What Do Barack Obama and the Koch Brothers Agree On? The Smarter Sentencing Act

By: Wednesday May 14, 2014 10:00 am

There aren’t many things that Barack Obama, Eric Holder, the Koch Brothers, Grover Norquist, Ted Cruz and Sheldon Whitehouse agree on.

But one of those rare things is the Smarter Sentencing Act, a bill that has support from members of all parties in both houses of Congress — but is currently stuck there for no other reason than partisan gridlock.


Grover Norquist Is Going to Help Marijuana Dispensaries With Their Tax Problem

By: Friday September 13, 2013 12:45 pm

A provision of the tax code that is meant to prohibit criminal organizations that sell illegal drugs from deducting normal business expenses on their federal taxes has now been applied to state-approved medical marijuana dispensaries. This can create a crippling tax burden.

Americans for Tax Reform Call Chained-CPI a Middle Class Tax Increase

By: Wednesday April 10, 2013 1:30 pm

Here is another reason Republicans are sadly our best hope for protecting Social Security. The powerful conservative group Americans For Tax Reform, founded by Grover Norquist, called chained-CPI a middle class tax increase. Supporting it would be a violation of the tax pledge most Congressional Republicans have signed. From Americans For Tax Reform:

The Push to End Warrantless Intrusions on Digital Communications

By: Wednesday March 20, 2013 3:00 pm

In a column recently published by POLITICO, Americans for Tax Reform’s Grover Norquist and American Civil Liberties Union’s Laura Murphy write, “In the age of the Internet, your privacy is not Fourth Amendment safe. Government agents cannot tap your phone without a warrant issued by a judge based on some indication you are involved in wrongdoing, but the government claims the authority to read your emails without a warrant. The government can’t open your postal mail or seize papers from your home without a warrant, but it says it can read any private and sensitive documents you’ve stored in the Internet ‘cloud.’”

Grover Norquist and the “No Panda Shooting” Pledge

By: Monday December 3, 2012 11:50 am

I like to compare Norquist’s pledge to a pledge to never shoot a panda. Any member of Congress who walked down to the National Zoo and shot one of the giant pandas would see their political career ruined, whether or not they signed a “no panda shooting” pledge.

The Norquist Rebellion: Not Actually News

By: Monday November 26, 2012 8:16 am

The big story I’m supposed to chase today concerns Republican legislative figures distancing themselves from the Grover Norquist pledge, opening the door a crack to increases in tax revenue. This is really a Washington process story about lobbying power rather than a legitimate policy evolution, however.

Norquist Comes Out Against Growth in the Military Budget

By: Tuesday August 14, 2012 12:05 pm

Grover Norquist, the anti-tax zealot, has become an ally in the fight to cut the military budget. He criticized the two day-old Romney/Ryan ticket yesterday, for the fact that they would increase defense spending.

Norquist Drowning in His Own Bush Tax Cut-Sunsetting Bathtub

By: Tuesday June 12, 2012 11:45 am

Grover Norquist must have seen the Bat-Signal showing that Republicans, perhaps in an effort to get out of the box he’s created for them, were flirting with allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire and passing a separate tax cut after the fact, as a backwards way to increase revenue. So Norquist issued a warning he won’t be fooled.

As Fiscal Slope Negotiations Heat Up, Support for Letting Tax Cuts Expire, From Republicans

By: Monday June 11, 2012 1:30 pm

While Matt Yglesias, I and others were reading tea leaves with different meanings in Providence with Senators on the more liberal side of the spectrum, the ones more interested in using the fiscal slope as an opportunity to put together a massive deficit reduction package were making their move.

Roundup from April 24, 2012

By: Wednesday April 25, 2012 6:30 am

News roundup from Tuesday, April 24, including stories and links about the François Hollande, European financial crisis, austerity, ALEC, Grover Norquist, Leon Panetta, Texas Board of Education, Brazilian dam, Cuba, honeybees, BP, Frankenfood, foreclosures, white killer whale and more.

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