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They Just Don't Make Recoveries Like They Used To

Via the Minneapolis Fed (chart appearance edited slightly): The bottom three lines are the last three "recoveries" from recessions.  Unlike the ones before them you'll note the stunning lack of jobs reflected in the continuing increase of the unemployment rate after the recovery begins. Show More Summary

Dear Rush: "capitalism" is a marxist/socialist term too

Rush Limbaugh has complained today that "worker", "storefront" and "factory" are Marxist-Leninist terms. Rush had better not use the term "capitalism" either, since according to noted Conservative Russel Kirk in 1963, Marx invented that...Show More Summary

National House Ballot Update, March 30th

Today's update: Democrats +0.1% Last week: Democrats +0.7% With the arrival of new generic ballot polls from CNN, Gallup and Rasmussen, the National House Ballot is now almost precisely tied. One bright spot for Democrats is that the median of these polls is more favorable than the mean. Show More Summary

Getting the ball rolling on Better Democrats 2010

With the health reform fight over, it is time on Open Left to turn out attention to other matters.  One of those other matters is supporting Better Democrats in the 2010 elections. Here are the 32 campaigns I have an eye on for 2010....Show More Summary

Tea-party prowess overblown; just new branding for long-standing right-wing political machine

TPMDC makes a notable catch--Marco Rubio, darling of insurgent conservative candidates everywhere, has not actually been embraced by the Florida tea parties: In the midst of Sunday's heated Florida Republican Senate primary debate on...Show More Summary

Rassmussen-free Senate forecast

Ever since I conducted new research into polling averages for the 2004, 2006 and 2008 elections that showed simply averaging all polls equally produced the most accurate forecasting results, that favorite online hobby of election watchers--debunking individual polls--started to seem pointless to me. Show More Summary

States' Rights Mask the Desire to Do Wrong

The Washington Post has a great article today about the Arkansas Governor and Attorney General saying they won't join in the lawsuits against the new health care reform bill. "They tried it here in Arkansas in '57 and it didn't work," Gov. Show More Summary

Newt speaks out: the Ashley Todd Party won't take it anymore!

In quick hits, tremayne quotes a snippet from a NYT OP-ED by Charles Blow: Even the optics must be irritating. A woman (Nancy Pelosi) pushed the health care bill through the House. The bill's most visible and vocal proponents included a gay man (Barney Frank) and a Jew (Anthony Weiner). Show More Summary

Obama Finally Opens New Front On Recess Appointments

As Housesof Progress notes in quick hits, Obama has finally pulled the trigger on recess appointments. The White House press release is all prim and proper in its headline presentation: President Obama Announces Recess Appointments to...Show More Summary

Coburn filibustering unemployment extension, Dems searching for a way around

Tom Coburn is currently filibustering an extension of unemployment and COBRA benefits. In order to end such a filibuster, Democrats would either need to file for a cloture vote, or for Coburn to relent and allow unanimous consent.  Coburn is being supported by a few other Republican Senators, so don't expect the latter. Show More Summary

Afternoon news roundup

Some quick hits: The House is expected to vote on the reconciliation bill around 6:30 or 7:30 p.m., eastern. More info on the bullet through Eric Cantor's campaign office window: A preliminary investigation shows that a bullet was fired into the air and struck the window in a downward direction, landing on the floor about a foot from the window. Show More Summary

Violence and the right

Rachel Maddow has been doing the best reporting and commentary there is on the widening cycle of violent rhetoric, threats, and, increasingly, crime being committed by right-wing extremists. Her shows the last couple of nights (hereShow More Summary

Dems get badass, force GOP into all-nighter over soundbite, stalling amendments

Update: I guess there will actually be breaks, but Dems are still forcing Republicans to go all night.  Pretty cool. This just in--Senate Democrats are finally forcing Republicans to talk all night into order to maintain their obstruction. Show More Summary

Senate Republicans to limit amendments; reconciliation bill likely to pass Thursday

The reconciliation bill, containing health insurance and student loan reform measures, was originally scheduled to pass on Saturday.  Democrats managed to cut a day off that process by yielding eight and a half hours of their debate time. Show More Summary

Senate moving onto the vote-o-rama--plus, new reconciliation bill coming soon

The debate on the reconciliation bill has ended in the Senate.  Voting is now underway.  CSPAN2 has live coverage. The Wonk Room catches Senator Baucus saying that there will be 23 votes, and it should take about 7-8 hours.  This is a bit confusing, as it seemed as though 36 amendments had been filed by 11:20 a.m. Show More Summary

Senate Forecast Update, March 24th

Senate Forecast update March 24th update: Democratic loss of 7.36 seats Change from March 11th: Democrats down 0.03 seats Projected 2010 Senate: Democrats 52-48 (assuming no caucus switches) Senate forecast overview Dems GOP Not up for...Show More Summary

Senate reconciliation update: debate time shortened, Democrats to vote against all amendments

Here is where the process stands in the Senate right now. Democrats shorten debate time, Friday finish now possible  Senate Democrats have shortened the amount of time for debate, originally scheduled for 20 hours, to about 11.5 hours. Show More Summary

Michelle Bachmann's website misspells "America"; "little punk staffers" take the term back

A reader sends in this screenshot: Also, last week, when bankers swarmed Capitol Hill to influence backing legislation, John Boehner told them: "don't let those little punk staffers take advantage of you."  Since then, some staffers are taking the term "little punk staffer" back:

Republicans drop attempts to delay weaken financial reform bill during Banking Committee markup

As the Senate Banking committee prepares to debate, amend, and vote on its financial reform bill this evening, Republicans appear to have made a surprise departure from their longstanding strategy of weakening and delaying major legislation. Show More Summary

President Obama to sign Senate health bill on Tuesday; reconciliation fight starts in Senate

Couple of big news items on health reform.  First, President Obama will sign the health reform bill into law tomorrow. Second, the fight over the reconciliation bill has already begun in the Senate.  Greg Sargent reports: Staffers for...Show More Summary

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