Susan Milligan


May 2011


Pawlenty's Tough Ethanol Talk Could be Good for Primary Process

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Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty may be the craziest candidate to run for president in some time. Or, he may just be the bravest.

On the day of his official announcement that he is seeking the GOP nomination for president, Pawlenty went to Iowa and uttered the words many candidates may have ...

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Pawlenty, Tim
energy policy and climate change
Republican Party
gun control and gun rights
2012 presidential election

Don't Judge Newt Gingrich for His ABBA Ring Tone

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Republicans might still be mad at Newt Gingrich for some critical talk about Rep. Paul Ryan’s plans for Medicare (if you call "right-wing social engineering" critical talk). And surely there are Democrats still fuming at things Gingrich did as a congressman, not the least of which was taking ...

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Gingrich, Newt
2012 presidential election
Republican Party
Democratic Party
Ryan, Paul
Medicare
health care reform
Congress

Paul Ryan's Medicare Plan at Issue in NY Special Election

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Even in our era of crazy-expensive political campaigns, one has to wonder: Why on earth is so much money being dumped into the special election in western New York to replace former GOP Rep. Chris Lee?

Nearly $5 million has been raised or lent to the campaigns of the three candidates for that ...

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2012 presidential election
Lee, Chris
Democratic Party
Republican Party
Congress
Ryan, Paul
Bachmann, Michele
health care reform
Medicare
politics

Stop Fighting Over Who Gets Credit for Killing bin Laden

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The horrific attacks of 9/11 brought together, at least for a time, a fragmented and ideologically divided nation. One would think that the discovery and killing of the terrorist leader responsible for it would have the same effect.

And yet there persists, on cable TV and the Internet, a childish ...

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bin Laden, Osama
Obama, Barack
Clinton, Bill
Bush, George W.
Carter, Jimmy
national security terrorism and the military
Democratic Party

Obama's Immigration Push Is Not Just Politics; It's Good Policy

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Some conservatives are grousing that President Obama’s visit to the United States-Mexican border on Wednesday was merely a pander to win back disaffected Hispanic voters, whose support is desperately needed for Obama to win re-election. That’s quite possibly true. But it doesn’t mean Washington ...

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immigration reform
Obama, Barack
2012 presidential election
politics
Kennedy, Ted
Martinez, Mel

Take Note, Tea Party: Government Workers Got Osama bin Laden

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To the anti-union governors, the Tea Partyers, the whiner down the street who is convinced that everyone in the public sector enjoys a high salary and benefits for doing a cushy job, let us consider the government worker whose effort we have witnessed in the past week.

[See photos of reactions to ...

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TAGS:
bin Laden, Osama
national security terrorism and the military
CIA
tea party
Clinton, Hillary
Obama, Barack

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