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Month: March 2012

March 30, 2012
Republicans Forget When George Loved Vladimir

Following their mid-term landslide in late 2010, emboldened Senate Republicans led by leaders Mitch McConnell and Jon Kyl almost scuttled the START treaty with Russia, a pact which enjoyed overwhelming support from the public and every living Republican secretary of state. So, when President Obama told his outgoing Russian counterpart that he would have more […]

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March 28, 2012
Will the Supreme Court End Republicans' Privatization Dream?

After another bad day for the Affordable Care Act at the Supreme Court, voices across the political spectrum are already pondering life after death for health care reform. Conservative Ross Douthat and liberal James Carville agree that overturning the ACA will help President Obama get reelected. Meanwhile, statements by Mitch McConnell and Mitt Romney seemed […]

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March 27, 2012
Romney's Number One Enemies List is a Long One

On Monday, GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney blasted President Obama's open mic comment to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that he'll have more "flexibility" to deal with issues like missile defense after the November election. Predictably, a "disturbed" Romney denounced Obama's remark as "alarming" and "troubling." But what is surprising is that Governor Romney went on to […]

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March 26, 2012
Mitt Romney, Cowardly Lyin'

That Mitt Romney will lie about anything - no matter how major or mundane - is virtually taken for granted by the press and the public alike. Steve Benen has created a cottage industry cataloguing Romney's lies, an encyclopedic task now up to Volume XI. As Jonathan Chait explained, there's even a clinical term for […]

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March 25, 2012
Ryancare and Obamacare Both Require Individual Mandate

As the Supreme Court this week begins to consider the fate of the two-year old Affordable Care Act (ACA), ironies abound. For starters, while health care is worst in Republican red states, its improvement will be underwritten by blue state taxpayers. The virtually identical law in Massachusetts has been wildly successful and wildly popular. Meanwhile, […]

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March 24, 2012
Health Care is Worst Where Republicans Poll Best

This week, GOP White House frontrunner Mitt Romney marked the two year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act by declaring the reform law the "national nightmare" he "always predicted." But leaving aside for the moment that Romney repeatedly touted his virtually identical Massachusetts law as a model for the nation, there's a much bigger problem […]

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March 23, 2012
Rove's Failed Rewrite: Bush, Romney Opposed Bin Laden Strike

This week, Karl Rove took to the pages of the Wall Street Journal in the feeble attempt to undermine of one of President Obama's signature achievements, the killing of Osama Bin Laden. "Mr. Obama did," Rove sniffed, "what virtually any commander in chief would have done in the same situation." Well, not quite every commander-in-chief. […]

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March 22, 2012
Romney Deploys Wife to Reassure Women Voters

If you think Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney aren't worried about the growing blowback from the GOP's nationwide crusade against women's reproductive rights, just ask their wives. This week, Karen Santorum emerged from her low-profile (and ironic past) to declare her husband is "completely supportive of women" and that "women have nothing to fear when […]

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March 21, 2012
Ryan, Like Romney, Piles Up Massive New Debt

In the wake of Mitt Romney's solid victory in Illinois, conservative columnist Fred Barnes proposed a Romney-Ryan ticket for the fall. That would be altogether fitting. After all, Romney didn't merely endorse the catastrophic GOP budget plan Paul Ryan unveiled Tuesday; he already laid out an almost identical blueprint. Stylistically, both Ryan the budget chairman […]

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March 20, 2012
Introducing the Ryan-Romney Budget

If the new House GOP budget unveiled Tuesday by Paul Ryan sounds familiar, it should. And not just because Ryan's "Path to Prosperity" is essentially the same scheme he's been pushing for two years. As it turns out, Mitt Romney is offering the same disastrous recipe for America's future. Both Ryan and Romney would deliver […]

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Jon Perr
Jon Perr is a technology marketing consultant and product strategist who writes about American politics and public policy.

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