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26 Dec 2011

Goldwater Institute an Aggressive Conservative Watchdog

From a conservative point of view, there is no end to the government interference in individual liberties going on around the country. Some emanates from Washington, but much of it, in the opinion of Mr. Bolick, bubbles up from the bottom, whether from a small-town school board or the Arizona Board of Cosmetology, which Mr. Bolick has sued twice.
From a conservative point of view, there is no end to the government interference in individual liberties going on...

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16 Dec 2011

Republicans wary of Newt Gingrich presidential nomination

Republicans on Capitol Hill are increasingly worried about the potential of a Newt Gingrich presidential nomination, fearful that the former House speaker s reputation for volatility could drive away independent voters and jeopardize GOP prospects for controlling Congress in 2013.
Republicans on Capitol Hill are increasingly worried about the potential of a Newt Gingrich presidential nomination,...

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13 Dec 2011

Graham Calls Consumer Protection Bureau ‘Something Out of the Stalinist Era’

Nothing like a little hyperbole first thing on a Sunday morning from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) when it comes to looking out for the interests of consumers. Republicans don't want a check on the banks period and they're using the excuse of not having any oversight in order to hamstring the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau set up by Elizabeth Warren.
Nothing like a little hyperbole first thing on a Sunday morning from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) when it comes to looking...
12 Dec 2011

Newt Gingrich’s job creation for kids

Presidential nopeful Newt Gingrich continues to amaze us by finding new ways to endear himself to, well, um, mostly Mormon haters, divorce attorneys and the Janjaweed. Nevertheless, if you are unfamiliar with this unhinged Macy's balloon, he is currently the Republican frontrunner in the 2012 presidential race. That is, until one of them pipes up with some new big idea - like reducing American dependence on foreign energy by replacing the electric chair with one that runs on solar power.
Presidential nopeful Newt Gingrich continues to amaze us by finding new ways to endear himself to, well, um, mostly...

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6 Dec 2011

Gingrich Visits Trump as Republican Strategists Criticize Debate

Republican strategists on Monday bemoaned the prospect of a presidential debate hosted by Donald Trump even as Newt Gingrich, surging in recent polls, made a pilgrimage to see Mr. Trump, a billionaire real estate mogul and reality TV star.
Republican strategists on Monday bemoaned the prospect of a presidential debate hosted by Donald Trump even as Newt...

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5 Dec 2011

Out of Africa and Into Iowa

NEWT GINGRICH'S mind is in love with itself. It has persuaded itself that it is brilliant when it is merely promiscuous. This is not a serious mind. Gingrich is not, to put it mildly, a systematic thinker. His mind is a jumble, an amateurish mess lacking impulse control. He plays air guitar with ideas, producing air ideas. He ejaculates concepts, notions and theories that are as inconsistent as his behavior.
NEWT GINGRICH'S mind is in love with itself. It has persuaded itself that it is brilliant when it is merely promiscuous....

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23 Nov 2011

Grover Norquist hails victory after supercommittee deal fails

One of the most powerful figures in Washington, Republican lobbyist Grover Norquist, headed off on holiday on Tuesday, leaving behind a trail of economic and political chaos while happily looking ahead to the next, even bigger battle: the 2012 elections.
One of the most powerful figures in Washington, Republican lobbyist Grover Norquist, headed off on holiday on Tuesday,...

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21 Oct 2011

The birthers eat their own

The people who brought you the Barack Obama birth-certificate hullabaloo now have a new target: Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, a man often speculated to be the next Republican vice presidential nominee. While they re at it, they also have Bobby Jindal, the Republican governor of Louisiana and perhaps a future presidential candidate, in their sights.
The people who brought you the Barack Obama birth-certificate hullabaloo now have a new target: Sen. Marco Rubio of...
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20 Sep 2011

Republicans Sought Clean-Energy Money for Home States

On the Senate floor and the television airwaves, Senator Mitch McConnell has lambasted the Obama administration over what he has described as its failed efforts to stimulate new jobs through clean-energy projects backed with billions of dollars in federal loans or other assistance.
On the Senate floor and the television airwaves, Senator Mitch McConnell has lambasted the Obama administration over...

