The Selling of the World: Privatization Schemes Proliferate

By: Sunday June 26, 2011 1:18 pm

One of the more revealing elements of the Greek bailout discussions is not that the IMF and European finance ministers want another round of austerity from Greece before providing funding, and not even that banks are being urged to take haircuts or engage in restructuring to accommodate the Greeks. It’s that other element – privatization [...]

Poor Economic Numbers Complicate Debt Limit Deal

By: Tuesday June 14, 2011 8:40 am

Debt limit talks led by Vice President Biden resume today, and David Rogers reports that the two sides are $1.1 trillion apart. Further complicating this are two factors. One, the House is already passing appropriations bills based on their demands. Even if a deal does come together, it cannot leapfrog the committees of jurisdiction on [...]

Bill to Cancel Oil Subsidies Will Fail Later Today

By: Tuesday May 17, 2011 12:19 pm

The Senate will hold an initial test vote today on eliminating subsidies for Big Oil, essentially a vote on the motion to proceed that, per agreement, will require 60 votes to pass. Apparently that “gentleman’s agreement” where Republicans promise never to filibuster the motion to proceed (this is a “painless filibuster” where the 60-vote threshold [...]

Some Republicans Know When to Say When on the Budget

By: Friday April 8, 2011 2:17 pm

As we near the 11th hour before a government shutdown, the wavering on the GOP side is intense. I mentioned some of it this morning: Pat Toomey and Michele Bachman balked at shutting down the government over riders. Bachmann has expanded on that in a post at RedState with the title “Not a Big Enough [...]

Obama Meets with Hispanic Caucus Today on DREAM Act

By: Tuesday November 16, 2010 8:06 am

The President will meet with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus today on the chances of passing the DREAM Act, which would give a path to citizenship for undocumented students if they first completed a college program or military service. Harry Reid has already vowed to bring the DREAM Act up for a vote, either [...]

Goo-Goos Float DISCLOSE Act Again for Lame Duck; Why It Won’t Happen

By: Tuesday November 9, 2010 9:54 am

I can’t believe people are falling for Mark Kirk making moon eyes at the DISCLOSE Act, as if this portends progress for getting the bill passed in the lame duck session. First of all, Kirk will show up in the lame duck, but he’ll replace Roland Burris – who was already a vote for the [...]

Republicans Ramp Up Voter Suppression Machine: Justice Department Involved

By: Wednesday October 20, 2010 7:25 am

Republicans and their outside allies seem to be spending money on two things this election. One is zillions and zillions of TV ads. The other is the usual voter suppression machine, designed to intimidate minorities and the poor. In Illinois, Mark Kirk was caught on tape talking about a “voter integrity” program that he will [...]

IL-Sen: More Kirk Lies Emerge, on Foreign Policy

By: Saturday June 5, 2010 10:14 am

Generally, I think Americans are pretty forgiving, perhaps to a fault, and one misstatement of fact among many will not necessarily sway their opinion of a politician. But a consistent record of exaggerations, misstatements and outright lies can take their toll, and a tipping point hits, where the individual basically turns into an untrustworthy buffoon. [...]

IL-Sen: Have Mark Kirk and Tommy Flanagan Ever Been in the Same Room?

By: Friday June 4, 2010 6:37 am

Watch live streaming video from chicagosuntimeslive at It’s getting comical enough for the NBC affiliate in Chicago to post a Mark Kirk apology timeline, and have enough different activities to fill it out. When a political candidate crosses over into a laughingstock, his or her career usually goes down the tubes. And at least [...]

IL-Sen: Mark Kirk’s Bigger-Than-Blumenthal Problem

By: Wednesday June 2, 2010 6:49 am

If you get past the shoddy journalism of the New York Times article that started it all, Richard Blumenthal was guilty of misspeaking once or twice among hundreds of times where he accurately described his service in the Marine reserves. I think that’s quantitatively and qualitatively different than Mark Kirk claiming to win a “Navy [...]

IL-Sen: Kirk’s Embellishment of His Military Service

By: Sunday May 30, 2010 2:08 pm

Mark Kirk, the Republican US Senate candidate in Illinois, has been a Navy reservist for many years, including a tour in Aviano, Italy during the Serbian conflict. He’s talked of collecting multiple awards for service, particularly the Intelligence Officer of the Year award, which has been at times a centerpiece of his political campaigns for [...]

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