Thomas Jefferson Street

August 2010


Ken Buck Trumps Dan Maes as Craziest Candidate in Colorado

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LAKEWOOD, Colo.--Wednesday night, the Denver Cruisers, a bike riding/pub-crawling organization that holds weekly summer evening bike rides through downtown, honored Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes with its first-ever U.N.-themed event. This was in tribute to Maes’ statement that ...

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Colorado
social security
Angle, Sharron
2010 Congressional elections
UN
Buck, Ken
abortion
tea party
Paul, Rand

Poll Shows Voters Trust Republicans Over Democrats on Key Issues

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When the GOP lost control of Congress in 2006 it was because the American voter no longer trusted them to lead. Having grown complacent as “the party in power,” they gave every indication they had forgotten why the voters sent them to Washington in the first place.

Pledging to reform the way ...

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health care reform
education
Blagojevich, Rod
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2012 presidential election
Pelosi, Nancy
2010 Congressional elections
Congress
Waters, Maxine
Rangel, Charles
ethics
polls

The Secret to Republicans’ Success: Do Nothing

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With 67 days left until Election Day, most observers give the GOP the edge in the midterm elections. What has the Party of Tea done to put itself in the driver’s seat so it can run the country into the ditch again?

After months of intense analysis, I have finally figured out the GOP secret for ...

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2012 presidential election
tea party
Boehner, John
global warming
health care
Democratic Party
Republican Party
2010 Congressional elections
Congress

Is Obama Planning a Bush Tax Cut October Surprise?

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There is a feeling in Washington—perhaps even a fear—that President Barack Obama will, as an "October Surprise," call for legislation extending most but not all of the Bush tax cuts.

With the Republicans still hashing out their agenda for the fall, the thinking goes, a push to keep taxes from going ...

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income tax
Congress
2010 Congressional elections
Geithner, Tim
Summers, Larry
taxes
Bush, George W.
Boehner, John
Obama, Barack

14th Amendment Repeal Push Is Un-American

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Call it "The Blame Game." People are out of work, losing their homes, and it’s gotta be somebody’s fault, right? Some liberal Democrats blame George W.; some conservative Republicans are still blaming Bill Clinton! (Hello, it’s 2010!) But there is a growing wave of conservative Republicans,

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Second Amendment
immigration reform
Congress
Graham, Lindsey
Kyl, Jon
Paul, Rand
Republican Party
2010 Congressional elections

Obama Demagogues Campaign Finance and Disclose Act

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In his weekly radio address President Barack Obama called on the Republicans to allow a vote on a campaign finance bill written in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the landmark Citizens United case.

Trying to energize populist sentiments in support of the bill, Obama once again ...

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campaigns
Federal Election Commission
Republican Party
Obama, Barack
Supreme Court
Democratic Party
Congress
2010 Congressional elections

GOP Should Run on the Economy, Not the Ground Zero Mosque

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The nation’s attention has been captured by the proposed construction of an Islamic mosque and cultural community center on the southern end of Manhattan.

Located just a couple of blocks from the center of ground zero--where towers one and two of the World Trade Center stood until they were attacked ...

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9/11
Islam
New York
New York City
Reid, Harry
Congress
2010 Congressional elections
Obama, Barack
Constitution
religion
economy
unemployment
polls

Roger Clemens Indicted, But Does Anyone Care About Lying?

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Lies, damned lies and political lies. It was a big week for political lying. I mean, more so than usual.

The New York Times reports that the Department of Justice is about to indict former major league pitching star Roger Clemens for lying to Congress when he told a committee that he had never used ...

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Reagan, Ronald
baseball
sports
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Bush, George W.
Plame, Valerie
Blagojevich, Rod
Clemens, Roger
Libby, Lewis "Scooter"

Iraq War Withdrawal: A Bittersweet End

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So the Army is clearing its combat presence and mission out of Baghdad, trying to keep the whole thing low key with no frills under cover of night. Good for the Army for having the sense not to try to celebrate anything. Democracy does not just spring up in this desert, even if you take it by storm ...

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Iraq
Iraq war (1991)
Iraq war (2003-2011)
Bush, George H.W.
Bush, George W.
9/11
Rumsfeld, Donald
Rice, Condoleezza
Petraeus, David

Democrats Aren't Running From Obama

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Are the Democrats distancing themselves from their party? From their leader, President Obama?

Those are two questions I’m frequently asked when I appear on national television, often defending or explaining the actions of those of us on the left, a.k.a. “The Democrats.”

When the RNC released a ...

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2010 Congressional elections
Clinton, Bill
Bush, George W.
Congress
Palin, Sarah
Kingston, Jack
Obama, Barack
Republican Party
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airlines

Republican Agendas Emerge In Runup to 2010 Elections

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The GOP’s drive towards a new congressional majority has, to this point, focused mostly on what has been wrong with the way President Barack Obama and the Democrats have attempted to govern. What has been missing, say many analysts, has been the development of what former House Speaker Newt ...

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2010 Congressional elections
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Gingrich, Newt
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economy
immigration reform
energy
health care reform

Obama’s Approval Rating Could Spell Disaster in 2010 Elections

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The White House had hoped that the summer of 2010 would be “recovery summer,” a time when the jobs numbers would rebound and the U.S. economy would again begin to grow.

[Check out a roundup of editorial cartoons on the economy.]

