John A. Farrell


November 2010


Take WikiLeaks Global

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Anyone who has spent any time in presidential libraries, reading copies of State Department cables, knows their gossipy appeal. When I was doing research for my biography of the late House Speaker Tip O’Neill, I found some rich little morsels, like this one:

“As near as I can tell,” wrote one U.S.

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national security terrorism and the military
State Department
Army
China
Iran
North Korea
Venezuela
Congress
Ahmadinejad, Mahmoud
Qadhafi, Muammar

Jon Kyl Slips $200 Million Past Tea Party Earmark Ban

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Okay, Tea Party Republicans. Here is an early report card on your party's elected officials and the heralded new era of federal austerity. They are not off to a good start.

According to the Associated Press, the much-vaunted Republican ban on earmarks lasted all of 72 hours. That is correct—it took ...

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Republican Party
tea party
Kyl, Jon
McConnell, Mitch
Paul, Rand
Senate
deficit and national debt

How to Fix the Federal Budget: Dimes for Deficits

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While putting in my road work the other day, I had a brilliant idea on how to close the federal budget deficit. I was ruminating over all the attention being paid to superfluous bores like Bristol Palin, Prince William, and Kanye West, or to manufactured controversies like the TSA pat-down crisis,

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deficit and national debt
income tax
Gates, Bill
sales tax
Palin, Sarah
Jobs, Steve
Utah
taxes

Palin, Gingrich Wrong About American Exceptionalism

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Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, and others have suggested recently that President Obama and his fellow Democrats have abandoned faith in American exceptionalism.

[Check out a roundup of political cartoons on Palin.]

Liberals who criticize America’s shortcomings or seek to cooperate with other nations in ...

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TAGS:
Civil War
Cold War
World War II
Kennedy, John
Reagan, Ronald
Lincoln, Abraham
Gingrich, Newt
Palin, Sarah
Eisenhower, Dwight D.
Roosevelt, Franklin Delano
Washington, George
Schlesinger Jr., Arthur

Bruce Springsteen's New Box Set Rocks

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I am not going to purchase the Bruce Springsteen $80 box set of the re-release of Darkness on the Edge of Town. It’s not that I don’t like the Darkness album. I’ve already bought it three times—LP, cassette and CD—and don’t feel the need to donate again to the Springsteen children’s college fund.

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music

Will Sarah Palin's TARP Flip Flop Haunt Her in 2012?

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I just finished reading Too Big to Fail, the best-selling account by Andrew Ross Sorkin of the economic crisis of 2008.

Sorkin’s book confirmed what I thought I remembered from those turbulent days: that the Republican administration of George W. Bush, led by a Republican secretary of the treasury,

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Palin, Sarah
2008 presidential election
Congress
2010 Congressional elections
2012 presidential election
Obama, Barack
Bush, George W.
recession
economy
unemployment
bailout
AIG, Inc.
Troubled Assets Relief Program
Goldman Sachs
Bear Stearns
Paulson, Henry
Bernanke, Ben
Lehman Brothers
Wall Street
Republican Party
Democratic Party
Department of Homeland Security
Clinton, Bill
national security terrorism and the military
Romney, Mitt
tea party
McCain, John

Democrats Should Support the Deficit Commission Proposals

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Okay, my liberal friends. On Friday I explained why the proposals of the Simpson-Bowles commission should be welcomed, and put on the bargaining table by conservatives. Today I will argue, despite what Paul Krugman says, that there’s good stuff for liberals too.

Remember, first and foremost, that

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Democratic Party
Republican Party
economy
unemployment
deficit and national debt
taxes
social security
health care
health care reform
Medicare
GDP
national security terrorism and the military
2012 presidential election
Dean, Howard
Congress
energy policy and climate change
Obama, Barack
Feingold, Russ
tea party

Republicans Should Embrace the Deficit Commission Proposals

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I’ve been smacked around, by the left and the right, for endorsing the initial proposals of the Simpson-Bowles report. Today I am going to respond to the objections raised by conservatives, like Grover Norquist and our own Peter Roff, who see this plan as a Trojan Horse.

