Mike Causey: A Thanksgiving Day Bonus Holiday…For Some

As a thank-you gift for a job well done in a very tough year, most of the Social Security Administration’s 62,000 employees are going to get a bonus holiday: they won’t have to come to work on Nov. 26, the Friday after Thanksgiving. Most federal holidays are now celebrated on a Monday. But a few, […]

Laura Beatty: Pacman vs. Palin? You Betcha

Have an electoral hangover? We’ve been coping by playing Brave New PacMan — that’s Progressive Against Conservatives Man. Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly call you out by name and you won’t believe what they say! Reignite your progressive passion by showing them what you’ve got. We don’t want to spoil too […]

Dan Dorfman: Obama Big Betting Favorite for 2012

Don’t write off Barack Obama just yet. He may be politically wounded, but he’s far from politically dead In fact, despite his skidding approval numbers, the furor over his inability to resolve the jobs mess and the whipping he took in the mid-term elections, leading a number of political pundits to predict he’ll be a […]

Rep. Spencer Bachus: ‘Sarah Palin Cost Us Control Of The Senate’

Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.), recently tapped to become chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, believes that despite the GOP’s monumental electoral gains last week, the party left some vital Senate seats on the playing field thanks primarily to the work of Sarah Palin. This from the Shelby County Reporter over the weekend: “The Senate […]


Battered at home by last week’s Republican landslide, President Barack Obama headed to India to seek solace in foreign policy. The president’s state visit also marked the continuation of President George W. Bush’s entente with the rising Asian power. After six decades of hostility and distrust, the United States and India appear set on a […]

Conservatives, Out-Organizing Dems In Lame Duck Session, Suggest Pitchfork Protests

WASHINGTON — As Congress gets poised to reconvene for the lame-duck session, conservatives are extraordinary organized in their effort to effectively stall any legislative action. A host of outside-government groups have stepped up their mobilization to ensure that the policy advancements that Democrats want to pursue while they still have favorable numbers in Congress simply […]

Michele Bachmann Presses Hard For Republican Leadership Post

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) continued to aggressively make her case for a GOP Conference Chair leadership position on Monday, kicking off the week by releasing a strongly-worded letter that she had written to her Republican colleagues to explain the distinction that she’d bring to the post. “Will the new Republican majority reflect our values as […]

Dennis A. Henigan: Ideology, Politics and Guns

Over five years ago, in a provocative article in The New Republic, Jonathan Chait attempted to distill the essence of how liberalism differs from conservatism on economic policy. His analysis seems even more insightful in the wake of last week’s election, with much to say about issues beyond economic policy, particularly the question of gun […]