Thomas Jefferson Street

September 2011


The Origins of That Eisenhower 'Every Gun That Is Made...' Quote

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Perhaps my favorite quotation from the late President Dwight Eisenhower is making the rounds on Facebook in the form of a virtual poster produced by a progressive Facebook group called “ The Other 98%.” If you’ve got any progressive friends, you’ve probably seen it (pasted below), though it’s too ...

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Eisenhower, Dwight D.
Facebook
Presidential speech transcripts
national security terrorism and the military

The Tea Party's Drive to Beat Romney Could Mean an Obama 2012 Win

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If the Party of Tea, formerly known as the GOP, is so confident of beating Barack Obama why can't it find a decent candidate to stop Mitt Romney and beat the president?

[Check out political cartoons about the 2012 GOP field.]

The right wing extremists don't trust former Gov. Mitt Romney and who can ...

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politics
Christie, Chris
Bachmann, Michele
Perry, Rick
Romney, Mitt
2012 presidential election
tea party

Note to GOP 2012 Front-Runners: Be Yourself

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Most of us who survived adolescence remember that maddening thing our parents always told us as we ventured to a party or date or class: "Be yourself." Sure, our insecure teenage selves thought: Like that's going to impress people.

But it was good advice, and so it's baffling why people running for ...

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Romney, Mitt
Perry, Rick
Bachmann, Michele
Cain, Herman
Paul, Ron
2012 presidential election
Republican Party

GOP Should Pay Attention to Gary Johnson's Stance on Cuba

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Poor Gary Johnson. He can't catch a break, even when he has something valuable to say.

If you haven't heard of Johnson, it's not really your fault. He's running for the GOP presidential nomination; in fact, he was among the first to announce his interest. But the former New Mexico Governor has ...

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Johnson, Gary
2012 presidential election
Republican Party
Hispanics
Cuba
immigration reform
politics
foreign policy

Obama's 'Tax the Rich' Class Warfare Is Bad Economics

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The president has a new tax plan, a program designed to raise revenues for the beleaguered U.S. Treasury by raising taxes on what he says are the wealthiest Americans—who, he and his ideological allies contend, need to pay their fair share.

At its core the plan—and the rhetoric that surrounds ...

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Obama administration
income tax
debt
deficit and national debt
unemployment
federal taxes
federal budget

Obama's Deficit Speech Marks a Compromise With Reality

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President Obama's deficit speech today is garnering praise from progressive quarters which had long grown weary of bemoaning his tendency to chase compromise. With the president laying out a progressive vision short on preemptive concessions, the left is celebrating a long-awaited change of ...

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Obama administration
deficit and national debt
debt
2012 presidential election
Republican Party
politics

Criticisms of Rick Perry's HPV Mandate Misdirected 

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry is under fire for making a decision he now says is a mistake: pushing for mandatory vaccination of young girls to protect them from a virus that can cause cervical cancer. But the criticism of Perry misses the point.

The vaccine, Gardasil, is manufactured by Merck, a powerful ...

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Perry, Rick
Bachmann, Michele
Republican Party
2012 presidential election
human papillomavirus

Rick Perry's Fringe Views on Gay Marriage and Gay Rights

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After Mondays's debate, Gov. Rick Perry was brought down more than a couple of notches, especially among his Tea Party base. The Social Security issue stings with the general electorate, though less so among the hard core Republicans; but his stands on immigration and his program to inoculate an ...

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politics
human papillomavirus
Bachmann, Michele
Perry, Rick
LGBT rights
2012 presidential election

Moving Forward from 9/11

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The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, were not the worst thing that ever happened in American history, but we the people let them define and darken a devastated decade. We've seen the 21st century through a glass, darkly (with a short streak of euphoria in 2008).

We went from the best of our ...

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terrorism
Obama administration
Bush administration
Iraq war (2003-2011)
War in Afghanistan (2001-)
bin Laden, Osama
Giuliani, Rudolph
9/11

Obama's Speech and Jobs Plan Don't Go Far Enough

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If the president was running for re-election in isolation, he would be in big trouble. But fortunately he's not running against nobody. He's running against the gang that couldn't talk straight.

The president gave a fine speech Thursday night. It was combative. It effectively framed the choices ...

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Republican Party
2012 presidential election
Perry, Rick
economy
Obama administration
employment
economic stimulus

Perry? Bachmann? Romney? There's Still No 2012 GOP Front-Runner

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Rep. Michele Bachmann is the woman to beat in the GOP presidential primary. No, wait—it's really former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who's way ahead in the polls in crucial New Hampshire. Scratch that; Texas Gov. Rick Perry is the new darling of the Republican primary electorate, just weeks ...

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Republican Party
Bachmann, Michele
Paul, Ron
2012 presidential election
Perry, Rick
Romney, Mitt
politics

Republicans Are Bullying Obama Like a Schoolboy

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School has started in Washington and across America: new shoes tied, bells ringing, and playground games going on—including bullying. These days, we're wise to watching out for bullying, and determined to put a stop to boys being boys—except when it comes to our own President Obama. Lately, he ...

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Pelosi, Nancy
Kennedy, Ted
health care reform
Obama administration
Obama, Barack
Republican Party
employment
unemployment
Boehner, John

For Michele Bachmann, Ignorance is Bliss

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What a wonderful world! My daughter brought me a satellite radio for my birthday and I have been listening to the classic hits of the'50s. I call the station "50s on the Five for 50-Somethings." Unfortunately every time I hear the classic 1950s song "What a Wonderful World" by the great Sam Cooke,

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2012 presidential election
Republican Party
tea party
health care
politics
deficit and national debt
Bachmann, Michele

The Contrast Obama Wanted to Draw With the GOP Debate

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President Obama agreed last night to House Speaker John Boehner’s preference that he address a joint session of Congress on Thursday, September 8, rather than while the Republican presidential candidates debate at the Reagan Library on Wednesday the 7th.

[See political cartoons about the 2012 GOP ...

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Bachmann, Michele
Perry, Rick
Romney, Mitt
politics
2012 presidential election
Congress
Boehner, John
Obama administration
Obama, Barack
unemployment