Thomas Jefferson Street

March 2011


GOP Govs. Walker, Kasich, Snyder Plead Poverty but Reward Wealthy

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Why have Republican governors and legislators across the country done so little to create jobs? The answer is they’re too busy creating problems for working families.

We have all heard about Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s effort to deny public employees the basic rights that all Americans enjoy. The ...

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Ohio
Michigan
Maine
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Karl Rove's Half Right on Donald Trump and the Birther 'Trap'

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I suggested Tuesday that Donald Trump’s increasingly flamboyant embrace of birtherism might be a sign that his candidacy was hatched in a dark corner of the Democratic National Committee in an effort to force Republican presidential candidates to take clear positions on the “issue” and either ...

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Rove, Karl
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2012 presidential election
Pawlenty, Tim
Obama, Barack
Hannity, Sean
O'Reilly, Bill
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Tea Party Should Declare Budget Victory and Go Home

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The Tea Partyers are coming to Washington today, rallying in front of the Capitol just as a deal to avert a government shutdown seems to be inching into view. I wonder how they’ll greet this widely reported news. What they should do is declare victory, congratulate themselves, and laud House ...

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Use Debt Ceiling Vote to Fix Washington's Spending Addiction

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In years past, the vote to increase the U.S. government's “debt ceiling” has been considered a “must pass” piece of legislation. Without it, borrowing stops, which—in a situation as dependent on borrowed money as the one the federal government is currently in—is the functional equivalent of ...

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'Kill Team' in Afghanistan Brings Shame to America

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After reading the eight page article “The Kill Team” in Rolling Stone and looking at the disgusting, albeit censored photos of these atrocities I hang my head in shame, with regards to some in our military, yet again.

I felt this way when the photos of Abu Ghraib and our soldiers in Iraq surfaced. I ...

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Sarah Palin, Donald Trump Winning the GOP 2012 Blog Primary

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Sarah Palin has taken a commanding lead in blog coverage of the GOP 2012 primary, according to a new New York Times report, with Donald Trump, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, and Michele Bachmann following distantly behind her. Traditional media, by contrast, tend to cover a slightly more staid and ...

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New York Times

Libya is More Like Kosovo Than Iraq or Vietnam

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No one wants "another Vietnam," the buzzphrase for a protracted conflict with no clear mission or definition of success. And no one (anymore) wants another Iraq, which has turned out to be far longer, and far more expensive, in terms of both human lives and money, than one assumes the Bush ...

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Qadhafi, Muammar
NATO

Obama's Libya Speech Put the Best Possible Face on His Policy

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The Nobel Peace Prize winner came face to face with the nation to justify a third war in a short span of time for the United States—this one in Libya.

President Obama gave a self-assured and forceful performance last night in his live televised speech, to a small audience of military experts at ...

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NATO

Is Birther Donald Trump a Democratic Sleeper Agent?

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I’m becoming concerned that a certain political figure in the 2012 presidential field has a sinister, hidden agenda. We all like to laugh and be dismissive--but it’s increasingly hard to ignore the questions about his birth certificate. One has to ask: Is Donald Trump, seemingly a “birther”

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Bachmann, Michele

Obama's Libya Policy Isn't So Much Failed as Foolish

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If the past is a reliable predictor, most Americans will not be watching tonight when President Barack Obama addresses the nation from the National Defense University to talk about our recent attack on Libyan air defense systems and other targets.

[Check out a roundup of political cartoons on the ...

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Libya
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Iraq war (2003-2011)
War in Afghanistan (2001-)
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From Geraldine Ferraro to Michele Bachmann--How Far Women Have Come

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It was truly an exciting moment in history, and one that I assumed, in my collegiate naivete, was the beginning--finally--of what would surely be true equality for women in the workforce and in politics. Yet the death last week of Geraldine Ferraro, the Democratic vice-presidential nominee in 1984,

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Eyeing 2012, Michele Bachmann Hires an Iowa Birther

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I’d love to give Michele Bachmann and her advisers truth serum and out find who among them--if any--see a plausible path to the presidency for a someone who has never run for (let alone won) statewide office and inhabits a portion of her party’s political spectrum distantly removed from the main ...

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Attacks on Obama Over Libya Are About 2012 Politics

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President Obama dithered too long before deciding what to do in Libya. Or maybe he rushed in too quickly, failing to consult properly with Congress before joining an international military mission to protect Libyan citizens from slaughter by barely-hanging-on Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi. Worse,

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Barack Obama Would Crush Sarah Palin in 2012

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The last week like every other week has been interesting one for Sarah Palin. She wouldn’t have it any other way even if her actions diminish her stature. As long as the media spells her name correctly, she’s a happy camper.

The former half-term and half-baked Alaska governor is taking a world tour ...

