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A Political 9/11 Changes Our World

Like the 2001 terrorist attacks, the Donald Trump upset win threatens Americans’ sense of safety and continuity. The difference is that the 9/11 tragedy forged national unity, whereas the Trump election exposed grave internal discord.

November 10, 2016
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50 Extreme Right-Wing Proposals From The 2016 GOP Platform

Before Trump turned the Republican nominating contest into a battle of boasts and bullying, right-wing extremists had dominated the party. Their platform, not surprisingly, goes even further to the right than what’s even been heard from Trump.

November 8, 2016
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Manheim, Pennsylvania, U.S., October 1, 2016.  REUTERS/Mike Segar

3 Things To Tell Anyone Thinking About Voting For Donald Trump

Trump needs to defend his ego from every slight and sees criticism as a threat to his identity. But it’s his personal cruelty that should most terrify voters.

October 3, 2016

Scott Walker: Uncle Scrooge’s Lackey In Wisconsin

Scott Walker continues to pass laws vanquishing unions in Wisconsin, and Democrats underestimate him at their own peril.

June 17, 2015
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Christie Casts Generous Light On Fiscal Record

Out of sight, out of mind. While on his best-of tour, Chris Christie touts fiscal accomplishments with gusto at a fundraiser in New Hampshire.

March 19, 2015
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5 Colossal Mistakes That Republicans Want To Make Again

Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to seek the 2016 Republican nomination for president.

March 9, 2015
Larry Hogan

Trickle-Down Theory Makes Less Sense Than Ever Before

Republican governors aren’t letting economic reality get in the way of their tax-cutting plans.

February 19, 2015
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In Both Red And Blue States, Talk Of Middle-Class Tax Cuts

Both Democrats and Republicans are looking at new tax cuts in 2015.

February 18, 2015

A Tax Cut For Tax Cheats

Real fiscal conservatives would stop attacking the IRS.

February 4, 2015
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Americans For Prosperity Legislative Agenda Is Koch Industries Wishlist

Surprise! The “grassroots” Tea Party group wants the exact same policies as the Koch brothers do.

January 19, 2015
Secretary Arne Duncan meets with Governor Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) at the Capitol Building in Topeka, Kan., Sept. 18, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)Secretary Arne Duncan meets with Governor Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) at the Capitol Building in Topeka, Kan., Sept. 18, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

In Some States, Tax Cut Promises Collide With Budget Realities

Many Republican governors may have to think twice about plans to slash taxes.

January 19, 2015
Greg Abbott

Despite Huge Victories, Republicans Face Some Obstacles

Even in the reddest states, GOP governors could struggle to enact far-right reforms.

January 12, 2015
Paul Ryan

Behold, The Magic Kingdom Of Dynamic Scoring

In control of Congress, Republicans are preparing a departure from reality.

December 25, 2014
Doug Elmendorf

Will The GOP Turn The CBO Into A Fantasy League?

Republican plans to cook the books bode poorly for future policy discussions.

December 23, 2014
Paul Ryan

GOP Congressional Majority Likely To Change Way It Crunches Numbers

GOP-backed tax cuts look too expensive — so Congress is declaring war on math.

December 1, 2014
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GOP Governors Have A Problem: The Ways They Govern

Republican governors facing reelection have a big problem — their right-wing policies have proved ruinous.

October 1, 2014
Save your heritage

How Not To Get Your Country Back

The Tea Party mantra, “I want my country back,” resonates with many. The racial undertones can be ugly (as well as pointless). But the longing for an economically secure America centered on a strong middle class is on point and widely shared. Older and mostly white members of the far right tend to see themselves […]

September 16, 2014
Rick Perry

If GOP Is So Right, Why Are Red States So Far Behind Blue States?

Headstrong, but wrong. Red states have seen the most growth under Democratic presidencies.

September 3, 2014
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Brownback ‘Experiment’ Blows Up Laboratory Of Democracy

When Louis Brandeis wrote in 1932 that a “single courageous state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country,” he was suggesting that state innovations might advance reform on the federal level. The progressive Supreme Court justice surely wasn’t imagining […]

July 25, 2014
Paul Ryan

Study: Ryan’s Budget Would Cut Taxes On The Rich By At Least $200,000

To the surprise of no one, a new study by Citizens for Tax Justice (CTJ) shows that the budget proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) will overwhelmingly benefit the United States’ top earners. CTJ is the same research institution that correctly reported just how generous Mitt Romney’s and Ryan’s tax plans would be to the […]

April 3, 2014

States Pursue Tax Cuts As Recovery Takes Hold

By Elaine S. Povich, WASHINGTON — Maybe New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo should borrow a pair of crutches. They might have helped Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton’s cause. Dayton, a Democrat, hobbled into the state Capitol five weeks after major hip surgery and blasted lawmakers for holding up the tax cuts he wanted. After quarrelling […]

March 30, 2014
Barack Obama

Obama’s Budget Would Shift Tax Benefits From Wealthy To Poor

By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will propose a series of changes to the tax code in a budget plan Tuesday that would shift benefits from top earners to middle- and lower-income Americans, the White House said. In his 2015 budget plan, Obama will propose expanding or making permanent tax […]

March 4, 2014
Paul Ryan

Republicans Have Nothing Of Substance To Offer The Poor

Last week, Republicans marked the 50th anniversary of Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty by denouncing it as an abject failure. Rep. Steve Southerland (R-FL), performed a mathematical sleight of hand in declaring that “more people are living in poverty than ever before.” The National Review, the intellectual standard bearer of movement conservatism, published an editorial […]

January 11, 2014
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The Big Lie of the Day: Republicans Balance Federal Budgets

Republicans have long abandoned any impulse to open a real discussion about the federal budget in hopes of distorting the debate.

August 15, 2012

Republicans For Deeper Deficits?

Distinguished members of the Club For Growth, a group of Wall Street financiers who intervene in Republican politics, often bill themselves as “fiscal conservatives” determined to curb federal deficits and debt. But what they really desire is regressive taxation and even more lavish tax cuts for the wealthy (including themselves). The latest proof? Club spokesman […]

October 14, 2011