Congressional Gym Stays Open

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-+*Sharon Kyle: Unlike HeadStart the national parks and the thousands of furloughed government employees, the posh Congressional health club got a reprieve because congress has deemed it “essential,” according to a congressional aide.

The Texas Tinhorn

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-+*Berry Craig: Cruz and the tea party neo-Fire eaters demand Obama and the Democrats’ unconditional surrender on the Affordable Care Act while they all but pop veins trying to demonize and delegitimize the president and his party.

Harry Reid Slugs Far-Right Bully

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-+*Brent Budowsky: Reid, the former boxer who knows how to take a punch and throw a punch, is fighting back and standing tall and doing the business of the nation and speaking for a majority of our people.

Bachmann’s Retirement: Death Blow to the 1850s

Michele Bachmann at the World War II Memorial days after voting to shut it down.

-+*Tina Dupuy: The tea party wasn’t the first time anti-change, anti-foreigner feelings have translated into anti-partisan, anti-establishment, anti-politician demands. It probably won’t be the last.

Worst Possible Time to Repeat 1995

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-+*Joe Palermo: What remains eerily similar to the 1995 Republican shutdown is the arrogance, ignorance, lies and distortions the Far Right perpetrates against the American people.

Debt Ceiling: Obama’s Nuclear Option?

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-+*John Peeler: If President Obama defers to Congress and accepts a default on the debt, with its attendant catastrophic economic consequences, he would be a party to Congress’ violation of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Memo to GOP: A Gun to the Head Is Not a Negotiation

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-+*Julie Driscoll: It’s quite a puzzle, why Republicans (largely House Republi-crazies) – who were crushed, humiliated and the big losers in the last two elections – seem to think they can bully, threaten and harass in order to dictate, direct and determine the course of our economy.

Wheels Coming Off GOP Wagon

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-+*Julie Driscoll: America doesn’t negotiate with terrorists – which is exactly why President Obama is spot on when he said that he won’t negotiate with Republicans over the debt ceiling.