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A Drug Testing Program that Makes Sense!

Republicans have been passing laws to require drug testing of welfare recipients. Florida tested food stamp recipients for four months in 2012 (until it was halted by a court on constitutional grounds), they found that less than 3% tested positive. In Arizona they tested 87,000 – how many tested positive? One. So the approx $2.76 […]

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Why This Gridlock is Different

NBC has an interesting article “A New Kind of Gridlock: Why Congress Is More Broken Than Ever“. I’m usually skeptical about articles like this, because we are always seeing people claim that things are getting worse, when in general, things are actually getting mostly better. The number of wars is going down, tolerance for other […]

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The Irony of Congress

© Steve Kelley I keep seeing headlines that the approval of Congress is at an all time low. And yet the last time it was at an all time low we kicked out a bunch of them and elected Tea Party candidates, and things got worse. Far worse. What’s a voter to do? Answer: the […]

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What About Both?

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Congressional Oversight

© Ben Sargent The real scandal is that Congress doesn’t seem capable of doing anything about the issues that really matter. Instead, we get distraction after distraction and obstruction after obstruction. And it looks like this is being done on purpose. Well, at least I guess we can feel better since Congress has its top […]

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Save the Post Office!

Finally, someone in Congress, Peter DeFazio (D-OR), is doing something right to save the Post Office from its incipient and completely unnecessary bankruptcy. He has introduced legislation, but he will need our help to overcome the special interests who have largely succeeded in crippling the postal service. DeFazio has set up a petition on the […]

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Jon Stewart, Pissed Off!

I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen Jon Stewart this angry.

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Doing Something Productive?

The Atlantic has a fascinating (and short) interview with former Ohio GOP Congressman Steve LaTourette, who just resigned after 18 years. He answers questions about what’s going on with the extremist Republicans in the house and how John Boehner is attempting to deal with them (and largely failing). My favorite answer is the very last […]

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History-making Congress

We are on track to have a record breaking 112th Congress. What record are they breaking? The record for least productive Congress since WWII. In 2012 so far, only 61 bills have become law. And in all of 2011 (right after the Republicans took control of the House) only 90 bills became law. The previous […]

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Will the Real Karl Rove Please Shut Up?

Today on Fox News, Karl Rove complained about Obama’s use of executive privilege over a set of Department of Justice internal documents, calling it an “overreach” and saying “I’m not certain that that’s what the Founders thought about when they talked about executive privilege.” Rove conveniently forgot that the very first time Bush invoked executive […]

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The Filibuster is Unconstitutional

Emmet Bondurant is one of the best business lawyers in the country, but now he’s suing to change the country. Bondurant is convinced that the filibuster is unconstitutional, and along with Common Cause, he wants the Supreme Court to abolish it. In fact, the filibuster was a mistake that has grown like a cancer. Proof […]

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A Sign

© Glenn McCoy And if an earthquake doesn’t do the trick, how about a hurricane?

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Congressional Rating

© Ed Stein Polls show that Congressional approval is now even lower than back before the last election, when Congressional approval was so low we kicked out a bunch of Congress and elected some newbie freshmen from the Tea Party. Ouch! Ever get the feeling that you’ve been had?

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You can’t make up comedy like this

Jon Stewart demonstrates that the debt ceiling debate has gotten so utterly and unbelievably bizarre, that only a comedy show has any chance at all of giving it the coverage it so clearly deserves:

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How can both sides cave on debt, but we still don’t have an agreement?

I didn’t think the ongoing debt ceiling negotiations could get any more bizarre. The Democrats now are to the right of the Republicans, but they must have missed each other in passing because they still can’t agree. Unbelievable.

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