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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 He ruined our economy so badly that his tax cuts were repealed and the next GOP president made a fool of himself by saying "Read my lips no new taxes!"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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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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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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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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29 Aug 2010

The billionaire Koch brothers’ war against Obama

n May 17th, a black-tie audience at the Metropolitan Opera House applauded as a tall, jovial-looking billionaire took the stage. It was the seventieth annual spring gala of American Ballet Theatre, and David H. Koch was being celebrated for his generosity as a member of the board of trustees; he had recently donated $2.5 million toward the company s upcoming season, and had given many millions before that. Koch received an award while flanked by two of the gala s co-chairs, Blaine Trump, in a peach-colored gown, and Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, in emerald green. Kennedy s mother, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, had been a patron of the ballet and, coincidentally, the previous owner of a Fifth Avenue apartment that Koch had bought, in 1995, and then sold, eleven years later, for thirty-two million dollars, having found it too small.
n May 17th, a black-tie audience at the Metropolitan Opera House applauded as a tall, jovial-looking billionaire took...

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28 Aug 2010

The battles inside the GOP

This was a week in which the party's strengths and weaknesses competed for attention. Turnout in Tuesday's primaries showed Republicans energized and enthusiastic, far more so than the Democrats. If anything, Democrats are more pessimistic today about their prospects in November than they were two months ago. But the elections last week in Florida and Alaska also pointed to ideological differences and personal enmities that have played out in Republican primary battles all year and that threaten to leave scars and fissures within the party that will have to be dealt with later. Republicans have seen more turmoil in their ranks this year than Democrats, a sign of both robustness within the coalition and unresolved debates about the party's direction.
This was a week in which the party's strengths and weaknesses competed for attention. Turnout in Tuesday's primaries...
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26 Aug 2010

Building a Nation of Know-Nothings

The Democrats may deserve to lose in November. They have been terrible at trying to explain who they stand for and the larger goal of their governance. But if they lose, it should be because their policies are unpopular or ill-conceived not because millions of people believe a lie. In the much-discussed Pew poll reporting the spike in ignorance, those who believe Obama to be Muslim say they got their information from the media. But no reputable news agency that is, fact-based, one that corrects its errors quickly has spread such inaccuracies.
The Democrats may deserve to lose in November. They have been terrible at trying to explain who they stand for and the...

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8 Aug 2010

CNN Poll Quarter doubt Obama was born in U.S.

The president celebrates his 49th birthday Wednesday. On the same day, a new national poll indicates some Americans continue to doubt the president was born in the United States. According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey, more than a quarter of the public have doubts about Obama's citizenship, with 11 percent saying Obama was definitely not born in the United States and another 16 percent saying the president was probably not born in the country.
The president celebrates his 49th birthday Wednesday. On the same day, a new national poll indicates some Americans...
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8 Aug 2010

Michael Steele Criticized for Afghanistan Comments

WASHINGTON - Michael Steele, chairman of the Republican National Committee, drew fierce criticism and a call for his resignation on Friday after declaring at a party fund-raiser that the United States was on the wrong side of history with its conflict in Afghanistan, a military fight he called "a war of Obama s choosing."
WASHINGTON - Michael Steele, chairman of the Republican National Committee, drew fierce criticism and a call for his...

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3 Aug 2010

Newt Gingrich, pushing prejudice at Ground Zero

Newt Gingrich, his doctorate notwithstanding, has offered us an illogical and ahistorical context to the ugly dispute about building an Islamic cultural center and mosque near Manhattan's Ground Zero. For a while, I thought that Sarah Palin and others would be the only ones to reap the political benefit of exploiting anti-Muslim sentiment, but Gingrich was not to be denied. With a preposterous solemnity, he expounded the schoolyard doctrine of tit for tat.
Newt Gingrich, his doctorate notwithstanding, has offered us an illogical and ahistorical context to the ugly dispute...

