Mary Kate Cary


July 2010


California’s Fiscal Emergency a Microcosm of Americans’ Debt Concerns

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“It used to be that people had vague concerns about the deficit. They knew there was one, but it didn’t seem to really matter,” Republican Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty told the Hill. “Now average people outside of politics are zoomed in on it. You go to the grocery store or the dry cleaners or some ...

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Pawlenty, Tim
deficit and national debt
debt
Schwarzenegger, Arnold
California
federal budget

What Shirley Sherrod Was Really Saying

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I’ve been watching the Shirley Sherrod controversy unfold this week--she’s the former USDA official who was fired and then was offered her job back because of remarks she made at an NCAACP convention that were taken out of context, first on a blog and then on television. So I went online and got ...

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USDA
race
NAACP

5 Things Republicans Can Learn From the Unemployment Benefits Bill

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With the GOP filibuster broken in the Senate, the legislation authorizing $33 billion in unpaid-for unemployment benefits heads to a final vote in the House, according to the Washington Post. Over the course of three different votes in the Senate, it has been an ugly fight all around.

[See a slide ...

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unemployment
Republican Party
Obama, Barack
Congress
Hoyer, Steny
Pelosi, Nancy
Pence, Mike
Ryan, Paul
Forbes, Steve
Reid, Harry
tea party
Coburn, Tom
Fiorina, Carly
Whitman, Meg

Why Obama Is Failing

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Conservative writers have been calling the Obama presidency a failed presidency and have been comparing him to Jimmy Carter for a while now--for example, George Will writes in this week's Newsweek that "Obama's apogee is in his rearview mirror" and that his best days are behind him. But as widely ...

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Obama, Barack
economy
economic stimulus
unemployment
BP
oil
Gates, Robert
health care
Clinton, Hillary
Bush, George W.
Bush, George H.W.
Markey, Ed
Congress
health care reform

How Republicans Should Handle Immigration Reform

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SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE, MEXICO--I'm in Mexico this week, not far from the huge statue of Christ high atop a mountain that marks the geographic center of the country. We're nowhere near all the drug-related border violence, in the high central desert, as my kids take immersion Spanish classes.

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Rubio, Marco
economy
unemployment
Democratic Party
Republican Party
Obama, Barack
Hispanics
immigration reform
Arizona

Where Is the Antiwar Left on Afghanistan?

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I remember being at the presidential debate between Michael Dukakis and George H.W. Bush at UCLA in the fall of 1988, a young Bush campaign writer on temporary assignment as a press aide to Gov. John Sununu, who was then the co-chair of the national campaign. My job the night of the debate was to ...

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Obama, Barack
Bush, George H.W.
Afghanistan
Sheehan, Cindy
Iraq war (2003-2011)
Sununu, John
Dukakis, Michael
Bush, George W.
War in Afghanistan (2001-)
Congress
Iraq war (1991)

The Tea Party's Legacy Goes Beyond the 2010 Elections

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Think back for a moment to last summer. We saw news reports of Tea Party rallies by angry taxpayers, protests over healthcare reform, and later, in August, came the boisterous town hall meetings in congressional districts. Contrast that with this last weekend. Over the Fourth of July holiday, some ...

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tea party
2010 Congressional elections
Congress
Republican Party
Democratic Party
health care
health care reform

Why Pelosi, Democrats Are Wrong on Unemployment Extension

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In her weekly legislative briefing this week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the opposition to $33 billion in new spending on unemployment benefits for 1 million Americans “just cruel” and said this about unemployment benefits:

... This is one of the biggest stimuluses to our economy. Economists ...

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Pelosi, Nancy
Congress
economic stimulus
Obama, Barack
economy
unemployment
Camp, Dave
Democratic Party
Republican Party

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