As Recession Looms, Another SCHIP Veto

Tomorrow, the conservative minority in the House is expected to sustain President Bush’s second veto of expanding the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. SCHIP has already successfully provided health coverage […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

The Sunday shows score their first question for the Watchdog in 2008! Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace did ask Mitt Romney about the federal lobbyists on his campaign team, despite […]
Bill Scher
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It Takes a Movement

Wading into the storm kicked up by Sen. Hillary Clinton’s comment that “it took a president” to turn Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of racial equality into a reality, […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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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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Katrina: Conservatism’s Catastrophic Success

It’s been a long time since I blogged about Katrina or its aftermath. But I was reminded of it by the steady stream of Katrina-related headlines I’ve been reading lately. […]
Terrance Heath
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Fossil Fuel CEOs On Their Heels

Today’s edition of Environment & Energy Daily (sub. req’d) reports on a conference featuring the chief lobbyists for the fossil fuel industries. And they’re in panic mode. While David Parker, […]
Bill Scher
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No Half-Stepping Stimulus

Democratic leaders in the House are currently sketching out the details of an economic stimulus package designed to soften the blow later this year of the now-apparent recession. But Robert […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Hilariously Delusional

National Review editor Rich Lowry, while trying to dismiss the potency of economic populism among middle-class Republican voters, offered this analysis of Mitt Romney’s victory in Michigan and the limited […]
Bill Scher
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Conservatives Try (and Fail) To Deal With The Economy

Conservatives appear confused what argument to make about the struggling economy: pander with newfound populism, make excuses for tax handouts to CEOs, and/or insist everything is going fine. Mitt Romney […]
Bill Scher
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Conservative Judges to Enron Retirees: Drop Dead

Remember the Enron employees who watched their retirement savings evaporate as the Enron ponzi scheme, chaired by George Bush’s best buddy, “Kenny Boy” Lay, went up in smoke? The conservative […]
Robert Borosage
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It’s the Recession, Stupid

It ain’t sexy, I know, but a word about the economy and the presidential debate. Wall Street banks are holding a fire sale; employment is down, holiday sales tanked. Burdened […]
Robert Borosage
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Kristol Kreamed Once Again

Last week, I wrote: “Bill Kristol’s New York Times column debuted today. It included a factual error, attributing a Michael Medved quote to Michelle Malkin. That was an appropriate beginning, […]
Bill Scher
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The Awesome Force That Is Bush’s Personality

Everyone’s favorite Bush 2000 Flashback. From the 6/28/00 New York Times: Gov. George W. Bush of Texas said today that if he was president, he would bring down gasoline prices […]
Bill Scher
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What Michigan Voters Want (But Aren’t Getting)

What will today’s Republican primary results in Michigan tell us about what voters want? Nothing. But we don’t need the results to know that Michigan voters, like those in New […]
Bill Scher
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TomPaine.com Joins the New OurFuture.org

The resources of TomPaine.com and its rich, groundbreaking tradition of sharp progressive commentary have been incorporated into a newly redesigned OurFuture.org. The result is a website designed to lead a […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Is Your Moo Shu Safe?

In an act of small bravery, I got Chinese take-out from Hunan Gourmet last night. Hunan Gourmet has long been one of the most popular Chinese restaurants in my area […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

Once again, the Sunday shows go 0-for-3 for the Watchdog. On ABC’s This Week, Newt Gingrich was given free publicity for his new book, without being challenged on the ridiculous […]
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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It’s Our Health. It’s Our Government.

Two political realities only some in Washington currently grasp. Health care is consistently one the top three issues voters cite as priorities for the next president. And about two-thirds of […]
Bill Scher
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Saving the Planet, Saving the Economy

Al Gore has said, “If the President made climate change the organizing principle, the filter through which everything else had to flow, then that could really make a huge difference.” […]
Bill Scher
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NH Voters Agree: Fix The Economy

Republicans, Democrats and independents in New Hampshire all agree: the economy isn’t working for them. The exit poll of voters in the Dem primary, 44% of whom were independents, spoke […]
Bill Scher
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Digging The Economic Hole Deeper

Last month, President tried to give a “don’t worry, be happy” pep talk on the economy, only to be confronted with an actual voter, and being forced to acknowledge the […]
Bill Scher
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Bill Kristol’s Perfect Start

Bill Kristol’s New York Times column debuted today. It included a factual error, attributing a Michael Medved quote to Michelle Malkin. That was an appropriate beginning, as Kristol will surely […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

The Sunday shows start off the New Year going 0-for3 for the Watchdog. While CBS’ Bob Schieffer and NBC’s Tim Russert did ask Sen. McCain about his support for staying […]
Bill Scher
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Iowa Reflections on NPR

Earlier this morning, I was on NPR’s Bryant Park Project discussing the meaning of the Iowa results, along with Erick Erickson of Red State. Erick acknowledged the deep dislike of […]
Bill Scher
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What Iowa Voters Want

We don’t know who will win the Iowa caucuses, but we do know what Iowa voters want. As the leading Democrats seek to eek out a final lead, each delivered […]
Bill Scher
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What Iowa Voters Want

We don’t know who will win the Iowa caucuses, but we do know what Iowa voters want. As the leading Democrats seek to eek out a final lead, each delivered […]
Bill Scher
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Over a $100 Barrel

When the price of oil broke $80 a barrel more than three months ago, I noted that George W. Bush ran in 2000 on a pledge to drive down oil […]
Bill Scher
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“Who’s Minding The Store?”

On Friday, PBS’ The Newshour caught up with our old friend Nancy Nord, the toy industry’s good friend heading up your Consumer Product Safety Commission. And she was in full […]
Bill Scher
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The Danger of Compromise

It’s understandable that congressional Democrats would go ahead with an energy bill that raises auto fuel-efficiency standards to 35 miles per gallon, after conservatives filibustered bolder renewable energy provisions. They […]
Bill Scher
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Sunday Shows Bat .001 on Global Warming

Since we began our Weekend Watchdog feature eight months ago, we’ve called on the Sunday shows to ask questions about global warming and clean energy seven times. Not once have […]
Bill Scher
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We Write Letters

After California’s insurance regulator charged Blue Shield with illegally dropping health coverage for more than 200 of its customers, Institute for America’s Future’s own Diane Archer wrote a letter to […]
Bill Scher
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Record-Breaking Obstruction: How It Screwed You

On this historic yet soon-to-be infamous day of record-breaking conservative obstruction, our “Block and Blame” report (PDF) reminds me of Sen. Trent Lott’s all-too-candid words from April, “The strategy of […]
Bill Scher
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The Mortgage Crisis: Yet Another Conservative Failure

On Sunday, ABC’s This Week failed to hold Alan Greenspan accountable for his role in the mortgage crisis. But today, the New York Times did, picking up where Salon.com left […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

Another sorry day for the Sunday shows as they go 0-for-3 for the Watchdog. Despite last week being the week when Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change […]
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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New Book on How Progressives Can Win

As we head into a critical political year, a new compelling book has laid out the road map for progressive victory: Bob Creamer’s “Listen to Your Mother: Stand Up Straight. […]
Bill Scher
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