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March 24, 2015

Last week, House and Senate Republicans unveiled their respective budget resolutions for fiscal year 2016. As a quick glance at the documents shows, what is old is new again for the GOP. Each claims to balance the budget within 10 years. Despite the national debt's share of GDP forecast to remain stable over the next […]

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March 5, 2013
Will Republicans Finally Support a War Tax?

Now that the March 1 sequester deadline has come and gone, some Republicans are getting squeamish about the $43 billion in cuts to the Pentagon budget this fiscal year. In the House, GOP leaders have proposed a new spending plan restoring some of the defense spending. Meanwhile in the Senate, Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Lindsey […]

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August 10, 2011
Baucus Gets Chance to Undo His Support of Bush Tax Cuts

Yesterday, RNC chairman Reince Priebus blasted Harry Reid's selection of Patty Murray (D-WA) to lead the Senate Democrat's contingent on the debt reduction Super Panel, calling his choice of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee chairwoman a "blatantly political move." But for the most part, Republicans seem more than comfortable with Max Baucus joining the new […]

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July 28, 2008
DOJ Rejects Goodling's "Criminalization of Politics" Defense

In a report released this morning, the Justice Department concluded that Monica Goodling, the former White House liaison for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, violated federal law and DOJ policy by discriminating against job applicants who weren't faithful Republicans or conservative activists. As it turns out, 14 months after Goodling admitted to Congress "I believe I […]

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February 29, 2008
Lessons of '84: Clinton Needs Obama Mistakes, Not Red Phone Ads

The blogosphere is buzzing about the new "It's Three AM" ad from Hillary Clinton. Brought to the airwaves by the same creator of Walter Mondale's famous 1984 "Red Phone" spot, Clinton's ad is similarly designed to raise doubts - and fears - about an inexperienced Barack Obama's readiness to handle a national security crisis. Sadly […]

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February 7, 2008
Bradbury Leads Bush's "Operation Stay Relevant II"

In Washington today, President Bush launched Operation Stay Relevant II. Following up on his October strategy to wield the veto pen to "ensure that I am relevant," the wildly unpopular lame duck is holding 84 of his executive nominees hostage until he gets Senate blessing for the recess appointment of torture advocate Steven Bradbury. This […]

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January 31, 2008
Ralph Nader: Still Unsafe at Any Speed

In much the same way that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, Ralph Nader is once again contemplating a presidential run. Exhuming his vanity candidacy every four years, Nader's interest in the White House increases in direct proportion to his ability to inflict lasting harm on the United States. The […]

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January 28, 2008
10 Things to Look for in Bush's State of the Union '08

Tonight, President Bush will mercifully deliver his final State of the Union address. According to press secretary Dana Perino, Bush's speech will "reflect the president's mindset that he is going to sprint to the finish." Given former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' similar promise to "spend the next year and a half in a sprint to […]

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December 6, 2007
Controversial Romney Article Restored to New Republic Web Site

On the day of Mitt Romney's make-or-break speech regarding his Mormon faith, Americans would do well to consult the New Republic for background reading. Over the past year, the magazine in print and on its web site has explored in detail the implications - real or imagined - of Romney's faith on his campaign and […]

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November 7, 2007
Just Win Baby: The Religious Right Rallies Around Rudy

Pat Robertson's endorsement of Rudy Giuliani is the first sign that the religious right may be beginning to circle the wagons in the 2008 GOP presidential race. Despite threats by evangelical leaders to bolt for a third party conservative candidate, it appears increasingly likely they will hold their noses and support the socially liberal Giuliani. […]

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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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