Thomas Jefferson Street

August 2013


Obama Makes the Right Call on Syria – Going to Congress

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President Obama wants to bomb Syria; that may or may not be right course of action – neither the prospect of bombing yet another country nor the idea of unchallenged use of chemical weapons appeals – but the part that he definitely got right was his decision to ask Congress to authorize military ...

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Obama, Barack
Congress
politics
Syria
national security terrorism and the military

The U.K. Debates War in Syria, While Congress Just Hollers at Obama

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Congress this week seems to have finally woken up and remembered that it's supposed to play a role in deciding whether or not the U.S. goes to war, with scores of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle calling on President Obama to receive congressional approval before bombing Syria. A letter to ...

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politics
Syria
Obama, Barack
Congress
national security terrorism and the military

The Onion on CNN’s Miley Cyrus-VMA Obsession

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Being firmly entrenched in middle age and something of a crank, I didn't watch MTV's Video Music Awards. In fact to demonstrate my cranky old man cred, I will add the obligatory comment: The last time I watched the VMAs, MTV actually played music videos. And yet I know all about Miley Cyrus' lewd ...

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Why Republicans Want a Debt Ceiling Fight, Not a Government Shutdown

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Washington Monthly's Ed Kilgore notes with appropriate alarm the won't-go-away talk among House Republicans about substituting a threat of government shutdown if Obamacare isn't defunded with a refusal to raise the debt ceiling. This is a terrifically stupid idea, he notes, because, as Ezra Klein ...

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Democratic Party
Republican Party
Congress
Obama, Barack
politics
federal budget

A Novel Approach to Dealing With Citizens United and 501(c)4 Disclosure: Follow the Law

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Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., has hit on a novel way to get at the issue of secret money flowing into political campaigns: following the law. It seems that the Internal Revenue Service's rules regarding how much political activity a 501(c)4 group can engage in and still retain tax exempt status ...

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IRS
super PACs
politics
Van Hollen, Chris
campaigns
campaign finance

Hillary Clinton, Chris Christie, Rand Paul and Jumping the Gun on 2016

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I must have missed the meeting where everything was decided, but the mainstream media has set the field for the 2016 presidential race. For the Democrats, it will be former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. For the Republicans, it will be New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, but only after he ...

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politics
2016 presidential election
Clinton, Hillary
Christie, Chris
Democratic Party
Republican Party

Clinton, Bloomberg, Snowden Made Difference While Obama … Not So Much

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What a difference a day makes, they say. "They" are so right, Jake. And they say an individual can make a difference – and "they" are right again. I can think of three men who have made a big difference and another – well, not so much. 

What a difference a mayor can make. Just look at the New ...

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New York City
Obama, Barack
Bloomberg, Michael
politics
Congress
Snowden, Edward

The RNC’s Wise Move to Boycott NBC and CNN Over Hillary Clinton

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The members of the Republican National Committee voted unanimously Friday at its meeting in Boston to back up Chairman Reince Preibus' threat that the party would not work with either the National Broadcasting Company or the Cable News Network should either go ahead with plans to air hagiographic ...

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Republican Party
media
Clinton, Hillary
politics
Democratic Party
2016 presidential election

Will the GOP Replace CNN, NBC at Debates With Limbaugh, Hannity, Levin?

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So the Republican National Committee has made good on its threat and sworn a collective blood oath not to let CNN or NBC (or their Spanish-language subsidiaries, CNN Espanol or Telemundo) cosponsor a Republican presidential primary debate in 2016. This follows the report yesterday by my old ...

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debates
Republican Party
Republican National Convention
RNC
2016 presidential election
Clinton, Hillary
Limbaugh, Rush
Hannity, Sean

Questions About Hillary Clinton, Rand Paul and the 2016 Presidential Field

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How did you spend your summer vacation?

While the president vacations on Martha's Vineyard, the 2016 presidential wannabes summer in Iowa. Vice President Joe Biden will soon be there to roast pigs with Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin. Potential Republican candidates Sen. Rand Paul and Gov. Chris ...

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Clinton, Hillary
Paul, Rand
Christie, Chris
Biden, Joe
Harkin, Tom
Iowa
Iowa caucus
2016 presidential election
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