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 […]
Terrance Heath
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They Rob You With a Fountain Pen

“As through this world I’ve wandered, I’ve seen lots of funny men; Some will rob you with a gun; And some with a fountain pen. Woody Guthrie Look out folks, […]
Robert Borosage
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Phil Gramm Is Conservatism

Phil Gramm thinks that the economy is wonderful and those that feel otherwise are mistaken. This is does not make Gramm uniquely callous. It just makes him a conservative. For […]
Bill Scher
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All Hat and No Cattle

My dad, who died six years ago today, was a cowboy. A real one, complete with beat-up Stetson and muddy ropers and a Ford pickup and an ancient blanket-lined Levi’s […]
Sara Robinson
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Broken Bridge Conservatism, Redux

It’s not just Texas. Rick blogged yesterday on the collapsing roads and bridges of Denton County, Texas. Unsurprisingly, it’s happening in other places, too. From today’s Arizona Star: PHOENIX — […]
Sara Robinson
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Predictable Punditry

On Monday, I not only noted that Sen. John McCain’s health care plan represents a bigger political risk than Sen. Barack Obama’s, but also that the Beltway punditocracy would presume […]
Bill Scher
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Quote Of The Day: Oil “Just Too Hard To Find”

In a story about fluctuating oil prices, The New York Times quotes Carrizo Oil and Gas CEO Chip Johnson: I can’t see oil getting cheap again ever. It’s just too […]
Bill Scher
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A Car Mechanic’s Plea For A Health Care Fix

For David White, a small business owner in Bar Harbor, Maine, the health care crisis is doubly personal. For one thing, he was proud of being able to cover the […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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What’s Missing from the Nuclear Power Debate?

Ah, you optimistic soul. Did you really think the nuclear power debate died after Three Mile Island brought the reality of its dangers home to insurers, investors and utility companies? […]
Sara Robinson
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McCain’s Croc of Hooey

Marc Ambinder at theatlantic.com notes that Crocs (which are probably what your children are wearing right this minute) seem to be a perennial favorite when GOP presidential candidates come to […]
Sara Robinson
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Where McCain’s Change Is Bigger Than Obama’s

As Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama both plan to engage each other on the economy this week, this presents an opportunity for reporters and voters to focus on one […]
Bill Scher
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Health Care For America Now!

On Tuesday, July 8, a new campaign will be launched – for Health Care for America Now! – at press conferences in Washington and 55 other cities and towns. We […]
Roger Hickey
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All In The Same Sinking Boat

A disturbing but sadly predictable jobs report was released today by the Department of Labor: 62,000 jobs lost in June, 438,000 jobs lost during the past 6 months. This is […]
Bill Scher
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Hundreds Tell Fox: “Stop The Attacks”

“Dear FOX News, Here’s a Fourth of July gift for you, from an Obama supporter and patriotic American,” begins a note from Anthony in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. “This year my son […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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McCain’s Flea-Market Economy

George W. Bush’s solution to our nation’s economic mess—that his failed policies helped create—is to applaud people who must work three jobs to make ends meet. Sen. John McCain colors […]
Tula Connell
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To Win, Presidential Candidates Move … Left

The punditocracy won’t tell you, but Barack Obama and John McCain are moving to the Left. Take Iraq. Sensing that voters did not react kindly to McCain’s December remarks expressing […]
Bill Scher
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McCain Pledges Allegiance to NAFTA

Arizona Sen. John McCain continues his rousing campaign tour of the swing states of NAFTA this week. He will celebrate July 3 in Mexico City after a jaunt through Colombia […]
Robert Borosage
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Don’t Let Anyone Question Your Patriotism

It is a shame that Sen. Barack Obama’s speech on patriotism Monday in Independence, Mo., was overshadowed by yet another false controversy, this time over the appropriateness of comments by […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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McCain’s Long Strange Trip South of the Border

The McCain campaign gets … stranger. The American economy has been battered on multiple fronts, including the loss of 3.4 million manufacturing jobs. The current trade strategy has not only […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

Another 0-for-3 day for the Sunday shows, as they ignore the Watchdog’s calls for questions on the oil shale boondoggle, the Minnesota bridge collapse, and the Justice Department political hiring […]
Bill Scher
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Summer School Assignment

Summer vacation began this week for millions of kids across the country,. But in many communities, school board members, principals, and administrators are still hard at work. Among their tasks […]
Alan Jenkins
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Clinton Impeachment Manager Says, Bush Is Worse

Bob and Isaiah voiced concerns last week over the codification of President Bush’s abuses of executive power, and the erosion of our constitutional system of checks and balances. Bob called […]
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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The Rogues In Robes

You may differ on the merits with the supporters of the District of Columbia’s gun ban, who were handed a m
Isaiah J. Poole
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Obstruction Boosts Insurance Fat Cats

Senate conservatives went into their customary obstruction mode again late Thursday, choosing to protect the interests of insurance companies while shortchanging the health care needs of older Americans and ignoring […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Obama & Telecom Immunity: The Importance of Pushing

Yesterday, Isaiah urged Sen. Barack Obama to take the lead in fighting immunity for telecom companies that may have helped the Bush administration break surveillance laws. I do not have […]
Bill Scher
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A Time To Demand a Stand With Workers

One year ago today, a Senate Republican filibuster killed the Employee Free Choice Act, and with it died one of the most important things Congress could have done to repair […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Who Will Restore the Balance of Power?

The Bush administration’s gross abuse of presidential power demands that we insist on the next president reversing the damage done to the constitutional principle of separation of powers. The reversal […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Why The Right Isn’t Future-Ready

Over the course of my master’s program, I’ve had some tortured conversations with my dean over the direction my research is taking. He’s been poking at me (and, being an […]
Sara Robinson
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Time for a Grand Inquest into Bush’s High Crimes

One of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s first acts upon taking the gavel was to rule impeachment off the table. She wanted Democrats to focus on challenging the president on the […]
Robert Borosage
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The Facts on Drilling Slowly Surface

After a big PR push to exploit public frustration with high gas prices and open up our coastlines to more oil drilling, the facts on how little drilling can help […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-up

This Sunday was a real head-scratcher for the Watchdog. Depending on how you look a it we 0-for-3, because none of our questions were asked. On the other hand, maybe […]
Terrance Heath
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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 […]
Terrance Heath
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The Week In Blog: Coastal Drilling

The latest Bloggingheads.tv installment of The Week In Blog features myself and The Next Right’s Jon Henke discussing the Bush-McCain plan to allow oil drilling all across America’s coastlines. Check […]
Bill Scher
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Safe Toys, Edible Food, Smart Globalization

Why is it that people who question globalization are treated like Neanderthals? You’re a protectionist, critics charge. Globalization is here to stay; you can’t turn back the clock, you Neanderthal! […]
Eric Lotke
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Bush’s Obstruction Binge

After having issued 10 veto threats in May, President Bush has issued another nine in the first three weeks of June, obstructing bills that would help fight global warming, help […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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One Final Solid For Big Oil

If Washington conservatives are worried about the upcoming federal elections, then you can bet Big Oil is worried too. Sure, at the moment, Senate conservatives can filibuster legislation that would […]
Bill Scher
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