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Month: May 2013

May 30, 2013
CBO Study Shows Tax Breaks Favor the Rich

Every year, tax expenditures--Uncle Sam's myriad credits, exclusion, loopholes and breaks--cost the U.S. Treasury over $1 trillion a year. To put that in perspective, that figure is greater than the cost of Medicare, Social Security and national defense. Much larger than this year's projected budget deficit of $642 billion, tax expenditures equal roughly 30 percent […]

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May 29, 2013
Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin and Murphy's Law

Back in 2006, Michele Bachmann announced that "God then called me to run for the United States Congress." Seven years later, He has apparently changed His mind, admitting "I've made a huge mistake." Much like half-term Governor Sarah Palin's explanation of her 2009 resignation ("It's all for Alaska"), Bachmann assured Americans she will be giving […]

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May 28, 2013
Catholic Hospital Mergers Put Women's Health at Risk

Since the overwhelming Republican triumph in the 2010 elections, conservative majorities in states across the nation have implemented draconian new abortion restrictions at a dizzying pace that shows no signs of letting up. So-called "human life" amendments, punitive clinic regulations, "personhood" initiatives, fetal heartbeat bills, mandatory, invasive ultrasound procedures and outrights abortion bans are typical […]

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May 27, 2013
McCain Meets with Rebels Inside Syria

While Americans marked this Memorial Day by honoring the fallen of the nation's wars, Republican Senator John McCain was inside Syria making the case for the next one. As reported in the Daily Beast, McCain slipped across the Turkish border to meet with Syrian rebels. As Josh Rogin detailed, McCain's surprise visit, the first by […]

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May 25, 2013
Red States Rejecting Obamacare Medicaid Expansion Need It Most

From the beginning, the defining irony of the never-ending debate over Obamacare is this: health care is worst in those states where Republicans poll best. The map of the states with the worst health care systems largely mirrors GOP strongholds in the Electoral College. Red state residents are generally the unhealthiest and more likely than […]

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May 23, 2013
Apple Launches iRomney

On Monday, Congressional investigators revealed that Apple has side-stepped billions of dollars in U.S taxes "through a web of subsidiaries so complex it spanned continents and went beyond anything most experts had ever seen." Nevertheless, Tuesday's hearing before the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations turned into an Apple love fest, with CEO Timothy Cook insisting […]

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May 22, 2013
Fox and Furious Friends Wanted DOJ to Prosecute the New York Times

Throughout the tenure of George W. Bush, many of us to the left of center warned that unchecked presidential power was putting Americans' civil liberties in jeopardy. Now with the revelations that the Obama Justice Department seized AP phone records in one leak case and monitored a reporter's communications in another, some on the right […]

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May 20, 2013
Welcome to the Darrell Issa Hall of Shame

With Washington engulfed in scandals real and imagined over the Benghazi tragedy, the IRS' handling of applications by political groups for tax exempt status and the Justice Department's seizure of AP phone records, California Congressman Darrell Issa is enjoying his moment in the sun. For Republicans "energized" by the prospect of bludgeoning President Obama over […]

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May 18, 2013
Will Republicans Oppose James Comey as FBI Director?

The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that President Obama has narrowed his list of possible replacements for FBI Director Robert Mueller to two candidates. Senate Republicans probably won't be happy with either of the highly respected choices. Lisa Monaco, the White House's top counterterrorism official, is a Harvard and University of Chicago-educated former prosecutor whose […]

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May 16, 2013
Republicans May Abort Debt Ceiling Hike, U.S. Economic Recovery

Until Republicans captured their House majority in January 2011, no political party ever had both the intent and the votes to block an increase in the U.S. debt ceiling. While figures in both parties have cast symbolic votes against raising Uncle Sam's borrowing authority (Senator Barack Obama among them), until 2011 neither Democrats nor Republicans […]

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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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