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Obama, Barack
2012 presidential election
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Republican Party
Rove, Karl
Palin, Sarah

Kucinich's Libya Impeachment Talk May Hurt Democrats in 2012

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Oh, Dennis Kucinich.

Was it only months ago that the world stood still as you took on that lumbering beast, the Longworth House Cafeteria? You bit into a sandwich wrap—and lo!—your tender teeth encountered an angry olive pit. Pain. Despair. A lawsuit. Imagine the ballads minstrels will someday sing ...

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6 Myths About Obama's Libya Policy

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I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!

What am I mad about? The attacks on the president coming from both the left and the right. Well, here are the accusations and here is my response:

The president violated the Constitution with our involvement in Libya

The president did not violate ...

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Obama, Barack
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Truman, Harry S
Clinton, Bill

Poll: Voters Still Trust GOP More on Spending, Jobs, Healthcare

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Pollster Scott Rasmussen released numbers Monday showing that voters still trust the GOP to better handle most of the critical issues facing the country.

It’s somewhat astounding, given the way the information coming out of Washington has almost uniformly presented the Republicans as the “black ...

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health care reform

Is Obama's War on Libya Constitutional?

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The most pointed and damning criticism of President Barack Obama’s military excursion into Libya comes not from the peacenik left or the truculent right (who grumble about the Obama being less aggressively hawkish than France, as if a cultural punch-line-- the French are militarily inept!--should ...

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Larson, John
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Obama, Barack

Walker, Scott and Christie Steal from the Future on Infrastructure

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My grandfather lived to be 99. He played ragtime on the piano every night and grew a magical raspberry patch in summer. He spent his days working on the highways in Wisconsin for 40 years, starting in the Depressed 1930s as a draftsman. Later came the glory days of the national building boom during ...

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Obama, Barack
politics
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Warner, Mark
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Hutchison, Kay Bailey
Republican Party
Kerry, John

Obama's Lack of Libya Leadership Could Make It the Next Iraq

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America woke up this weekend to news that the United States had led a massive strike on Libyan air defenses in order to enforce a United Nations resolution authorizing a “no fly zone.”  Whether the strike was undertaken in furtherance of U.S. national security interests or President Barack Obama’s ...

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Qadhafi, Muammar
Libya

Japan Earthquake Raises Questions About U.S. Nuclear Future

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The situation continues to get worse in Japan. Saturday, the Japanese government banned the sale of unpasteurized milk and several kinds of vegetables. Radiation levels are more than four times higher in Tokyo than they were two weeks ago.

The tragedy in Japan has accelerated the debate on the use ...

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energy policy and climate change
Markey, Ed
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Palin, O'Keefe, and Assange Should Learn from Anthony Shadid

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There’s someone I want Sarah Palin and James O’Keefe and Julian Assange to meet: Anthony Shadid.

Shadid, a friend and former Boston Globe colleague, has thankfully been found in Libya, after he and three of his colleagues at the New York Times went missing for several days covering the dangerous ...

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Libya
journalism
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New York Times
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Palin, Sarah

Poll: Charlie Sheen 'Winning' Over Sarah Palin Among Independents

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Among independent voters, “tiger blood” trumps “Mama Grizzly” genes, at least according to a poll released today by Public Policy Polling. For laughs, the survey tested out of control actor Charlie Sheen in hypothetical 2012 matchups against President Obama and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. And ...

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politics
2012 presidential election
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Republican Budget Cuts Will Come Back to Bite Them

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Something about the Republican dance with populism these days reminds me of one of those classic Twilight Zone episodes: Aliens come down to earth. They want to help us! (They even have a book called To Serve Man!) Wait a minute ... they want to eat us! (It’s a cookbook.) From there things take a ...

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deficit and national debt
Kucinich, Dennis
DeMint, Jim
Congress
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Why Does Anyone Take Michele Bachmann Seriously?

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OK. I have to do it. I was raised in Lexington, Mass., until junior high. I learned the Longfellow poem, “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere,” by the third grade. Every April 19th was a holiday, and we had the re-enactment of the Battle of Lexington and Concord, complete with Redcoats and the ...

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Huckabee, Mike
Barbour, Haley
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Gingrich, Newt
Palin, Sarah
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The Right's Criticism of Obama on Japan, the Budget Ring Hollow

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President Obama’s not acting as a leader. That’s what the right will tell you. On Saturday, the president talked about women’s history month and the need for women to receive the same on the dollar as a man. (Note to self: we obviously haven’t come a long way baby, Gloria Steinem better keep that ...

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Lugar, Richard

Obama, Republicans Playing Game of Government Shutdown Chicken

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Since the previous Congress failed to make provisions to fund the U.S. government for fiscal year 2011, the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to take up a short-term spending bill Tuesday that, if passed, will fund the government through April 8.

