Pro-Israel Right Gangs Up on Chuck Hagel to Sink Defense Secretary Nomination

By: Wednesday December 19, 2012 7:00 am

The fury with which neoconservative pro-Israel groups have struck out at Chuck Hagel’s imminent nomination as the Secretary of Defense is both striking and completely expected. There is such a thing as learned behavior. Many of the same groups spoke out against Susan Rice, and they succeeded in getting her to withdraw consideration for Secretary [...]

Of Course the Norquist/GOP Story Was Bunk, Cont’d

By: Monday November 26, 2012 1:12 pm

I don’t feel like it needs to be reiterated from earlier today, but this flood of commentary about whether Republicans announced a trial separation from Grover Norquist was so overblown. And Saxby Chambliss, seen as the poster child for this separation (even though he’s been discussing a Gang of Eight deal that would increase tax [...]

The Economist Agrees that the Bailouts Didn’t Have to Turn Out This Way

By: Wednesday October 31, 2012 1:09 pm

The Economist’s print edition gives one of the unlikelier reviews to Neil Barofsky’s Bailout and Sheila Bair’s Bull by the Horns that I’ve seen (I’ve read the former, and am making my way through the latter). In it, they acknowledge that the US bank bailouts were horribly unfair to the individual Americans who ultimately financed [...]

Endorsing Social Security Cuts Gives Politicians the “Elite Bonus”

By: Friday October 26, 2012 8:30 am

Dean Baker’s commentary on the deficit scolds and Social Security makes for provocative reading. An excerpt: It is remarkable that social security hasn’t been a more prominent issue in the presidential race. After all, Governor Romney has proposed a plan that would imply cuts of more than 40% for middle-class workers just entering the labor [...]

Not One Debate Question Last Night Touched on the Deficit

By: Wednesday October 17, 2012 11:34 am

I should have touched on this quite a bit earlier in my discussion about the second debate today, because it’s really important. What this debate showed, beyond any shadow of a doubt, is that actual Americans, those who live outside the Beltway and don’t frequent think tank panel discussions or green rooms for cable news, [...]

Alan Simpson: “I get so damn sick and tired of listening to the little guy”

By: Friday October 5, 2012 10:58 am

Alan Simpson is upset that somebody besides those with the accumulated wealth of a Pete Peterson gets a voice in our democracy: SIMPSON: I get so damn sick and tired of listening to the little guy, the vulnerable, the veteran — I am a veteran, and the seniors and this and this and this and [...]

Jeff Connaughton: “The public interest has become so outgunned”

By: Thursday October 4, 2012 11:33 am

Before last night’s debate, Jeff Connaughton, former chief of staff to Senator Ted Kaufman and longtime aide to Joe Biden and President Clinton, offered some advice to Mitt Romney. He thought Romney should go after Barack Obama’s biggest weakness: the failure to prosecute Wall Street crimes. In actuality, Romney only submitted a glancing blow with [...]

Signposts of Democracy: How Americans Get Taught About the Political System They Have

By: Monday October 1, 2012 10:36 am

I’ve tried really hard to avoid this brouhaha over Conor Friedersdorf’s article on why he refuses to vote for Barack Obama. It’s probably generated far more discussion than it merited, since it amounted to an unsurprising statement of support for a libertarian candidate from a right-leaning civil libertarian. That liberals pounced on it as an example of Naderite perfidy, though the circumstances are quite different, is something that I found revealing of liberals, and this post can stand in for my thoughts there.

Voter Registration Fraud Scandal Forces Republicans to Shut Down Swing State Registration Efforts Two Weeks Early

By: Monday October 1, 2012 9:11 am

I’ve been watching the Nathan Sproul follies with some amusement. He’s the head of the company, Strategic Allied Consulting, that is accused of engaging in voter registration fraud in at least 9 Florida counties. I remember Sproul from my days covering California, where he ran the same type of games in the last decade, including [...]

Money Talks: The Mujahideen-e-Khalq Episode as the Fundamental Display of Washington Lobbying Power

By: Sunday September 23, 2012 3:44 pm

If you want to understand how things get done in Washington, perhaps the best lesson of the year comes from the State Department’s decision late Friday to remove the Iranian exile group Mujahideen-e-Khalq from the official list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations. The MEK never really lessened the activities that got it listed as a Foreign [...]

Romney, Hologram Ronald Reagan, First-Term Tax Assessor from Hannibal Call on Todd Akin to Leave MO-Sen Race

By: Tuesday August 21, 2012 2:31 pm

My point being that virtually the entire Republican side of the ledger has now demanded that Rep. Akin drop out of the Senate race, for nakedly political reasons. Mitt Romney has just recently joined the fray. But it doesn’t look like any of this will matter, at least not today. Akin has until 5:00 Central [...]

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