Sequester: Holding the American People Hostage

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Walter Brasch: The Congressional Budget Office says the sequester could cut more than 750,000 federal jobs. Republicans like that idea, especially since most federal employees are also members of unions. But, those jobs include public health officials, social service workers, teachers, air traffic controllers, and others in critical jobs.

Tea Party’s Last Stand

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: It was cute of the Senators’ to point out the filibuster’s shared date with the battle of the Alamo. But beyond a shared date and colorful personalities the battles are fundamentally different in that the Tea Party movement will not be able to rally for an ultimate win.

Qualitative Easing for the People: Comedian Grillo’s Populist Plan for Italy

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Ellen Brown: Default on the public debt, nationalization of the banks, and a citizen dividend could actually save the Italian economy.

Mr. Obama, You’re No Socialist

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Berry Craig: One of the strangest—and for me, most annoying—perversions of politics in the Obama era is the meme pursued by so many on the right suggesting that this president is a raging socialist who seeks to install a permanent welfare state in America—despite all evidence to the contrary

Rand Paul, You’re No Henry Clay

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Berry Craig: The well-heeled Rand Paul was not named for Ayn Rand, as has been claimed. But he shares her deep disdain for government programs designed to help the poor, the elderly and the working class.

Now the Battle Over the Debt Ceiling

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Robert Reich: The White House’s and Democrats’ single biggest failure in the cliff negotiations was not getting Republicans’ agreement to raise the debt ceiling.

Vulgar Borkians: The Tea Party and the Judge

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Lawrence Rosenthal: The Tea Party’s feeling that something theirs was being taken away and given to others was precisely the feeling that Robert Bork was translating into a judicial philosophy.

Tea Party Quitter DeMint Cashes In

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Richard “RJ” Eskow: DeMint’s performed one public service by abandoning his post: He’s given us a glimpse of a half-hidden Washington where leaders don’t lead, think-tankers don’t think, and the house always wins.

Teahadis Demand Creation of Texassippi

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Tom Hall: In Texassippi, there will be no taxes, of course, and no tax revenue to support governmental operations. Under Teahadi theory, that won’t matter. All functions that other governments perform for themselves will be handled by private enterprise in Texassippi.

Review: E.J. Dionne’s Our Divided Political Heart

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John Peeler: Our present plight is rooted in the loss of consensus about social justice, management of the economy, and most fundamentally, about who we are as a people.

Is the Tea Party Over?

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: Can the die-hard group hanging out in the kitchen keep the party going? Can Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Sarah Palin, and the state-level Tea Partiers keep the music playing and the drinks flowing?

Obama Reelected! How?

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John Peeler: After all the anguish, all the hyperventilation, all the spin, we are pretty much back to where we’d thought we’d be.

Closing Argument

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Karen Finney: Rejecting the false choice of either/or narratives, the idea that “we’re all in this together” and the focus on finding inclusive ways to embrace the bigger picture has been a consistent theme throughout President Obama’s life.

When Businesses Go Unregulated

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Tom Hall: New England Compounding Center took advantage of deregulation to eliminate costs for safety measures. And “customers” died, killed by the contaminated drugs produced in the newly deregulated factories.

Why the Democrats Will Win This Election

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Steve Hochstadt: Despite the continuing economic disaster, despite lingering racism across white America, despite the daily uncertainties of the world outside our borders, Barack Obama wins again. His victory in 2012 means that Republican ideology is a failure.

Ideology and Pragmatism: The Republicans and Obama

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Walter Moss: One also wonders if there is still another word that better describes a man who in his dogged desire for the presidency has twisted and turned in so many ways. And that word is opportunist.

Big Rich Romney Slated As Reality Show

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Charley James: The series will be co-produced by Mark Penn and James Carville, both senior advisors to Hillary Clinton’s unsuccessful 2008 presidential campaign, who are said to still be angry that Barack Obama defeated her.

Shiftless Moochers: The 47% Charge in U.S. History

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Claude Fischer: Whatever the facts may be, the charge that huge numbers of shiftless moochers live off hard-working taxpayers feels true to many Americans – and has felt true to many Americans for centuries.

Ketchup Is Still Not a Vegetable

Scott Prosterman: The Republican Party will not LET Ronnie go away, invoking his name to squeeze any votes out of his legacy, which keeps getting re-worked and burnished to suit the current packaging needs.

Documentaries Present Opposing Views on Occupy

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Lauren Windsow: American Autumn: an Occudoc, will screen on a double with Andrew Breitbart Presents: Occupy Unmasked with a moderated debate to follow.

Death of the Republican Snooker Strategy

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Lauren N. Nile, Esq.: The Tea Party is exposing mainstream Republicans’ Strategy. Tea Partiers, in fact, are exposing all of the Republicans’ lies.

Leadership Needed To Solve Homelessness

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Charley James: America’s priorities, far too many of its politicians, and even a disturbing number of our everyday folks, are brutal – and brutish – about how to deal with homeless people like me who have lost everything except our dignity:

Tea Party Tuesday in Tampa

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Lawrence Rosenthal: Tuesday, the Tea Party trumped Etch a Sketch mainstream Republicanism and the Romney campaign will run on an almost pure Tea Party economic platform.

Billionaire Dispatches from the Convention: Day 2

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Clifford “Felonious Ax” Tasner: So what if a few citizens with funny-sounding names are getting purged from the voter rolls? I’ll bet a lot of the countries these people came from didn’t even have voting.

Billionaire Dispatches from Tampa: Day One

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Clifford “Felonius Ax” Tasner: Adelson’s got the accommodations next to ours, and for a guy who has made his fortune in casinos, you’d think he’d be a little less grumpy about the stream of Tampa Bay’s famous strippers coming in and out of our suites.

Dreamers Sign Up: A Great Day for Activism – and for America

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Randy Shaw: Obama implemented his “most ambitious immigration initiative” in response to both growing Latino political power and the courageous and inspiring grassroots pressure from young DREAM ACTivists.

Stop Comparing Paul Ryan to Sarah Palin

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Tina Dupuy: If John McCain would have picked Tim Pawlenty in ‘08, the Ryan pick would look pretty irresponsible. But now the GOP has the Palin Standard.

Mapping Paul Ryan

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Lawrence Rosenthal: Paul Ryan confirms the Tea Party’s role as both a power within the Republican Party and as the guarantor of Republican conservative orthodoxy.

Tea Party Alive and Well

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: The Tea Party is no longer just about rallies and Sarah Palin stump speeches. It is about thousands of Americans putting in the work to sustain their conservative ideology.

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