Archive of Articles for September, 2011

Friday Talking Points [181] -- Ads Obama Should Run

[ Posted Friday, September 16th, 2011 – 16:08 UTC ]

Since the president is not facing a primary challenger, and since the president has raised a whopping big pile of money already, and (most importantly) since the president has rediscovered the joys of speaking directly to the American people about his agenda -- why not buy some political ads, now?

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Merkley's Right: CBO Should Score Jobs

[ Posted Wednesday, September 14th, 2011 – 15:52 UTC ]

Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon has just proposed a stunningly good idea: for all legislation which emerges from the joint committee charged with lowering the deficit, direct the congressional "scoring" referee not only to provide the numbers for the impact on the federal budget, but also to provide data on the impact on the unemployment rate and the jobs situation. This is such an excellent idea, both on its merits and politically, that it should immediately be supported by all Democrats. Because it would force the public debate to cover the entire scope of the proposals being offered up, and it would do so by providing the data the public most cares about right now: how will this create or destroy jobs?

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Will Palin Go Rogue?

[ Posted Monday, September 12th, 2011 – 15:17 UTC ]

"What will Sarah do?" has been a question on the minds of many in the run-up to the Republican primary season next year. Definitively figuring out the answer to this question is a fool's game, however, because Sarah Palin continually shows the ability to surprise the punditocracy, the public, and the Republican establishment. Only Palin herself is ever confident of knowing what Sarah will do next, in other words.

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Friday Talking Points [180] -- Give 'Em Hell, Barry!

[ Posted Friday, September 9th, 2011 – 17:02 UTC ]

President Barack Obama opened his re-election campaign last night with a wowzer of a speech to a joint session of Congress. But we'll get to that in detail in a minute. First, we must mark an important anniversary this week.

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Congressional Democrats' Advice For Obama's Jobs Speech

[ Posted Wednesday, September 7th, 2011 – 15:10 UTC ]

The nation is waiting to hear what President Obama is going to say tomorrow night, when he gives an address to a joint session of Congress on the subject of jobs. Plenty of people have already been offering advice to the White House, but instead we thought it'd be interesting to ask some of the people who are going to be sitting in the audience tomorrow what they'd advise the president to include in his speech.

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Obama Poll Watch -- August, 2011

[ Posted Monday, September 5th, 2011 – 16:19 UTC ]

For President Obama, August is indeed the cruelest month.

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Friday Talking Points [179] -- Labor Daze

[ Posted Friday, September 2nd, 2011 – 16:06 UTC ]

It surpasses all irony and actually enters into the realm of bitter humor that we're about to celebrate Labor Day when the unemployment rate remains at the sky-high level of 9.1 percent. There are millions of Americans who are not laboring for a paycheck this year, and they have nothing at all to celebrate.

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Program Note

[ Posted Thursday, September 1st, 2011 – 22:38 UTC ]

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