January 08, 2013

Welcome to Another Golden Era of Liberal Senators
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The liberal bloc of the Senate today is up there with the early 1960s and mid-'70s.

Gun Control Could Save Veterans' Lives
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In 2006, the Israeli Defense Forces made a relatively simple policy change that required soldiers to leave their weapons at their bases when they headed home for the weekend.  The result: a staggering 40 percent drop in the suicide rate among soldiers aged 18-21, according to a November 2010 study. The study has received some renewed interest in America in the wake of Sandy Hook.

It's About Time That an Enlisted Man Ran the Military
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As a writer of fiction, and a fellow veteran of the Vietnam War, I can't help but appreciate the deep symbolic meaning of President Obama's nomination of Chuck Hagel for defense secretary. Hagel will undoubtedly have an impact on the policies of the Pentagon if his nomination is confirmed by the Senate.

January 07, 2013

The Polls Don't Say What You Think They Do on the Debt Ceiling
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Here we go again. Because the fiscal cliff deal left the debt ceiling issue untouched, Americans can count on a rerun of the mid-2011 “debt ceiling” debate over whether the United States government should be allowed to pay its bills.

Barney Frank's Fiscal Plan: Join the Senate, Soak the Near-Rich
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Barney Frank doesn't want to leave Washington just yet, after all. Driving back to Massachusetts, he explained why.

The GOP Division Over the Fiscal Cliff Is Not Going Away
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No, there is not a civil war in the GOP—yet.

January 06, 2013

Finished With Taxes? Not Even Close
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With two new fiscal fights approaching, Republicans want taxes off the table.

January 05, 2013

Why Does Everyone Think Google Beat the FTC?
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In the aftermath of the FTC's settlement with Google yesterday, too many reporters fell for the line that Google used some fancy combination of executive charm and lobbying prowess to beat the federal government at its own game. You'd easily believe, from reading what has become the conventional wisdom, that Google managed to avoid any sanctions by meeting with John Kerry or paying off think tanks.

January 04, 2013

Current TV's New Owners Don't Need Ratings: They Have Money
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After years of trying, Al Jazeera has finally bought a seat at the cable-television negotiating table.