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Senate Seat Series—Update: Fall 2011

[Update: Russ Feingold endorses Tammy Baldwin for Wisconsin’s Senate seat]  In this series we examine the potential change in the Senate makeup of the United States Congress. Currently there is but a four-seat difference in control of the Senate (not counting … Continue reading

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Nate Silver: Budget Politics in the Doldrums

Those of you who have been missing Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight columns since the New York Times went behind a (partial) paywall might want to spend one of your 20 “free” ganders at his latest column, “Budget Politics in the Doldrums.” With … Continue reading

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Is It Appropriate?

On January 8, 2011, U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) was shot in the head by alleged gunman Jared Laughner. For our quick-cut Saturday pieces, one of the other moderators asked me (quite reasonably) to write a few words about her recovery, … Continue reading

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In This Corner…Michele Bachmann

2012 Contender Series: Michele Bachmann (Updated January 4th: Ms. Bachmann officially withdrew from the residential race after a poor showing in the Iowa Caucus. It is expected that she will run for re-election in Minnesota once the redistricting is settled) … Continue reading

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Everything You Need to Know About the Filibuster

According to the dictionary: Filibuster; the use of irregular or obstructive tactics by a member of a legislative assembly to prevent the adoption of a measure generally favored or to force a decision against the will of the majority. A … Continue reading

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What Should the President Have Done?

This is a follow-up to my previous article. What would you have done under the circumstances regarding the tax cut deal? Why?

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More Politics Over Principles

I, for one, am tired of politicians putting politics ahead of the good of the country. Congress had an opportunity to extend unemployment benefits, and yet cynically chose not to do it.

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The Worst Person in the World?

Nancy Pelosi has the highest unfavorable ratings of key politicians, according to a new Nate Silver article. This really doesn’t come as a surprise to me, nor does it surprise Jonathan Allen and John Harris over at Politico. I have … Continue reading

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My Great Depression

As it seems pretty likely now that we will have a Republican House with a Democratic Senate and President starting late January and I’ve begun to think about the economic impact. Obviously, even if the party predictions are spot on, there … Continue reading

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GOP: Titanic or S. S. Minnow?

Here’s a really insightful, historical perspective from Dylan Loewe over at Huffington Post. Another 1994? Or Another 1946? In the article he points out that Democrats held huge majorities throughout FDR’s entire 12 years before Republicans finally made a comeback. … Continue reading

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