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Jonathan Weiler: Why Sarah Palin (Probably) Won’t Run for President in 2012

Sarah Palin’s viability as a presidential candidate has been among the hottest political topics for two years now, and big GOP gains last Tuesday night alongside President Obama’s falling approval ratings have only ignited further debate about her presidential prospects. But amidst all the political chatter about Palin, it’s worth asking whether Ms. Palin is really interested in being president at all. We’ve spent a lot of time and energy focusing on her influence as a political king and queen-maker, which seems obviously related to her desire to further her own political ambitions. But what if Sarah Palin is interested
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Miles J. Zaremski: Without Health Care Reform, Catastrophe Awaits

The mid-term elections are over. Boehner will be the Speaker of the House, and McConnell will remain Minority Leader in the Senate. What does this have to do with health care and the current bill signed into law earlier this year by President Obama? For one thing, Boehner calls the legislation a “monstrosity”; McConnell wants it dismantled since it is an intrusion by government into the private lives of all citizens. If either gets his way (and this writer highly doubts it), the citizens of this country will face a catastrophe — our nation will become a land mass comprised
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Mike Causey: A Thanksgiving Day Bonus Holiday…For Some

As a thank-you gift for a job well done in a very tough year, most of the Social Security Administration’s 62,000 employees are going to get a bonus holiday: they won’t have to come to work on Nov. 26, the Friday after Thanksgiving. Most federal holidays are now celebrated on a Monday. But a few, like Thanksgiving (the fourth Thursday in November) happen when they happen. This year Thanksgiving will be on Nov. 25, and SSA Commissioner Michael J. Astrue says non-emergency workers can have the extra day off. It will not be a “holiday” for pay and leave purposes,
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Laura Beatty: Pacman vs. Palin? You Betcha

Have an electoral hangover? We’ve been coping by playing Brave New PacMan — that’s Progressive Against Conservatives Man. Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly call you out by name and you won’t believe what they say! Reignite your progressive passion by showing them what you’ve got. We don’t want to spoil too many of the surprises. Play the new, free Brave New PacMan game now. From The Huffington Post
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Dan Dorfman: Obama Big Betting Favorite for 2012

Don’t write off Barack Obama just yet. He may be politically wounded, but he’s far from politically dead In fact, despite his skidding approval numbers, the furor over his inability to resolve the jobs mess and the whipping he took in the mid-term elections, leading a number of political pundits to predict he’ll be a one-term president, lo and behold, Obama has emerged as the odds-on favorite to recapture the White House in 2012. That’s the assessment of the United Kingdom’s William Hill, one of the world’s largest and most influential bookmakers. After a week of brisk betting on the
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Rep. Spencer Bachus: ‘Sarah Palin Cost Us Control Of The Senate’

Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.), recently tapped to become chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, believes that despite the GOP’s monumental electoral gains last week, the party left some vital Senate seats on the playing field thanks primarily to the work of Sarah Palin. This from the Shelby County Reporter over the weekend: “The Senate would be Republican today except for states (in which Palin endorsed candidates) like Christine O’Donnell in Delaware,” Bachus said. “Sarah Palin cost us control of the Senate.” He said Tea Party candidates did well in U.S. House races, but in the U.S. Senate races, “They
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Eric Margolis: A PASSAGE TO INDIA

Battered at home by last week’s Republican landslide, President Barack Obama headed to India to seek solace in foreign policy. The president’s state visit also marked the continuation of President George W. Bush’s entente with the rising Asian power. After six decades of hostility and distrust, the United States and India appear set on a course of warm relations and strategic cooperation. One million talented Indians already live in the United States, with many more to come. They already play an important fundraising role in US politics. The catalyst for US-Indian amity was the 9/11 attacks that shocked the US
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Conservatives, Out-Organizing Dems In Lame Duck Session, Suggest Pitchfork Protests

WASHINGTON — As Congress gets poised to reconvene for the lame-duck session, conservatives are extraordinary organized in their effort to effectively stall any legislative action. A host of outside-government groups have stepped up their mobilization to ensure that the policy advancements that Democrats want to pursue while they still have favorable numbers in Congress simply get stalled due to timidity or in getting buried by the opposition. The Tea-Party-aligned Freedom Works has launched a no lame duck vertical on its website. Newt Gingrich’s American Solutions for Winning the Future has sent out a letter petitioning members of Congress to “not
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