Susan Milligan


February 2011


Palin, Limbaugh, and Bachmann's Weird Attacks on Michelle Obama

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For the people who still can't stand the fact that someone with a darker hue and a non-Anglo name is in the White House, it must be frustrating, looking for something to denigrate the woman who married him. And yet, they persist.

What can be said about Michelle Obama? That she's a Harvard-educated ...

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TAGS:
Obama, Michelle
working women
politics
White House
Republican Party
Palin, Sarah
Bachmann, Michele
Limbaugh, Rush

Florida Gov. Rick Scott Plays Politics with High-Speed Rail Funds

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s announcement that he would reject $2.4 billion in federal stimulus money to build a high-speed rail between Tampa and Orlando may generate the same reaction from other states as I display when someone at a dinner party piously turns down the chocolate torte: more for me.

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TAGS:
Republican Party
unemployment
energy policy and climate change
Mica, John
transportation
politics

On Deficit and Housing, Congress Engages in Pointless Symbolism

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The minitrend of new members of Congress sleeping in their offices would be amusing if it weren’t such a sad metaphor for the approach to reining in the deficit and debt.

Bunking in the office isn’t new; lawmakers have done it in the past, particularly when the House schedule only required members ...

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TAGS:
Congress
Republican Party
Democratic Party
deficit and national debt
White House
health care reform
Ryan, Tim
Schakowsky, Jan
2012 presidential election

Obama Budget Proposes Sensible Overhaul of Corporate Tax Loopholes

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Lowering the corporate tax rate would cost jobs.

Mind you, the job loss would not be among those sad grunts now pictured in newspapers, signing up for unemployment benefits. No, the new unemployed would be the well-paid tax attorneys who scour the tax code for loopholes. They would be followed in ...

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TAGS:
lobbying
federal taxes
taxes
corporate taxes
unemployment
White House
Obama, Barack

Shirtless Christopher Lee Shows More Class Than Other Scandal Pols

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There are two possible explanations for the stunningly speedy departure of Christopher Lee from Congress: either there’s more to the story than we know, or Lee is displaying a level of honorability that arguably says more about his character than his apparent effort to find dates on Craigslist.

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TAGS:
Lee, Chris
Republican Party
Democratic Party
Congress
Vitter, David
Ensign, John
Spitzer, Eliot
politics

True Conservatives Should Be Wary of the Patriot Act

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Memo to the new Republican House majority: Be careful what you wish for.

The House failed this week to approve an emergency extension of parts of the USA Patriot Act, in large part because 26 Republican lawmakers—eight of them freshmen—balked at extending the controversial law. The act, speedily ...

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TAGS:
politics
national security terrorism and the military
Congress
Democratic Party
Republican Party
Sununu, John
9/11

Republican Healthcare Repeal Push Hurts Mitt Romney in 2012

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Mitt Romney might find it a bit awkward to conduct the usual endorsement and strategy meetings with fellow Republicans this campaign season.

Romney hasn’t announced he is running for president, though he has been raising money for months toward that potential jump. But while the former Massachusetts ...

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TAGS:
Romney, Mitt
2012 presidential election
DeMint, Jim
Congress
Democratic Party
Republican Party
health care reform
White House
politics
Obama, Barack

Egypt Protests Show That Poverty Is a Threat to Global Security

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If the unrest in the Middle East provides a critical lesson to Americans and their representatives in government, it is this: Poverty and income inequality are a threat to global security.

There are, of course, indisputable humanitarian and moral reasons to fight poverty around the world. Civilized ...

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TAGS:
national security terrorism and the military
poverty
McGovern, George
Dole, Bob
Republican Party
Democratic Party
Haiti
Egypt
Yemen
Jordan
Middle East

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