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Dean Baker: Compromise on Social Security and Medicare? Why My Center-Left Friends are Wrong

In recent days several center-left blogger/columnists have suggested that progressives should be happy to cut a deal now on Social Security and other issues related to the budget. The argument is that the cuts being put forward by the commissions are not that onerous, they don’t involve privatization, and we could be facing much worse in the future. While politics always requires compromise, this position misreads the economic and political landscape in four important ways. 1) The problem of the moment is unemployment. This really is a disaster for large segments of the population. That is not just a talking
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Larry Hirsch: Government Worker Envy

For most of the past decade that I have worked in government, my friends working in the private sector have felt they had it better than me. They were making fortunes in finance or other business matters and would not consider trading places with me. This was also the feeling in the throughout most of the country. Working for the government was reliable and safe but stifled creativity and thwarted ambitions for achieving your full potential. My how a recession changes things. One of the themes of the Tea Party and others on the right has been how good government
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GOP Bias In Landline-Only Polls, Confirms Pew Research

For pollsters, 2010 was the year in which methodology mattered. Pollsters that invested in more expensive dual samples to reach Americans on both landline and mobile phones should have produced more accurate forecasts of Congressional voting, while those that relied only on traditional landline samples found greater support for Republican candidates. That’s the finding of a new report from the Pew Research Center that compared traditional landline samples to surveys conducted over both cell and landline phones. Pollsters have fretted for nearly a decade about the growing number of Americans in so-called “cell-phone-only” households that are out of reach of
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Tea Party Activists Reportedly BEGGED Sharron Angle Not To Campaign With John McCain

Sharron Angle’s campaign staff nearly axed a high-profile, last-minute fundraising event featuring Arizona Senator John McCain while he was already in flight to Nevada. Uncovered in a new Politico report that lifts the veil on the true dysfunction of Sharron Angle’s unsuccessful campaign to topple Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, one of Angle’s head campaign advisers apparently mounted the mission to cancel the McCain appearance, despite the crucial timing of the function. From Politico: While McCain was en route to the event, held five days before Election Day, Angle was bombarded with calls from teary tea party activists who begged
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Monday Deadline Day For Chicago’s Mayoral Hopefuls

Monday is the final day for candidates seeking city offices in Chicago to turn in their petitions–and the already long list of mayoral candidates is expected to grow. According to the Chicago Board of Elections, candidates have until 5 p.m. to file their nominating paperwork at 69 W. Washington St. Those looking to replace retiring Mayor Richard Daley need 12,500 signatures to qualify. As of Sunday afternoon, the following candidates have turned in their paperwork: former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun, former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, former school board chief Gery Chico, U.S. Rep. Danny Davis, minister
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George Ryan Case: Judge To Decide If Parts Of Ex-Gov’s 2006 Conviction Should Be Tossed

CHICAGO — A federal judge in Chicago is set to hear oral arguments on whether a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that curtailed the use of an anti-fraud law affects imprisoned former Illinois Gov. George Ryan. Defense lawyers contend the ruling applies and parts of his 2006 conviction should be thrown out. A hearing is scheduled for Monday morning. Prosecutors have argued Ryan’s convictions should stand because they involved received bribes and kickbacks. The Supreme Court ruled that such crimes can be prosecuted under the so-called honest service provisions. Ryan was convicted of racketeering, conspiracy, tax fraud and making false
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