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22 Aug 2011

Was Texas jobs expansion due to government growth

The number of government jobs created accounts for a relatively low 6.5% of the increase, and less than 28% of the new jobs - during a period when the federal government was going on a hiring binge, thanks to Porkulus. The ratio of public-sector employees to population declined slightly overall. That may not have been fast enough for small-government activists, but it went in the right direction - and in the opposite direction that Perry's critics claim.
The number of government jobs created accounts for a relatively low 6.5% of the increase, and less than 28% of the new...
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16 Aug 2011

As Buffett Renews Push for Billionaire’s Tax, Critics Tell Him to Pay More Now

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., a 2012 presidential contender, said she has a suggestion for Buffett:"Write a big check today," she said Tuesday at a campaign rally in Spartanburg, S.C. "There's nothing you have to wait for."
Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., a 2012 presidential contender, said she has a suggestion for Buffett:"Write a big check...

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15 Aug 2011

Rick Perry Is Big Oil’s $11 Million Man

Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX), even before establishing super PACs to rake in unlimited contributions from Texas billionaires in his presidential run, has been one of the best funded politicians in history. Since his 1998 candidacy to be George W. Bush s lieutenant governor, Perry has raked in $117,091,642 in campaign contributions, with the oil and gas industry the top contributor.
Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX), even before establishing super PACs to rake in unlimited contributions from Texas billionaires...

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13 Aug 2011

Genuflecting to the Tea Party

All republican candidates for president claimed they would all walk away from a hypothetical deficit-reduction deal that was as extreme as 10 parts spending cuts to one part tax increases.  That should tell every voter in America everything about this current crop of Know-Nothings - no person who would take such a stance is fit to be president of the United States or any developed country.
All republican candidates for president claimed they would all walk away from a hypothetical deficit-reduction deal that...

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7 Aug 2011

Michele Bachman gaffes

The rapid rise of Michele Bachmann, Minnesota's preeminent Republican Congresswoman, from rank-and-file conservative standard-bearer to Tea Party champion may just be beginning, some members of the Tea Party are arguing.
The rapid rise of Michele Bachmann, Minnesota's preeminent Republican Congresswoman, from rank-and-file conservative...

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29 Jul 2011

Vote Was 218- 210, Along Party Lines, After Speaker’s Plea

House Republicans muscled through a revised debt limit plan without a single Democratic vote on Friday night and headed toward a confrontation with the Senate, where Democrats were anxiously awaiting the newly passed measure so they could reject it. President Obama has also threatened to veto it.
House Republicans muscled through a revised debt limit plan without a single Democratic vote on Friday night and headed...

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29 Jul 2011

Debt ceiling breakdown puts GOP at risk

There was always a mismatch between the tea party personality of the new Republican majority in the House and the politician that majority chose to lead them, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio). After Thursday night's dramatic implosion, the country better understands the consequences.
There was always a mismatch between the tea party personality of the new Republican majority in the House and the...

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26 Jul 2011

Issa U.S. ‘should’ lose AAA

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) isn t afraid of default and the prospect of ratings agencies lowering America s sterling AAA credit rating? Bring it on! "Until we stop spending more, we should be downgraded," Issa, the head of the House oversight committee and a long-time fiscal hawk, told Don Imus Monday morning.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) isn t afraid of default and the prospect of ratings agencies lowering America s sterling...

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22 Jul 2011

Graham: GOP Has Nobody to Blame but Themselves for Painting Themselves into a Corner

Our problem is we made a big deal about this for three months. How many Republicans have been on TV saying, I m not going to raise the debt limit. "You know, Mitch [McConnell] says, I m not going to raise the debt limit unless we talk about Medicare. And I ve said I m not going to raise the debt limit until we do something about spending and entitlements. So we ve got nobody to blame but ourselves," Graham told reporters after a GOP caucus lunch.
Our problem is we made a big deal about this for three months. How many Republicans have been on TV saying, I m not...

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14 Jul 2011

Republican Leaders In Debt-Ceiling Corner Between Obama, Tea Party : It’s All Politics

The split between Obama and Republicans is nothing compared to the gap between GOP leaders and their Tea Party fueled rank and file. Top congressional leaders appear to have essentially painted themselves into a corner between Obama on one side and the just-say-no bloc of House Republicans on the other.
The split between Obama and Republicans is nothing compared to the gap between GOP leaders and their Tea Party fueled...

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29 Jun 2011

Poll Shows Lack of Enthusiasm for Republican Presidential Contenders

Republican voters are not satisfied with the candidates running for the Republican nomination and wish they had more choices, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll. None of the candidates currently hoping to challenge President Obama in 2012 has earned enthusiastic support from more than 7 percent of Republican voters.
Republican voters are not satisfied with the candidates running for the Republican nomination and wish they had more...

