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West, Scott split on joining CBC

Allen West wants to join Congressional Black Caucus; Tim Scott is “leaning against it at this point.” Read the full story from Politico…

Bush considered attack on Syrian facility: book

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former President George W. Bush says he considered ordering a U.S. military strike against a suspected Syrian nuclear facility at Israel’s request in 2007 but ultimately opted…

Demoralized Democrats ponder the future

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Demoralized Democrats face an uncertain future after their bruising U.S. election losses, and the soul-searching and finger-pointing already have begun. Read the full story from Reuters…

Obama’s signal and elections tilt Bush-era tax debate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s new willingness to work with Republicans on tax policy after his Democrats were routed in congressional elections boosts the chances tax rates will not…

Power play: Pelosi’s work ‘not finished’

The speaker, who acted as a drag on campaigns across the country, isn’t letting go of power easily. Read the full story from Politico…

Linnie Frank Bailey: Obama Fix # 1 — Put a Woman Over the DNC

Put Kaine somewhere in the Administration, and put a WOMAN over the currently ineffective DNC. Not a Hollywood actress; not a Silicon Valley tech guru; not an East-coast fundraiser; not…

Christopher Brauchli: Sharia Leaves Oklahoma

You’re doin’ fine Oklahoma! Oklahoma OK. A line from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical, Oklahoma Now that the election is over it’s time to look at one state that was able…

Paul A. London: Understanding Adam Smith and John Maynard Keynes

Failure to solve the unemployment problem cost Democrats the 2010 election. Fifteen million Americans are out of work. Nine million more are involuntarily working part time. Many with jobs also…

Mike Lux: The One Thing

There’s all the usual post-election palaver that happens after a Democratic loss: Republican and right wing triumphalism, the pro-corporate wing of the Democratic party and conventional wisdom pundits arguing that…

Miles Mogulescu: Oops, He Did It Again: Obama Already Caving in to Republicans on Tax Cuts for the Rich

Republican leaders like John Boehner and Mitch McConnell are doubling down on their promises not to compromise an inch with President Obama unless he decides to adopt their policies. Meanwhile…