that health care is his "highest legislative...

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Reestablishing American Power

Posted July 17, 2009 | 17:10:01 (EST)

In a major speech Wednesday at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington D.C., Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton described her vision of American diplomacy and how it fits into the Obama administration's approach to the use and maintenance of American power abroad. Clinton described the international agenda as...

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The Stench Of Conservative Desperation

Posted July 16, 2009 | 15:36:21 (EST)

by Faiz Shakir, Amanda Terkel, Matt Corley, Benjamin Armbruster, Ian Millhiser and Nate Carlile

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Judge Sonia Sotomayor is well-qualified to serve as a Supreme Court Justice, with more federal judicial experience than any Supreme Court...

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Republicans and Immigration

Posted July 16, 2009 | 14:03:31 (EST)

This past week, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice stressed the need for conservatives to embrace a "welcoming" attitude towards immigrants. Puerto Rican Governor Luis Fortuno, considered to be "one of the most prominent Hispanic Republicans," called on the GOP to rethink its hard-line positions on immigration. These recent comments...

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Health Insurer's Practices Revealed

Posted July 14, 2009 | 13:25:33 (EST)


by Faiz Shakir, Amanda Terkel, Matt Corley, Benjamin Armbruster, Ian Millhiser and Nate Carlile

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In an interview with PBS's Bill Moyers last Friday, former health insurance executive Wendell Potter spoke out against the...

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Bush's Secret Spy Programs

Posted July 13, 2009 | 17:25:39 (EST)


by Faiz Shakir, Amanda Terkel, Matt Corley, Benjamin Armbruster, Ian Millhiser and Nate Carlile

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When Congress passed the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 last year, it mandated that the inspectors general of the...

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Right-Wing Recovery Myths

Posted July 10, 2009 | 16:22:12 (EST)


by Faiz Shakir, Amanda Terkel, Matt Corley, Benjamin Armbruster, Ryan Powers, Ian Millhiser and Nate Carlile

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The Obama administration has been making an aggressive push to explain the realities of the $787 billion...

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