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Month: January 2013

January 18, 2013
Republicans Still Bungling GOP Rebranding

You can't make this stuff up. One day after being instructed "stop talking about rape," House Republicans attending their caucus' secret conclave will listen to a panel on Friday titled, "Discussion on Successful Communication with Minorities and Women." Unfortunately, that session will be held in the Kingsmill Resort's "Burwell Plantation" room, named after a prominent […]

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January 17, 2013
The Stupidest Debt Chart of 2013

While Congressional Republicans are threatening to trigger a U.S. default if their debt ceiling blackmail is not paid, their allies in the conservative blogosphere are deploying the same chart to attack President Obama's supposedly out-of-control spending. But their horrifying picture of the yawning gap between in federal receipts and outlays between 1999 and 2012 isn't […]

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January 16, 2013
Snowflakes Forgotten, Conservatives Fume about Kids at Obama Gun Control Event

If the broad sweep of President Obama's gun control proposals wasn't enough, conservatives on Wednesday found another reason for their blood vessel-bursting apoplexy. The President was joined at the White House by several children who had written letters to him pleading for action on gun violence, some of which were released to the press. In […]

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January 15, 2013
10 Easy to Imagine NRA Gun Proposals

President Obama on Wednesday will unveil the recommendations of the gun violence task force led by Joe Biden. Despite the popularity of many of the measures among the American people and even its own membership, the National Rifle Association is almost certain to oppose each and every bill and executive order. But that doesn't mean […]

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January 14, 2013
GOP Pretends Past Debt Ceiling No Votes Equal Current Hostage-Taking

One day after New York Times columnist and Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman described Republican brinksmanship on the debt ceiling as "hostage-taking," President Obama used his Monday press conference declared, "They will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the American economy." But you don't have to take their word for it that […]

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January 14, 2013
100,000 Cops

In the wake of the Sandy Hook elementary school bloodbath last month, National Rifle Association vice president Wayne LaPierre summed up his group's Hobbesian vision for America this way, "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." He then proceeded to propose a massive new […]

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January 13, 2013
Hagel Flashback: Corker, GOP Senators Question McCain's Temperament

This weekend, Republicans led by Senator John McCain stepped up their withering criticism of President Obama's nominee for Defense Secretary, Chuck Hagel. In a new line of attack, Tennessee Senator Bob Corker questioned Hagel's "overall temperament." As it turns out, Corker's choice of words was more than a little ironic. After all, back in 2008 […]

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January 12, 2013
Slavery Returns as Pro-Gun Talking Point

Now for a few words of unsolicited advice for my conservative friends. First, when the film Lincoln is dominating box offices and the Oscar nominations, think very hard before you use slavery as an analogy for anything. Second, make up your mind whether slavery was good or bad, a big deal or a historical footnote. […]

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January 9, 2013
Polls Show GOP Duping Americans on Debt Ceiling Hike Again

During their rare moments of candor, Republicans leaders agree with President Obama that failing to raise the U.S. debt ceiling would be "catastrophic." Two years ago, Speaker John Boehner acknowledged "that would be a financial disaster, not only for our country but for the worldwide economy." Senator Lindsey Graham concurred, warning that not lifting the […]

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January 8, 2013
Introducing the $1 Trillion Ronald Reagan Platinum Coin

As part of their never-ending campaign to canonize President Ronald Reagan, conservatives three years ago proposed replacing Ulysses S. Grant on the 50 dollar bill with the likeness of the Gipper. But while his hagiographers mercifully failed in that quest, a new and altogether fitting denomination has emerged to memorialize Reagan. The much-discussed one trillion […]

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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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