Thomas Jefferson Street

April 2013


Rubio Navigates the Politics of Immigration Reform

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The group Americans for a Conservative Direction is running ads touting the Senate's "gang of eight" bipartisan immigration reform legislation as a conservative plan that is tough on border security and on undocumented workers trying become citizens. Although Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has done ...

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Rubio, Marco
Republican Party
Congress
immigration reform
politics
Hispanics
Democratic Party

Republicans Discover Sequester Budget Cuts Are Politically Unpopular

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Back in February, a Pew Research Center poll showed that while Americans like the abstract idea of "spending cuts," they don't support reducing actual spending on, well, anything. Foreign aid very nearly (but not quite) achieved a majority in support of cuts, but for every other government activity ...

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Republican Party
sequestration
Republican National Convention
Congress
deficit and national debt

George W. Bush Library Glides Over His Mistakes

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How little there is to celebrate about George W. Bush.  How much there is to rue. Next to his son, his father's short presidency seems worth at least a short thank you note.

The younger Bush's presidential library fanfare calls for a reckoning before his rangers paint pretty lies the size of Texas ...

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Bush, George W.
Clinton, Bill
Iraq war (2003-2011)
War in Afghanistan (2001-)
national security
terrorism
history

Suddenly the GOP Hates Sequestration Cuts ... and Blames Obama

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Months ago, a little thing called "sequestration" was facing the American people: cuts, cuts and more cuts – something Republicans normally love. At the time, soon after the two parties had played nice and come together at the eleventh hour to reach a deal as we all looked down at our toes tipping ...

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Obama, Barack
deficit and national debt
sequestration
Republican Party
politics
TSA

Choral Concert Provides Lift After a Bleak Week

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The London–based Legatum Institute came to Washington with a mission: To show the city of think tanks how it's done – not just differently, but in a way that soars out of the paradigm.

Arts and culture are the components the Legatum Institute adds to the usual array of think tank topics, in a ...

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music

Why Rand Paul Ignored the Southern Strategy at Howard University

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So why didn't Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul mention the "Southern strategy" when delivering his view of the history of the civil rights movement last week at a Howard University speech? Because talking about it would have made Republicans look bad, he said this morning, which was not the point of his ...

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Paul, Rand
Republican Party
Howard University
Congress
politics
Democratic Party

Corporations Pay Zero Taxes, But D.C. Talks Corporate Tax Cuts

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Congressional Republicans have reacted in one of two ways to the budget President Obama released this week. The first, exhibited by Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., is to blast it as a "shocking attack on seniors." The other – adopted by Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Ways and Means ...

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Republican Party
politics
federal budget
economy
corporate taxes
Obama, Barack
Democratic Party
Congress
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