This latest short-term measure is a stopgap,

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health care reform
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Boehner, John
Obama, Barack
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Wisconsin Battle With Gov. Scott Walker Should Spur Democrats

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The "Wisconsin 14" state senators who left the state to save it from a new governor are all profiles in courage. Even though they lost, they gave us pause and cause to reflect on the state of our political souls.

So I got to thinking: Those 14 showed more true team spirit than Democrats have here in ...

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Lewis, John
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Obamacare Repeal Could Hinge on Government Shutdown, Debt Ceiling

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Marking the one-year anniversary of Obamacare becoming law, congressional Republicans are doing their level best to repeal the law.

The first thing they did, after coming into the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, was to pass H.R. 2, a comprehensive piece of legislation that totally ...

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Bachmann, Michele
Boehner, John
King, Steve
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Congress
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How Spending Cuts Would Harm Tsunami Detection and Warning

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In the immediate wake of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan on Friday, I and others noted the effects that the temporary funding bill which the House passed last month would have on the government’s ability to detect and war about tsunamis. This prompted questions about both what that ...

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Michele Bachmann Butchers American History in New Hampshire

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Michele Bachmann continued her 2012 presidential flirtation today with what is quickly being called the “gaffe her ’round the Internet.” Speaking at a Manchester, New Hampshire event sponsored by the Republican Liberty Caucus, the Tea Party favorite tried to establish a rapport with her audience ...

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's Victory Will Spur Other Governors

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, fulfilling commitments he made during the campaign to change the way state government functions, has apparently won the fight to limit the collective bargaining ability of state employees.

Walker, whose efforts were opposed by state’s public employee unions as well as ...

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Heat, Boehner Show There Is Crying In Basketball ... and Politics

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I am a devoted Democrat and fervent fan of the Boston Celtics so I normally don’t have much sympathy for the GOP House Speaker John Boehner or the NBA’s Miami Heat but I do now.

After a string of losses, the coach of the Heat, Erik Spoelstra, told a room of reporters that his players were so upset ...

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Obama Is to Blame for Soaring Gas Prices

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Back when George W. Bush was president, the Democrats wasted no time in blaming him for increases in the price of gasoline. Citing everything from his domestic energy policy to the war in Iraq, they tried, with some success, to make the American people believe that $4.00 a gallon gasoline--and the ...

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energy policy and climate change
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Bush, George W.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and His Allies Drop All Pretenses

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There’s a sports saying that comes up whenever a player signs a huge, multimillion dollar megadeal: When they say it’s not about the money, it’s about the money. A similar principle holds true in politics. When a politician says that something is just about the budget and not about grinding ...

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2012 presidential election
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James O'Keefe's NPR Attack is Straight Out of Orwell's 1984

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James O’Keefe is at it again: secretly taping a luncheon, this time between two top NPR executives, one of which called the Tea Party movement racist and xenophobic, and said NPR would be better off without federal funding. Although the man making these remarks, Ron Schiller, resigned prior to the ...

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DeMint, Jim
Coburn, Tom
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Polls Show Republican 2012 Presidential Race Is Wide Open

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The announcement by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich that he had decided to explore the possibility of a presidential bid means the 2012 race for the Republican nomination is formally underway. Unlike in previous years, the race begins with no clear front-runner, something the venerable Gallup

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Pawlenty, Tim
Paul, Ron
Gallup

Sarah Palin Obliviously Weighs In On Wisconsin Labor Standoff

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Memo to Sarah Palin: You’re really not in a position to criticize anyone for ‘retreating.’

Palin appeared on Fox News Channel’s Justice with Judge Jeanine over the weekend and was asked about the Wisconsin stand-off wherein 14 Democratic state senators have skipped over state lines to foil GOP Gov.

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GOP Freshman Could Force a Government Shutdown

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What would you do if 87 troublemakers came to your town and tried to shut it down?

Think of Washington as "Our Town," my fellow Americans, because it is just that. The federal city, which George Washington himself surveyed on horseback, belongs to all of us. The federal government is "our friend" to ...

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Another Poll Brings Bad News for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

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The bad news keeps on coming for Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker. The results of poll after poll show that his union-busting overreach has backfired in Wisconsin (and that it’s not popular nationally either).

[See photos of the Wisconsin protests.]

The Wisconsin Public Research Institute ...

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New Hampshire Republicans Wrong to Attack College Student Voting

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Oh, those pesky young people. They’re "foolish." They "just vote their feelings" and they don’t have any "life experience."

At least, that’s the assessment of New Hampshire’s new state House Speaker, William O’Brien, whose address to Tea Party movement activists was captured by a Democratic staffer,

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