Thomas Jefferson Street

July 2011


Boehner’s Debt Ceiling Problem--And Obama’s

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So the House Republicans last night finally managed to pass a version of John Boehner’s budget plan, or as some might call it, “Cut, Cap, and Balance, Mark II.” The Senate quickly dispensed with the bill, tabling it with a bipartisan vote. The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein raises a good point

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Obama administration
Obama, Barack
Boehner, John
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Republican Party
Pelosi, Nancy
Democratic Party
politics
Congress

Both Sides Aren't To Blame for Debt Ceiling Crisis

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There are many times when “Washington” falls down on the job, when “ Congress” can’t do its job, and when “both sides” are to blame for whatever the failure of the moment is. Blaming both sides is easier than thinking, but it also has the virtue of sometimes being true. This is not one of those ...

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Obama administration
Cantor, Eric
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Obama, Barack
politics
Boehner, John
Congress
unemployment
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Blame Republicans for the Debt Ceiling Crisis

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Are you watching your 401(k) drop? Are you seeing your retirement tank? Are you waiting for higher interest rates on your credit cards and mortgages? Are you nervous about another recession?

Well, thank the Republicans.

This debt crisis is totally of the Republicans' making. From the beginning we ...

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Republican Party
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Boehner, John
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Congress
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Clinton, Bill

More Proof That the Republicans Aren't Serious About Fiscal Discipline

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The lame stream media has really drunk the Kool-Aid if it thinks the GOP is the party of fiscal discipline.

You do the math.

Three weeks ago, GOP Speaker John Boehner walked away from the president's proposal to reduce the deficit by more than $4 trillion. To be fair to the lame duck speaker, Boehner ...

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With Speech, Obama Handled the Debt Ceiling Crisis Like a President

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The president reminded us of who's in charge

Monday night, after the president's speech, Chris Matthews, a guy who professes to be a liberal but about whom I must admit I have my doubts, stated the following: "The president should not have gone on national television to give a political address."

I ...

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Obama, Barack
debt
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Cantor, Eric
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Congress
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Fuss About Michele Bachmann's Migraines Fueled by Sexism

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GOP contender Michele Bachmann certainly has made statements that deserve close questioning. She has confused Concord, Mass., with Concord, N.H. in her discussion of the Revolutionary War. She said her hometown of Waterloo, Iowa was home to famed actor John Wayne when (oops!) it was, in fact, famed ...

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Bachmann, Michele
Wasserman Schultz, Debbie
2012 presidential election
deficit and national debt
Congress
West, Allen
politics

GOP Wheeling and Dealing May Bite Them

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Wednesday was the anniversary of the day in 1944 when Democrats nominated Franklin Roosevelt for a fourth term. If he could see the wheeling and dealing in D.C. during the current budget deficit debate, FDR wouldn't be surprised. Republicans are still trying to kill Social Security, and the GOP is ...

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Republican Party
Democratic Party
Brown, Scott
Congress
Cantor, Eric
deficit and national debt
Bachmann, Michele

'Gang of Six' Debt Ceiling Plan is DOA in House

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The so-called “Gang of Six” plan has hit the U.S. House of Representatives with a resounding “thud.”

There are a number of problems with it, the least of which is that it is not really a plan at all. Rather, it is an outline of a framework of a concept of a deal, one that would raise taxes ...

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Jordan, Jim
deficit and national debt
Democratic Party
Republican Party
Reid, Harry
DeMint, Jim
Obama, Barack
unemployment

Allen West Damages Himself With Insulting Email

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Well, so much for "the distinguished gentlelady from Florida."

That, of course, is how members of Congress—all of them adults, and presumably schooled in basic manners—are supposed to address a colleague such as Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, even if they disagree with what she is saying.

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Boehner, John
West, Allen
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Questions About Michele Bachmann's Migraines Aren't Sexist

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Questions about whether Michele Bachmann’s headaches should disqualify her for office may be of dubious validity, but are they sexist? I don’t think so.

[See a photo gallery of Michele Bachmann on the campaign trail.]

In case you’ve missed the media storm du jour, the Daily Caller reported ...

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Bachmann, Michele
headaches
politics
Congress
2012 presidential election
Republican Party
Romney, Mitt

News of the World Hacking Scandal Threatens Free Society

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It might have been just a juicy scandal, the very sort that the now-defunct News of the World would have trumpeted on its front page. Hacking into the cell phone message systems of celebrities, royals, and even the families of an abducted girl and of 9-11 victims is not only unethical, but a crime.

