Osama, Zawahiri, Britney

On a panel about social issues, panelists were asked if, when choosing a presidential candidate, protecting America from terrorism is more important than banning abortion and denying equal marriage rights […]
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Quote of the Day (So Far)

When society tolerates deviance … it normalizes deviance … lesbianism among young women has risen dramatically in the last 10 years alone. And that is certainly due to media and […]
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Bring The Hate

As I alluded to in that last post, conservatives appear to believe hating on immigrants is the ticket back to power. As Schlafly urged her brethren to reach out to […]
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Conservatives Are Cranky In the Morning

The blame game is in full effect. Conservatives are not blaming themselves and their failed ideology, but President Bush and the Republican leadership for not being conservative enough. The conservative […]
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The Conservatives’ “Secular Problem”

Today through Saturday, when Republicans and conservatives gather in Washington for the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, will they face up to the biggest obstacle preventing them from connecting with […]
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Welcome to the CPAC LiveBlog!

How will conservatives handle their colossal failure to govern? Will they blame Dubya? Will they claim they weren’t conservative enough? Unlike their president, will they actually admit mistakes? To find […]
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Clean Energy Battle Royale?

The following was initially posted at The Huffington Post America’s governors have begun to throw down over who can become the most energy independent and bring in the most jobs. […]
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Energy Blast On Capitol Hill

The Apollo Alliance Summit took its campaign for energy independence and good jobs to Capitol Hill on Tuesday, meeting with members of Congress and their staffs and pressing for increased […]
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Bernie and Hillary Cap Off Summit

Senators Hillary Clinton (NY) and Bernie Sanders (VT) thanked Apollo Summiteers for coming to Capitol Hill and pressing their representatives to create good jobs by investing in renewable energy. At […]
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Rep. Inslee Rallies The Troops

Apollo Summiteers are off to Capitol Hill today, meeting with congresspeople and their staffs and pressing for increased government support of renewable energy. Before they took to the Hill, Rep. […]
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Good Environment = Good Economy

Monday night’s dinner speakers offered a common theme: the future of our economy is tied to the future of our environment. Keynote speaker Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell emphasized that the […]
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Ritter-Patrick Gubernatorial Smackdown!

Oh, it’s on. After Gov. Deval Patrick declared his intention to make Massachusetts the capital of renewable energy, Gov. Bill Ritter threw down the gauntlet on behalf of his Colorado. […]
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Pension Power

Damon Silvers, Associate General Counsel of the AFL-CIO stunned the room this afternoon, announcing that while there’s $160 trillion of fossil fuels currently underground, the economic costs of unchecked climate […]
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Business and Labor: Create Clean Energy Markets

This morning’s “Policies and Partnerships for a Clean Power Future” session found wide agreement from union officials and business leaders on how we should reform our energy policies. Todd Foley […]
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Green Buildings: Win-Win-Win-Win

By retrofitting our nation’s buildings to make them energy efficient, we can improve the environment, save consumers money, create good-paying union jobs, and reduce poverty. That’s the word from the […]
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Welcome To The Apollo Summit LiveBlog

Today in Washington, labor leaders, environmental activists, business executives, elected officials and community organizers are convening for the Apollo Summit For Clean Energy & Good Jobs. The broad array of […]
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The Power of the Wage Issue

CQPolitics.com today highlights new research from the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center, finding that minimum wage initiatives in five states significantly boosted voter turnout: Voter motivation and reported interest in the […]
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Employer-Based Health Care: The Denouement

NPR’s Morning Edition aired a piece earlier this week about a burgeoning trend: corporations giving money to unions and handing off the responsibility of providing health care. With costs skyrocketing, […]
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Rabid Fox Gets Bitten Again

Prolific and incisive filmmaker Robert Greenwald today launched the FoxAttacks website and unveiled an online video exposing Fox News’s efforts to smear Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama as he […]
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W. Post Crusade Against Fair Drug Prices – Part 3

Most of the media saw today’s report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and concluded the headline was that overall health care spending continues to rise. Not the […]
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Who Will Call Europe’s Bluff?

