Help The Poor, Help The Middle Class

Isaiah just hit upon something important when, in discussing the new anti-poverty program from Center for American Progress, he wrote: Conservatives succeeded in taking the nation’s eye off the ball […]
Bill Scher

Make Poverty A Priority

In little more than a decade after President Lyndon Johnson declared a “war on poverty,” President Ronald Reagan led the nation in the equivalent of a helicopter evacuation from the […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Equal Employment Agency Set Up To Drown

Celebrities spewing racist drivel get the headlines and the outrage, but largely out of the public eye the Bush administration has been doing something far more damaging to victims of […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Americans Want a Cap (And More)

Today, New York Times columnist Tom Friedman tries to press the presidential candidates to engage in a serious debate over energy policy, giving a shout out to the new GreenPrimary.org […]
Bill Scher

Make Poverty A Priority

In little more than a decade after President Lyndon Johnson declared a “war on poverty,” President Ronald Reagan led the nation in the equivalent of a helicopter evacuation from the […]
Isaiah J. Poole

EEOC Set Up To Drown

Celebrities spewing racist drivel get the headlines and the outrage, but largely out of the public eye the Bush administration has been doing something far more damaging to victims of […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Conservative Infant Death Syndrome

The rate at which infants are dying has begun to creep upward in several Southern states. This is an entirely predictable—and deadly—outcome of a systematic squeezing of federal and state […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Grassley Spins The Post Crazy

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, is whining that the new minimum wage compromise doesn’t have enough tax favors for business. From CQ Today (subscription required): “The Senate package was barely adequate,” […]
Bill Scher

Grassley Spins The Post Crazy

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, is whining that the new minimum wage compromise doesn’t have enough tax favors for business. From CQ Today (subscription required): “The Senate package was barely adequate,” […]
Bill Scher

Grassley Spins The Post Crazy

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, is whining that the new minimum wage compromise doesn’t have enough tax favors for business. From CQ Today (subscription required): “The Senate package was barely adequate,” […]
Bill Scher

Grassley Spins The Post Crazy

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, is whining that the new minimum wage compromise doesn’t have enough tax favors for business. From CQ Today (subscription required): “The Senate package was barely adequate,” […]
Bill Scher

Grassley Spins W. Post Dizzy

Yesterday, I noted that Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, is whining that the new minimum wage compromise doesn’t have enough tax favors for business. From CQ Today (subscription required): “The Senate […]
Bill Scher

Conservative Infant Death Syndrome

The rate at which infants are dying has begun to creep upward in several Southern states. This is an entirely predictable—and deadly—outcome of a systematic squeezing of federal and state […]
Isaiah J. Poole

New Take Back America 2007 Blog

With our annual Take Back America event less than two months away, we’ve just launched a brand new website, including our initial list of speakers and agenda. And it also […]
Bill Scher

Conservatives Can’t Cap Caps

The maverick image of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has taken a beating, thanks to his support for escalating our military involvement in Iraq, his demonstrably false comments about the security […]
Bill Scher

Conservatives Can’t Cap Support For Caps

The maverick image of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has taken a beating, thanks to his support for escalating our military involvement in Iraq, his demonstrably false comments about the security […]
Bill Scher

Minimum Wage Compromise Reached

Congressional leaders took a big step toward fulfilling a campaign pledge late Friday, reconciling House-Senate differences in their minimum wage bills. The two chambers split the difference on the size […]
Bill Scher

Weekend Watchdog:Democrats Slow To Charge

None of the Sunday show hosts posed our Weekend Watchdog questions drilling down to the heart of the Prosecutor Purge matter—how names actually got on the purge list. But guests […]
Bill Scher

Weekend Watchdog:Democrats Slow To Charge

None of the Sunday show hosts posed our Weekend Watchdog questions drilling down to the heart of the Prosecutor Purge matter—how names actually got on the purge list. But guests […]
Bill Scher

Weekend Watchdog:Democrats Slow To Charge

None of the Sunday show hosts posed our Weekend Watchdog questions drilling down to the heart of the Prosecutor Purge matter—how names actually got on the purge list. But guests […]
Bill Scher

