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Archived Since:March 19, 2008

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The secret spending-cut plans

THE SECRET SPENDING-CUT PLANS.... Freshman Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has a budget plan that features more than $500 billion in spending cuts. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) thinks that's a great idea. "I think we could do it," he says. "It'...

Obama's challenge to the Chamber

OBAMA'S CHALLENGE TO THE CHAMBER.... When the White House announced that President Obama had agreed to address the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the groans from the left were understandable. Chamber chief Tom Donohue and his massive business lobby had become...

The lengths some will go to impress the GOP base

THE LENGTHS SOME WILL GO TO IMPRESS THE GOP BASE.... The fight over "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" came to a satisfying end in December, when Congress repealed the discriminatory policy with bipartisan support. And yet, some dead-enders just can't let...

Monday's Mini-Report

MONDAY'S MINI-REPORT.... Today's edition of quick hits: On the streets of Cairo: "With Egypt's revolt entering a third week, many parts of Cairo appeared to be resuming normal life on Monday: A.T.M.'s dispensed much-needed cash, shops and banks were...

Skepticism on debt-ceiling polls

SKEPTICISM ON DEBT-CEILING POLLS.... The leadership of both parties seems to appreciate the importance of avoiding American default, protecting the full faith and credit of the U.S. government, and raising the federal debt limit. The public doesn't appear to be...

Chrysler ad generates political chatter

CHRYSLER AD GENERATES POLITICAL CHATTER.... Like every year, some Super Bowl commercials last night proved more memorable than others. In the world of domestic politics, it seems one spot in particular stood out. For those who missed it last night,...

The smallest tax burden in generations

THE SMALLEST TAX BURDEN IN GENERATIONS.... If I had to guess, I'd say most Americans think the government collects too much money in taxes. Indeed, despite an enormous deficit they claim to care deeply about, congressional Republicans are nearly unanimous...

The brewing Kristol, Beck feud

THE BREWING KRISTOL, BECK FEUD.... Well, this ought to be interesting. Last week, Fox News' Glenn Beck launched a week-long effort to explain developments in Egypt as only he can. The deranged media personality cooked up truly bizarre conspiracy theories...

Knowing how to tell the media what it wants to hear

KNOWING HOW TO TELL THE MEDIA WHAT IT WANTS TO HEAR.... Politico's John Harris and Jim VandeHei have an interesting item today on how President Obama "is playing the press like a fiddle." At first blush, the premise seems way...

Choosing not to lead by example

CHOOSING NOT TO LEAD BY EXAMPLE.... The disconnect between congressional Republicans' rhetoric and the policies they impose on themselves is often hard to overlook. They like to complain, for example, about the size of the federal workforce and partisan perceptions...

When Krauthammer tries to sound credible on climate science

WHEN KRAUTHAMMER TRIES TO SOUND CREDIBLE ON CLIMATE SCIENCE.... Conservative media figure Charles Krauthammer took his ongoing confusion about global warming to PBS over the weekend, and managed to hurt his credibility just a little more. Gordon Peterson explained that...

Let the Jeb boomlet begin

LET THE JEB BOOMLET BEGIN.... Former two-term Florida Gov. John Ellis "Jeb" Bush (R) has said he's not going to run for president, at least in 2012, and I haven't seen any evidence to suggest otherwise. But I suspect we'll...

Trying to put immigration policy back on the table

TRYING TO PUT IMMIGRATION POLICY BACK ON THE TABLE.... A crowded legislative calendar in the last Congress made immigration reform unlikely, and the breakdown of bipartisan talks made it impossible. With Republican gains in the midterms, including a new House...

Does the right not realize Reagan was wrong about Medicare?

DOES THE RIGHT NOT REALIZE REAGAN WAS WRONG ABOUT MEDICARE?.... Most folks have probably heard the audio of Ronald Reagan in 1961, before he sought elected office, railing against Medicare. It was recorded as part of the American Medical Association's...

Obama rebuffs O'Reilly's 'move to the center' argument

OBAMA REBUFFS O'REILLY'S 'MOVE TO THE CENTER' ARGUMENT.... Shortly before the Super Bowl, President Obama sat down in the White House with Bill O'Reilly, in an interview the Fox News host said would have more viewers than "any other interview...

AOL buys the Huffington Post

AOL BUYS THE HUFFINGTON POST.... On Super Bowl Sunday, it turns out the big winner was... Arianna Huffington. The Huffington Post, which began in 2005 with a meager $1 million investment and has grown into one of the most...

When the right people pick the wrong hero

WHEN THE RIGHT PEOPLE PICK THE WRONG HERO.... There was a fascinating moment on Friday's edition of Rush Limbaugh's radio show. Mike Stark called in and asked why conservatives adore Ronald Reagan's legacy, given the less-than-conservative policies the former president...

Shifting attitudes on (and about) the court

SHIFTING ATTITUDES ON (AND ABOUT) THE COURT.... The shifting perceptions and expectations about the judiciary and health care reform have been fascinating, albeit frustrating, to watch. Dahlia Lithwick the other day highlighted the unexpectedly fast evolution. [J]ust nine months ago,...

As if redefining rape weren't offensive enough

AS IF REDEFINING RAPE WEREN'T OFFENSIVE ENOUGH.... In Washington, Republicans included an outrageous provision in their "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act" that would have redefined rape. GOP proponents had the sense to drop the measure this week, but not...

A sucker is born is every minute

A SUCKER IS BORN IS EVERY MINUTE.... It's been a rough winter in much of the country, even in Southern states like Texas that aren't exactly known for their cold weather. Conditions were so difficult in the Long Star State...

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