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4 Jun 2011

Sarah Palin collects a bushel of Pinocchios on her bus tour

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has spent this week taking a high-profile bus tour up to New Hampshire, in what may or may not be a prelude to a presidential run in 2012. She spent half an hour the other day chatting with Fox News s Greta van Susteren. The full interview is posted on Palin s Web site, but we watched all of it so you don t have to
Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has spent this week taking a high-profile bus tour up to New Hampshire, in what may...

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15 May 2011

Gingrich Calls Republican Medicare Plan Too Radical

Days after formally announcing his candidacy for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, Newt Gingrich on Sunday sharply criticized a plan by House Republicans that would drastically overhaul Medicare, the federal health care program for retirees.
Days after formally announcing his candidacy for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, Newt Gingrich on Sunday...
23 Apr 2011

The Tea Party and Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged

If Ayn Rand were alive today, would she be a member of the Tea Party? The controversial writer - whose philosophy, Objectivism, advocates the "virtue of selfishness" - has long been something of a literary hero to American conservatives and the rise of the rightwing populist movement has only worked to increase Rand's popularity.
If Ayn Rand were alive today, would she be a member of the Tea Party? The controversial writer - whose philosophy,...

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22 Apr 2011

US sex pay probe senator resigns

A Republican senator from Nevada is resigning amid a probe into his admitted sexual affair with an aide. John Ensign had been under investigation after disclosures his wealthy parents paid the aide and her husband $96,000 ( 58,000).
A Republican senator from Nevada is resigning amid a probe into his admitted sexual affair with an aide. John Ensign had...
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20 Apr 2011

1/3 of the Government Gets Almost 2/3 of Their Demands and They Continue the Attack!

Who does the Tea Party use as their model? Their icon Ronald Reagan, campaigned on shrinking the size of government and tax cuts for the rich. In the early part of his term he said "Government is not the solution to our problem... Government is the problem." He ruined our economy so badly that his tax cuts were repealed and the next GOP president made a fool of himself by saying "Read my lips no new taxes!" then immediately had to raise taxes.
Who does the Tea Party use as their model? Their icon Ronald Reagan, campaigned on shrinking the size of government and...

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18 Apr 2011

Why Palin doesn’t get what she deserves

OK, so Sarah Palin probably isn't running for president. She may have told Fox News' Greta Van Susteren that she was "tempted" because she was "wondering who the heck is going to be out there with a servant's heart willing to serve the American people." But evidence suggests there's not a lot to wonder about when it comes to her candidacy.
OK, so Sarah Palin probably isn't running for president. She may have told Fox News' Greta Van Susteren that she was...
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16 Apr 2011

House passes GOP budget plan for 2012

With its passing, Republicans have officially put forth their vision for reducing the nation s debt and defining how the federal government fits into people s lives. It s a sharply different approach from the one outlined by President Obama on Wednesday, setting up months of clashes between the two parties over a number of critical fiscal issues.
With its passing, Republicans have officially put forth their vision for reducing the nation s debt and defining how the...

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9 Feb 2011

CPAC Meeting Drawing Republican Presidential Hopefuls

Prospective Republican presidential contenders face an important test this week as they begin navigating the complex crosscurrents between the fiscal and social demands of conservatives while trying to prove their electability against President Obama.
Prospective Republican presidential contenders face an important test this week as they begin navigating the complex...

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9 Feb 2011

G.O.P. Sponsoring Bills to Expand Abortion Restrictions

All but invisible during the midterm elections, the abortion debate has returned to Congress. Invoking the mantra of fiscal restraint that has dominated House action since lawmakers reconvened last month, Republicans began committee work this week on two bills that would greatly expand restrictions on financing for and access to abortions.
All but invisible during the midterm elections, the abortion debate has returned to Congress. Invoking the mantra of...

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27 Jan 2011

Pentagon Budget Cuts Split G.O.P.

To hear the Republican leadership tell it, the once-sacred Pentagon budget, protected by the party for generations, is suddenly on the table. But a closer look shows that even as Speaker John A. Boehner and Representative Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, insist on the need for military cuts, divisions have opened among Republicans about whether, and how much, to chop Pentagon spending that comes to more than a half trillion dollars a year.
To hear the Republican leadership tell it, the once-sacred Pentagon budget, protected by the party for generations, is...

