Thomas Jefferson Street

December 2011


2012 Republicans Risk Repeating John Kerry's 2004 Mistakes

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich thinks former Gov. Mitt Romney is not a true conservative. Romney compared Gingrich to the character of Lucy Ricardo in her iconic performance as an assembly-line worker in a candy factory (great episode; bizarre comparison) and says Gingrich is guilty of his own ...

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2012 presidential election
Republican Party
Obama administration
Romney, Mitt
Gingrich, Newt
Paul, Ron
politics
Kerry, John

Why Ben Nelson Is Leaving the Senate

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To those who don't know Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska, the explanation he has given for deciding to retire sounds like a bad cliché for vulnerable politicians. He wants, the affable lawmaker said, to spend more time with his family.

In Nelson's case, however, that is actually true. And what ...

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Nelson, Ben
Senate

In Defense of the Post Office

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Our friends working overtime at the Post Office this holiday season deserve a heap more respect than they have been given--by Congress and by extension, the public. With every Christmas card you write, think of how far it goes and the hands that take it there, for 44 cents.

The U.S. Postal Service ...

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holidays
Postal Service
shopping

Ethanol Subsidies Are a Test for Congress, Obama Administration

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It's hard not to have an opinion on ethanol, especially in Congress. Basically you're either for it or you're against it—as least as far as the way it is treated as a matter of public policy is concerned. As an industry, ethanol is heavily subsidized, its use in the U.S. fuel supply is mandated ...

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ethanol
deficit and national debt
Congress
Chaffetz, Jason
politics
Obama administration

Why Running a Business Is Different Than Running the Government

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Lawmakers are very skilled and responsible at reducing and eliminating debt—as long as it's campaign debt. The federal budget? Not so much.

The Democratic and Republican congressional campaign committees have both done a very impressive job at reducing their debt, and both should be commended for ...

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deficit and national debt
federal budget
Congress
Democratic Party
Republican Party

The NRC Goes, Well, Nuclear

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The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is supposed to be above politics. Its primary concern, nuclear safety, is not nor has it ever been considered by most of those who work there a Democratic or Republican issue.

Under the leadership of the current chairman, Gregory Jaczko, however, things ...

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energy
nuclear power

Obama Reducing Security at U.S.-Mexico Border

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There is a conspicuous lack of consensus between Republicans and Democrats—and for that matter liberals and conservatives—about what to do about illegal immigration. Some people support amnesty, others mass deportation, and most something that falls somewhere in between.

The one place where there is ...

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national security terrorism and the military
immigration reform
Obama administration
federal budget

Declaring a Truce in the War on Christmas

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The season of peace and brotherly love and good will towards men is a battleground these days thanks to what some folks call "The War on Christmas."

Don't think so? There are people in Rhode Island ready to run Gov. Lincoln Chafee out of the state on a rail because he designated the statehouse tree ...

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holidays

In Skipping Trump Debate, Romney Risks Alienating Conservatives

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Conservatives have an obvious problem with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

Despite being the anointed frontrunner for much of the campaign, Romney has not yet managed to consolidate his lead. In the polls he never manages to show the support of more than about a third of likely primary voters ...

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Gingrich, Newt
conservatives
Romney, Mitt
Trump, Donald
2012 presidential election
politics