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The Republican-engineered controversy around the stimulus is a phony.

The stimulus package that President Obama signed into law Tuesday is a modest effort, actually too modest, at arresting the free fall of the American economy. It's just notRead more »
President Obama has inherited a crisis in Afghanistan. "Large parts of the country, perhaps 70% of Afghan territory, are no-go areas for security forces and government officials. ... Narcotics production has coalesced into enormous tracts of poppy in TalRead more »
Of the 219 Republicans in Congress, it now appears only three will support the stimulus bill
Yesterday, President Obama strongly condemned members of both political parties for characterizing the economic recovery package before Congress as a "pork" spending plan for pet projects: "[W]hen you hear these attacks deriding something of such obvioRead more »
We're happy to see President Obama getting tough with Congressional Republicans who are trying to sabotage the stimulus and recovery bill and bring even greater ruin on the economy. Since Mr. Obama campaigned on the promise of bipartisanship, we hope he wRead more »
A not-so-funny thing happened on the way to economic recovery. Over the last two weeks, what should have been a deadly serious debate about how to save an economy in desperate straits turned, instead, into hackneyed political theater, with Republicans spoRead more »
What will the Obama administration do with the banks that are now on life support? Pump in more taxpayers' money to keep the zombies alive? Radical surgery? Pull the plug? The decision - with new announcements rumored for next week
Yesterday, former Senate majority leader Tom Daschle withdrew his nomination to serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services in the face of lingering questions about unpaid taxes and "problematic ties to wealthy private interests." Once regarded as aRead more »
President Obama's economic recovery and reinvestment plan will begin implementing long-needed changes to our energy infrastructure and start building jobs in a green economy. Recognizing that it is time to "mark a clean break from a troubled past, and sRead more »
On Wednesday, the House is expected to pass the Senate version of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) reauthorization bill. The legislation renews the joint state-federal program, spends an additional $32.8 billion to expand coverage toRead more »
I wonder what it will take to get this country serious about repairing and rebuilding its crumbling and increasingly obsolete infrastructure.

The catastrophe in New Orleans didn't do it. Yes, that was an infrastructure tragedy. As the historianRead more »
Last year, Karl Rove defied a Congressional subpoena ordering him to testify about the politically driven hiring and firing of United States attorneys. The House Judiciary Committee has now issued another subpoena. Congress and the Obama administration shRead more »