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20 Jan 2011

House Repeals Obama Health Care Law in Symbolic Act

The House on Wednesday voted to repeal the Democrats landmark health care overhaul, in a largely symbolic step that the new Republican majority said marked the beginning of an all-out effort to dismantle President Obama s signature domestic policy achievement.
The House on Wednesday voted to repeal the Democrats landmark health care overhaul, in a largely symbolic step that the...

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15 Jan 2011

Reince Priebus Elected by G.O.P. as Its New Chairman

The Republican National Committee selected a new leader on Friday, with its choice, Reince Priebus of Wisconsin, surviving seven contentious rounds of balloting to overtake Michael Steele, the embattled chairman, as party officials demanded new leadership to fortify the party for the 2012 presidential race.
The Republican National Committee selected a new leader on Friday, with its choice, Reince Priebus of Wisconsin,...
12 Jan 2011

The charlatans’ response to the Tucson tragedy

A characteristic of many contemporary minds is susceptibility to the superstition that all behavior can be traced to some diagnosable frame of mind that is a product of promptings from the social environment. From which flows a political doctrine: Given clever social engineering, society and people can be perfected. This supposedly is the path to progress. It actually is the crux of progressivism. And it is why there is a reflex to blame conservatives first.
A characteristic of many contemporary minds is susceptibility to the superstition that all behavior can be traced to...

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3 Jan 2011

G.O.P. Vows to Cut Spending and Roll Back Health Care Bill

Congressional Republicans vowed Sunday to use their new majority in the House and their stronger position in the Senate to roll back the Obama administration s health care overhaul and press for sharp, rapid cuts in spending.
Congressional Republicans vowed Sunday to use their new majority in the House and their stronger position in the Senate...
24 Dec 2010

Obama’s new start

Riding the lamest of ducks, President Obama just won the Triple Crown. He fulfilled (1) his most important economic priority, passage of Stimulus II, a.k.a. the tax cut deal (the perfect pre-re-election fiscal sugar high - the piper gets paid in 2013 and beyond); (2) his most important social policy objective, repeal of "don't ask, don't tell"; and (3) his most cherished (achievable) foreign policy goal, ratification of the New START treaty with Russia.
Riding the lamest of ducks, President Obama just won the Triple Crown. He fulfilled (1) his most important economic...

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22 Dec 2010

How Did Republicans End Up Against 9 11 Responders Bill

With just hours left in the 111th Congress, Republican lawmakers find themselves the target of ire and scorn from the most unlikely of adversaries: the firefighters and police officers who rushed into the burning towers on September 11 nearly a decade ago and worked at the site for months afterward.
With just hours left in the 111th Congress, Republican lawmakers find themselves the target of ire and scorn from the...

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20 Dec 2010

Russia Warns Senate Not to Amend Arms Control Treaty

Russia warned the United States Senate on Monday not to rewrite the new arms control treaty being debated on Capitol Hill as American lawmakers clashed about the politics of ratification in the waning days of the Congressional session.
Russia warned the United States Senate on Monday not to rewrite the new arms control treaty being debated on Capitol...

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19 Dec 2010

DREAM Act Goes Down in Flames in Senate

An immigration bill that would blaze a trail to legal status for hundreds of thousands of undocumented students went down in flames in the Senate on Saturday, delivering a critical blow to Democrats and Hispanic activists. Even though the House approved the DREAM Act last week, the Senate fell five votes short of the 60 needed Saturday to advance the bill past Republican opposition.
An immigration bill that would blaze a trail to legal status for hundreds of thousands of undocumented students went...

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15 Dec 2010

Usurper in Chief

He can t handle the truth. At least not while he s facing the brig. Lt. Col. Terry Lakin of the Army had a motley crew of frustrated Birthers at his court-martial here on Tuesday. The decorated Pentagon doctor from Colorado became the movement s hero when he went on YouTube in March to brazenly urge President Obama to show honesty and integrity by releasing his original signed birth certificate, if you have one. He vowed to disobey what he called illegal orders to deploy to Afghanistan because he did not regard Obama as a legitimate commander in chief.
He can t handle the truth. At least not while he s facing the brig. Lt. Col. Terry Lakin of the Army had a motley crew...
15 Dec 2010

Michael Steele’s move stuns GOP donors

Some of the Republican Party s most prominent donors reacted Tuesday with shock and then fury to Michael Steele s decision to seek re-election, bluntly warning that they would not raise money for the party if the controversial chairman wins another term. None of the contributors has a vote on the committee, but with worries about the debt-ridden party s finances hanging over Steele, the unambiguous threats could further undermine the incumbent s already-dim prospects for victory.
Some of the Republican Party s most prominent donors reacted Tuesday with shock and then fury to Michael Steele s...

