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Richard Klass: Time for Something Special

There are 47 days including yesterday, 16 November when Congress opened its lame duck session and 3 January 2011 when the 112th Congress opens. Of those, three are holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day), seven are Sunday, and six plus New Years Day are Saturdays. Most Americans would say that excluding holidays and Sundays, […]

Dennis Kucinich To Challenge Democrat For Key House Position

Kucinich, a hero to anti-war liberals and a two-time candidate for president, wants to be in position to defend the administration with the same pugnacity that he used fighting his way up through the tough ward politics on Cleveland’s west side. But he is not the heir apparent to the ranking minority position on the […]

Lisa Murkowski Defeats Joe Miller In 2010 Alaska Senate Race

JUNEAU, Alaska — Sen. Lisa Murkowski on Wednesday became the first Senate candidate in more than 50 years to win a write-in campaign, emerging victorious over her tea party rival following a painstaking, week-long count of hand-written votes. The victory completes a remarkable comeback for the Republican after her humiliating loss in the GOP primary […]

Gabe Gonzalez: No More Dreams Deferred

What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore– And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over– like a syrupy sweet? Maybe it just sags like a heavy load. Or does it explode? -Langston Hughes I keep […]

GOP Looks To Defund NPR Over Williams Firing

Last month, Juan Williams appeared on Fox News Channel and expressed an opinion: he was all a-scurred of people on airplanes dressed in Muslim garb! Very soon after, Williams was sacked by his principal employer, National Public Radio. While it was something of a novelty — media figures are typically allowed to say unkind and […]

Reid ready to deal on Bush-era tax breaks

Reid ready to deal on Bush-era tax breaks

The top Democrat in the Senate said on Tuesday he was willing to consider a temporary tax cut extension for all income levels, a step that could pave the way for a possible deal with Republicans on Bush-era tax cuts. “This is something we will take a look at,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told […]

Can Democrats buck the anti-pork tidal wave?

Can Democrats buck the anti-pork tidal wave?

Now that Republicans have abandoned the you-scratch-my-back, I’ll-scratch-yours earmark process, Democrats who still hold a majority in the Senate have to decide whether they’ll try to prop up a system that seems to be collapsing all around them. With the incoming House GOP majority dead set against earmarks and President Barack Obama urging a crackdown, […]

Obama-GOP confab postponed until end of month

Obama-GOP confab postponed until end of month

A meeting planned on Thursday between President Barack Obama and congressional leaders following big Republican gains at the expense of Obama’s Democrats in the November 2 elections has been postponed until November 30. Obama’s spokesman, Robert Gibbs, said the meeting was put off at the request of Republican leaders in the Senate and the House […]

Alec Baldwin: The Tea Party and ‘The Ballad of Booth’

Watch this clip of Patrick Cassidy and the great Victor Garber sing “The Ballad of Booth” from Sondheim’s Assassins and tell me what you think of some of that Birther/Anti-Government/Tea Party rhetoric we’ve had to suck up these last several months. From The Huffington Post