Thomas Jefferson Street

September 2013


Why President Obama and Democrats Want a Government Shutdown

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The short narrative, compiled by people with even shorter memories, is that the United States government got to the brink of a shutdown because the unreasonable House Republicans refused to get over their obsession with putting an end to Obamacare before it is fully implemented.

The real story is a ...

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Congress
Republican Party
Democratic Party
politics
Affordable Care Act
federal budget
Obama, Barack

John Boehner Is Letting the Tea Party Cause a Government Shutdown

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Conventional wisdom in Washington holds that Republicans are overplaying their hand by threatening to shut down the government over the Affordable Care Act. Even Republican strategist Karl Rove is warning that this is a dangerous move.

But there's something else going on that demands our attention:

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politics
Congress
Boehner, John
Affordable Care Act
Republican Party
Democratic Party

When the NSA Spied on the Congress

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I was 27-years-old when I saw the secret tally of American citizens that the National Security Agency had put on their "watch list." It was a list of 1960s civil rights activists, anti-Vietnam War demonstrators and those who organized the Students for a Democratic Society and took to the streets ...

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NSA
privacy
history
government

The Obama Administration Signs the U.N. Gun Control Treaty, and the NRA Freaks Out

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While Washington was busy watching Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz bloviate during his not-really-a-filibuster, Secretary of State John Kerry was in New York at the U.N. General Assembly signing the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty, known as the ATT. This is a long overdue step for the U.S., joining a treaty ...

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gun control and gun rights
international treaties
UN
Kerry, John
politics
human rights

GOP Senators Should Have Supported Ted Cruz’s Obamacare Talkathon

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GOP Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's 21-hour marathon on the Senator floor was more than just a symbolic gesture or, as some have said, simple “theatrics.” It takes undeniable courage and stamina to speak and stand for hours even when Cruz may have felt that he was the loneliest senator in the chamber.

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politics
Affordable Care Act
Cruz, Ted
Congress
Democratic Party
Republican Party

Ted Cruz, Wendy Davis and Rand Paul and the Media’s Filibuster Coverage

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As Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz's faux-filibuster against Obamacare eclipsed its 20th hour, it was almost inevitable that the performance would draw comparisons to another Lone Star State legislator's recent stand: the actual filibuster of anti-abortion legislation by Democratic Texas state Sen.

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Cruz, Ted
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Congress
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Paul, Rand
Affordable Care Act

Ted Cruz's Fake Filibuster Against Obamacare Is a Waste of Time

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As I write this, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is still talking about defunding Obamacare. He is trying to emulate the brilliance of Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis and takes to the floor undoubtedly to try to one up her 10 hour 45 minute stand in the Texas state legislature, as Republicans need to show ...

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Cruz, Ted
Congress
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tea party
Obama, Barack
Affordable Care Act
Republican Party
Democratic Party

New Polls Deflate the Push to Defund Obamacare or Have a Shutdown

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New results from a pair of polls released today further undermine the right-wing fringe's push to either defund Obamacare or shut down the government – and further puts the lie to the delusional notion that Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and his tea party fanatic cohorts are trying to work the will of ...

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Cruz, Ted
politics
Congress
deficit and national debt
federal budget
Republican Party
Obama, Barack

On ‘Defund Obamacare,’ Ted Cruz Doesn’t Speak for ‘the American People’

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Can we please leave "the American people" out of the debate over defunding the Affordable Care Act (better known as Obamacare)? I'm not talking about the citizens of this great nation, but rather the politically self-righteous verbal tick our elected officials and commentators employ in an effort ...

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Congress
politics
Cruz, Ted
Affordable Care Act
tea party
health care reform

What Republicans Can Learn From Pope Francis on Food Stamps and Gay Rights

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Pope Francis has made some remarkable and very encouraging statements of late, suggesting he is taking the Roman Catholic church away from a focus on rules, punishment and an inordinate focus on controlling people's sexuality. Instead, Francis is talking more about what any religion should be ...

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Pope Francis
Catholic Church
Republican Party
politics
Congress
government
food stamps

GOP Voters Oppose a Debt Ceiling Increase Even If That Means the Economy Tanks

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I'm admittedly late to this, but it's so jaw-dropping that it bears repeating. Greg Sargent posted a must-read yesterday afternoon breaking down the Washington Post's most recent polling on raising the debt ceiling. His startling – but inarguable – conclusion: That Republican voters want a debt ...

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deficit and national debt
politics
Congress
economy
Republican Party
Democratic Party

EPA Coal Restrictions Put Obama and Senate Democrats on Defense

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While much of the press attention in the political world this week is focused on the potential for a government shutdown over Obamacare, there's another big story with serious 2014 election implications that's flying under the radar in Washington.

As Reuters reports, Environmental Protection Agency ...

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politics
Republican Party
Democratic Party
Obama, Barack
energy policy and climate change
coal
Keystone XL Pipeline

Obama Got Putin and Syria to the Table, and That’s What Matters

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The U.S. came close (we are told, anyway) to bombing Syria in retaliation over the alleged use of chemical weapons in the civil war there. Since then, democracy-challenged Russian President Vladimir Putin has stepped in, and is helping to broker a deal by which another bad actor, Syria, would give ...

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Syria
chemical weapons
Obama, Barack
politics
Congress
Bashar Assad
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