California budget: rich able to pay more

30 December 2010 |permalink | email article

Gov.-elect Jerry Brown is laying out plans to confront the $28-billion budget shortfall, aware his pledge to cut his own office budget by 25% is nothing more than symbolic. He’ll confront both parties, calling for deep program cuts and… read full story

Arnold failed where Reagan succeeded

29 December 2010 |permalink | email article

It turns out that Arnold Schwarzenegger bears slim comparison to the success of Ronald Reagan. Also a former actor and California Republican governor, the Great Communicator went on to become president of the United States.

As veteran Los… read full story

Scalia. the Tea Party. and more

21 December 2010 |permalink | email article

The Tea Party is holding its first Conservative Constitutional Seminar next month, and Justice Antonin Scalia is set to be the speaker. A New York Times editorial suggests it’s a bad idea for him to accept this invitation, and… read full story

CNN and the Tea Party Express

20 December 2010 |permalink | email article

CNN plans to host a Republican presidential primary year with the Tea Party Express the first week of September in Tampa, Fla., site of the 2012 GOP convention. It raises questions as the television networks race to lay… read full story

Biden on the START treaty vote

17 December 2010 |permalink | email article

Finally, there’s an adult standing up to some of the disordered politicians milling around in Washington. That would be the Vice President. He sounded off Thursday after two Republican senators balked at the idea of having votes on the… read full story

GOP 2012: wild donnybrook looms

16 December 2010 |permalink | email article

A significant debate is shaping up well before the 2012 Republican presidential campaign concerning the tax bill nearing completion Congress. The Wall Street Journal reported several possible candidates for the nomination are praising the package as a victory for… read full story

An American Icon

15 December 2010 |permalink | email article

The last words of Richard Holbrooke, 69, who left such a large footprint on American foreign policy before his sudden death, were: “You’ve got to stop this war in Afghanistan,” according to ABC’s Jake Tapper quoting an unnamed source.

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Tax package: lifting all boats by 2012?

14 December 2010 |permalink | email article

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds about seven in 10 Americans back the tax deal negotiated last week by President Obama and congressional Republicans. That means 69% of all Americans – Democrats, Republicans and independents – support it… read full story

Edge Obama: GOP Krauthammered

13 December 2010 |permalink | email article

IT was a week to long remember in the annals of American politics, centered on the controversial tax-cut deal. It involved President Obama agreeing to a compromise with Republicans; a revolt among House Democrats; an eight hour filibuster against… read full story

Clinton, Obama Meet; Libs Say No

10 December 2010 |permalink | email article

WHAT will former President Bill Clinton and President Obama talk about today at the White House when they meet for a post election conversation in terms of the new political environment? The president received a political rebuke similar to… read full story

Brown honeymoon ends; Dodgers’ future

09 December 2010 |permalink | email article

The Gov.-elect’s unique budget forum, scheduled to last for hours, ended about noon on Wednesday, with the former chief executive again saying that Democrats and Republicans could cooperate to resolve California’s budget crisis. Taxes were repeatedly mentioned by Assembly… read full story

O44: Between a Rock and Hard Place

08 December 2010 |permalink | email article

FACING a major Democratic revolt over his tax accord deal with Republicans a defiant Obama defended the plan as a good deal for all Americans, saying he had no alternative and that he had no choice but to compromise… read full story

Brokaw on Bias; Petraeus on Victory

07 December 2010 |permalink | email article

Tom Brokaw long ago left the anchor desk at NBC but he remains a respected and iconic figure in TV journalism. He hopes his new documentary on discrimination will help calm some of the nation’s political discord but concedes… read full story

Tax-Cut Fight: GOP Win Nears

06 December 2010 |permalink | email article

Katrina vanden Heuvel, in a little noticed op-ed piece in the Washington Post last week mentioned President Obama’s discussion with leaders of both parties about the expiring Bush tax cuts at a time when more progressives and other reasonable-minded… read full story

Media Left: Stop Enabling Palin!

05 December 2010 |permalink | email article

Charles M. Blow has had it with the left’s obsessive-compulsive fascination with Sarah Palin. The New York Times columnist won’t write her name again until she says something newsworthy, like declaring her candidacy for president. It’s a gutsy decision… read full story

Jerry Brown: A New Era of Limits

03 December 2010 |permalink | email article

THE Democratic governor-elect, yet to announce a single appointment to his new administration, is convening an unprecedented gathering next Wednesday in Sacramento to address the state’s economic crisis in a seminar-style forum with all 120 lawmakers, state constitutional officers… read full story

Eric Cantor: Blow Up the Constitution?

02 December 2010 |permalink | email article

The incoming House Majority Leader represents a group of far right Republicans who say they want to change the country fundamentally. To that end, as Taking Points Memo reported, Cantor isn’t dismissing a plan by legislators in his home… read full story

Tax-Cuts Fight: Will O44 Punt?

01 December 2010 |permalink | email article

President Obama and Republican leaders John Boehner and Mitch McConnell praised each other for collegiality and pledges of cooperation at a much anticipated White House meeting on Tuesday. But they made little headway on issues that divide the parties… read full story

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