Republicans are still evil

The party’s Senate membership is made up of hateful people who lost whatever iota of human kindness they once had. Why else would they once again block a plan to extend (paid-for) unemployment benefits to the 1.7 million Americans (in many cases, their constituents!) who lost their benefits in December? Benefits lost at the time …

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Oh, c’mon, Speaker Boehner

I used to think John Boehner was a modern political version of George Babbitt, a successful climber prosperous but worried, wanting – passionately – to seize something more than motor cars and a house before it’s too late. Substitute Speakership for the cars and the house, then add “well-remembered” to it, and that’s what I …

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Boehner: Dunce or Sneaky?

I’m trying to understand whether Speaker Boehner is really as foolish as he seems in this battle, or if he’s got a cunning plan. Given today’s remarks, I’m leaning toward option one. “What the president said today was if there’s unconditional surrender by Republicans, he will sit down and talk to us.” John, John, John. …

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What moderate Republicans?

I’m with Josh Marshall here. He cites an article from Byron York, a conservative reporter for the Washington Examiner, which quotes a House Republican as saying there are easily 180 or 190 “moderate” Republicans who would vote for a “clean” continuing resolution, meaning a bill to end the shutdown with no strings attached. Like Josh, …

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What’s the real reason for this shutdown?

Kevin Drum has it in one short sentence: The Republican Party is bending its entire will, staking its very soul, fighting to its last breath, in service of a crusade to…. Make sure that the working poor don’t have access to affordable health care. He goes on to say: I just thought I’d mention that …

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