Susan Milligan


December 2010


Christine O'Donnell, Class A Conspiracy Theorist

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OK, so maybe she’s not a witch. But Christine O’Donnell is revealing herself as a class A conspiracy theorist, aggravating the condition with the remarkably self-centered view that she is the victim of a White House scheme to destroy her.

O’Donnell, the ridiculed and failed GOP Senate candidate ...

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O'Donnell, Christine
Biden, Joe
Delaware
2010 Congressional elections
Congress
politics
FBI
unemployment
Democratic Party
Republican Party

Defending the Lame Duck Congress

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Congress had an impressive display of accomplishments in its lame-duck session this year. Lawmakers finally, after 17 years, dispensed with the odious and discriminatory "don’t ask, don’t tell" policy requiring gays in the military to keep their sexual orientations secret. It approved a deeply ...

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2010 Congressional elections
Congress
Democratic Party
health care reform
Republican Party
energy policy and climate change
national security terrorism and the military
unemployment

Scott Brown Showed Courage with New START Vote

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It would be heartening to believe that the overwhelming vote to ratify the New START treaty in the Senate also signifies a new start between President Obama and the incoming, divided Congress. Unfortunately, this is likely not the case, but the ratification of the arms control treaty is a critical ...

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national security terrorism and the military
Brown, Scott
Congress
tea party
Obama, Barack
Obama administration
politics
Senate
nuclear weapons
Russia
Iran

New Census Data Shows Democrats Must Focus on Immigration

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After a brutal election year, Democrats are bracing for further injury, as the U.S. Census releases its big-count summary of how many citizens live in the country, and where they live. By all accounts, internal migration trends over the past decade will benefit GOP-leaning states while depriving ...

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Republican Party
Democratic Party
Rangel, Charles
Slaughter, Louise
Pelosi, Nancy
Frank, Barney
immigration reform
2010 Congressional elections
Congress
2012 presidential election
Arizona
New Mexico
Nevada
Colorado
politics
Hispanics

Clinton, Obama Both Get Credit on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal

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Maybe it takes a Congress undergoing post-election traumatic syndrome to do the right thing and allow gays and lesbians in the military to do their jobs without the added stress of lying about who they are. Maybe it’s something about the holiday season that led lawmakers to acknowledge that there’s ...

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national security terrorism and the military
Clinton, Bill
Obama, Barack
Obama administration
immigration reform
Congress

Obama Tax Cut Deal Is a Bad Bargain

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There’s a common view in politics and in business that if nearly everyone is unhappy with a negotiated package, it must be good. That is not the case, unfortunately, with the massive tax cut extension the House approved late Thursday night.

The $858 billion package will do lots to increase the

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income tax
federal taxes
taxes
deficit and national debt
unemployment
DeFazio, Peter
Congress
Republican Party
Democratic Party

Poll Shows Voters Prefer Obama Over Republicans

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As Republicans plan their legislative agenda for next year, they should consider an important truth: anger and frustration are not the same as a mandate.

The GOP’s commanding wins in last month’s midterms might understandably give the new House majority and strengthened Senate minority the idea that ...

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2010 Congressional elections
Congress
Republican Party
Democratic Party
deficit and national debt
Obama, Barack
Obama administration
health care reform

Richard Holbrooke, a Passionate Peacemaker

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Determined and passionate people often get described as “abrasive” or someone who “ruffles feathers.” The fact that those descriptions have been applied to veteran diplomat Richard Holbrooke only underscores the great loss the country and the world have suffered with Holbrooke’s untimely death this ...

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Christine O’Donnell Can't Compare to Sarah Palin

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Christine O’Donnell, You’re No Sarah Palin. Sarah Palin, meanwhile, is no Jack Kennedy and maybe is not even Dan Quayle. But as shallow and self-promoting as Palin can be with her tweets and her Alaska reality show, O’Donnell can’t even come close to Palin when it comes to political savvy or ...

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Palin, Sarah
Castle, Mike
O'Donnell, Christine
Republican Party
health care reform
unemployment

Obama-GOP Tax Cut Deal a Sign of Politics as Usual

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It would be encouraging to view the deal President Obama brokered with Republicans on extending unaffordable tax cuts as a signal that national leaders are newly willing to compromise. Instead, the move merely solidifies what has become politics as usual in Washington: that the minority rules.

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Congress
2010 Congressional elections
Republican Party
Democratic Party
Obama, Barack
national security terrorism and the military
income tax

Congress Fiddles While the Country Burns

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If there was any hope that things might settle down in the highly-partisan Congress now that the nasty 2010 election season is over, leaders in both parties dashed them this week.

There was hope that the next Congress might finally buckle down and do something about the debt and the deficit. An ...

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Congress
Republican Party
Democratic Party
deficit and national debt
Boehner, John
unemployment
politics
federal taxes
taxes

Condoleezza Rice Thrives Outside Government

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CAMBRIDGE, MASS.--To watch former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice speak so impressively at Harvard Tuesday night was to ask this question: what do we do to people in government and public life that squelches the very talents they bring to the job?

Rice was excoriated by the left during her ...

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foreign policy
Rice, Condoleezza
Iraq war (2003-2011)
national security terrorism and the military
Harvard University
politics

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