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national security terrorism and the military
Murdoch, Rupert
Fox News
Wall Street Journal
media
corruption

Americans Finally Realize GOP Handling Debt Debate Poorly

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And the loser is... the GOP!

Or so says the latest CBS poll showing 71 percent of Americans don't like the GOP's handling of the debt crisis. And why would they? Americans have shown in polls, time and time again, that they want both sides, Democrat and Republican, to work together to get business ...

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health care reform
social security
Medicaid
Medicare
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Ryan, Paul
Obama, Barack
deficit and national debt

GOP Could Regret Pushing Elizabeth Warren Into a Senate Run

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Senate Republicans must feel awfully confident about the re-election chances of GOP Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown. Otherwise, it could be really, really awkward in the Senate dining room come 2013.

[Check out a roundup of GOP political cartoons.]

Well, perhaps not in the Senate dining room, since ...

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Obama, Barack
2012 presidential election
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Obama Should Marginalize GOP Over Debt Ceiling Debate

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Dear President Obama,

Your 50th birthday is nearly upon you this summer, falling on August 4, roughly when the full faith and credit of the U.S. Treasury may collapse in the global economy.

What an awful present to a forever-young president. Sorry, but right now, the sunny glow of youth is not a good ...

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deficit and national debt
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Cantor, Eric
Boehner, John
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McConnell Changes Course on Debt Ceiling - Will Back Cut, Cap and Balance

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Kentucky Republican and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who earlier this week was pilloried by conservatives when he proposed giving President Barack Obama the authority to increase the debt ceiling unless Congress voted its disapproval, won plaudits from those same critics Thursday when he ...

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McConnell, Mitch
Obama, Barack
Lee, Mike
Toomey, Pat
Boehner, John
Paul, Rand

Brad's Electonic Mail Bag

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I may not always agree with your responses, dear readers, but I always look at them.

On June 30, I wrote a post on Sarah Palin and the possible GOP candidates for president.

Happy Mullah of Texas wrote, "The moment I read your post saying 'former half governor' I stopped reading your post because you ...

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Palin, Sarah
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McConnell's Debt Ceiling Proposal Draws Fire From Conservatives

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The raging debate over what it will cost President Barack Obama to get an increase in the debt ceiling took a stunning turn Tuesday when Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell blinked.

Up to now the debate has largely been between congressional Republicans—led by House Speaker John Boehner—who ...

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deficit and national debt
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McConnell, Mitch
Boehner, John
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GOP Catering to Tea Party Ignorance on Debt Ceiling

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What happens when you take the certainty of an ideologue, mix in an unhealthy dose of economic illiteracy, shameless demagoguery, and bring the combustible mix to a boil on the national stage? Quite possibly national default and a new recession.

[ Check out editorial cartoons about the budget ...

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deficit and national debt
Boehner, John
Obama, Barack
Cantor, Eric
McConnell, Mitch
politics
Congress

What Michelle Obama Could Learn From Betty Ford

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A Chicago-born first lady takes the country by storm and confronted some of the searing issues of her day--and her name is not Michelle Obama. I'm talking about Betty Ford, who will be buried today. She was 93.

Michelle Obama is scheduled to attend the funeral service for Betty Ford in California.

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Obama, Barack
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Obama Mustn't Give Away the Store in Debt Ceiling Deal

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Sometime in the next month, the president and congressional Republicans will cut a budget deal. I don’t expect anything from the GOP but I do hope President Obama doesn’t give away the store in an effort to get Congress to raise the federal debt ceiling.

[See a slide show of 6 consequences if the ...

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Obama administration
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Michele Bachmann's 2012 Chances Are Not About 'Sex Appeal'

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Michele Bachmann is a strikingly beautiful woman. Now, can we all just get over that and move on?

It seems not, unfortunately. Vin Weber, an adviser to former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, one of Bachmann’s GOP primary rivals, assessed Bachmann’s strengths to The Hill newspaper by saying,

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2012 presidential election
Republican Party
Democratic Party
Bachmann, Michele
Pawlenty, Tim
Romney, Mitt
deficit and national debt

The Outrageous Casey Anthony Verdict

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For as long as I can remember, I’d love to argue (as my mom would call it—debate is a term I prefer). I would fight 'til the death over any issue, no matter how large, no matter how small. When people would ask my mother why I was so argumentative, she would explain: "Leslie hates injustice." She ...

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crime

John Adams Recalls the First Independence Day

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On the morning of July 3, 1776, John Adams, delegate to the Second Continental Congress from the Massachusetts Bay Colony, wrote his wife Abigail:

Yesterday the greatest question was decided, which ever was debated in America, and a greater, perhaps, never was or will be decided among Men.

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