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On Budget, Obama Must Walk a Fine Line

As President Obama prepares to deliver his first State of the Union Address tonight, he is being tugged in conflicting directions. His dilemma is simple,…

We Shouldn’t Negotiate with the Taliban’s Top Leaders

The notion of integrating top Taliban commanders into the Afghan government is gaining traction among influential members of the Obama administration. Joe Biden likes the idea,…

Straining Tea

As a follow-up to J.P. Green’s post this morning suggesting that the DSCC is trying to split the right from the far right, it’s kind of…

New Report Charts Food Hardship in Every District

A new study by the D.C.-based Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) underscores the severe food hardship faced by Americans in this brutal economic climate….

Obama’s “Theory of Change” Revisited

If you are interested in a deeper interpretation of what’s been happening in and to the Obama administration–deeper, that is, than conservative allegations of “radicalism”…

Cold Confusion

The news that the president is going to propose a three-year “freeze” on appropriations for non-defense discretionary programs (with veterans and homeland security programs exempted) is…

On Net Neutrality, Google and Verizon Find Common Ground

It’s been about a week since the deadline for comments on the FCC’s notice of proposed rulemaking for net neutrality. Regulators are no doubt immersed…

Is the New Bin Laden Tape Really Him?

Nerd alert: My brother Bob and I have a long-standing competition to identify anonymous celebrity voice-overs on TV ads (and we’re pretty good — picking…

Discipline Government, Too

Since last week’s shocker in Massachusetts, the White House has amped up the populist rhetoric in hopes of deflecting voter anger onto Wall Street bonus…

Bring On the GOP Health Policies!

I’m with Steve Benen on this one: after listening to Republicans say all weekend that the president needs to surrender on health care reform and start…