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Obama tax deal drives up rates

Obama tax deal drives up rates

What the Federal Reserve giveth, Obama taketh away. The U.S. central bank’s $600 billion stimulus plan was supposed to lower interest rates. But President Barack Obama‘s tax deal with Republicans, by rekindling fears of budget deficits in the bond market, has pushed them higher. As the Fed meets this coming week, the surprise shot in […]

Palin in the butt…or on magazine covers anyway

Palin in the butt…or on magazine covers anyway

Anybody here want to take a guess on just who is the favorite cover girl for most magazines. No, not some half-clothed bimbo although the real choice might — in some people’s minds anyway — be called a half-brained one. The Huffington Post did a little count — without looking that hard — and come […]

Tax bill foes say ‘yes, damn it,’ it will pass

Tax bill foes say ‘yes, damn it,’ it will pass

With the White House stepping up pressure and even bringing in former President Bill Clinton as the closer, even foes of the Obama tax cut deal see it passing and passing soon. Obama chief advisor David Axelrod acknowledged the tough battle will be in the House, which has rejected the legislation already but the aide […]

Bloomberg on Presidency: ‘No way, no how’

Bloomberg on Presidency: ‘No way, no how’

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg showed up on Meet the Press Sunday and host David Gregory handed down the standard question: “Will you for President?” Blumenthal churned out the usual answer: “No way, no how.” Politicians with Presidential ambitions usually deny any plans to seek the big job. Then many of them do. As a […]

Can Obama reconnect with independents?

Can Obama reconnect with independents?

In political terms, President Barack Obama‘s tax-cut compromise with Republicans amounted to a step toward luring back independent voters whose support he needs to win re-election in 2012. Never mind that the deal alienated his liberal base; there’s no clear alternative Democrat to run against him. Perhaps more likely is a bid by an independent […]

With dream act shelved, illegal immigrants look beyond 2012

With dream act shelved, illegal immigrants look beyond 2012

The illegal immigrants who more than a decade ago were just teens hoping to forge a legal path to citizenship are vowing to make the Dream Act a campaign issue come 2012, even though they’ll likely be too old to benefit if the law ever passes. The measure that passed in the House on Wednesday […]

Communicating the old school way

Communicating the old school way

For the past week, Tanner LeCont at Shoreline High School in Seattle has called him mom to let her know what he’s doing. He hasn’t texted her for several days. Eimanne El Zein gave up Facebook so she could spend more time with her dogs. Licholi Wytovicz does chores and homework and hasn’t sent out […]

The impossible dream is just that

The impossible dream is just that

‘They had so much hope, so much hype and so much promise for change, this new Congress of 2008 when they swept into power two years ago with Barack Obama at the helm and a trustful nation behind them. Now, with time running out, with so little accomplished and so little consensus, the bitter Congress […]

New revelations into Ike’s farewell address

New revelations into Ike’s farewell address

For nearly two years, President Dwight D. Eisenhower and his aides searched for the right words to describe at the end of his presidency his fear that the nation’s burgeoning military power was driving its foreign policy, newly released papers show. Many months before delivering the farewell address in which he famously warned about the […]

Doug Thompson: Memo to Republicans: Remember the real lessons of 1994

Doug Thompson: Memo to Republicans: Remember the real lessons of 1994

When Republicans captured control of Congress in the 1994 elections, they misunderstood the mood of angry voters who threw out Democrats to vent their anger at both the party of the jackass and President Bill Clinton. Instead of capitalizing on voter discontent, the pachyderm party used the election to run amuck with its extreme agenda […]