Thomas Jefferson Street

May 2011


With Mitch Daniels Out of 2012 Race, GOP Goes to C List

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Now that Mitch Daniels and the other starters have refused to take the presidential field, Republican leaders are taking a look at the scrubs and pine jockeys. When you can't get the best, try out the rest. Yesterday, the GOP lost a special election in a solid red district. Maybe, Howard Camping,

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Congress
Republican Party
health care reform
deficit and national debt
Perry, Rick
Texas
2012 presidential election

If GOP Is Serious About Spending, Cut Defense Budget

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Defense Secretary Robert Gates, one of the longest serving chiefs of the Pentagon in the history of the United States made it clear that he feels cutting the defense budget will reduce the size of our military and will diminish our role as a nation and a military worldwide. Isn’t that the point?

One ...

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national security terrorism and the military
deficit and national debt
Republican Party
Ryan, Paul

Pawlenty's Tough Ethanol Talk Could be Good for Primary Process

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Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty may be the craziest candidate to run for president in some time. Or, he may just be the bravest.

On the day of his official announcement that he is seeking the GOP nomination for president, Pawlenty went to Iowa and uttered the words many candidates may have ...

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Pawlenty, Tim
energy policy and climate change
Republican Party
gun control and gun rights
2012 presidential election

Don't Judge Newt Gingrich for His ABBA Ring Tone

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Republicans might still be mad at Newt Gingrich for some critical talk about Rep. Paul Ryan’s plans for Medicare (if you call "right-wing social engineering" critical talk). And surely there are Democrats still fuming at things Gingrich did as a congressman, not the least of which was taking ...

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Gingrich, Newt
2012 presidential election
Republican Party
Democratic Party
Ryan, Paul
Medicare
health care reform
Congress

Republicans’ Debt Ceiling Strategy Is Divorced From the Truth

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One spring morning you’re sitting at an outdoor café eating brunch. A man runs up to you, points at your pancakes and says “I want that!” You decline. Then he walks into the middle of the street, stepping into the path of an onrushing truck. “Hey!” you say, “get out of the street!” “No sir,”

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deficit and national debt
Republican Party
politics
Cantor, Eric
Democratic Party
debt
Boehner, John
Ryan, Paul

Democrats Distort Newt Gingrich's Medicare Comments--Again

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Democrats are taking advantage of Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich’s comments about proposed changes to Medicare to exploit America’s seniors and scare them.

New York Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer seized on the former GOP house speaker comments this week as an endorsement of the idea ...

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politics
Gingrich, Newt
Republican Party
2012 presidential election
health care reform
deficit and national debt
Democratic Party

Help Wanted: 2012 GOP Presidential Candidate

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Republican presidential candidates are dropping like flies from the carcass of a dead elephant.  

In the last week, the Republican Party has lost three of its presidential candidates. Haley Barbour, the governor of Mississippi; Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas; and Donald Trump, The ...

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Trump, Donald
Boehner, John
2012 presidential election
Lee, Chris
Congress
health care reform
Romney, Mitt
Gingrich, Newt
Bachmann, Michele
Palin, Sarah
Daniels, Mitch
Barbour, Haley
Huckabee, Mike
Obama, Barack

Paul Ryan's Medicare Plan at Issue in NY Special Election

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Even in our era of crazy-expensive political campaigns, one has to wonder: Why on earth is so much money being dumped into the special election in western New York to replace former GOP Rep. Chris Lee?

Nearly $5 million has been raised or lent to the campaigns of the three candidates for that ...

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2012 presidential election
Lee, Chris
Democratic Party
Republican Party
Congress
Ryan, Paul
Bachmann, Michele
health care reform
Medicare
politics

9 Ways Newt Gingrich Will Create Jobs, Fix the Economy

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Former house speaker and newly-minted presidential candidate Newt Gingrich jumped right into the policy foray Friday with a major speech outlining his program to create jobs and put the American economy back on track.

[See a photo history of Newt Gingrich's career.]

1.  Stop the 2013 tax increases to ...

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Congress
2012 presidential election
Gingrich, Newt
Republican Party
health care reform
unemployment
energy policy and climate change
deficit and national debt

Obama, Not Bush, Gets Credit for bin Laden Killing

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When it came to Osama bin Laden, George W. Bush was all hat and no cattle as they say in Texas.

George W. Bush talked tough about capturing bin Laden dead or alive but he spit the bit when it came to hunting the terrorist mastermind down. The former president, distracted by his obsession with Iraq,

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Bush, George W.
Obama, Barack
bin Laden, Osama
deficit and national debt
national security terrorism and the military
unemployment

Stop Fighting Over Who Gets Credit for Killing bin Laden

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The horrific attacks of 9/11 brought together, at least for a time, a fragmented and ideologically divided nation. One would think that the discovery and killing of the terrorist leader responsible for it would have the same effect.

