Susan Milligan


January 2011


Gun Control Opponents Have Nothing to Worry About

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The answer to the question of why Democrats aren’t upset about gun control is obvious. What’s perplexing is why those opposed to gun control are worried about it.

It’s disappointing to see the retreat Democrats have taken on sensible gun control in recent years. Then-Rep. Chuck Schumer went on his ...

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Obama, Barack
State of the Union
gun control and gun rights
Schumer, Chuck
Congress
Democratic Party

State of the Union Bipartisan Seating Made a Difference

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It was a show. A charade, arguably. A public relations ploy that was all about trying to look bipartisan in the wake of the Tucson tragedy, without the true substance of cross-party cooperation behind it.

And I still loved it.

After so many years of watching the State of the Union address--an event ...

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Congress
State of the Union
Democratic Party
Republican Party
King, Pete
Weiner, Anthony
Kerry, John
McCain, John
deficit and national debt
politics
Obama, Barack

Hu Should Consider China's Human Rights Record Before Lecturing U.S.

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Most countries don’t like being lectured by foreigners, although sometimes a well-worded criticism from outside sources is worth heeding. One wishes that the United States, for example, had paid a bit more attention to the skepticism and outright opposition to the Iraq War expressed by the ...

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national security terrorism and the military
unemployment
deficit and national debt
China

Health Reform Repeal Vote a Republican 2012 Campaign Ploy

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We've just been through a nasty political campaign season, and we're reeling still from the tragic attacks in Tucson on public servants—and by extension, democracy. One would think Congress could take a breather before starting the 2012 campaign.

Instead, the new Republican House majority went ahead ...

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health care reform
Congress
Democratic Party
Republican Party
2012 presidential election
politics

To Sarah Palin, the Arizona Shooting Is All About ... Sarah Palin

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A nine-year-old girl who just wanted to meet her congresswoman is dead. Democracy itself is under assault with the shooting death of a federal judge and a congressional aide, and the attempted murder of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. The accused shooter has a troubling history that raises questions about ...

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gun control and gun rights
Obama, Barack
2012 presidential election
Giffords, Gabrielle
Boehner, John
Palin, Sarah
Congress

Arizona Shooting Funeral Protest Strains the First Amendment

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The tragic shootings in Tucson raise, yet again, a critical question in a country which cherishes the First Amendment: how much must we tolerate intolerance in the defense of free speech?

It’s not even about conservative rabble-rouser Glenn Beck, who commonly uses heated rhetoric (and some outright ...

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TAGS:
Constitution
2010 Congressional elections
national security terrorism and the military
gun control and gun rights
Beck, Glenn
freedom of speech

The Media Is Also Responsible for Heated Political Rhetoric

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President Obama pledged to raise the level of dialogue in Washington and ease the bitter partisanship that has crippled the work of Congress. He has been unable to do so, and it’s not entirely his fault, since the president cannot control the behavior of Congress any more than teachers can control ...

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media
gun control and gun rights
Boehner, John
Giffords, Gabrielle
health care reform
Congress
freedom of speech

Don't Say Gabrielle Giffords' Shooting Not Related to Violent Rhetoric

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It would be wrong, not to mention unfair and destructive, to blame the Tea Party movement or any other political force for what happened to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. But it would be equal folly to treat the shooting as though it had nothing to do with the sort of violence-themed and inciteful ...

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Giffords, Gabrielle
tea party
gun control and gun rights
Palin, Sarah
Republican Party
2010 Congressional elections
Congress
Angle, Sharron
health care
health care reform
Boehner, John

Change in Congress Looks Awfully Familiar

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Players may change, and the party which controls the chambers of Congress may change, but one thing stays distressingly consistent: the House is run by an iron-handed majority, and the Senate is run by the minority.

The House this week adopted its rules for the 112th Congress, and unsurprisingly,

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Congress
health care reform
Republican Party
Democratic Party
Frist, Bill
Senate
House of Representatives
politics

Issa, GOP More Interested in Politics Than Oversight

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A strong commitment to congressional oversight is a welcome goal. But the approach incoming chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Darrell Issa, isn’t the way to restore public confidence in government efficiency and ethics.

Issa--who called President Obama the “most ...

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Congress
Issa, Darrell
Democratic Party
Republican Party
national security terrorism and the military
McCain, John
Grassley, Chuck
unemployment
politics

Troubling Signs From New Republican House Majority

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Republicans have come out with guns cocked as they prepare to take over leadership of the House. This is natural; they've developed the kind of bunker mentality and solidarity in shared victimhood that comes from being in the House minority. As tough as it was for the GOP to be out of control in ...

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TAGS:
health care reform
2012 presidential election
Republican Party
Democratic Party
Congress
White House

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