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9 Dec 2010

Gays in military Policy on gays in military fails to go to Senate floor

Despite Democratic efforts, Republicans on Thursday prevented a vote on the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, putting the repeal of a ban on gays serving openly in the military in doubt. Senate Democrats had been working to reach an agreement with Republicans to allow time to debate the broader defense authorization bill that would include the repeal of the ban. Republicans have vowed to block any votes until after resolving the unrelated issue of expiring tax cuts.
Despite Democratic efforts, Republicans on Thursday prevented a vote on the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, putting the...
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9 Dec 2010

Pass the Caribou Stew

Does Palin really think the average housewife in Ohio who can t pay her bills is going to load up on ammo, board two different planes, camp out for two nights with a film crew and shoot a caribou so she can feed her family organic food?
Does Palin really think the average housewife in Ohio who can t pay her bills is going to load up on ammo, board two...

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6 Dec 2010

Incoming GOP freshmen rapidly embracing big-money fundraisers

After Francisco "Quico" Canseco beat Rep. Ciro Rodriguez (D-Tex.) as part of the Republican wave on Nov. 2, the tea party favorite declared: "It's going to be a new day in Washington." Two weeks later, Canseco was in the heart of Washington for a $1,000-a-head fundraiser at the Capitol Hill Club. The event--hosted by Reps. Pete Sessions (R-Tex.) and Jeb Hensarling (R-Tex.)--was aimed at paying off more than $1.1 million in campaign debts racked up by Canseco, much of it from his own pocket
After Francisco "Quico" Canseco beat Rep. Ciro Rodriguez (D-Tex.) as part of the Republican wave on Nov. 2, the tea...

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5 Dec 2010

Sarah Palin is wrong about John F. Kennedy, religion and politics

Palin writes that when she was growing up, she was taught that Kennedy's speech had "succeeded in the best possible way: It reconciled public service and religion without compromising either." Now, however, she says she has revisited the speech and changed her mind. She finds it "defensive . . . in tone and content" and is upset that Kennedy, rather than presenting a reconciliation of his private faith and his public role, had instead offered an "unequivocal divorce of the two."
Palin writes that when she was growing up, she was taught that Kennedy's speech had "succeeded in the best possible way:...

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3 Dec 2010

G.O.P. Support Grows for Arms Treaty

The White House appears within reach of winning enough votes to approve a new arms control treaty with Russia. Nine Republicans are now on record supporting the treaty or signaling that they could support it in a vote this month. The shift in momentum in the last week has been striking. Before Thanksgiving, it looked like the treaty might not get approved before the departing Congress leaves at the end of the year due to the resistance of Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona, the lead Republican negotiator who has said there was not enough time to address his concerns.
The White House appears within reach of winning enough votes to approve a new arms control treaty with Russia. Nine...

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3 Dec 2010

A Tax Reform Vision – NYTimes.com

Sometime over the next couple of weeks, President Obama issues a statement that reads: Over the past several months, Republicans and Democrats have been fighting over what to do with the Bush tax cuts. I have my own views, but it s not worth having a big fight over a tax code we all hate. Therefore, I m suspending this debate. We will extend the Bush rates for everybody for one year, along with unemployment benefits. But during that year we will enact a comprehensive tax reform plan.
Sometime over the next couple of weeks, President Obama issues a statement that reads: Over the past several months,...

The Republican case for ratifying New START

Republican presidents have long led the crucial fight to protect the United States against nuclear dangers. That is why Presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush negotiated the SALT I, START I and START II agreements. It is why President George W. Bush negotiated the Moscow Treaty. All four recognized that reducing the number of nuclear arms in an open, verifiable manner would reduce the risk of nuclear catastrophe and increase the stability of America's relationship with the Soviet Union and, later, the Russian Federation. The world is safer today because of the decades-long effort to reduce its supply of nuclear weapons.
Republican presidents have long led the crucial fight to protect the United States against nuclear dangers. That is why...
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23 Nov 2010

Sin and Taxes – NYTimes.com

Some Republicans have been talking honestly about cutting entitlement spending, but almost no Republican seems willing to accept tax increases as part of a bipartisan budget deal. You could offer Republicans a deal that was 80 percent spending cuts and 20 percent tax increases and they d say no. They d say no to 90-10, too.
Some Republicans have been talking honestly about cutting entitlement spending, but almost no Republican seems willing...

