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Pentagon is going broke

Pentagon is going broke

The Pentagon said on Wednesday it may be forced to take extreme measures — like not paying salaries — if the Democratic-led Congress fails to pass a $37 billion defense spending bill before lawmakers begin an August recess. A senior Democratic aide said lawmakers would find a way to get it done. “We will pass […]

Obama uses recess appointment for Medicare chief

Obama uses recess appointment for Medicare chief

President Barack Obama appointed health expert Donald Berwick on Wednesday to run the Medicare  and Medicaid programs that provide care to seniors and the poor, bypassing the Senate  to fill a key job over Republican  objections. Obama had nominated Berwick in April to run the vast federal medical programs but his Senate confirmation was held […]

Republicans line up to oppose Kagan

Republicans line up to oppose Kagan

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan drew opposition Friday from Republican leader Mitch McConnell and two other GOP senators, raising the prospect of a confirmation largely along party lines. “The American people expect a justice who will impartially apply the law, not one who will be a rubberstamp for the Obama administration or any other administration,” […]

No benefits extension for 1.3 million

No benefits extension for 1.3 million

More than 1.3 million laid-off workers won’t get their unemployment benefits reinstated before Congress goes on a weeklong vacation for Independence Day. An additional 200,000 people who have been without a job for at least six months stand to lose their benefits each week, unless Congress acts. For the third time in as many weeks, […]

GOP support of BP: A godsend for Democrats?

GOP support of BP: A godsend for Democrats?

The White House is relishing what it sees as “a political gift” — GOP criticism of the administration for pushing BP for a $20 billion compensation fund — and warning of the danger if voters put big business-backing Republicans back in power. With people angry over government spending and corporate bailouts, Democrats face the possibility […]

Obama, GOP in pissing contest over Medicare pay for docs

Obama, GOP in pissing contest over Medicare pay for docs

President Barack Obama is asking Republican lawmakers to approve billions of dollars in new spending to avert a scheduled 21 percent cut in payments to doctors who treat Medicare patients. If GOP senators don’t allow the stalled proposal to pass, some doctors will stop treating Medicare recipients, Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet […]

Memo to political parties: Adapt or die

Memo to political parties: Adapt or die

Since the birth of the American political party, its primary mission has been to amass power by recruiting candidates, raising money and spreading messages. In short, a holding company that elects people — with a monopoly for a century and a half by Democrats and Republicans. But a chain of events in recent history — […]

Rand Paul’s verbal diarrhea adds to GOP heartburn

Rand Paul’s verbal diarrhea adds to GOP heartburn

Even as national Republican officials seek ways to limit damage from Rand Paul’s unorthodox remarks, the Kentucky Senate nominee raised more eyebrows Friday by defending the oil company blamed for the Gulf oil spill. Those comments, on top of Paul’s earlier suggestion that businesses should have the right to turn away racial minorities, sent gleeful […]

Is Rand Paul ready for prime time?

Is Rand Paul ready for prime time?

Less than 24 hours after beating the Republican political establishment in the Kentucky Senate primary, Rand Paul has joined that another Tea Party poster child — Sarah Palin — with a galling display of foot-in-mouth disease. “He thinks he’s got enough working knowledge of the system and his philosophy to hold forth on anything any […]

Washington establishment gets kick in the ass from voters

Washington establishment gets kick in the ass from voters

Voter anger crossed party and ideological lines Tuesday, tossing out Democratic and Republican incumbents and establishment candidates while cementing the message that they are mad at the whole damn mess in Washington. Voters issued fired Republican-turned-Democrat Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, forced Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas into a runoff and rejected Republican Senate […]