McConnell Explains Why McConnell Is Wrong

Yesterday on NBC’s Meet The Press, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was having a hard time understanding why the Majority Leader is ready to change the rules to prevent filibusters […]
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The Republican Chance To Govern Like Grown-Ups

The January deal on Senate rules forged by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell has actually held. It just wasn’t very ambitious in its scope. The deal was […]
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Will House Dysfunction Save Immigration Reform?

At TheWeek.com today, I lay out “Boehner’s Dilemma” on immigration. If House Speaker John Boehner lets the Senate immigration bill pass the House with mostly Democratic votes, he risks a […]
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10 Years Later: The Howard Dean Legacy

I’ve commemorated the 10-year anniversary of the formal beginning of the Howard Dean presidential campaign with an article at The Week, “4 ways Howard Dean changed American politics.” Dean helped […]
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Fact: Obama Will Cap Carbon

Before the end of the Barack Obama presidency, the EPA will place a cap on carbon pollution from all power plants. This is no longer a mystery. This is happening. […]
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One Step Closer To Ending The Underground Economy

The Senate is on the verge of preventing an initial filibuster of the bipartisan immigration reform bill, with several Republican votes in support of proceeding. Despite all the trumped up […]
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A Grand Exit From The Grand Bargain

The Center for American Progress, the most prominent left-leaning institution supportive of a “grand bargain” deficit reduction agreement that would include reducing Social Security benefits, today released a new report […]
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$2 Trillion Wasted In Tax Breaks For Wealthy

A new Congressional Budget Office report is making headlines for finding that the top 10 income and payroll tax “expenditures” – deductions, credits and other tax breaks – amount to […]
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Five Real Scandals Republicans Might Want To Address

Over at The Week, I make the argument that presidential scandal politics usually fail to lift the political prospects of the party outside the White House. No party has reaped […]
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The Republican Party Flinches Again On Debt Limit

According to the Washington Post and Politico, GOP leaders are laying the groundwork to refuse any debt limit increase this year, reneging on debt payments mandated by Congress, shredding the […]
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Is Immigration To Republicans What Slavery Was To The Whigs?

When Sen. Marco Rubio was questioned by Rush Limbaugh about the bipartisan Senate immigration reform bill, the tone was gentle but the gulf between the two was so wide it may mark the beginning of a rift in the Republican Party.
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Obama’s Budget Taxes The Rich

President Obama’s budget proposal may have a lot of new concessions to Republicans, but on taxes, his flag is firmly planted where it has always been: Make the tax code […]
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Bobby Jindal, Still Stuck On Stupid Party

Having learned the shocking lesson that people don't like regressive tax increases to pay for huge handouts to the wealthy, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has decided to go for the full free lunch.
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The Scarring Effect of Long-Term Unemployment

A new report from the National Employment Law Project, “Scarring Effects: Demographics of the Long-Term Unemployed and the Danger of Ignoring the Jobs Deficit,” is a blaring siren to policymakers […]
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After Sequester, Will We Stop The Next Fung Wah?

This week our federal government effectively shut down the Fung Wah bus company.. Fung Wah had a loyal customer following because it was ridiculously dirt-cheap, $15 one-way from New York […]
After Sequester, Will We Stop The Next Fung Wah?
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Reagan Already Did The “Grand Bargain” (And No One Cared)

Today, The Week published my essay “Why Obama’s Legacy Doesn’t Need a Grand Bargain.” While austerity ideologues like Alan Simpson are insisting that President needs a “grand bargain” — swapping […]
Reagan Already Did The “Grand Bargain” (And No One Cared)
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Will The Media Cover The “Back To Work” Budget?

For the past 24 hours, the media has dutifully reported on the budget proposal from Rep. Paul Ryan, even though everyone knows it is extremely unlikely to become law. That’s […]
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The Three Roadblocks To a Reality-Based Conservatism

A small outbreak of sanity has emerged within the conservative movement, with commentators respected among the Right acknowledging that conservatism is failing to speak to today’s problems and today’s people. […]
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Obama Keeps The Climate-Jobs Connection

As I discussed yesterday, David Leonhardt of the New York Times counseled President Obama to drop using green jobs as a selling point for address climate change. Thankfully, last night […]
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How We Get Jobs Back On The Table

Overlooked in the aftermath of the “fiscal cliff” deal and the questions about what spending cuts may be around the corner, was this part of President’s Obama statement following the […]
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