Thomas Jefferson Street

February 2013


Republicans Are Losing the Sequestration Battle

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Do Americans really know what they want?

It's the countdown to the sequester. Do Americans want that? Do they want cuts? Do they want Democrats and Republicans to work together to get this done?

Well if you look at the latest Pew Research polls the answers are a bit confusing.

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The Republicans' Conservative Problem, In One Quotation

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Ryan Lizza's New Yorker profile of Eric Cantor has rightly gotten a lot of attention this week. Cantor's admission to having been the knife man nixing the almost-"grand bargain" on the deficit between House Speaker John Boehner and President Obama has especially received prominent play around the ...

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On Sequestration, Obama Wants to Have His Cake and Eat It, Too

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Though someone is almost certain to do so, no one has yet figured out how much President Barack Obama's all-star antisequester traveling road show is costing U.S. taxpayers. The amount is probably considerable, which should make for interesting optics at a time when the automatic budget cuts that ...

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Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Tea Party Republicans, and the Art of the Smear

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Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz has gotten a lot of grief lately, and for good reason. His speculation about whether Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel received secret payments from North Korea was the kind of unsubstantiated smear that takes your breath away. But in all the ballyhoo over Cruz ...

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On the Road to a More Progressive Morocco

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I just returned from a trip to Morocco sponsored by the State Department and Legacy International. No, this is not a travelogue. And I didn't ride on camels or play tourist.

My Republican colleague, Rich Galen and I met with political leaders, new women members of parliament, young activists and ...

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Opposition to the Violence Against Women Act Only Hurts GOP

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Tuesday night was supposed to be another big step in the Republican rebranding, but it didn't really turn out that way. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio proved more Aqua- than Superman. And Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, the dark horse darling, turned into something of a snooze inducing sleep sheep.

But maybe ...

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Unless GOP Seizes 2016, Obama's Liberal America Will Be Permanent

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Given the glacial pace of progress in Washington, it no longer seems possible to remake the country in one's ideological image in eight years. But 12 years is another matter. And that's why Republicans should begin now to get their ducks in a row for the 2016 election.

President Reagan reduced taxes ...

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