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Ken Blackwell: Getting Our Fiscal House in Order

On November 2, the American people sent a resounding message to Washington D.C. that the era of reckless spending must stop. We all know a Balanced Budget Amendment is vital…

Christof Putzel: Why I Smuggled Myself Across the U.S.-Mexico Border

Christof Putzel is a Vanguard correspondent. As part of his investigation into the immigration debate, he crossed the border from Mexico into the U.S. on foot. Americans may be preoccupied…

James Kwak: Dear Mr. President, Please Don’t Extend The Bush Tax Cuts

There have been (admittedly unclear) indications from your administration that you may accede to the Republicans’ demand to extend the Bush tax cuts for everyone. I urge you not to…

Bush: No Regrets About Wall Street Bailout

George W. Bush has no regrets about his decision to initiate the $700-billion bailout of Wall Streett. In a special hour-long interview Sunday evening with Candy Crowley on “State of…

Craig Newmark: Sunlight Foundation: real transparency from Congress

Hey, maybe we get more fixed in Washington. I’m a very minor part of the Sunlight Foundation, which encourages lawmakers to get real about creating a more open, accountable Congress.…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

Christine Pelosi: It Is Time to Heal America’s Civilian-Military Divide

Though millions of Americans paused to remember those who served our country and honor those who still wear the uniform on Veterans Day, our civilian-military divide persists and must be…