And yet there persists, on cable TV and the Internet, a childish ...

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bin Laden, Osama
Obama, Barack
Clinton, Bill
Bush, George W.
Carter, Jimmy
national security terrorism and the military
Democratic Party

With bin Laden Dead, U.S. Should Draw Down in Afghanistan

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Should we stay or should we go?

Although the title of one of my favorite '80s songs, that’s not what I’m referring to. I’m referring to Afghanistan.

Since the finding and killing of Osama bin Laden at his compound in Pakistan, the question is being mulled over not only by American voters and ...

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Congress
deficit and national debt
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bin Laden, Osama

Obama's Immigration Push Is Not Just Politics; It's Good Policy

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Some conservatives are grousing that President Obama’s visit to the United States-Mexican border on Wednesday was merely a pander to win back disaffected Hispanic voters, whose support is desperately needed for Obama to win re-election. That’s quite possibly true. But it doesn’t mean Washington ...

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immigration reform
Obama, Barack
2012 presidential election
politics
Kennedy, Ted
Martinez, Mel

Boehner's Debt Ceiling Speech Shows Problems of Obama-nomics

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It probably won’t get the attention it deserves, but House Speaker John Boehner Monday delivered an important speech about the country’s economic future.

Speaking to the Economic Club of New York, Boehner laid out his vision for a better, more prosperous America, a vision that conflicts strongly ...

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Boehner, John
2012 presidential election
unemployment
energy policy and climate change
health care reform
Congress
White House
deficit and national debt
Republican Party
Obama, Barack
Democratic Party

Bin Laden, Royal Wedding Cheer Up Country, Century

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The 21st century was looking like a flop so far--a Broadway show gone dark. But then came a massive morale boost for us Americans and the world in the 11th year of the century. (Not a moment too soon.) Yes, there was a single April to May weekend that changed our outlook on the world.

A perfect ...

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bin Laden, Osama
national security terrorism and the military
Obama, Barack
Trump, Donald
deficit and national debt

Take Note, Tea Party: Government Workers Got Osama bin Laden

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To the anti-union governors, the Tea Partyers, the whiner down the street who is convinced that everyone in the public sector enjoys a high salary and benefits for doing a cushy job, let us consider the government worker whose effort we have witnessed in the past week.

[See photos of reactions to ...

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bin Laden, Osama
national security terrorism and the military
CIA
tea party
Clinton, Hillary
Obama, Barack

Bin Laden Death Photo Debate Shows Obama Credibility Problem

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Capping off the week in which American marked the death of Osama bin Laden is President Barack Obama’s decision to withhold from the public photos of the corpse in spite of vigorous demands for it.

In a geopolitical sense, it’s the right move. U.S. efforts in the war on terror were not exactly ...

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Obama, Barack
bin Laden, Osama
unemployment
national security terrorism and the military
politics

Trump, Palin Trail Far Behind Romney in New Hampshire Poll

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Reality TV star Donald Trump may have ridden birtherism to national polls, but unfortunately for him the 2012 GOP primary is not a national contest. And in the country’s first primary state, The Donald is not playing well at all, according to fresh polling data.

Instead, former Massachusetts Gov.

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Trump, Donald
Bachmann, Michele
Paul, Ron
2012 presidential election
Republican Party
Gingrich, Newt
Romney, Mitt
Huckabee, Mike
Pawlenty, Tim
health care
health care reform
Daniels, Mitch

America Can Sleep Safely With bin Laden Dead and Obama in Charge

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It happens every time I re-enter the United States. The nice customs agents smile at me, ask how my trip was, and, as if you can hear the needle scratch on the record, they say: "There’s a stamp in your passport to Pakistan. Have you been there?" Yes, I tell them. (For how else would that stamp get ...

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politics
2012 presidential election
Republican Party
White House
Obama, Barack
national security terrorism and the military
al-Qaida
bin Laden, Osama

Obama's Speech on Bin Laden a Silent Rebuke to Bush

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In a measured East Room address late yesterday, President Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden and took a somber look back at Sept. 11, 2001, a tragically beautiful day on the East Coast. A "cloudless sky" set the scene for nearly three thousand deaths and two fallen towers by the time it ...

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national security terrorism and the military
White House
Obama, Barack
Bush, George W.
Cheney, Dick

Obama Announces Osama bin Laden Dead--This Was Personal

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Nearly 10 years later, we have a moment of national catharsis. President Obama last night put in words the sentiment which the spontaneous, jubilant crowds outside the White House and at Ground Zero expressed with triumphant roars and cheers: “Justice has been done.”

[See photos of reactions to ...

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Obama, Barack
9/11
Pakistan
national security terrorism and the military
bin Laden, Osama