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Jay Rockefeller's Retirement Isn't As Bad For Democrats As You Think
January 12, 2013

When West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller announced this morning that he won't seek reelection to the Senate in 2014, political commentators immediately downgraded Democrats' chances of holding his Senate seat. Politico wrote that Rockefeller’s retirement put the seat in deeply conservative “in play,” while The Fix’s Sean Sullivan said that Rockefeller’s retirement "boosted" Republican hopes.

The Washington Post's Confused Anti-Hagel Crusade
January 11, 2013

WaPo's editorial board has given two completely opposite reasons for disliking Hagel.

A Brief History of Joe Biden's Up-and-Down Vice Presidency
January 07, 2013

Just a few weeks ago, Beltway tongues were gossiping about Vice President Joe Biden being a second-term neuter. See, for instance, the Politico article, "Joe Biden waits on sidelines," which opened like this: "Vice President Joe Biden walked the halls of Congress and hosted top-level talks at Blair House during the last fiscal showdown. This time, he’s roaming the aisles of Costco." Then, all of a sudden, Obama gave Biden charge of the gun violence task force he formed in the wake of the Newtown massacre.

Republicans are Scorpions, Democrats are Frogs (and What this Means for the Fiscal Talks)
December 23, 2012

How the fiscal cliff negotiations resemble the (slightly altered) tale of the scorpion and the frog.

Everybody Was Freaking Out Over the Fiscal Cliff Tuesday. Here's Why.
December 18, 2012

Boehner opts for Plan B. Maybe it's time for Plan C.

A Fiscal Deal Is Emerging—But Is It Any Good?
December 17, 2012

Obama and Boehner may be near agreement on the fiscal cliff. Should liberals be satisfied?

"Right to Work" Isn't a Civil Right. But Unionizing Should Be
December 13, 2012

The adoption of so-called "right to work" legislation in Michigan, of all places, represents an historic setback for organized labor. First, Republicans went after public employees in the birthplace of public unions, Wisconsin. And now they have taken the fight to private employee unions in the cradle of modern industrial unionism.

Universities and Charities: A Lobby Like Any Other
December 12, 2012

Charities and universities have every right to pursue their self-interest in the fiscal cliff debate. But let's recognize it for what it is.

Not All Cabinet Posts Are Made the Same: How Obama Should Approach His Second Term Team
November 28, 2012

A Team of Rivals might work for the economy, but not foreign policy.

No Southern Comfort For Wishful Liberals
November 20, 2012

Southern liberals say the region isn't as severely Republican as it seems. But they're ignoring reality.

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