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1 Aug 2010

Four Deformations of the Apocalypse

IF there were such a thing as Chapter 11 for politicians, the Republican push to extend the unaffordable Bush tax cuts would amount to a bankruptcy filing. The nation s public debt if honestly reckoned to include municipal bonds and the $7 trillion of new deficits baked into the cake through 2015 - will soon reach $18 trillion. That s a Greece-scale 120 percent of gross domestic product, and fairly screams out for austerity and sacrifice. It is therefore unseemly for the Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell, to insist that the nation s wealthiest taxpayers be spared even a three-percentage-point rate increase.
IF there were such a thing as Chapter 11 for politicians, the Republican push to extend the unaffordable Bush tax cuts...

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25 Jul 2010

GOP operatives crash the tea party – Kenneth P. Vogel – POLITICO.com

Just days after the first widespread tea party demonstrators hit the streets a year ago Thursday, Joe Wierzbicki, a Republican political consultant with the Sacramento firm Russo Marsh + Rogers, made a proposal to his colleagues that he said could give a boost to our PAC and position us as a growing force/leading force as the 2010 elections come into focus.
Just days after the first widespread tea party demonstrators hit the streets a year ago Thursday, Joe Wierzbicki, a...

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18 Jul 2010

Palin Wades Into Republican Midterm Primaries

'Sarah Palin has come on board,' the candidate, Karen Handel, told a group of supporters who gathered Friday on the grounds of the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse. As they broke into applause, she added: It means one thing. We re winning. Last week, Ms. Handel became at least the 50th candidate to win the Palin seal of approval. Through a breezy 194 words posted on Ms. Palin s Facebook page - calling Ms. Handel a 'pro-life, pro-Constitutionalist with a can-do attitude' - a four-way Republican primary came alive, the latest in a number of races across the country that have been influenced by Ms. Palin.
'Sarah Palin has come on board,' the candidate, Karen Handel, told a group of supporters who gathered Friday on the...

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5 Jul 2010

Republican Senators Denounce Steele’s Remarks

WASHINGTON Michael Steele, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, sought to contain a growing furor within his party on Sunday as three Republican lawmakers questioned his effectiveness because of his suggestion that the military conflict in Afghanistan was not winnable and was a war of Obama s choosing.
WASHINGTON Michael Steele, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, sought to contain a growing furor within...

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28 May 2010

Has the Tea Party Done Anything for the GOP

With the exception of Scott Brown's miraculous Senate race victory in Massachusetts -- and even there, one can question the premise -- has the Tea Party movement really done anything to help the Republican Party this cycle?
With the exception of Scott Brown's miraculous Senate race victory in Massachusetts -- and even there, one can question...

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24 May 2010

The Principles of Rand Paul

Paul is a libertarian, certainly, but more importantly he s a particular kind of a libertarian. He s culturally conservative (opposing both abortion and illegal immigration), radically noninterventionist (he s against the Iraq war and the United Nations), and so stringently constitutionalist that he views nearly everything today s federal government does as a violation of the founding fathers vision.
Paul is a libertarian, certainly, but more importantly he s a particular kind of a libertarian. He s culturally...

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20 May 2010

Paul’s Victory Poses Test for Tea Party on Defining Principles

Rand Paul s win in the Republican Senate primary here is the first authentic Tea Party victory a candidate from the movement, powered by it. But Mr. Paul s campaign from now to November will present the young movement its toughest test yet as voters focus on what the Tea Party is for, rather than what it is against
Rand Paul s win in the Republican Senate primary here is the first authentic Tea Party victory a candidate from the...

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19 May 2010

Scandals in the House Republican Class of 1994

When was it, exactly, that the Republican revolution merged with the sexual revolution? With each passing year, the class notes for the famous House Republicans Class of '94 get more lurid. The latest entry was submitted Tuesday morning by Rep. Mark Souder (Ind.). "I sinned against God, my wife and my family by having a mutual relationship with a part-time member of my staff," he announced in a resignation statement.
When was it, exactly, that the Republican revolution merged with the sexual revolution? With each passing year, the...
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29 Apr 2010

House Republicans Compare Themselves to Iranian Bloggers

While desperately seeking to exploit the situation in Iran for domestic political gain, US House Republicans have taken to comparing themselves to Iranian bloggers and Twitterers who are risking their safety and freedom to get information out of the country.
While desperately seeking to exploit the situation in Iran for domestic political gain, US House Republicans have taken...

