The Partisan Alignment Is Almost Complete

By: Thursday February 6, 2014 8:30 am

Political parties in America are finally working like political parties in almost every other democracy on earth. There are now just four members of Congress who overlap with the other party.

 

Grover Norquist Gives Blessing to Marijuana Excise Taxes

By: Friday October 25, 2013 10:07 am

By taking this position Norquist is saying Republicans can vote for any bill that legalizes, taxes and regulates marijuana without worrying about breaking the anti-tax pledge.

Obama Team Again Tries to Revive the Grand Bargain

By: Thursday July 18, 2013 12:10 pm

The so called “grand bargain” is never going to truly be defeated as long as Barack Obama is president, because for whatever reason, it is a top personal goal of his. Like the monster in a profitable Hollywood horror franchise it is only stopped temporarily until the administration sees a way to revive it.

House Republicans Still Don’t Understand Why They Won the Debt Ceiling Fight the First Time

By: Monday July 8, 2013 8:30 am

Apparently, House Republicans are convinced they can hold the debt ceiling hostage again even though they proved they aren’t willing to shoot the hostage. From National Journal:

Actually Charlie Cook, Young People Want to Protect Social Security

By: Tuesday April 16, 2013 11:55 am

Political Analyst Charlie Cook apparently decided to drop the “analyst” part from his title when wrote his most recent National Journal column. He claims the way to the heart of my generation is by cutting Social Security, despite this being something Millennials oppose.

The Two Parties Continue to Get More Polarized

By: Friday February 22, 2013 12:37 pm

Only a few decades ago it was common for many Congressional Republicans to be more liberal than some of their Democratic colleagues and vise versa. Those days though are over. An analysis by the National Journal found that last year the parties were the most polarized they have ever been in modern times.

Obama Holds Seven Point National Lead

By: Friday September 21, 2012 4:10 pm

Nationally President Obama currently holds an impressive seven point lead over Mitt Romney, according to two new polls. That is equal to the margin by which Obama beat John McCain in the popular vote in 2008.

Americans Don’t Blame the Social Safety Net for the Deficit

By: Tuesday February 14, 2012 2:10 pm

The American people don’t subscribe to the conservative position about why our nation has a deficit. Most people blame our deficit not on excessive social spending but instead on low taxes for the rich or the huge military budget, according to this National Journal poll. Just because some people might be concerned about the deficit doesn’t mean they support the Republican party on the issue.

National Journal on War on Terror: Ur Doin It Wrong

By: Friday May 6, 2011 7:25 am

National Journal has a fascinating article comparing the cost-benefit of the war against al Qaeda with that of other wars. It puts the cost of the war at $3 trillion–less than just the defense costs of World War II. But it didn’t bring the same kind of return.

Despite Pundit Claims, Offshore Drilling Support Down Significantly

By: Tuesday May 25, 2010 3:13 pm

Seizing on a recent NBC/WSJ poll (PDF) showing 60% of Americans continue to support offshore drilling, several journalists and pundits have implied that support for offshore drilling has not declined sharply in recent weeks. As I’ll show below, this is absolutely false.

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