Thomas Jefferson Street

March 2013


It Doesn't Take Guts for Democrats to Support Gay Marriage

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You know politicians. It can't be just a stand; it has to be a courageous stand.

That explains the recent rush, particularly among Democrats in the Senate, to get to the new correct side of the same-sex marriage issue.

Same-sex marriage is going to happen. It's already legal in nine states and the ...

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Congress
Begich, Mark
Warner, Mark
LGBT rights
marriage
Obama, Barack
Tester, Jon
McCaskill, Claire
Hagan, Kay
Democratic Party
Murkowski, Lisa
Portman, Rob

Wall Street’s Worried Sherrod Brown Will Be Banking Committee Chairman

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With Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., officially headed for retirement, speculation regarding who will replace him as chairman of the Senate Banking Committee is well underway. And one option reportedly has Wall Street quaking in its boots: Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio.

As the Huffington Post's Ryan Grim ...

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Department of Justice
Brown, Sherrod
Wall Street
Vitter, David
JPMorgan Chase
banking
Senate

Obama and Democrats Offer No Real Path to a Balanced Budget

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Congress is in recess and there is a chill in the air both literally and figuratively. Hopefully, the members will take advantage of the time away from the madness and return with some constructive ideas on how to gel a budget agreement. The House and Senate passed vastly different plans, and they ...

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Democratic Party
Obama, Barack
Congress
deficit and national debt
federal budget
Murray, Patty
Ryan, Paul

Moving Iowa and New Hampshire Primaries Won't Make for Better Elections

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People (well, maybe not normal people, but people in the political arena) have been talking about the 2016 presidential campaign since pretty much the day after the 2012 elections. That is arguably insane and certainly troublesome for political party brass who would prefer that the process be ...

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Republican Party
elections
Iowa
New Hampshire primaries
New Hampshire
primaries

How the Media Cheered the Rush to War in Iraq

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President Bush presented a flawed, even dishonest case for invading Iraq ten years ago in the middle of March. However hollow the "intelligence" on WMD, it worked out nicely as a pretext. Only 25 to 30 senators opposed the march to war. And all along, revenge for the September 11th terrorist ...

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Iraq war (2003-2011)
Bush, George W.
Powell, Colin
terrorism
9/11
media
Department of Defense
State Department

In the U.S. and the U.K., Ryan and Osborne Bank on Austerity

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On both sides of the Atlantic, conservatives are rolling out their latest budget plans. In the U.S., House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., unveiled this year's version of his "Path to Prosperity," which is scheduled for a vote on Thursday. In the U.K. today, finance minster George ...

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Republican Party
federal budget
economy
Europe
Ryan, Paul
deficit and national debt
Cameron, David
Great Britain

Paul Ryan's Budget Is an Accounting of Misplaced Priorities

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If you're the parent of young children, batten down the hatches. Under the budget proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., fewer children will get the head start in life they need in order to compete in the new global marketplace.

Ryan this week released a budget plan almost identical to the one he ...

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politics
deficit and national debt
Democratic Party
economy
Ryan, Paul
Republican Party
Obama, Barack
health care

Ted Cruz's Patronizing Constitutional 'Lesson' for Dianne Feinstein

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Forget about civility. Sadly, many members of Congress have never been acquainted with the idea. The even more pervasive problem on Capitol Hill is the decline in the basic respect for the institution and its veteran members—and the lack of respect is alarmingly prevalent among some of the newer ...

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Cruz, Ted
Feinstein, Dianne
Second Amendment
gun control and gun rights
Senate
Constitution

Media's Paul Ryan Budget Bashing Is Misplaced

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Though Congress and the president have still not finalized this year's federal spending plan,they are nonetheless moving ahead with next year's.

House Republicans, under the leadership of Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., have produced a document that balances the federal ledger in 10 ...

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TAGS:
Reagan, Ronald
Obama, Barack
Republican Party
Ryan, Paul
deficit and national debt
federal budget
politics
Democratic Party
Congress

The Paul Ryan Budget’s Obamacare 'Repeal' Fails the Laugh Test

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Paul Ryan releases his budget plan today and the rollout and coverage of the document and its author represent a test for both Ryan and the media. I'm speaking specifically of its provisions regarding repealing Obamacare—or more precisely "repealing" Obamacare.

The test for Ryan is the extent to ...

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Ryan, Paul
deficit and national debt
politics
2012 presidential election
federal budget
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