Money to Learn

It’s the kind of thing that’s easily written off as a photo opportunity: a presidential candidate sitting down with a worried student and a financial aid administrator, working out a […]
Terrance Heath
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A Second Chance to Stand for American Jobs

The Government Accountability Office gave American workers and the principle of fairness a victory when it ruled that that a multibillion-dollar Air Force tanker contract was improperly awarded to a […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Did Bush Just Lose Colorado For McCain?

Much of the political discussion surrounding the call from President George Bush and Senator John McCain for more coastal drilling centers on Florida, a crucial swing state that has long […]
Bill Scher
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Decline and Fall of America’s Energy Empire

The current debate over offshore oil leases has put America’s gargantuan energy appetite back on the discussion table this week. I’ve tried to stay out of it so far for […]
Sara Robinson
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Why Can’t The Media Find Environmental Experts?

Fox News Sunday invited the head of the American Petroleum Institute, the lobbying arm of Big Oil, to discuss high energy prices. MSNBC’s Morning Joe just had on former CEO […]
Bill Scher
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A New U.S. Strategy in the Global Economy?

America’s banker isn’t happy. At the World Trade Organization, China’s representatives call on the U.S. to halt the decline of the dollar that has contributed to the rising price of […]
Robert Borosage
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Drill Here. Wait 10 Years.

First John McCain, then Newt Gingrich, and now president Bush — in an apparent about-face that puts him in the position of opposing both his father and his brother — […]
Terrance Heath
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Also Coming Up Empty: “Drill Here” Rhetoric

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is spearheading a new campaign that obscures the facts about the practical impact of opening up new lands to oil drilling. You may have already […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Offshore Drilling Comes Up Empty

As Sen. John McCain gears up to give a speech in Houston, repeating his call to lift the moratorium on most drilling off America’s shores, MSNBC’s First Read suggests, “McCain’s […]
Bill Scher
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McCain’s Incoherence on Global Warming Continues

As chronicled here, first Sen. John McCain delivered a incoherent global warming speech, offering a set of principles for legislation that are contradictory. The incoherence continued, when he expressed support […]
Bill Scher
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Challenge and Community in the Heartland

The nation’s eyes are again on Iowa this week, as its residents struggle with the aftermath of violent storms and devastating flooding. People from Cedar Rapids to Columbus Junction to […]
Alan Jenkins
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Not So Stories: “2nd Highest” Corporate Tax Rate

In the latest Bloggingheads.tv installment of “The Week In Blog” with The Heritage Foundation’s Conn Carroll and myself, Conn offered a talking point I’ve been hearing a lot from conservatives […]
Bill Scher
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Real Men Don’t Type

Twenty years ago this spring, the small software company I was working for hired in a new vice president of advertising to be, among other things, my boss. The guy, […]
Sara Robinson
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More Details on How Bush Aids the Terrorists

McClatchy Newspapers is scheduled on Sunday to release a major investigation of the facts behind the detention of some 66 people in Guantanamo Bay and in Afghanistan by the U.S. […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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The Society of the Owned: Hazardous Morals

Part Eight of a Series Remember subprime mortgages? They’ve been nudged out of the headlines by gas prices lately, but they — and the crisis catalyzed by the collapse of […]
Terrance Heath
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Behind the Attack of the Killer Tomatoes

What we’ve been calling e. coli conservatism is a major factor in the salmonella outbreak in tomatoes that has led to at least 228 illnesses and one suspected death. The […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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The Out-of-Touch Campaign To Make $200K Middle-Class

Earlier this week, I noted that media stars Charlie Gibson and Maria Batriromo have pushed the idea that households earning $200,000 are not wealthy, even though they are in the […]
Bill Scher
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Reaching Out To Clinton Voters

Both the Obama and McCain campaigns see a need to reach out to Sen. Hillary Clinton’s predominantly female hard-core supporters. There is growing pressure on Obama to deliver a speech […]
Bill Scher
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Jason Furman and Obamanomics

The appointment of Jason Furman as economic policy director for the Barack Obama presidential campaign has caused a stir. Furman was executive director of the Hamilton Project, a project created […]
Robert Borosage
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Bobby Jindal: Worse Than Katrina?

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is on a path to finish the job Hurricane Katrina started, destroying the public infrastructure that served, however imperfectly, poor and working-class New Orleans residents. Jindal, […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Conservatives Addicted to Big Oil

After passing last month a penny-ante compromise bill on energy, Senate leaders finally launched a real confrontation over the direction of our energy policy. And the Senate conservative minority was […]
Bill Scher
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On the Economy Debate, The Gloves Come Off

Monday in Raleigh, North Carolina, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama opened the general election fight, taking the gloves off against the “tired and misguided [economic] philosophy that has dominated Washington for […]
Robert Borosage
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Orders of Magnitude

I had the privilege Tuesday morning of attending a hearing by Rep. James Oberstar, D-Minn., the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, on the issue of America’s decaying […]
Eric Lotke
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Your Liberal Media: “Not Rich” Edition

One of America’s most well-known “business” journalists believes that households who earn more than $200,000 a year are “not rich.” In reality, they make up the top 3.5% of all […]
Bill Scher
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Lesson Not Learned On The Gas Tax

Last month, Sens. John McCain and Hillary Clinton effectively tried to tag-team Sen. Barack Obama on the gas tax, with the two advocating a summer suspension of the gas tax, […]
Bill Scher
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$4 Gas and One Failed Quick Fix

Last month, Democrats and Republicans released competing energy bills. The only thing they agreed on was a temporary suspension of filling the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, although estimates said it would […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

Not fair to say the Sunday shows were bereft of issues on Sunday, yet they still flinched from the tough questions and went 0-for-3 for the Watchdog. No supporter of […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog

Every Friday in our Weekend Watchdog feature, we post suggested questions for scheduled Sunday guests. You can add your own questions in the comment thread. We’ll also include contact information […]
Bill Scher
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Let’s Hear A Debate On the Oil Speculators

Here’s a question for the town hall debates that Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain are talking about having: What will you do to reign in oil speculators who are […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Weekend Watchdog: Open Thread

It’s that time again. Time for the watch to patrol the Sunday shows, on the look-out for a relevant question — should one get through. Which ones should get through? […]
Terrance Heath
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Triangulation Kicked Out Of The Public Square

At several points in the presidential campaign, I noted the unity among Democratic voters and candidates on the issues, a unity around a populist progressive
Bill Scher
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McCain’s Faulty Pork Radar

The Huffington Post reported last night on Sen. John McCain’s inaccurate claim that he supported “every” investigation into the response to Hurricane Katrina: Appearing at a press conference in Louisiana […]
Bill Scher
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The Debate Ahead

The first speeches of the general election campaign were delivered last night. With the exception of the environment, where McCain is trying to develop a moderate-sounding message, the speeches preview […]
Bill Scher
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Riding the Bush Roller-Coaster

Just as amusement parks build roller-coaster rides with ever more dramatic dips and twists, the Bush administration and conservative lawmakers have succeeded in building a roller-coaster economy where family incomes […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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History

Image details: Obama Holds Final Primary Night Event In St. Paul served by picapp.com I can only think of one moment in my memory that compares to this. It was […]
Terrance Heath
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Conservative Spin Still Shaping Coverage of Global Warming

As the Senate considers the Lieberman-Warner global warming bill this week, we’re finally seeing some media coverage of the policy debate. Sadly, but predictably, we’re still seeing conservative spin infect […]
Bill Scher
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