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Deficit commission challenges conventional wisdom on budget

Deficit commission challenges conventional wisdom on budget

The leaders of the deficit commission are baldly calling out the budget myths of both political parties, challenging lawmakers to engage in the “adult conversation” they say they want. Their plan — mixing painful cuts to Social Security and Medicare with big tax increases — has no chance of enactment as written, certainly not as […]

Voters not sold on GOP’s agenda

Voters not sold on GOP’s agenda

People back Republican tax cut plans but not the GOP campaign to repeal President Barack Obama‘s health care overhaul, according to a poll suggesting that the Republicans’ big Election Day win was not a mandate for the party’s legislative wish list. Fifty-three percent say income tax cuts that soon will expire should be renewed for […]

Raymond J. Learsy: Air Cargo Terror and the Accession of Rep. Peter King To Chair House Committee on Homeland Security

The attempt to destroy airplanes in mid air and, as we recently learned, timed to detonate while in flight over the Eastern United States brings home once again the serious threat to the nation being relentlessly plotted by terrorist deviants, committed to murdering as many Americans as they can. Having witnessed from only eight blocks […]

Obama on the road and still on a losing streak

Obama on the road and still on a losing streak

President Barack Obama claimed a stronger hand on the world stage Friday despite electoral defeats at home, failure to get a free-trade agreement with South Korea and lackluster international support for his get-tough policy with China on trade and currency disputes. “It wasn’t any easier to talk about currency when I was first elected and […]

Poll: Palin ‘most polarizing’ of GOP wannabes

Poll: Palin ‘most polarizing’ of GOP wannabes

Sarah Palin is the most polarizing of the potential 2012 Republican presidential candidates, while impressions of Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney lean more positive, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. As for the rest — Pawlenty, Barbour, Thune, Daniels — most Americans say, “Who?” The election, of course, is far away, and polls this early […]

Steve Clemons: Note to Hillary Clinton: Time to Do Israel/Palestine the DoD Way

Hillary Clinton just met with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and here is the pro forma “read out” of the meeting which the State Department distributed: Prime Minister Netanyahu and Secretary Clinton had a good discussion today, with a friendly and productive exchange of views on both sides. Secretary Clinton reiterated the United States’ unshakable […]

Ari Melber: In Blue Dog Battle, Progressives Are (Half) Right

So Democrats are still debating what happened in last week’s “shellacking.” Two camps have emerged. Some Democrats think voters punished them for deploying too much government, too quickly, in too many areas beyond the economy. As the old Grateful Dead song goes, “Maybe you had too much, too fast.” These “Shakedown Street” Democrats are led […]

Steve Clemons: George W, Michael Moore & Osama bin Laden?

The publicists of George W. Bush‘s memoir, Decision Points, have not put me on their distro list so I don’t yet have the book. I may wait until it gets really cheap on Amazon’s used bookseller list, but in the mean time, i leafed through a copy that someone on my Abu Dhabi bound plane […]