Federal Budget Talks Break Down; Government Shutdown Likely

By: Saturday March 26, 2011 1:00 pm

After a series of public comments yesterday, it does look as if there could be a government shutdown after April 8. Either that, or both sides are sparring for tactical advantage. Or they just want to blame the opposition for the inevitable. One or the other or the other.


“One Moment in the World’s Salvation”

By: Sunday February 13, 2011 9:30 am

In his song “American Tune,” Paul Simon dreamed of “the Statue of Liberty, sailing away to sea.” I wonder if it will find a more fitting home in the Nile Delta?

AFL-CIO’s Trumka: “We Have No Short-Term Deficit Problem”

By: Tuesday June 8, 2010 5:25 pm

Trumka made it very clear. “We have no short-term deficit problem.” We have a jobs problem, and we’re not doing a heck of a lot about it. And more is being done inside Washington to pay attention to the former than the latter. “The deficits facing our country right now are our jobs deficit and our infrastructure deficit.”

Obama Administration Civil Liberties Neglect: Oversight Board Remains Empty

By: Wednesday March 3, 2010 9:10 am

The NYPD is compiling an enormous and permanent computerized database of these encounters between innocent New Yorkers and the police while President Obama has failed to appoint even one person to his Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board designed to investigate such infringements.

Wanted: Jobs for 25.5 Million Americans

By: Thursday February 11, 2010 1:31 pm

There’s a lot more that’s frozen in D.C. this week than the usual fallout from a blizzard. The brains of many Senate Republicans are on ice as well. The House passed a jobs bill in December, but the Senate is dawdling, and worse—threatening to pass bits and pieces, taking apart what should be a comprehensive approach to jobs and turning it into minced cabbage.

Health Bill Conference Issues: Funding, National vs. State Exchanges, Start Dates Top Long List

By: Tuesday December 29, 2009 12:50 pm

Paul Waldman’s piece about the differences to be worked out in the House-Senate conference committee on health care is a pretty nice recitation of the issues we’ve been discussing for several weeks. He offers ten specific issues. . .

Late Night: Elephants on Parade?

By: Friday October 23, 2009 8:00 pm

Fox has been shoveling shit on the White House since day one of the Obama Presidency, so why has this administration waited till October to call a spade a spade?

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