The Hillary Years


Four years straight of Bengazi-Whitewater (courtesy of the GOPers in Congress).

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Words He Will Regret


Oh, oh! Speaker of the House Paul Ryan reacting to Obama's veto of the GOPer bill to repeal Obamacare (link):

“We have shown now that there is a clear path to repealing Obamacare without 60 votes in the Senate. So, next year, if we’re sending this bill to a Republican president, it will get signed into law,” Ryan continued.

Yeah, that's a real incentive to vote for a "Republican president". I wouldn't be surprised if the DNC had it already in a 30-second spot in preparation for next year.

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Someone Ask WBBM: Is Bill Foster an Extremist?


Interesting interview by WBBM's Craig Dellimore of outgoing Congresswoman Judy Biggert. Biggert went on and on about the moderates being replaced in Congress by radicals of both extremes. It might have been nice if Dellimore had asked her view on how much of a radical left-wing extremist her opponent was.

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9th Congressional District Kick Off Rally


The 9th Congressional District Dems held a kick-off rally in Evanston today. Great chance to see a whole bunch of old friends -- including Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky who's speaking to the audience way in the back of this photo.

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Go Tammy, Go!


From Tammy Duckworth's announcement that she's running for Congress in the newly minted IL-08:

It's time to tell John Boehner, Karl Rove and the tea party crowd that you can't balance the budget on the backs of seniors. You can't serve multi-national corporations first and American families last. And you won't build a better future for America by tearing down our economy brick by brick and shipping it overseas.

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'Truth-telling' According to the Chicago Tribune



The Chicago Tribune's initial reaction to Paul Ryan's Budget Plan is as loathsome as it is predictable:

What Real Leaders Do

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No Serious Crisis Left to Waste


Steve Benen quotes this summary of Rep. Ryan's appearance on Fox News Sunday:

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) defended proposed Republican budget cuts to popular domestic programs Sunday as necessary to maintaining fiscal health.

HuffPost also reports on the appearance:

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Jonathan Chait: the Senate Filibuster is Doomed


Jonathan Chait points out what I think is obvious:

I continue to believe that the filibuster will be eliminated or curtailed when Republicans gain simultaneous control of the House, the presidency, and more than 49 but fewer than 60 Senators. Conservatives have invested a lot of energy into defending the supermajority requirement in the Senate, but the ideological basis of that commitment is tissue-thin and will disappear as soon as it's inconvenient.

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Joe Lieberman - Al Gore's Biggest Mistake?


Steve Benen does a fine job summing up what most of us from a liberal persuasion are likely to think of Sen. Joe Lieberman's departure from the Senate.

If I were to think of some of the more damaging things he's done, I'd have to include his negative role during the Health Care debate where as Steve rightly says, "...Lieberman was chiefly responsible for killing the public option..."

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Not Your Father's Bipartisanship


Classic Krugman on the "bipartisan" debt-reduction commission:

It seemed obvious, as soon as the commission's membership was announced, that "bipartisanship" would mean what it so often does in Washington: a compromise between the center-right and the hard-right.

Follow-up Krugman Quote de Jour (this time on Soc. Sec.):

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