Wanna Save $30 Billion a Year?

$30 billion. A year. That’s the potential savings if we empower Medicare to negotiate for lower prescription drugs. Dean Baker of the Center for Economic Policy and Research released his […]
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Iowa Stepping Up on Energy Independence

After the Apollo Summit, I noted that “America’s governors have begun to throw down over who can become the most energy independent and bring in the most jobs.” Looks like […]
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Bush Administration Pushes Pessimism on Clean Coal

There’s wide public support for Congress to tackle global warming, but Congress has work to do to sift through the details and forge consensus around a specific plan. At a […]
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Hiding From Plain Oversight

Last month, the Bush administration began to spin, with the help of The Washington Post, that the Medicare prescription drug plan—which does not allow Medicare to negotiate for lower drug prices—was doing great […]
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Oversight, Shmoversight

Last month, the Bush Administration began to spin that the Medicare prescription drug plan — which does not allow Medicare to negotiate for lower drug prices — was doing great […]
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Newt: One of the “Worst Persons In The World”

Newt Gingrich’s blaming of New Orleans’ 9th Ward residents for a “failure of citizenship” by being unable to “get out of the way of a hurricane” — remarks jointly pushed […]
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Conservatives Pout and Complain

My Campaign For America’s Future colleague Eric Lotke has his take on CPAC posted at TomPaine.com, “CPAC: Conservatives Pout And Complain.” Here’s an excerpt: The conservatives at central headquarters don’t […]
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The Conservative Movement: Stuck on Step 1

The following was initially posted at The Huffington Post. As everyone knows, the first step is admitting you have a problem. Yet during my three days attending the Conservative Political […]
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Newt: The Savior?

The CPAC presidential straw poll was announced today, right before Newt Gingrich delivered the final address of the event. Mitt Romney nominally won, but with a paltry plurality of 21%, […]
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The Conservative Iran Debate: Bombing or Assassination

Two of the conservative movement’s most beloved intellectual leaders, Ann Coulter and Sean Hannity, had slightly differing takes on how to approach Iran, though both received jubilant applause by their […]
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“Energy Independence Is Not A Possible Option”

Whoever said “failure is not an option”* hasn’t met the visionaries of the American Petroleum Institute — aka, the lobbyists for Big Oil. Big Oil’s chief economist John Felmy spoke […]
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Bizarre Sight Of The Day

A Sam Brownback supporter with a lip ring. The evil grasp Britney Spears has on our youth has even infiltrated CPAC. The terrorists have won. You may go home now. […]
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Blogger Ethics Panel Time

Rudy Giuliani was glowingly introduced today by a member of the so-called liberal media, Washington Post columnist George Will. Will assured the audience that Giuliani’s conservatism is “the flavor of […]
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More Old Ideas Please

I’ve yet to hear any conservatives recognize that they are suffering from a “secular problem”. But the closest anyone has come is US News’ Michael Barone. In a morning panel […]
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“The Rich Are Getting Screwed”

So that’s what’s wrong with our economy. At an afternoon panel on taxes, Scott Hodge of the Tax Foundation, lamented that despite six years of tax cuts mainly for the […]
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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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