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HuffPost Radio: Both Sides Now w/ Huffington & Matalin: On Bush’s book, the Lame Duck Session, Pelosi & Olbermann

By Mark Green Bush emerges from Texas while Obama’s in South Asia, as our women in their stead debate the hot potato topics of the week. And like a Washington not (yet) willing to compromise or concur, neither do our women on several topics, except babies and bullies. (Listen to show highlights below.) *On Decision Points. How’s W. doing? Mary dismisses “liberal haters” who don’t like the book or him while she applauds Clinton 42 for praising Bush 43’s book. Arianna will have none of it, sharply arguing that Bush is a failed president, as a recent poll of historians
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Danny Davis Announces Bid For Chicago Mayor

CHICAGO — The race to replace Chicago’s longtime mayor took better shape Sunday as two more candidates joined a crowded field that also includes former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel. U.S. Rep. Danny Davis and state Sen. James Meeks, the pastor of a Chicago megachurch, both formally announced their campaigns during a busy weekend in the race to take over for Mayor Richard M. Daley. Daley, who has led the country’s third largest city for more than two decades, surprised many by announcing in September that he would not seek a seventh term. The two Democrats and Emanuel,
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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 to stopping out of control spending. That’s why Senator-elect Mike Lee (R – Utah) and I launched Balanced Budget Amendment Now. Actually passing conservative measures such as this, though, will require making sure conservatives are in a position to lead. The good news is there are signs that Speaker-elect John Boehner and Majority Leader-elect Eric Cantor have gotten the message. For example, an unprecedented movement is afoot to appoint bona
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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 by the economic hardships they face because of the Great Recession. Unemployment is stuck close to ten percent; poverty claims a larger share of the population each year; many older people without the means to retire fear they’ll never work again. But for millions of people looking at the United States from afar, America is still worth risking everything just for a shot at a better life. The presence of
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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 do this. The question is: Is it better to extend the tax cuts for everyone or for no one? The answer is to extend them for no one. The Bush tax cuts have always overwhelmingly benefited the rich, not the middle class, and that is no less true today than when they were enacted. They were bad policy then and they are bad policy today. Extending the tax cuts would
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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 the Union,” the former president defended his reaction to the financial crisis in 2008: GEORGE W. BUSH: I wasn’t a very good economic prognosticator. I did know we were in deep trouble. And that’s why I made the decision I made. And in my book, I chronicle the history of the meltdown and then the decisions I took to prevent the economy from cratering. There is a lot of people
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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. For context, check out The Transparency Caucus: big step toward fixing Washington.         Here’s their deal: Post public ethics filings online. These documents — which include personal financial disclosures, travel reports and recusals, as well as congressional ethics reports — should be made available free to the public and digitized in a structured data format. Strengthen congressional ethics. The Office of Congressional Ethics annual budget should be
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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 lost on Nov. 2, and most of then helped steer generous farm support back home. Many of their replacements avoided the issue of farm payments during the campaign as they focused on broader themes of lowering federal spending and changing Washington. They’ll have to face
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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 White House or Capitol Hill; there is all the positioning palaver I have written about (although that is mostly in that uninteresting category); there is talk of the need for a new economic strategy. And on the edgiest side of things, there is talk about
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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 commission would make the prolonged stagnation worse, by commencing belt-tightening less than a year from now, at the beginning is fiscal year 2012 (October 2011) when most economic forecasts say unemployment will still be around ten percent. The economy is on the brink of a
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