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22 Nov 2010

Before Clinton meeting, Cantor’s one-on-one with Bibi

Regarding the midterms, Cantor may have given Netanyahu some reason to stand firm against the American administration. "Eric stressed that the new Republican majority will serve as a check on the Administration and what has been, up until this point, one party rule in Washington," the readout continued. "He made clear that the Republican majority understands the special relationship between Israel and the United States, and that the security of each nation is reliant upon the other." Veteran observer of U.S.-Israeli relations Ron Kampeas said he found that statement "an eyebrow-raiser."
Regarding the midterms, Cantor may have given Netanyahu some reason to stand firm against the American administration....

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20 Nov 2010

Standoff in Final Weeks of 111th Congress

Empowered by their election gains, Congressional Republicans are giving little ground to President Obama and weakened Democrats in the final weeks of the 111th Congress, imperiling Democratic efforts to pass major tax and spending legislation, unemployment aid and a nuclear nonproliferation treaty among other issues.
Empowered by their election gains, Congressional Republicans are giving little ground to President Obama and weakened...

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17 Nov 2010

Murkowski Heads for Alaska, Perhaps to Claim Victory

Mr. Miller, a Tea Party favorite endorsed by Sarah Palin, has not conceded the race, and his campaign suggested late on Tuesday that it would pursue a recount of all ballots cast. Such a recount cannot be formally requested until after the state certifies a final tally. The Miller campaign has been aggressively challenging ballots throughout the write-in count, questioning any ballot that seemed to have a misspelling, a smudge or extra words written on it. The campaign has filed a federal lawsuit arguing that votes that are not spelled perfectly should be excluded; that case is pending.
Mr. Miller, a Tea Party favorite endorsed by Sarah Palin, has not conceded the race, and his campaign suggested late on...

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14 Nov 2010

Tea party groups have wide range of goals for new champions in Congress

South Carolina tea party activist Sunny O'Donovan plans to travel to Washington in January to personally witness the swearing-in of her new congressman, Jeff Duncan, who was elected with the backing of several tea party groups. On that day, O'Donovan will shift from being an enthusiastic supporter to an eager constituent with a long wish list.
South Carolina tea party activist Sunny O'Donovan plans to travel to Washington in January to personally witness the...
10 Nov 2010

The GOP can’t be led by Sarah Palin. But can it live without her

Despite its considerable gains in the midterm elections, the GOP has a problem looming in the margins named Sarah Palin.  She who can rouse the base like none other is now She to Whom Respect Must Be Paid. Like it or not.  Many within the so-called party establishment don't quite know what to do about Palin. She's adored by Tea Partyers, to whom she conveniently attached herself as soon as she sensed a shift in the air. A rogue like Palin isn't going to let a rogue movement fill a stadium - or a desert - without her.
Despite its considerable gains in the midterm elections, the GOP has a problem looming in the margins named Sarah...

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8 Nov 2010

The Unready Republicans

The modest Mr. Boehner leads a party with much to be modest about. Gingrich could brandish an agenda because he had an agenda a raft of conservative policy proposals, on welfare and crime and taxes, that couldn t get any traction in a Democratic-controlled Congress. Today s Republicans, by contrast, know what they re against (the health care bill, tax increases, cap and trade) but have a world of trouble saying what they might actually be for.
The modest Mr. Boehner leads a party with much to be modest about. Gingrich could brandish an agenda because he had an...

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6 Nov 2010

Republicans map out their agenda of less

Republicans are mapping an agenda for the new Congress that calls for a radical reduction in government spending, a hard-line stance against new taxes and a "sustained" battle against federal regulators - all aimed at easing the concerns of voters desperate for jobs and anxious about the soaring national debt.
Republicans are mapping an agenda for the new Congress that calls for a radical reduction in government spending, a...