On Monday I will try to ...

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Republican Party
Democratic Party
deficit and national debt
unemployment
Norquist, Grover
government
Beck, Glenn
Congress
national security terrorism and the military
GDP
taxes
Heritage Foundation
social security
tea party
health care reform
health care
2010 Congressional elections
MSNBC
Fox News
Palin, Sarah

Dealing With the Deficit Will Require Sacrifice

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The yakkers of left and right have lost no time in condemning the draft proposals of the Simpson-Bowles commission. Grover Norquist has promised to lead conservatives on a holy war against any Republican who supports the necessary tax hikes in the bill. Keith Olbermann and guests spent much of ...

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deficit and national debt
Norquist, Grover
Republican Party
taxes
Olbermann, Keith
national security terrorism and the military
Iraq
Iraq war (2003-2011)
Afghanistan
War in Afghanistan (2001-)
Democratic Party
health care
health care reform
Palin, Sarah
Pelosi, Nancy
Congress
Reagan, Ronald
O'Neill, Tip
Clinton, Bill
Gingrich, Newt
unemployment
Fox News
MSNBC

Deficit Commission Chairs Give Americans What They Say They Want

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So far, I like it. Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles have given the American people what the American people say they want: a smart, fair path toward controlling government spending and paying down debt, which still preserves the best features of the social safety net.

The Simpson-Bowles plan ...

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Boehner, John
Obama administration
Obama, Barack
politics
deficit and national debt
social security
income tax
tax exemptions
alternative minimum tax
tax deductions
retirement
mortgages
GDP
liberals
conservatives

Drop the Bush Tax Cuts in Favor of Better Ones

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How many voices constitute a groundswell? I argued last week that the House Republicans, if they really wanted to juice the economy, create employment, and win political success, would drop the empty debate over the Bush tax cuts and give us a new package of job-boosting “Speaker Boehner tax cuts”

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Bush, George W.
corporate taxes
Republican Party
2010 Congressional elections
Reid, Harry
2012 presidential election
taxes
unemployment
Boehner, John
Obama, Barack
McConnell, Mitch
politics

Republicans Should Get Creative With Tax Cuts

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Okay House Republicans, you won.

And your first big decision is upon you: what to do about the Bush tax cuts.

Let me make a suggestion. By all means, hold out for big tax cuts. Three trillion dollars and more, over the next decade. That is what Republicans stand for, and that is what most of you ...

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Republican Party
taxes
corporate taxes
Obama, Barack
Bush, George W.
unemployment
tea party
Wall Street
Democratic Party
politics

Democrats Were Fired for Lack of Results, Not Philosophy

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The immediate debate of the post-election era is whether Americans repudiated President Obama’s goals--as George F. Will, Kathleen Parker, and other conservatives insist this morning--or merely his ineffectuality.

Intoxicated by their (admittedly, very impressive) capture of the House of ...

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TAGS:
2010 Congressional elections
Democratic Party
national security terrorism and the military
Pelosi, Nancy
tea party
Wall Street
health care reform
Medicaid
O'Donnell, Christine
Coons, Chris
Miller, Joe
Congress
Republican Party
Obama, Barack
Reid, Harry
McCain, John
unemployment
health care
Medicare
social security
Angle, Sharron
Cuomo, Andrew
politics

2010 Elections Could Have Been Worse for Obama, Democrats

Sarah Palin Was Right About Clarence Darrow, If Not the Quote

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Sarah Palin may have misquoted Clarence Darrow this weekend, but she didn’t misrepresent him. If Darrow didn’t say “Lost causes are the only ones worth fighting for,” he certainly said something like it, and more than once.

Palin has been getting some flak for borrowing the quote from the Frank ...

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Palin, Sarah
Miller, Joe
Alaska
Congress
2010 Congressional elections
Democratic Party

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