Farm Subsidies Highlight The Hypocrisy Of Anti-Spending Politicians

WASHINGTON — Many Republicans who swept rural Democrats from office are now confronting the reality of a promise to reduce spending: Should it cover the farm subsidies that have brought money and jobs to their districts – and directly benefited some GOP lawmakers or their families? At least 13 Democrats on the House Agriculture Committee […]

Mike Lux: A Party for the Middle Class

A sweeping loss, and two years of angst and frustration after people felt so hopeful, generates a lot of interesting conversation (as well as quite a bit that isn’t interesting at all- but I’m not here to talk about that). There is discussion of how to come back; discussion about shaking up leadership at the […]

Robert Kuttner: What Planet Are Deficit Hawks Living on?

To read the papers and watch TV news during the past week, you would think that the most dire problem afflicting Americans was the federal deficit in 2020 or 2030. But for most people, the crisis right now is lost income, lost jobs, lost homes. And the recommendations of the two co-chairs of the fiscal […]

Charles D. Ellison: MSNBC Leans Backward on Missed Opportunity

What wasn’t said during the Keith Olbermann debacle the other week had little to do with the fact that Olbermann clowned himself into a corner of ideological hypocrite. Let’s forget for a moment that his show is mad predictable or that you know what he’ll say or what his guests will say every hour he […]

Lame ducks return to Washington

Lame ducks return to Washington

House takeover, hobbled Democrats and invigorated Republicans return Monday to a testy tax dispute and a lengthy to-do list for a post-election session of Congress unlikely to achieve any landmark legislation. With change clearly in the air, more than 100 mainly Republican freshmen arrive on Capitol Hill to be schooled on the jobs they’ll assume […]

John McCain: My Wife Agrees With Me On DADT Despite Her Video

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) insisted on Sunday that there was no rift of opinion between him and his wife over the issue of repealing the military’s ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ policy. Cindy McCain doesn’t endorse immediate repeal despite recording an ad accusing political leaders of forcing gay servicemen to live a lie, her husband stressed. […]

Rahm Emanuel Releases First Ad Of Chicago Mayoral Bid (VIDEO)

WASHINGTON — In a formal launching of his candidacy for mayor of Chicago, former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel released his first television ad of the cycle on Sunday. The spot — announced via the twitter account of top aide, Ben LaBolt — emphasizes Emanuel’s candidacy as an opportunity for the city to […]

Social Security Judges Face Violent Threats

WASHINGTON — Judges who hear Social Security disability cases are facing a growing number of violent threats from claimants angry over being denied benefits or frustrated at lengthy delays in processing claims. There were at least 80 threats to kill or harm administrative law judges or staff over the past year – an 18 percent […]

Newbies get a crash course in being a Congressman

Newbies get a crash course in being a Congressman

Where to live? Whom to hire? What’s a voting card — and where are the bathrooms? More than 100 members of Congress arrive in Washington this coming week for the first time since winning election, trading the loftiness of campaign speeches for mundane lessons in how to do their new jobs. It’s freshman orientation on […]