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Dean Baker: Compromise on Social Security and Medicare? Why My Center-Left Friends are Wrong

In recent days several center-left blogger/columnists have suggested that progressives should be happy to cut a deal now on Social Security and other issues related to the budget. The argument…

Larry Hirsch: Government Worker Envy

For most of the past decade that I have worked in government, my friends working in the private sector have felt they had it better than me. They were making…

GOP Bias In Landline-Only Polls, Confirms Pew Research

For pollsters, 2010 was the year in which methodology mattered. Pollsters that invested in more expensive dual samples to reach Americans on both landline and mobile phones should have produced…

Tea Party Activists Reportedly BEGGED Sharron Angle Not To Campaign With John McCain

Sharron Angle’s campaign staff nearly axed a high-profile, last-minute fundraising event featuring Arizona Senator John McCain while he was already in flight to Nevada. Uncovered in a new Politico report…

Monday Deadline Day For Chicago’s Mayoral Hopefuls

Monday is the final day for candidates seeking city offices in Chicago to turn in their petitions–and the already long list of mayoral candidates is expected to grow. According to…

DeLay trial enters final stages

Closing arguments will be heard Monday in the trial of the former House majority leader. Read the full story.…

George Ryan Case: Judge To Decide If Parts Of Ex-Gov’s 2006 Conviction Should Be Tossed

CHICAGO — A federal judge in Chicago is set to hear oral arguments on whether a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that curtailed the use of an anti-fraud law affects…

Nancy Pelosi: John Boehner Is ‘Known To Cry’

If House Minority Leader John Boehner is concerned he’s developing a reputation as a crybaby, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, whom he will soon succeed in the next legislative session, isn’t…

Jeff Danziger: Bono Helps the Irish

From The Huffington Post…

Charlie Rangel Supporters Urge ‘No’ Vote On Censure

NEW YORK — Supporters of Rep. Charles Rangel said Sunday that the Democratic lawmaker has been punished enough by the House ethics committee’s two-year investigation and should not by censured…