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Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010

Republicans look to block nuclear weapons treaty despite its benefits

Nuclear weapons treaties are like currency exchange rates—always vitally important to the national interest, but often stunningly dull, not to say impenetrable. Yet Washington has suddenly been jolted awake by Republican threats to stall if not kill...
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Monday, Nov. 22, 2010

War, tax cuts and the recession are the true causes of the deficit

It isn't the earmarks, stupid. Bullying Republican Senate leaders into a "voluntary" ban on earmarks may represent a political triumph for the tea party movement, but as a measure to reduce the federal deficit it is a meaningless substitute for real action. The facts about earmarks—and the deficit, for that matter—are so...
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Monday, Nov. 15, 2010

Republicans’ promise to repeal the bill isn’t popular or wise

Overstating the importance of a midterm election is understandably tempting for politicians and pundits, especially when the partisan turnover reaches historic proportions, as it indisputably did on Nov. 2. It is a temptation to which Republicans and conservatives seem particularly...
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Monday, Oct. 25, 2010

Tea partiers have no love for the free press

What do the tea party ideologues mean when they speak of liberty and freedom and the Constitution that they supposedly revere? Sometimes they are...
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Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010

How Paul Ryan and Republicans are killing our infrastructure

When American politicians talk about the legacy we are leaving to the next generation, their usual theme is financial deficits, as if there were no other kind. Figured on a per-capita basis, the real and imputed debt...
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Monday, Oct. 11, 2010

Far-right Austrian thinkers guide the tea party

Let nobody accuse the tea party enthusiasts of lacking intellectual sophistication, no matter what their favorite candidates might say about evolution, civil rights...
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Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010

Urban legends and anger cloud rational thinking on the economy

For Americans still suffering from persistent unemployment, falling incomes and rising inequality, politicians of either party probably...
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Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010

Expect more political theater than problem-solving if Republicans win back Congress

The Republicans have announced the forthcoming release of the "Contract From America"—a set of legislative proposals presumably intended to replicate...
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Monday, Sept. 20, 2010

Rep. John Boehner favors banking and tobacco lobbyists over voters

With their loud voices and antic style, the "tea party" activists may lead voters to expect something new and different if the Republican Party returns to power. But observing the man who would wield that power if his party wins a midterm majority should swiftly dispel that illusion. There is nothing fresh or surprising about Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, the would-be speaker, a figure so closely associated with corporate...

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