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DeMint Forces Internal GOP Battle Over Earmark Ban

WASHINGTON — Fresh off the tea party’s show of election might, GOP Sen. Jim DeMint said Tuesday he’ll force a showdown next week with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and other old guard Republicans over “earmarked” pet projects that DeMint and other victors last week made a symbol of out-of-control deficit spending. The South Carolina […]

2012 Could Be Worse For Democrats Than 2010

WASHINGTON — Last week’s election was bad for Democrats. The next one could be worse. Senate Democrats running in 2012 will be trying to hold their jobs in states where Republicans just scored major congressional and gubernatorial victories – Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, New Mexico and Virginia. The Democrats’ problems don’t end with senators. […]

HUFFPOST HILL – Joe Barton’s Guerrilla Campaign

HuffPost Hill is a daily, mobile-friendly email for political junkies and insiders, filled with exclusive news and scoops from HuffPost’s reporting team. Sign up here. The 112th Congress hasn’t even been gaveled into session and the GOP is already having to deal with intra-party dissent. Jim DeMint is corralling votes for an anti-pork resolution. A […]

HUFFPOST HILL – Joe Barton’s Guerrilla Campaign

HuffPost Hill is a daily, mobile-friendly email for political junkies and insiders, filled with exclusive news and scoops from HuffPost’s reporting team. Sign up here. The 112th Congress hasn’t even been gaveled into session and the GOP is already having to deal with intra-party dissent. Jim DeMint is corralling votes for an anti-pork resolution. A […]

Jacob Heilbrunn: Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder Says Bush Is Lying

Former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder says that George W. Bush is fibbing about him in his new memoir. Bush was furious at Schroeder for winning reelection in 2002 by campaigning vigorously against the Iraq War. The looming war was wildly unpopular in Germany and Schroeder caught an election wave by pledging that Germany would not […]

9/11 Memorial Waterfalls Begin Testing

NEW YORK — The waterfalls of the Sept. 11 memorial at ground zero are showing signs of life. Engineers began testing one of the twin waterfalls on Tuesday, circulating hundreds of thousands of gallons of water into the north reflecting pool. The cascades are the largest manmade waterfalls in North America, and they empty into […]

Laura Flanders: The F Word: Let the Punishment Fit the Crime

Let the punishment fit the crime, they say. Well, we now know the punishment for the BART officer who shot Oscar Grant: 2 years and time served. He could actually be out of prison in seven months–for killing a man. His involuntary manslaughter charge normally carries a four-year sentence, and could have included California’s “gun […]

Stephan A. Schwartz: Willful Ignorance

The most important political and intellectual reality in America today can be seen in a 2006 CBS News poll, which found that a large segment of Americans “do not believe that humans evolved.” This sentiment is usually discussed in religious terms. I suggest it should be seen as a political statement. The Gallup Organization addressed […]

Kevin Cathcart: Iowan Courts Under Attack

Something happened on Election Day in Iowa that threatens the principles of democracy upon which this country was founded: Three well-respected Iowa Supreme Court Justices lost retention elections following a vicious campaign by anti-gay groups who targeted them because of the Court’s 2009 unanimous decision to uphold marriage equality for same-sex couples. The purpose of […]