They must be disappointed. The economy, as it has been for most of the ...

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Obama, Barack
Congress
2010 Congressional elections
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economy
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Gallup

Newt Gingrich's Weird 'Ground Zero Mosque' Criticism of Obama

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I read with little surprise yesterday the GOP criticism of President Obama's defense of the right of American citizens to build a Muslim community center in lower Manhattan (the so-called "ground zero mosque" controversy). John Boehner, for example, finds the decision to build a community center a ...

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Boehner, John
King, Pete
Islam
9/11
Romney, Mitt
McCain, John
Obama, Barack
Gingrich, Newt

Democrats Bet on the Politics of Social Security

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Happy birthday to Social Security, which turns 75 today. Over the last few days, Democrats have keyed on the anniversary in their latest attempt to reframe the battle for control of Congress, highlighting the desire on the part of a number of Republicans to retire or revamp the venerable, beloved ...

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Buck, Ken
Bunning, Jim
Paul, Rand
Reid, Harry
Angle, Sharron
Grassley, Chuck
Burr, Richard
Vitter, David
Bond, Kit
Blunt, Roy
Lincoln, Blanche
Boozman, John
Ryan, Paul
tea party
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polls
Republican Party
Democratic Party
2010 Congressional elections
Congress
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Michelle Obama's Campaign Trail Vacation Recalls Hillary in '98

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The Washington Post has an interesting piece today about how Democrats have decided that, with President Obama foundering in the polls, Michelle Obama is their secret weapon heading into the 2010 midterms. As a result the next vacation "the closer," as she was nicknamed in 2008, takes will be out ...

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Obama, Michelle
Schumer, Chuck
Specter, Arlen
Sestak, Joe
Connolly, Gerald
Titus, Dina
Reid, Harry
Boxer, Barbara
2010 Congressional elections
Congress
Obama administration
Obama, Barack
Clinton, Hillary
Clinton, Bill
Axelrod, David

Let the Worst States Secede--Goodbye South Carolina, Arizona, and Texas

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All states are not created equal, as this summer's performances in Congress and other political platforms show anew. Some states are pretty great; some are just plain trouble. Take the following three, for example:

South Carolina has been a plague on the house of the Republic since the start.

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Obama, Barack
Civil War
Congress
South Carolina
Graham, Lindsey
DeMint, Jim
Arizona
Brewer, Jan
immigration reform
Kyl, Jon
McCain, John
Kagan, Elena
Perry, Rick
Texas
Bush, George W.
Florida
Illinois
Virginia

A Democrat-Tea Party Alliance?

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Politico has an intriguing front page story today suggesting that Democrats might have secretly helped a handful of third party, Tea Party-type bids in seven competitive House seats around the country. "Democratic officials and activists in at least four states now stand accused of collaborating ...

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Adler, John
Schauer, Mark
Sestak, Joe
Grayson, Alan
Stupak, Bart
Congress
tea party
2010 Congressional elections
Waxman, Henry

The Politics of the Gay Marriage Prop 8 Decision

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Andrew Gelman has an interesting chart up at FiveThirtyEight showing the relative levels of support for gay marriage in the 50 states, and how they have shifted over the last decade-and-a-half or so. Looking at the numbers in the context of competitive races this cycle gives some insight into the ...

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Boxer, Barbara
Murray, Patty
Bennet, Michael
Reid, Harry
Gregg, Judd
Specter, Arlen
Burris, Roland
Feingold, Russ
Lincoln, Blanche
Voinovich, George
LeMieux, George
Bond, Kit
Bunning, Jim
Paul, Rand
Congress
2010 Congressional elections
marriage
LGBT rights

Decisions on Prop 8, Arizona Immigration Law May Hurt Democrats

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Freedom isn't free. And support for civil liberties may cost Democrats at the polls in November.

One of the many problems facing Democratic candidates this fall is that potential Republican voters are much more energized than their Democratic counterparts. National surveys indicate that GOP ...

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tea party
Proposition 8
California
Arizona
immigration reform
2010 Congressional elections
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LGBT rights

Missouri's Stunning Healthcare Reform Rebuke of Obama

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The news out of Missouri--the archetypal swing state--is not good for the Democrats or for President Obama. In Tuesday’s primary election nearly three-quarters of all those casting ballots registered their opposition to the federal mandate that all citizens buy health insurance that is a key ...

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Obama, Barack
health care
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Pelosi, Nancy
Reid, Harry
Congress
Boehner, John
McConnell, Mitch
2010 Congressional elections
health care reform

Raising Taxes Might Help Democrats, But Not the Economy

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The fight is on over the forthcoming Obama tax increases.

The White House is on record as opposing the extension of at least some of the lower tax rates that went into effect in 2001 and 2003, particularly those that have the most stimulating effect on the U.S. economy. In this they are in sync with ...

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recession
Democratic Party
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Why Obama Should Let the Bush Tax Cuts Expire

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The rich people I know wish to see the George W. Bush tax cuts for the wealthy expire--and to have their views counted in by Congress.

To put it plainly, they found his act of lowering taxes on the most well-off Americans, with the nation engaged in two wars, absurd in the first place. All rich ...

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Obama, Barack
Bush, George W.
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Iraq war (2003-2011)
taxes
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Great Depression
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Congress
Clinton, Bill
Roosevelt, Franklin Delano