Deadline Tomorrow for Maria Leavey Award Nominations

Midnight tomorrow is the deadline to submit a nomination for the second annual Maria Leavey Tribute Award, to be announced at Take Back America 2008, convening March 17th to 19th. […]
Bill Scher
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State of Bush’s Union: Whining For Credit

The Washington Post previews tonight’s State of the Union address with this: For years, President Bush and his advisers expressed frustration that the White House received little credit for the […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

For the second week in a row, the Sunday shows ask a Watchdog question. But this week’s victory is a little hollow. After Sen. John McCain lied to Tim Russert […]
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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Stimulus Deal: the Bane of Bipartisanship

Barbara Ehrenreich memorably called the talk about the stimulus “clitoral economics.” And that was before we got screwed. The stimulus deal just announced is being praised more for its existence […]
Robert Borosage
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A Wimpy Stimulus Compromise

The early reviews are in on the economic stimulus plan that has emerged out of talks between the White House, House Speaker Nancy Pelost and House Minority John Boehner. And […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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What’s Your State of the Union?

The following was originally posted at The Huffington Post. President Bush delivers his seventh — and mercifully, last — State of the Union address on Monday. If it’s going to […]
Bill Scher
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Moderation Takes on Radical Conservatism (and Loses)

Today’s New York Times worries “That the Good Times Were Mostly a Mirage.” The chair of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, gave our (former) prosperity and stability a name. He […]
Eric Lotke
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Who’s Really Sick?

Anyone can get health care in the United States. Just ask George W. Bush. Last year in Cleveland, he had this to say to the 47 million Americans without health […]
Tula Connell
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Keep Dancing, Chuck

“As long as the music is playing, you’ve got to get up and dance. We’re still dancing.” These now-immortal words of former Citibank President Charles “Chuck” Prince were uttered in […]
Robert Borosage
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No Medication for Kids, No Stimulation For the Economy

As expected, today the conservative minority in the House obstructed the public will, sustained President Bush’s veto of bipartisan legislation and denied four million kids health insurance. Advocates for children […]
Bill Scher
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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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