Michael Barone


March 2009


The AIG Bonus Tax Stench: The House Made It Harder to Fix the Financial System

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By Michael Barone, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

This Washington Post editorial gets it right. "The House had the feel of a mob scene," when it passed a 90 percent tax on bonuses paid by AIG and other firms which have received more than $5 billion in TARP money. This was a moment of panic for House ...

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AIG, Inc.
executive pay
corporate taxes
federal taxes
House of Representatives
Congress
Wall Street
Washington Post
taxes

Minnesota Voters Are Split on Whether to Redo the Coleman-Franken Senate Election

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By Michael Barone, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

According to Scott Rasmussen, Minnesota voters tend to believe Al Franken will be elected to the Senate, but are split evenly on whether there should be a rerun election.

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TAGS:
Minnesota
voters
Franken, Al
Coleman, Norm
Rasmussen Report
2008 Congressional elections
elections

Colleges Shouldn't Replace Military History With Women's Studies, Crocheting

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By Michael Barone, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

There's a fascinating disconnect between the history that literate people want to read and the history that academics (by no means all of them literate) want to teach. One example is the replacement of scholars of the colonial and founding period by ...

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TAGS:
military
history
colleges
education
national security terrorism and the military

Republicans Could Be Poised to Pick Up Upstate New York Gillibrand House Seat

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By Michael Barone, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

Gary Andres in the Weekly Standard's blog describes the campaigning in the special election to replace appointed Sen. Kisten Gillibrand in New York's 20th congressional district. A Siena Poll shows Republican Jim Tedisco 12 percent ahead of Democrat ...

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TAGS:
Republican Party
New York
House of Representatives
Congress
Gillibrand, Kirsten
elections

Chris Dodd Is Ripe For the Picking for GOP in 2010—Sen. Kudlow of Connecticut?

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By Michael Barone, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

Here's a link to the always-worth-reading Ironman on the 2010 Connecticut Senate race, in which Christopher Dodd, heading toward his 30th year in the Senate and his 36th year in Congress, seems to be in serious trouble.

Yes, Connecticut is a Democratic ...

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TAGS:
Dodd, Chris
Republican Party
Kudlow, Larry
Connecticut
Senate
elections

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