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The Bang-for-Buck Bracket

You may recall that on Monday Seton Hall University's Robert Kelchen published his third annual NCAA basketball tournament bracket showing how the schools would do if they were competing over...

Exaggerated Perceptions of "Threats" Are Threatening to National Security

At the Plum Line today, Paul Waldman poses a very important question in the wake of mounting polling data showing Americans perceived IS as a "threat" to America: 94 percent...

Day's End and Weekend Watch

Well, the Dawgs lost, as everyone predicted, to Michigan State, but it wound up being even closer than the final score of 70-63. Georgia still had a chance with 20...

Wednesday's Mini-Report

WEDNESDAY'S MINI-REPORT.... Today's edition of quick hits: Bahrain: "Tens of thousands of demonstrators poured into Pearl Square here late into the night as Shiite opposition leaders issued assurances they were not being influenced by Tehran and were not interested...

The need for partisan cover

THE NEED FOR PARTISAN COVER.... For all the talk about "entitlements" as the budget fight(s) begins in earnest, it's worth noting that congressional Republicans aren't exactly on the same page. I don't just mean that GOP lawmakers disagree on the...

House rebuffs Boehner, scraps F-35 Jet Engine Program

HOUSE REBUFFS BOEHNER, SCRAPS F-35 JET ENGINE PROGRAM.... Following up on an earlier item, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OhIo) asked for a few billion dollars to build a jet engine for the Pentagon that the Pentagon doesn't want. Today, Boehner's...

Giving the GOP's 'So Be It' response a closer look

GIVING THE GOP'S 'SO BE IT' RESPONSE A CLOSER LOOK.... As House Speaker John Boehner's "so be it" problem continues to percolate, I was glad to see some Republican officials take the time to respond to the concerns. Brad Dayspring,....

A new standard for 'seriousness'

A NEW STANDARD FOR 'SERIOUSNESS'.... The political establishment's preoccupation with deficit reduction -- as opposed to, say, job creation -- is annoying enough on its own. What's worse is the presupposed fixes to the nation's fiscal problems. For years, the...

Barbour fails an easy test

BARBOUR FAILS AN EASY TEST.... A Mississippi group called the Sons of Confederate Veterans is pushing for a state license plate that honors Nathan Bedford Forrest, perhaps best known as the founder of the Ku Klux Klan. By all appearances,...

Florida's Scott joins the anti-rail crusade

FLORIDA'S SCOTT JOINS THE ANTI-RAIL CRUSADE.... Historically, leaders in both parties have championed infrastructure and transportation investments. That's obviously no longer the case. Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) announced Wednesday that he is sending back $2.4 billion in federal stimulus...

Lieberman, Collins channel Giuliani's talking points

LIEBERMAN, COLLINS CHANNEL GIULIANI'S TALKING POINTS.... The quality of the debate over terrorism-related rhetoric hasn't progressed much in recent years. What message should we take away from the Fort Hood massacre, where 13 people were allegedly murdered by radicalized Muslim...

Boehner thinks 'we're broke,' but can afford wasteful spending in Ohio

BOEHNER THINKS 'WE'RE BROKE,' BUT CAN AFFORD WASTEFUL SPENDING IN OHIO.... In justifying his support for putting up to a million Americans out of work, on purpose, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said yesterday, "We're broke." It was an odd...

GOP health care plans still unpopular

GOP HEALTH CARE PLANS STILL UNPOPULAR.... There were several polls released last month showing fairly consistent results: the Affordable Care Act isn't popular, but the American mainstream wasn't on board with the repeal crusade. Republicans didn't care, and every GOP...

The limits of being 'pro-family'

THE LIMITS OF BEING 'PRO-FAMILY'.... The right finds the strangest things to complain about. Rep. Michele Bachmann spoke out Tuesday against First Lady Michelle Obama's reported support of tax breaks for breast pumps. On Laura Ingraham's radio show Tuesday, the...

Not all entitlements are created equal

NOT ALL ENTITLEMENTS ARE CREATED EQUAL.... When policymakers talk about "entitlement reform," they're generally referring to several massive programs: Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. When the discussion shifts to long-term fiscal challenges, all three tend to be lumped together. That's...

Milbank goes there

MILBANK GOES THERE.... It looks like much of the Beltway press was underwhelmed by House Speaker John Boehner's "so be it" problem, but to his credit, the Washington Post's Dana Milbank appreciated the seriousness of this in a terrific column....

Tuesday's Mini-Report

TUESDAY'S MINI-REPORT.... Today's edition of quick hits: Bahrain: "Thousands of demonstrators poured into this nation's symbolic center, Pearl Square, late Tuesday in a raucous rally that again demonstrated the power of popular movements that are transforming the political landscape...

CBS's Lara Logan assaulted, hospitalized

CBS'S LARA LOGAN ASSAULTED, HOSPITALIZED.... Gut-wrenching news. On Friday February 11, the day Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak stepped down, CBS correspondent Lara Logan was covering the jubilation in Tahrir Square for a 60 MINUTES story when she and her team...

The threat of a shutdown, cont'd

THE THREAT OF A SHUTDOWN, CONT'D.... At the White House press conference this morning, ABC's Jake Tapper brought the "s" word into the discussion -- "shutdown." "House Republicans, as you know, want to start cutting now, want to start cutting...

It's not a game

IT'S NOT A GAME.... House Speaker John Boehner was asked this morning about expected job losses as a result of Republican budget cuts. "In the last two years, under President Obama, the federal government has added 200,000 new federal jobs,"...

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