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AFL-CIO To DC Dems: No Entitlement Grand Bargain!

AFL-CIO To DC Dems: No Entitlement Grand Bargain!

Here’s one that slipped through the cracks, but that’s probably because the mainstream media has all but written off organized labor which, in recent years, has made stronger inroads into allying with liberal and progressive groups than (what a surprise!) is being reported. So when the policy director for the largest alliance of American unions [...]

Hill GOP In Freakout Mode

Hill GOP In Freakout Mode

You would think that the House GOP would have understood the lessons of history, specifically the political aftermath of the disastrous government shutdown of 17 years ago that hammered Newt Gingrich and Bob Dole. The more sane members of the caucus surely do – and politically drowning Republicans, knowing full well that their Tea Party [...]

It’s All A Bluff: Boehner Assures Colleagues He Won’t Allow Default

The idea that Republicans have some great leverage when it comes to the debt ceiling has always been questionable. After all, it only has impact if the Republicans are actually willing to pull the trigger and allow default. Absent that possibility, there really is no reason whatsoever for Democrats to blink. And while the GOP [...]

So Where Is This Budget Thing Headed?

10 days. That’s how much time we have remaining to get a budget passed through two houses of Congress and signed by the President. Failing that, we face a U.S. government shutdown. To make matters worse, the debt ceiling limit should hit within another couple weeks, raising the specter of default. So what do our [...]