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August 9, 2011 When weary voters saw the news that Washington had struck a bipartisan deal on the debt ceiling, it's doubtful that many of them took out stationery to write Congress a thank-you note; it's not clear how many of us even believed it had happened. Last week, according to a Pew ...

A Laughingstock

August 2, 2011 Here's your homework for today: Go to the Government Printing Office's website and order the current edition of the Congressional Pictorial Directory, which contains color photographs of every member of the 112th Congress. Save it, and after the 2016 elections, look back through the guide and see how many of ...

Too Close to Call

July 26, 2011 It's interesting that the race for the Republican presidential nomination is as fluid as it is, given that no primaries or caucuses have been held and that the first important straw poll, in Ames, Iowa, is still three weeks away. The narrative is confusing. Is former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney ...

Blame Republicans for Debt Crisis

July 19, 2011 Remember the old joke that ended with the punch line, "What's mine is mine, and what's yours is negotiable?" That seems to be the Republican position in the debt-ceiling debate now that House Speaker John Boehner has been forced to renounce any tax increases and, for that matter, any net ...

Enough Already

July 12, 2011 Is anyone else getting as nervous as I am about this debt-ceiling debate? Don't get me wrong; my view has long been that we would endure some stomach-churning days on the way to a deal. Ultimately, though, I believed that the adults in both parties would prevail and lift the ...

Worries on All Sides

July 5, 2011 A recent Democracy Corps national survey, conducted by the Democratic polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, has numbers that should worry both Democrats and Republicans. The survey, conducted June 18-21 among 1,000 likely 2012 voters (with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percent) showed that those respondents ...

Ready to Rumble

June 28, 2011 Now that former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman has announced his candidacy for the GOP presidential nomination, the biggest question remaining is whether Texas Gov. Rick Perry will jump into the race. If former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin opted in, watching her and Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota tangle would be ...

Too Good to Last

June 14, 2011 Hardly a day goes by that a prominent Democratic member of Congress doesn't criticize Republicans on Medicare. From Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on down, Democrats are attacking House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and other congressional Republicans for trying to "end Medicare as ...

The Home Front

June 7, 2011 Last week's confirmation that the gross domestic product grew only 1.8 percent in the first quarter came when economists were already busily revising their growth forecasts downward for the rest of this year. A double-dip recession remains unlikely, but this is the weakest recovery since the Great Depression and the ...

Room for One More

May 31, 2011 A lot of Republicans aren't surprised by the inauspicious start of Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign. GOP insiders who know and admire Gingrich and respect his intellect and creativity have long suspected that his candidacy would not end well. Some Republican operatives say they advised Gingrich not to run but that ...