Softening The Sequester

It is a bit worrying that the White House has to explain virtually every day now that just because it sounds like White House officials and the president are putting entitlements on the chopping block doesn't mean they really are doing it.
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The Stupid Runs Strong When It Comes To Obamacare Hysteria

That they voted 46 times to repeal it, and shutdown the government to delay it should make the Republicans reluctant to pretend they are worried about how the Obamacare website is working. But shameless is their name and hypocrisy is their game.
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Yes, New Democrat Dogma Is To Blame

The rough Obamacare roll-out is a direct consequence of misplaced faith in neo-liberal solutions like means testing, privatization, and devolution to the states as the best ways to provide services at an affordable price.
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Today’s Villager Wisdom

Ruth Marcus fills us in on what constitutes "reasonable" now that the Republicans have proven themselves asses with their government shutdown. And, you guessed it, it's time for Democrats to compromise and agree to cut "entitlements."
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Note To Obamacare Critics

As I watch the talking heads all clutch their pearls over the insurance exchange website, I can't help but notice that none of them seem to know what's really happening out here to people who have to deal with the private insurance.
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The Moustache Of (Mis)Understanding Strikes Again

This Thomas Friedman column is so bad,you have to read the whole thing to experience the full horror of it. It reads like something the messaging shop at Fix the Debt put together to sound like Thomas Friedman.
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WWII Vets Don’t Agree With Michele Bachmann

Maybe today's Republicans don't know that the Greatest Generation went through the depression and WWII, and their president throughout both was Franklin Delano Roosevelt, not Ronald Reagan.
WWII Vets Don’t Agree With Michele Bachmann
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Madman Theory

The idea that the President did something wily by refusing to defund Obamacare is pretty funny. If anyone's done anything wily, it's the Republicans who deployed Nixon's madman theory. It seem to have persuaded the Democratic establishment.
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A Revolutionary Change Of Revolutionaries

Whatever happens with the current shutdown and various hostage negotiations, the fundamental definition of the Republicans as the de facto competent party --- the proverbial grown-ups --- has probably finally been shattered.
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Testing GOP Resolve

Sorting out the allegedly "moderate" GOP Senators is a good place to start the week. The dynamic may very well be different from the House, where certain Republicans hate the shutdown, but aren't rushing to end it. Let's test this in the senate too.
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What Do They Really Want, Part XXIV

Remember when we all assumed that sequestration could never hold and they'd just have to pull the plug and negotiate a reasonable budget when the going got tough? Yeah, that's worked out for us.
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Exchange Grate

Listening to the Republicans lie outrageously on the Sunday shows about the catastrophic effects of a program that isn't even in effect (while denying that climate change exists!) is enough to give me a headache.
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Chasing That White Whale Let Loose A Terrible Monster

Negotiating with Republicans the way parents negotiate with tantruming children in the grocery store, by giving them a candy bar, is no longer operative in light of the GOP's absurd "wish list."
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Wingnut Lovefest

What Cruz is doing is building a grassroots donor base. If he can pick up a few looney tunes billionaires,he could make a good run at it. He can't win, but it's never a good idea to allow anyone this extreme anywhere near real power.
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Even When You Do Everything Right, Life Happens

It's nice to think that you can plan everything properly, make the right decisions, be smart, be successful. But you just don't know when life is going to toss you a curve ball that sets you off on a totally different course.
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Dealing With Obamacare Hysteria

I thought I understood the right. But this meltdown over a very tepid health care reform that keeps the system fully in the hands of the private insurance companies just floors me. We are watching behavior so absurdly over-the-top that it's downright
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Worship The 1%. You Live At Their Pleasure.

Yes, the geniuses who brought us the financial crisis and mortgage fraud should be thanked for their service along with the "mental effort" of failing executives who get paid huge golden parachutes just to get rid of them.
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The President Has More Power Than Just A Bully Pulpit

Home health care workers are dramatically underpaid and overworked, and they care for some of our society's most vulnerable citizens. President Obama did something about it which was long overdue. Good for him.
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Tea Party vs The Kochs?

Of course the Tea Partiers are a blight on American politics. But the Big Money influence of people like the Kochs and the Adelsons is truly antithetical to American democracy and it's at the root of our biggest problems.
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So Sick Of These Jackass Plutocrats …

Not that this is exactly news, but Michael Bloomberg is a jerk. A very wealthy jerk. I guess Bloomberg and his ilk really do feel that they deserve to have every last penny on this earth. Because they're productive.
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The One Unalloyed, Positive In This Awful Situation

Going back to Truman, presidents have been incrementally seizing the power to wage war completely on their own terms. It's getting to the point of absurdity. Obama stepping back is a very good move.
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Meditations on The Village

This excerpt comes from a piece by Michael Winship on how much Washington has changed since the Nixon years. The social and cultural changes are quite striking. But this says it all.
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Tea Party – Doubling Down On Stupid

Heritage Foundation president Jim DeMint says the uninsured will get better care by "going to the emergency room." It's hard to believe that anybody's out there making the case for using the emergency room, but there you have it.
Tea Party – Doubling Down On Stupid
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Defining Terrorism Down

Apparently, in the eyes of the UK government, anyone living with a journalist whose stories reveal embarrassing information about the government are subject to interrogation and the seizure of their electronic equipment under terrorism laws.
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We’re Number 1! (In Inequality)

We have much to be proud of in America. But having the most economic inequality is one of our most dubious achievements. I guess we just have a very few people who are excellent happiness pursuers. Or maybe it's something else entirely.
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Why Are Seniors Changing? (Take A Look At Who They Are…)

According to a Carville-Greenberg polling memo, seniors are changing their minds about policy and the GOP. The question is, why? Everyone knows that seniors are a bunch of right wingers who hate progress, right?
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The Lobbyists Have Mounted Up

Why is health care in the US so expensive? Well, while many parts of the medical industry along with the government are trying to reduce costs it always seems to come down to this.
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A Larry Summers Joke

A friend in Washington told me this last week: The president, Larry Summers, a dirty hippie and the pope were all on Air Force One when it started to have engine trouble.
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Will Zimmerman Be A Right Wing Hero?

Charles Pierce thinks so. I think it could happen, after watching his brother with Pierce Morgan last night. Imagine how thrilled CPAC will be to see George The Victim next year.
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QOTD: Wall Street Journal editorial board

You have to give them credit for consistency: Egyptians would be lucky if their new ruling generals turn out to be in the mold of Chile’s Augusto Pinochet, who took […]
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Quote Of The Day: HuffPost Hill

“Congress has decided to let interest rates rise on student loans, because the bill to stuff puppies in a sack and toss them in the pond was stuck in committee.” […]
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We’re Number 27!

I don't know about you, but this makes me proud as punch. But never fear, we're still number one where it counts:
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The Great Grand Bargain Divergence

This is a fascinating account of how the Grand Bargain came to be the tired conventional wisdom among the Village wonk crowd. (I'm characterizing it that way, not the author, the esteemed Larry Mishel. ) It's required reading for anyone who has been following this story for the past few years.
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