Thomas Jefferson Street

November 2011


Obama's America of Low Expectations

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They say the best thing about Thanksgiving is the leftovers. This American adage may be especially true in the hard times the nation faces, beyond cranberry sauce and stuffing. The phrase that surfaces often in "all the news that's fit to print" is living in an age of lowered expectations—as ...

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politics
holidays
economy
Clinton, Bill
Obama administration
Congress
deficit and national debt
Penn State University
Department of Homeland Security

Herman Cain Affair Allegations Are Irrelevant

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Wow, Herman Cain and I actually agree on something. Well, his lawyer and I actually agree on something anyway.

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

Yesterday afternoon, a new element was added to the allegations of Cain’s peccadilloes: An Atlanta woman named Ginger ...

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Cain, Herman
politics
2012 presidential election
sex
marriage
Roosevelt, Franklin Delano
King Jr., Martin Luther

The Upside Down 2012 Politics of the Economy and the Deficit

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The politics surrounding the “super committee” and the economy generally have taken on a curious upside down quality recently.

[Check out political cartoons about the "super committee."]

This struck me in reading this analysis by the Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder on why Obama kept clear of the super ...

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Obama, Barack
Obama administration
taxes
federal taxes
deficit and national debt
politics
2012 presidential election

No Amount of Obama 'Leadership' Could've Saved the Super Committee

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Despite what you might have heard, Barack Obama is not to blame for the failure of the so-called “super committee” to reach a debt deal. That the president should have exercised greater “leadership” has become a standard talking point both on the right and among the “everyone’s to blame for a ...

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politics
deficit and national debt
Republican Party
taxes
federal taxes
Obama, Barack

No, Both Sides Aren't to Blame for the 'Super Committee' Failure

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You don’t have to buy the trite, predictable cop-out storyline that the so-called super committee’s failure to reach a deficit-cutting agreement is equally attributable to intransigence on the part of both Republicans and Democrats. Thanks to the wonders of modern journalism and the Internet, you ...

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deficit and national debt
Republican Party
Democratic Party
federal taxes
taxes
politics
federal budget

Praying for More Women Leaders

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Marin Alsop or Mariann Edgar Budde: quick, have you heard of them? They are women who will be heard across our changing cultural currents.

I heard one conduct a classical concert and the other preach in the Washington National Cathedral, each in the light of a beautiful space last weekend. Alsop,

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working women
feminism

With Economic Plans, GOP Abandons Middle Class Entirely

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I have watched with a truly curious sense of amazement as the Republicans, especially the presidential candidates, have stuck it to the middle class.

What have they been thinking with their tax plans and their relentless pursuit of even greater tax-cut largess for the very wealthiest of Americans?

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economy
federal taxes
Republican Party
2012 presidential election
Cain, Herman
Romney, Mitt
Perry, Rick

Condoleezza Rice Should Have Quit Over Iraq War

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Believe it or not, something more important than the Herman Cain scandal shook the political world this week. Condoleezza Rice's book about her White House years came out Tuesday. The former secretary of state takes shots at Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld for their conduct of the war in Iraq.

Rice ...

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Rice, Condoleezza
Bush administration
Iraq war (2003-2011)
Obama administration
Cain, Herman
foreign policy
politics