Susan Milligan


November 2010


Murkowski's Win Gives Hope for Third Party Solution

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Tea Party movement denizens point to their successes at the polls this month as a display of the will of the people—and they're right. But the same grassroots empowerment is also evident in the apparent loss by one of the movement's favorites, Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller.

Miller stunned ...

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2010 Congressional elections
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Murkowski, Lisa
Miller, Joe
Clinton, Hillary
Franken, Al
health care reform
Bush, George W.
politics
Senate

Republicans Should Start Respecting the President

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The first power showdown between Republican leaders in Congress and the White House is over what appears to be a relatively petty and insignificant matter: when to have a meeting among President Obama and both GOP and Democratic leaders at the White House to discuss the agenda for the incoming,

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Obama, Barack
Ryan, Paul
McConnell, Mitch
health care reform
2010 Congressional elections
Congress
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Earmark Ban Won't Get the Federal Deficit Under Control

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The Tea Party movement has scored an early success with the incoming 112th Congress, winning support from Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell and others to put a moratorium on earmarks, the reviled appropriations for projects targeted to a specific entity without competition for the funds. But the ...

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McConnell, Mitch
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Obama, Barack
national security terrorism and the military
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Charlie Rangel Goes Too Far Playing the Victim in Ethics Trial

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There have been moments when Rep. Charlie Rangel, the veteran (literally and metaphorically) Democratic lawmaker accused of breaking ethics rules, has been a legitimate candidate for some sympathy. He’s been in public service for nearly a half century, re-elected this month to a 21st term in

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Rangel, Charles
Congress
2010 Congressional elections
tea party
unemployment
recession
Democratic Party

Kanye West Could Learn a Thing or Two From Bush

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So much is being discussed about the observations former President George W. Bush has made in his new memoir that it’s easy to forget what led up to it. And that’s not just the eight years of his presidency and all of implications for the economy, the federal deficit, and civil liberties. It’s ...

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Bush, George W.
Hurricane Katrina
economy
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health care reform
health care
Obama, Barack
2008 presidential election

Women in Congress Lose Ground in 2010 Elections

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It could have been another Year of the Woman in American politics, with an added twist: it was Republican women--in particular, conservative Republican women--who accounted for increases in the number of females running for the House, Senate or statewide office. Whether traditional feminists see ...

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Murkowski, Lisa
Slaughter, Louise
Fallin, Mary
Pelosi, Nancy
Whitman, Meg
O'Donnell, Christine
working women
2010 Congressional elections
House of Representatives
Senate
Congress
Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana
Bachmann, Michele
Republican Party
Democratic Party

MSNBC's Keith Olbermann Suspension--What Was the Point?

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What, exactly, was the point of Keith Olbermann’s brief suspension from MSNBC?

Actually, there’s a bigger mystery to be solved before considering the question of why MSNBC temporarily suspended its acerbic, liberal host of Countdown: Why would Olbermann, whose show is unabashedly liberal and anti-

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Olbermann, Keith
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Congress
2010 Congressional elections
Republican Party
Democratic Party
deficit and national debt
politics

Pelosi's Refusal to Retire Shouldn't Thrill Republicans

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Republicans are thrilled that outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi intends to stay on as leader of her soon-to-be minority caucus. They shouldn’t be.

[See where Pelosi gets her campaign money.]

The GOP is understandably giddy over their huge win in last week’s elections and ascension to majority ...

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Pelosi, Nancy
Obama, Barack
health care
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Congress
2010 Congressional elections
health care reform
energy policy and climate change

Why Massachusetts Bucked the 2010 Republican Wave

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Republicans gleeful over the upset election of Scott Brown to replace the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy were understandably hopeful that they could weaken the longtime Democratic domination in the Bay State. Capitalizing on voter anger and a fierce anti-establishment mood, the GOP could have taken ...

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2010 Congressional elections
Kennedy, Ted
Massachusetts
Congress
Republican Party
Democratic Party
Brown, Scott
Frank, Barney
Tsongas, Niki
Delahunt, Bill

The 2010 Elections Over, the Real Barney Frank Returns

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Barney Frank is back.

The 70-year-old Democrat is not just back as a congressman, a title he kept Tuesday night with a convincing victory over GOP nominee Sean Bielat. Frank also made it clear during his victory speech that the irascible, arguably downright cranky person whose wit has both ...

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New Jersey
Grayson, Alan
Democratic Party
Republican Party
Frank, Barney
2010 Congressional elections
Congress

Christine O'Donnell, Disconnected From Reality to the End

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Christine O’Donnell might have convinced us that the whole dabbling in witchcraft thing was just schoolgirl fun. And the diatribe against masturbation? Could be that it was just the naïve musings of a young woman still not comfortable with the world of sex. And maybe those creepy campaign ads--the ...

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O'Donnell, Christine
Coons, Chris
Castle, Mike
Delaware
2010 Congressional elections
Congress
Palin, Sarah
tea party
Republican Party
Democratic Party

Why Do We Reward Politicians Behaving Badly?

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Building a hefty campaign chest is easy for congressional candidates, so long as they follow the contemporary rule: Bad behavior pays.

Rep. Michele Bachmann, the Minnesota Republican known for suggesting that then-candidate Barack Obama held “anti-American” views, has raised $11,130,358 this

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Congress
Bachmann, Michele
Republican Party
Obama, Barack
2010 Congressional elections
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health care reform
Grayson, Alan
Democratic Party
Wilson, Joe
tea party
politics

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