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President Obama meets Congressional leaders briefly at Capitol Pete Souza (540×360)

Will the Budgetary Twain Ever Meet?

Now that the Democratic-controlled Senate has passed its first budget in four years by the resounding margin of 50-49, Congressional leaders will face the unenviable task of reconciling it with the budget passed by the House of Representatives and sponsored … More…

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Christian Right Acts Like GOP’s Battered Spouse

It had to happen. Sooner or later the Christian right was going to push back against the subtle and not-so-subtle criticism they’ve gotten from so-called Establishment Republicans in the wake of the party’s 2012 electoral defeat.

From Republican National Committee … More…

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Multibillionaire Hedgie Thumbs His Nose at the Feds

A couple of weeks ago, Steven A. Cohen, the multibillionaire founder of hedge fund SAC Capital, agreed to settle insider-trading charges with the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission for what the feds predictably called a “record” $616 … More…

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Why Many Republicans Will Never Support Gay Marriage

On Tuesday the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments against the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8, the California ballot initiative that banned gay marriage in the Golden State.

Observers and reporters in the courtroom doubted the Court … More…

RNC Chair Reince Priebus speaks in New Orleans in 2011

RNC Tries End Run Around GOP Voters

In a detailed, scathingly honest report on its own failures in the 2012 election,  Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus presented a program to address some of the party’s biggest shortcomings. They include:

  • Improving outreach to African Americans, Hispanics, Asian
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Republicans Need to Reboot on Policy, Too

On Monday Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus unveiled the party’s official postmortem on the 2012 election, and it turned out to be surprisingly thorough and honest, even scathing.

“The Republican Party needs to stop talking to itself,” the … More…

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It’s Official: Big Banks Are Above the Law

On Wednesday, Attorney General Eric Holder made a huge admission that goes a long way towards explaining why executives of the big banks that caused the financial crisis have gone scot-free from prosecution.

Here’s what he said in a Congressional … More…

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How We Can Tell Who’s Really Running in 2016

I know, I know, we just had a presidential election and loser Mitt Romney and his wife Ann are still licking their wounds, if Sunday’s interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace is any indication.

But serious candidates for 2016 are … More…

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A Truce or a Stalemate on the Budget?

Automatic spending cuts—the dreaded “sequester” —went into effect Friday and  asteroids did not crash into the Capitol building, nor did the  Jefferson Memorial  slide into the Tidal Basin.

Both Republicans and Democrats have warned of the dire consequences if … More…

President Obama meets Congressional leaders briefly at Capitol Pete Souza (540×360)

The Game of Chicken on the Sequester

No talks are scheduled on the so-called sequester—the $85 billion in automatic spending cuts that go into effect Friday night—until deadline day, when Congressional leaders gather at the White House for a ceremonial meeting nobody thinks will accomplish anything.

They … More…