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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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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