Two House Republicans Criticize Ideological Purity, Distance Themselves from Caucus

By: Tuesday July 31, 2012 12:40 pm

A couple wayward House Republicans have walked off the reservation and rejected the ideological purity demanded by the party’s conservative base. Rep. Richard Hanna, elected in 2010 as part of the Republican takeover of Congress, lashed out at his caucus yesterday, and Steven LaTourette, a veteran of the Gingrich revolution in 1994, is definitely not much longer for the caucus after announcing a sudden retirement with 99 days to go until Election Day.

Previewing the Right’s Counter-Argument on the Medicaid Expansion

By: Wednesday July 4, 2012 8:00 am

It’s not like conservative-state residents will hear only one set of data and logic relative to the Medicaid expansion debate. Republicans have their own economic analysts willing to make their own cases. Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a former head of the Congressional Budget Office, has made an early case at National Review.

Supreme Court Expected to Deliver Partisan Response to Health Care Law

By: Monday June 25, 2012 7:40 am

Either in a few minutes or on Thursday, we will know what the Supreme Court decides in the case of the Affordable Care Act. They could go in a variety of directions, from upholding the entire law to taking the whole of it down, to a number of options in between.

On the Economy, Austerity, and the “Drown the Government” Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

By: Friday June 22, 2012 10:33 am

Federal Reserve forecasts for GDP growth in 2012 have steadily fallen. In 2010, the Fed forecast an impressive 4% growth for 2012. By June of this year, they have lowered that to a little over 2%. And yet the Fed is also a policymaker, rather than just an independent observer. When these forecasts start to drop, they should be spurred into action. But that hasn’t occurred.

Obama Positions Himself as the One True Centrist in Fiscal Policy Speech

By: Tuesday April 3, 2012 2:45 pm

President Obama just wrapped up his speech on the Ryan budget, and Jed Lewison has a couple live-blogs about it. He was quite pleased with the speech.

The Supreme Court’s Conservative Activist Judges

By: Friday March 30, 2012 2:08 pm

Giving post-mortems on the question of health care at the Supreme Court is premature, and as law professor David Cole writes, you can find as much evidence for upholding Obamacare in the text of the arguments as you can evidence for tossing it out.

However, as a political spectacle, with the eyes of the nation upon them, it was clear to see that we have a large contingent, perhaps a majority, of committed judicial activists on the Court.

The Smearing of Trayvon Martin

By: Tuesday March 27, 2012 12:10 pm

It was inevitable that conservatives would view the tragic death of a 17 year-old black kid as a political game where they were “losing” and had to come up with something to get back the upper hand. Thus we have a spate of revolting counter-attacks on the character of a dead teenager, as if any of them would warrant shooting someone in cold blood.

Congressional Progressive Caucus Introduces “Restore the American Dream for the 99% Act”

By: Tuesday December 13, 2011 4:25 pm

The Congressional Progressive Caucus met with occupy representatives about legislation and also released today a new bill called the Restore the American Dream for the 99% Act, a combination of stimulative job creation measures, progressive taxation, a funding cut to draw down current wars and other measures popular with the mainstream of the country.

Occupy Wall Street’s “Leader-full” Movement

By: Monday November 14, 2011 6:30 pm

activism, Occupy Wall Street, political ideology, progressive movement, protests, unions

Republicans Combine Two of Their Obama-Endorsed Ideas Into “Even Obama Supported” GOP Bill

By: Tuesday October 25, 2011 4:55 pm

The House GOP’s next trick. Their plan is to find the two worst parts of the President’s jobs bill and deficit plan, and combine them for a package that sounds almost comically silly, but that gives them the talking point that the President supported the component parts

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