Thomas Jefferson Street

November 2009


An Ode to Bob Dylan

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By Jamie Stiehm, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

If there dwells a pilgrim soul in this land of ours as vast as Bob Dylan, please call me. 

An English friend and I heard him in concert on a recent November night. A hard rain was falling on Virginia's Highway 66 going west. But he's still traveling at ...

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The Staggering Rise of the Filibuster

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By Robert Schlesinger, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

What to do about the filibuster? Frustration with the fact of having to cobble together 60 votes to pass anything of significance in the senate (and the frequently long odds against doing so) is spurring grumbling about whether a 60 vote filibuster ...

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Senate

Uncovering Obama's Stimulus Sham

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By Peter Roff, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

There were few economists who really believed, despite the promises that the money would go to shovel ready projects that could begin immediately once the funding came through, that the stimulus would really create any net jobs. But something needed to be ...

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Obama, Barack
economic stimulus

Five Lessons From the 2009 Elections

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By Peter Roff, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

Nancy Pelosi's successful effort to get healthcare through the U.S. House of Representatives provided the Democrats with a short-term political victory that blunted the impact of the party's losses in the 2009 election. That the bill passed with almost the ...

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elections

Sarah Palin's Crass Patriotism

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By Robert Schlesinger, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

The Sarah Palin book tour is revving up, and along with it the media-Palin co-dependent relationship. Where would she be without the press to kick around? With a lot less to say. (And don't think that as a blogger I'm not delighted to have her back ...

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Palin, Sarah

Terrorism Trial Decision Shows Obama Doesn't Know How to Fight America's Enemies

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By Peter Roff, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

Having failed in his efforts to close the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, President Barack Obama has now compounded his problem by announcing that the September 11 plotters held there will be brought to the United States for trial.

No one,

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Guantánamo Bay
Obama, Barack
terrorism
courts
military courts
9/11
national security terrorism and the military

Time for Term Limits in Congress?

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By Peter Roff, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

In the early '90s the Republican march to majority included the idea that it was time to impose term limits on members of the U.S. House and Senate. A part of the Contract with America, term limits died thanks in part to a disagreement among its supporters ...

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Congress