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Will Congress Regret Banning Earmarks?

Over in the New York Times, Carl Hulse writes notes that one of the many unique aspects of this year’s unfolding budget clash is that…

Obama Gets His Comeuppance For Failing the Lobbying Purity Test

If you search through the White House visitor logs, you can find me. In fact, I’ve been to the Obama White House twice (though I…

Six Months Is Too Short For Egypt’s Elections

Arab revolutions have overthrown one dictator after another in strikingly orderly fashion. There’s an almost biblical quality to it: Tunisia begat Egypt, and Egypt begat…

Have We Finally Reached the ‘End of History’?

Are the current pro-democracy uprisings in the Middle East a vindication of Francis Fukuyama’s theory about the ‘End of History’? Max Borders ponders the question…

Wingnut Watch: The Ideological Crusade Behind the Budget Battles

In Washington and around the country, conservatives are going on the anti-spending warpath, delighting the Tea Party base with tough talk and confrontational tactics.  The…

Small Spending Cuts’ Big Impact on America in the Middle East

Now is the winter of discontent for Middle East dictators. A great political awakening is roiling the region – which makes this exactly the wrong…

Twilight of Collective Bargaining?

The Battle of Madison is in full cry, as labor and its progressive allies rally to block Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s plan to curb union…

The Strange Republican Cuts to National Security

As a progressive who strongly believes in a “whole of government” approach to ensuring the nation’s security, I cheered when the Obama administration’s 2010 National…

Gov. Scott’s Plan for Florida: Let Them Eat Highways

In rejecting $2.4 billion in federal funds for high-speed rail in Florida yesterday, Gov. Rick Scott came up with a great idea to solve the…

Overcoming the Obstacles to Charter School Growth

High-performing charter schools need to grow faster to serve more students, but to do so, they will have to overcome not just organizational obstacles but…