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29 Mar 2010

Tea Party Could Hurt GOP In Congressional races

Only 13 percent of American voters say they are part of the Tea Party movement, a group that has more women than men; is mainly white and Republican and voted for John McCain, and strongly supports Sarah Palin, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.
Only 13 percent of American voters say they are part of the Tea Party movement, a group that has more women than men; is...

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21 Mar 2010

An Ugly Scene

You may have heard or read about the ugly scenes on Capitol Hill yesterday, when a few conservative activists shouted racial and homophobic epithets at Democratic lawmakers. Today the conservative activists are back. And so is the ugliness--only this time, a few Republicans were actually encouraging them.
You may have heard or read about the ugly scenes on Capitol Hill yesterday, when a few conservative activists shouted...

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6 Mar 2010

Mitt Romney is Just another Lying Republican

C&L catches Romney in what he has to know is a massive lie about healthcare reform and emergency room cost, becuase if anybody knows that you can't go to an emergency room for free, it's the guy who oversaw a massive overhaul of Massachusett's healthcare system when he was governor. But straying from the standard-issue RNC talking points isn't how Republican presidential candidates roll.  
C&L catches Romney in what he has to know is a massive lie about healthcare reform and emergency room cost, becuase if...

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5 Mar 2010

The Wal-Mart Hippies

About 40 years ago, a social movement arose to destroy the establishment. The people we loosely call the New Left wanted to take on The Man, return power to the people, upend the elites and lead a revolution.
About 40 years ago, a social movement arose to destroy the establishment. The people we loosely call the New Left wanted...

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4 Mar 2010

Third graders running RNC insult own donors

The Republican National Committee plans to raise money this election cycle through an aggressive campaign capitalizing on fear of President Barack Obama and a promise to "save the country from trending toward socialism."
The Republican National Committee plans to raise money this election cycle through an aggressive campaign capitalizing...

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4 Mar 2010

Cheney group attacks Obama’s DOJ

Liz Cheney's group Keep America Safe, which has led the resurgent Republican attacks on President Obama's national security policies, is releasing a video this morning that questions the loyalties of Justice Department lawyers who advocated for detained terror suspects during the Bush Administration.
Liz Cheney's group Keep America Safe, which has led the resurgent Republican attacks on President Obama's national...
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1 Mar 2010

A Republican Surprise

For a Daniels candidacy to catch fire, what s left of the Republican establishment, currently (if reluctantly) coalescing around Mitt Romney, would have to decide that he s the better pick. That would mean gambling that the best way to defeat the most charismatic president of modern times is to nominate a balding, wonky Midwesterner who reminds voters of their accountant.
For a Daniels candidacy to catch fire, what s left of the Republican establishment, currently (if reluctantly)...

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28 Feb 2010

Sarah Palin and the mutual loathing society

The Republican presidential nominee, an Arizona senator, was a maverick, which was part of his charm. He spoke and acted impulsively, which was part of his problem. Voters thought his entertaining dimensions might be incompatible with presidential responsibilities. For example, he selected a running mate most Americans had never heard of and who had negligible experience pertinent to the presidency. This was 1964.
The Republican presidential nominee, an Arizona senator, was a maverick, which was part of his charm. He spoke and acted...

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28 Feb 2010

Tea Party Lights Fuse for Rebellion on Right

SANDPOINT, Idaho Pam Stout has not always lived in fear of her government. She remembers her years working in federal housing programs, watching government lift struggling families with job training and education. She beams at the memory of helping a Vietnamese woman get into junior college.
SANDPOINT, Idaho Pam Stout has not always lived in fear of her government. She remembers her years working in federal...
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