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Cheney Lurks Just Beneath Bush’s Words

Some initial reports about former president George W. Bush’s new memoir, “Decision Points,” suggest that it refutes the theory that Dick Cheney was the true power behind the throne. It’s hardly surprising, of course, that in Bush’s reimagining of his presidency he would not give that theory any ammunition, at least not overtly. But Cheney […]

Steve Lombardo: It Was More Than Just A Wave

A week ago today, voters flipped the Obama coalition on its head and voted for Republicans in a mid-term landslide that has the potential to be a transformational election. Notice how we used the word “potential.” That’s because every new majority can go in one of two directions: it can either cement its winning coalition […]

Larry Beinhart: Why the Stimulus Package Failed

The stimulus package failed because it consisted mostly of tax cuts. Tax cuts are among the very worst ways to create jobs and certainly the most expensive. The stimulus package authorizes 787 billion dollars. According to the official website (Recovery.gov) $565 billion has actually been spent or credited. There are three categories of “stimulus.” Citing […]

William Hartung: Don’t Stall on New START

It’s time for the U.S. Senate to ratify the new arms reduction treaty between the United States and Russia (New START). The treaty‘s benefits are clear and concrete (PDF). Each side would reduce its nuclear stockpile by about one-third. Each side would adhere to an effective, multi-faceted monitoring scheme — including satellite reconnaissance, on-site inspections, […]

JPMorgan Internal Document Predicts ‘Gridlocked’ Congress ‘Without Any Landmark Legislation’

The financial titan JPMorgan Chase is betting on the next congressional session to be historic in its lack of productivity, according to a leaked internal document. On Tuesday, the money-in-politics research group Center for Responsive Politics published a document from JPMorgan’s government affairs office that gives some interesting hints as to how Wall Street views […]

Joseph C. Wilson: George Bush’s Deception Points

Having read that people began lining up in front of bookstores before former President Bush’s memoir, Decision Points, was due to be released, I hurried off to purchase mine early on November 9, arriving about fifteen minutes after opening time. I have the distinction of being the first person to purchase Bush’s book in Santa […]

Alvin Greene For President? Ex-Senate Candidate Considering Bid

Is there such a thing as too much Alvin Greene? Politico, perhaps searching for an answer to that question, called the failed South Carolina Democratic candidate for Senate to find out his thoughts on a potential 2012 run for president. “Maybe. I’ll have to see,” the political perplexity told Politico about seeking the nation’s highest […]

David Vines: Making Voting Easier for Every American

After the “shellacking” the Democrats received on Tuesday they will most certainly have to rethink their legislative priorities. With Joe Barton, the man who famously apologized to BP after the oil spill, set to be the head of the House Energy Committee, the Democrats will probably have to alter their expectations on cap-and-trade and environmental […]

Is Boehner more of a crybaby than Pelosi?

Is Boehner more of a crybaby than Pelosi?

Got hankies? The next speaker is a weeper. If soon-to-be-ousted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is known for her steely smile and composure, her replacement, John Boehner, has a reputation for tearing up. It starts with a quaver in the Ohio Republican’s voice. Then there’s a pregnant pause as he tries — usually unsuccessfully — to […]