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From Endured To Insured, Though Not Yet Assured

We survived a year of stalemate and shutdowns, shouting matches, sideshows and sh*t-storms, and somehow, despite setbacks and silliness, millions of Americans begin the new year insured. We made it through bogus budget battles, callous compromises, cave-ins and calls for...More

 

2013: Slow Down, Showdown, Snowden and Snowed In

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A year that began with a bold Inauguration following a clear re-election and talk of mandate was mired in revelations of government spying, a stalled Washington agenda and a faulty website. A year that started with the GOP vowing to...More

 

Congress Brakes for Break, But Is Already Broken

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A year after the Newtown massacre, Congress still hasn't passed sensible gun laws. A year after the GOP announced a change of heart, Congress has done nothing on immigration reform. A year after Hurricane Sandy's devastation Congress has avoided any...More

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The World Misses Mandela, While Some Miss The Point

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As the world marks the passing of a historic figure, a man who united through words and action, some critics decided that the real story is who the American President shook hands with. As the world reflects on how apartheid...More

 

The Party of Nope vs Hope and the Pope

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While Fox News trumps up a War on Christmas, the Corporatocracy wages a war on Thanksgiving, expanding Black Friday into Bleak Thursday as workers leave family tables for retail spectacles. While conservatives lament the loss of family values, The Tea...More

 

Thankful for Nuclear Options and New, Clear Options

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The Senate addresses historic obstruction by dealing with dramatic filibuster dysfunction, enraging the GOP and engaging democracy to move forward on Presidential appointments. Iran talks turn into tremendous opportunities to pause their path toward nuclear armament and to showcase the...More

 

Listening to Lincoln, Keeping up Kennedy

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150 years ago, Lincoln extolled the importance of a government of, by and for the people. Today, the Gettysburg Address would be criticized by cable news for being too short to take seriously. 50 years ago, we lost Kennedy, who...More

 

A Disaster Worse Than Metaphor

We talk of the roll-out "disaster" of Obamacare, but now see a real disaster of staggering scale: the typhoon and aftermath in the Philippines. We survived the "tragedy" of our shut-down, a game of pointless political parlor tricks, when the...More

 

Running For Everything, Standing For Nothing

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Two campaigns for governor come to an end yet we don't ask how these winners stand to govern -- rather how Christie's victory boosts his Presidential run and how McAuliffe's win may bolster Hillary's race. As we deal with the...More

 

A Halloween of Hollow Weenies

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The shutdown ended, but the showdown continues as the mad hatters of The Tea Party extreme play dress up as grown-ups interested in governing while aiming to gut Social Security and Food Stamps. As the Obamacare website works through its...More

 

Government, Heal Thyself

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The website launched by our tech-savvy Prez to help Americans access affordable healthcare has had so many glitches and crashes that it now requires its own emergency care. The right-wing that sought to undo Obamacare, rein in spending, revive the...More

 

Full Faith and Credit vs Fool's Faith Discredited

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The nation lost billions of dollars, the GOP lost national respect & the government lost more of the public's faith while Ted Cruz grew his email list. The global economy held its breath, the American people threw up their hands...More

 

The GOP: Contortionists and Extortionists

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Ted Cruz's exhortation against Obamacare and the House GOP's explosion of democratic process turn out to be part of a long-term right-wing plan for the exploitation of a government shut-down. Bohner's lost control of the House while regular Americans are...More

 

Shut Down A Little Less, Shut Up A Little More

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The right-wing shuts down the government slamming our social services as superfluous at the same time that millions of Americans are seeking new government healthcare service. Conservatives complain about public employees but their shut down has shut out these workers...More

 

Green Eggs and Sham

Ted Cruz did cram all the words he could ram as he tried to slam and sought to damn a health program to hep your fam, invoking Sam from Green Eggs and Ham. His ideas have dust and opinions rust,...More

 

When History Is Repeated, We Are Defeated

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Another gunman, another senseless massacre. A reprise of calls not to politicize the tragedy. Will we find the fortitude for sensible solutions or fall to the familiar fate of silent stagnation? Another budget "crisis" created by Congress, more showdowns and...More

 

We Now Interrupt Your Previously Scheduled War

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The Obama Team wanted to start bombing Syria with an international force and global mandate, until our allies around the world said, No Thanks. So the President pushed for America to act alone, creating a rare moment of bipartisan unity...More

 

Where's A Washington Stalemate When You Need One?

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Obama seeks Congressional approval to strike Syria, a mission lacking clear reason, aims and scope. He wants swift action but maybe Congress will move as quickly as it did to consider the American Jobs Act. The President wants the green...More

 

Syriasly?

Now that we're finally untangling ourselves from quagmires in Iraq and Afghanistan, "serious people" on both sides of the aisle call for a new open-ended Middle East military incursion. At home, we hear about austerity and cuts, yet we're considering...More

 

A Secret Democracy Doesn't Secrete Democracy

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A secret court rebuked the NSA's secret program which collected secrets of countless Americans -- yet this report was, until now, secret. Bradley Manning revealed secret messages that educated the public, shed light on corruption, contributing to our understanding of...More