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5 Nov 2010

Republicans List Big Goals on Budget and Economy

Republican leaders in Congress are preparing to take power in two months with ambitious and sometimes contradictory goals for economic and fiscal policies, leaving little common ground with President Obama and much uncertainty about the potential impact on the nation s problems.
Republican leaders in Congress are preparing to take power in two months with ambitious and sometimes contradictory...

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4 Nov 2010

Dems Blame White House for Loss

The bodies aren t even cold yet in the House, but the Democratic Party has already opened up a bitter debate over who s to blame. The party s bloodied moderates Wednesday released two years of pent-up anger at a party leadership they viewed as blind to their needs and deaf to the messages of voters who never asked for President Barack Obama s ambitious first-term agenda.
The bodies aren t even cold yet in the House, but the Democratic Party has already opened up a bitter debate over who s...

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4 Nov 2010

Voters GOP House Will Disappoint

The polling firm Rasmussen is out with a relatively shocking poll given the results of yesterday s election. Here s the gist: Hold the celebration. Most voters expected Republicans to win control of the House of Representatives on Election Day, but nearly as many expect to be disappointed with how they perform by the time the 2012 elections roll around.
The polling firm Rasmussen is out with a relatively shocking poll given the results of yesterday s election. Here s the...

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29 Oct 2010

The Republican Congress Is In For A Painful Wake-Up Call

Three surveys released in the past week -Pew, Bloomberg, and CBS/New York Times - illuminate what the American people want from the new Congress that convenes next January. Taken together, these polls offer a warning to a new Republican majority: If you push your limited government agenda too far or refuse to cooperate with Democrats and the White House, you'll pay a price.
Three surveys released in the past week -Pew, Bloomberg, and CBS/New York Times - illuminate what the American people...

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29 Oct 2010

Palin Renews Support for Miller in Alaska Race

With her endorsement in a simple posting on Facebook in June, Sarah Palin helped launch Joe Miller toward political stardom. On Thursday night, with Mr. Miller s Senate campaign struggling in the final rush to Election Day, Ms. Palin forcefully restated her support - this time in person, here in her home state.
With her endorsement in a simple posting on Facebook in June, Sarah Palin helped launch Joe Miller toward political...

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9 Oct 2010

Policy at Its Worst

One day after Governor Christie made his devastating announcement about the tunnel, the U.S. Labor Department released its latest unemployment statistics. They show that the nation remains locked in an employment crisis, unable to provide work for millions who want and need it. One of the major potential solutions to this crisis is all around us. America s infrastructure is indisputably in sorry shape, and upgrading it to meet the needs of the 21st century is far and away the best strategy for putting people back to work.
One day after Governor Christie made his devastating announcement about the tunnel, the U.S. Labor Department released...

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5 Oct 2010

Fox primary complicated, contractual –

With Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee all making moves indicating they may run for president, their common employer is facing a question that hasn t been asked before: How does a news organization cover White House hopefuls when so many are on the payroll?
With Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee all making moves indicating they may run for president,...

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30 Sep 2010

Boehner Outlines Changes if Republicans Take House

Mr. Boehner placed Republicans and Democrats alike in the cross hairs, arguing that both parties had engaged in the sins of earmarking, overreaching and partisan pettiness. Mr. Boehner was perhaps trying to appeal to an electorate weary of partisan bickering and legislative inaction and to respond directly to the calls for changing the system that have fueled many Tea Party candidates this year and President Obama s campaign in 2008.
Mr. Boehner placed Republicans and Democrats alike in the cross hairs, arguing that both parties had engaged in the sins...

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27 Sep 2010

The Seduction of the Tea Partiers

On the surface, the Pledge to America that House Republicans unveiled last week, in obvious imitation of Newt Gingrich s famous Contract With America, feels like a triumph for the Tea Party.  Whereas the Gingrich-era contract was a terse, 865-word list of legislative priorities, the 2010 pledge reads like an expansive, even radical manifesto. It runs to almost 8,000 words, bristles with charts and graphs and inspiring quotations, and includes a lengthy preamble modeled on the Declaration of Independence. And whereas the original contract s language was carefully poll-tested to appeal to squishy moderates, the pledge has the aggressively small-government tone of a Rand Paul stump speech, complete with attacks on self-appointed elites, praise for Americans speaking out in town halls and on public squares, and pledges to honor the Constitution as constructed by its framers.
On the surface, the Pledge to America that House Republicans unveiled last week, in obvious imitation of Newt Gingrich s...