Weekend Watchdog:Democrats Slow To Charge

None of the Sunday show hosts posed our Weekend Watchdog questions drilling down to the heart of the Prosecutor Purge matter—how names actually got on the purge list. But guests […]
Bill Scher

Weekend Watchdog Wrap-up

None of the Sunday shows hosts posed our Weekend Watchdog questions drilling down to the heart of the Prosecutor Purge matter — how names actually got on the purge list. […]
Bill Scher

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

Blogger Roundup of Gonzales Hearing

Video highlights of today’s Senate hearing with Attorney General Gonzales is up at PoliticsTV and TPMmuckaker. Thorough liveblogging is up at Firedoglake and The Gun Toting Liberal. McJoan at DailyKos […]
Bill Scher

Is Gonzales “Going Down In Flames”?

As noted below, several Republican Senators have been not willing to provide political cover for Gonzales. And this afternoon, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., called for Gonzales’ resignation at the end […]
Bill Scher

Feingold Cuts To The Chase

Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., nailed Gonzales with a basic disconnect in his story, telling him, “You can’t really say with certainty” that no one was purged for “improper reasons” if […]
Bill Scher

So, Bad Management Can Get You Fired, Eh?

Asked what he would have done differently, Attorney General Gonzales said when delegating to Kyle Sampson the compilation of the prosecutor purge list, he would have told Sampson who exactly […]
Bill Scher

“I Don’t Recall” Lots of Stuff

I can’t keep up with all of Alberto Gonzales’ “I don’t recall”s, in defiance of Sen. Chuck Schumer’s attempt at prevention. But he just made a couple of big ones. […]
Bill Scher

The List

After Kyle Sampson’s testimony, Talking Points Memo noted that Sampson was very murky about how prosecutor’s names got onto the purge list. Today, Gonzales is generally characterizing the list as […]
Bill Scher

Dancing As Fast As He Can

In advance of today’s Gonzales hearing, ABC News had flagged a contradiction in his prepared testimony and the recently released emails: Gonzales said that during the months that his senior […]
Bill Scher

‘Breakthrough’ on Carbon Caps

Senate Environment and Public Works Chair Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., delivered a speech on global warming Wednesday, and announced a key development that she deemed a “breakthrough”: I have been informed … […]
Bill Scher

‘Breakthrough’ On Carbon Caps

Senate Environment and Public Works Chair Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., delivered a speech on global warming Wednesday, and announced a key development that she deemed a “breakthrough”: I have been informed … […]
Bill Scher

New “I Don’t Recall” Record by Gonzales

At the start of today’s Senate testimony of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., warned Gonzales to limit his use of “I don’t recall” when responding to questions. […]
Bill Scher

Sen. Boxer Announces “Breakthrough” on Carbon Caps

Senate Environment and Public Works Chair Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., delivered a speech on global warming Wednesday, and announced a key development, which she deemed a “breakthrough”: I have been informed […]
Bill Scher

This Is Your Senate On Drug$

The pharmaceutical lobby joined forces today with the Senate’s conservative minority and killed legislation empowering Medicare to negotiate for lower drug prices, which would have saved us $30 billion a […]
Bill Scher

This Is Your Senate On Drug$

The pharmaceutical lobby joined forces today with the Senate’s conservative minority and killed legislation empowering Medicare to negotiate for lower drug prices, which would have saved us $30 billion a […]
Bill Scher

Senate Minority, Drug Lobby Obstruct People’s Will

Today, the pharmaceutical lobby joined forces with the Senate’s conservative minority and killed legislation empowering Medicare to negotiate for lower drug prices, which would have saved us $30 billion a […]
Bill Scher

Bush EPA: More Emissions = Good For Climate

Yesterday’s headline from the Associated Press read: “EPA chief: Bush climate policy working.” And why is that? Says the AP: The head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Monday the […]
Bill Scher

60 Votes Still Needed To Break Filibuster

CQ Today reports that Senate leaders remain “just short” of the 60 votes needed to break the drug lobby-backed filibuster of legislation empowering Medicare to negotiate for lower drug prices. […]
Bill Scher

Rising To The Challenge

The following is a part of the TPMCafe Book Club group discussion of the new book “Sick: The Untold Story of America’s Health Care Crisis — and the People Who […]
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