Robert Schlesinger

February 2011


The Big Myth in Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's Union-Busting Crusade

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The Battle of Madison, in addition to being about Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s desire to cripple his state’s public sector unions, is also at least ostensibly about budgetary matters. Walker wants to get those nasty teachers and other government workers to foot more of the bill for their ...

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state budgets
deficit and national debt
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Wisconsin
New York Times
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Does Obama's Gay Marriage Reversal Set a Dangerous Precedent?

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I shudder to say this, but Newt Gingrich might have a point about the Obama administration’s announcement this week that it will no longer defend a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act. Granted that the law is offensive; what kind of precedent is Obama setting with this move?

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Republican Party
LGBT rights
Holder, Eric
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Bush, George W.
politics
health care reform
health care
Palin, Sarah
Gingrich, Newt

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Is Right in Being Wrong

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A friend of mine made a good point today: Let’s retire, or at least put a temporary moratorium on, phrases like ram through and cramming down the throat in relation to legislative acts. These phrases unfair imply illegitimacy in the process. The fact of the matter is that what’s going on in ...

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Wisconsin
politics
labor
unions
2010 Congressional elections
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Republican Party
health care
health care reform
Democratic Party
deficit and national debt

Poll: Voters Oppose Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in Union Standoff

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has become an instant conservative darling and national figure with his standoff against his state’s public worker unions. But a new poll suggests his no-compromise, union-busting approach is not playing well in the historically progressive state.

Walker is pushing a bill ...

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Wisconsin
AFL-CIO
unions
state budgets
deficit and national debt
Democratic Party
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Greenberg, Stan

Bachmann, 'All In' for 2012, Wants Glenn Beck to Fix the Deficit

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Sounding an awful lot like a presidential candidate (“I’m in”), Minnesota GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann came up with a novel solution for the budget crisis: Let Glenn Beck figure it out.

It was one highlight in what the Minnesota Independent (h/t Washington Monthly) describes as “one of her ...

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national security terrorism and the military
Boehner, John
Obama, Michelle
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deficit and national debt
Beck, Glenn
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Congress
2012 presidential election
Bachmann, Michele

The Republicans' Fundamentalist Approach to Spending and Jobs

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We all know the aphorism that “it’s the economy, stupid.” I don’t think anyone would argue with that notion--that the biggest thing driving voters (especially at a time like this) is the state of the economy. Unfortunately the economy varies in the eye of the beholder.

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Boehner, John
Ryan, Paul
Van Hollen, Chris
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Congress
House of Representatives
federal budget

Poll: Birthers Now Make Up a Majority of Republican Primary Voters

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I'm starting to think that the Republican Party is actually going crazy. There are the South Dakotans who want to make the murder of an abortion provider " justifiable homicide;" there are legislators in a dozen different states trying to resurrect the long-dead, never-legitimate nullification ...

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politics
tea party
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Gingrich, Newt
Huckabee, Mike
Romney, Mitt
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9/11
Republican Party
Paul, Ron
Obama, Barack
2012 presidential election
Palin, Sarah

Obama Tax Deal Left GOP Without Jobs and Unemployment Answers

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President Obama caught a lot of flack, particularly from the left, for the tax deal he cut with Republicans in December, extending the Bush tax cuts in exchange for, among other things, an extension of unemployment benefits. Progressives accused Obama of caving to the right and while I disagreed on ...

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Congress
Democratic Party
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health care
health care reform
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Obama, Barack
economy
Republican Party
unemployment
federal budget

Poll Spells Trouble for Palin in 2012 ... Unless It Doesn't

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CNN and Opinion Research released a new poll this afternoon which is getting a lot of notice for Republicans signaling a strong desire to nominate an electable candidate against Barack Obama in 2012 rather than someone who is right down the line on the issues. While on its face this seems a blow ...

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Palin, Sarah
Republican Party
tea party
2012 presidential election
2010 Congressional elections
Congress
politics
polls
Obama, Barack
Romney, Mitt
Huckabee, Mike
CNN

Patriot Act Extension Fails, Splitting Tea Party Republicans

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The Patriot Act took a temporary hit Tuesday night when the House failed to muster a two-thirds majority to extend three provisions of the law under special fast-track rules. It’s a temporary setback for the bill, which is expected to easily pass in a few days under regular rules. And it’s a kick ...

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Democratic Party
Republican Party
tea party
Congress
2010 Congressional elections
Obama, Barack
national security terrorism and the military
White House
House of Representatives
politics
Bachmann, Michele
Noem, Kristi
West, Allen

Unemployment Key to the 2012 Presidential Race

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National Journal's Charlie Cook has a typically insightful analysis of last week's unemployment numbers and the great spinfest they set off (unemployment rate down, but actual net number of new jobs created weak). Noting that Ronald Reagan faced a tough economy in his first term before riding a ...

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tea party
unemployment
Obama, Barack
Angle, Sharron
2010 Congressional elections
Republican Party
2012 presidential election
Congress
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CNN

Egypt Protests: Even Castro Says Mubarak's Got to Go

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It can't be a good sign if you're an embattled, long-tenured autocrat and one of the senior members of the dictators' club says that your time is up. Even as Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak scrambles to stay in office for a few months more, long-time Cuban leader Fidel Castro issued his view, that ...

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foreign policy
national security terrorism and the military
Obama, Barack
Cuba
Egypt
Castro, Fidel

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