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26 Sep 2010

Karl Rove Is Back With a Republican Election Strategy

In 2004, the Republican master strategist Karl Rove led weekly sessions at his Washington residence where, over big plates of his butter-smothered "eggies" and bacon slabs, he planned the re-election of President George W. Bush - and what he hoped would be lasting Republican dominion over Democrats.
In 2004, the Republican master strategist Karl Rove led weekly sessions at his Washington residence where, over big...

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25 Sep 2010

The Responsibility Deficit

What the country is really looking for is a restoration of responsibility. If some smart leader is going to help us get out of ideological gridlock, that leader will reframe politics around this end. Philip K. Howard has thought hard about the decay of responsibility and what can be done to reverse it. In a series of books ranging from "The Death of Common Sense" to "Life Without Lawyers," Howard has detailed the ways our political and legal systems undermine personal responsibility.
What the country is really looking for is a restoration of responsibility. If some smart leader is going to help us get...

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23 Sep 2010

House Republicans make a conservative ‘Pledge to America’

House Republicans on Thursday announced an expansive agenda called "A Pledge to America" that proposes to shrink the size of government and reform Congress, offering a conservative plan of action they will pursue if they win a majority in the midterm elections.
House Republicans on Thursday announced an expansive agenda called "A Pledge to America" that proposes to shrink the...

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23 Sep 2010

The GOP breaks its “Pledge to America”

It took the Republicans just three minutes to violate their Pledge to America. This StoryIn a lumber yard near Dulles International Airport Thursday morning, House Republicans handed out copies of their pledge, which, among other things, promises to rein in an "arrogant and out-of-touch government of self-appointed elites. Yet moments after taking the stage to face the cameras, Republican leaders appointed themselves arrogant elites. They compared themselves to the founding fathers and likened their actions at Tart Lumber Co. to the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia
It took the Republicans just three minutes to violate their Pledge to America. This StoryIn a lumber yard near Dulles...

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23 Sep 2010

Republicans Offer Their Agenda for Midterm Elections –

House Republicans offered their "Pledge to America," a combination campaign platform and legislative agenda, on Thursday morning, saying that jobs will return if spending slows and tax rates are kept from rising.
House Republicans offered their "Pledge to America," a combination campaign platform and legislative agenda, on Thursday...

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17 Sep 2010

The Backlash Myth

Many of my liberal friends are convinced that the Republican Party has a death wish. It is sprinting to the right-most fever swamps of American life. It will end up alienating the moderate voters it needs to win elections.
Many of my liberal friends are convinced that the Republican Party has a death wish. It is sprinting to the right-most...

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14 Sep 2010

The Day After Tomorrow

The social fabric is fraying. Human capital is being squandered. Society is segmenting. The labor markets are ill. Wages are lagging. Inequality is increasing. The nation is overconsuming and underinnovating. China and India are surging. Not all of these challenges can be addressed by the spontaneous healing powers of the market.
The social fabric is fraying. Human capital is being squandered. Society is segmenting. The labor markets are ill. Wages...

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14 Sep 2010

Tea Party Primary Victories Could Complicate Republican Plans

"We need to prove to the Republican Party that we need to move it to the right, that we need to move back to good basic values and the Constitution," said Lynn Brannon, a leading Tea Party activist in Delaware. "I will have a little bit of regret, but the Republicans need to learn their lesson: that we want things to go back to the right."
"We need to prove to the Republican Party that we need to move it to the right, that we need to move back to good basic...

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14 Sep 2010

Senate Republicans say they will block tax increase

President Barack Obama's plan to raise taxes on wealthier people while preserving cuts for everyone else appears increasingly likely to founder before Election Day. Senate GOP leaders declared on Monday that Republicans are, to a person, opposed to legislation that would extend only middle-class tax relief - which Obama has repeatedly promised to deliver - if Democrats follow through on plans to let tax rates rise for the wealthiest Americans. The GOP senators forcefully made their case one day after House Republican leader John Boehner suggested he might vote for Obama's plan if that ends up the only option.
President Barack Obama's plan to raise taxes on wealthier people while preserving cuts for everyone else appears...

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13 Sep 2010

Ad Buying by G.O.P.-Leaning Groups Alarms Democrats

Outside groups supporting Republican candidates in House and Senate races across the country have been swamping their Democratic-leaning counterparts on television since early August as the midterm election season has begun heating up.
Outside groups supporting Republican candidates in House and Senate races across the country have been swamping their...
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