The NY Times reports today that the European Union will cut greenhouse gas emissions 30% by 2020, if the US will too. Obviously, the EU knows that President Bush won’t […]
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Grassley Threatens To Kill Wage Raise

Roll Call reports today: Senate Finance ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has warned that he may block a House-Senate conference on the minimum-wage bill unless he is assured his Democratic […]
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Where The Health Care Debate Is Going

The following was written by Campaign for America’s Future Co-Director Roger Hickey and Online Editor Bill Scher The health care debate has leapt forward in the last few weeks. After […]
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Another Year, Another Record Trade Deficit

The trade deficit ballooned to $764 billion in 2006, a new record shortfall. The White House shrugged its shoulders. From the W. Post: “Trade is good for America,” [White House […]
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Minimum Wage Compromise In Sight

The House Ways & Means Committee yesterday cleared a bill with less than $2 billion in business tax breaks, as part of a plan to resolve differences in the House […]
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Bush’s Medicare Drug Program. It Ain’t Working.

Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, it’s working — Current TV ad from Big Pharma [Rep. Henry] Waxman, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, laid out his health oversight […]
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Blog Reaction to Edwards Health Care Plan

Lots of blogger takes on presidential hopeful John Edwards new health care plan, which in part draws on Health Care For America. Tapped’s Ezra Klein writes: “it has widened the […]
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Global Warming Deniers Are Funny

In the wake of the world’s leading authority on climate change definitively concluding that global warming is happening and caused by humans, professional global warming deniers are flailing, and it’s […]
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House Inches Toward Senate on Biz Tax Breaks

Trying to break a House-Senate stalemate over competing minimum wage bills, Rep. Charlie Rangel is planning on moving a bill with $1 billion in business tax breaks, separate from the […]
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The Universal Health Care Debate Is Over

If the head of Wal-Mart and the head of Wal-Mart Watch agree we need universal health care, then we need universal health care. QED. McClatchy Newspapers has the story: A […]
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Bloggingheads.tv

Earlier today, Bloggingheads.tv posted a diavlog between Eric Alterman and myself. Among other topics, we discussed how the Senate should deal with the conservative minority seeking to thwart priorities shared […]
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Edwards Gives Nod Toward “Health Care For America”

Yesterday, presidential hopeful John Edwards announced a health care plan titled, Universal Health Care Through Shared Responsibility. The New Republic reports today that a core feature of the plan is […]
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Bush Flinches on Big Oil Subsidies

CQ Today notes that on subsidies to Big Oil, the Bush budget proposal actually inches towards the recently passed House bill, which takes back $14 billion in giveaways and invests […]
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Bush Budget: Last Gasp of Conservative Failure

When President released his budget today, it once again showed the limits of the conservative message. Like many conservative leaders, Bush knows he can’t rally the public by pledging to […]
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Krugman, on Crippling Our Civil Service

Today, NY Times columnist Paul Krugman picks up on my earlier post, about how President Bush is following a 2001 Heritage Foundation white paper dictating how to undermine our civil […]
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Bush Swings Medicare Ax

President Bush’s budget comes out next week, and today’s NY Times headline says he wants “Big Medicare and Medicaid Saving”. That means big cuts. Cuts where? Less money for middle-class […]
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PA Moves Toward Cleaner Energy

Yesterday, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell sought to fill the leadership vacuum on energy independence, left by the Bush White House. Rendell announced a plan for a $850M Energy Independence Fund, […]
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State of Delusion

Check out our new video, truth-squadding Bush’s State of the Union address: Also, if you missed it earlier, here’s Robert Borosage’s takedown of Bush’s speech, and here’s where you can […]
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Min Wage (With Business Tax Breaks) Clears Senate

Late today, the Senate passed its version of a minimum wage increase 94-3. Unlike the House bill, the Senate version includes tax giveaways to business, and it’s unclear what happens […]
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