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Justin Krebs

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Opinion: Advice to GOP Debaters - You Can't Run on 'No'

Thursday, August 11, 2011

You'd think the Republicans would be smiling. The economy shows no signs of turning by the 2012 election, a bad sign for any incumbent. The GOP caucus in the Capitol has ensured that Democrats can't govern effectively, giving the president very little to run on in his re-election bid. And Obama is ...

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Opinion: Obama's Poorly Timed Fundraiser

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Obama's poorly timed fundraiser is worse than just bad optics. It's at the root of bad policy. It's a reminder of what our leaders need to do to get elected. When you see from whom they get support, it's no surprise who their decisions support.

-Justin Krebs, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Democrats Have Enabled the Tea Party's Toxic Economic Platform

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

There's an acceptance that somehow government needs to be smaller, the free market will provide a solution and we're all waiting for the wealth to trickle down. Both sides are saying it - the real difference is that Tea Party fanatics are acting on it with all their convictions.

-Justin Krebs, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Obama Can Call Debt Win a Victory, but It Would've Been a Better Loss

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

The president's chief priority seems to have become racking up wins for the Administration. These often require moving the goal posts, declaring a touchdown and hustling off the field before anyone can point out there are many yards to go.

-Justin Krebs, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Why Republicans Always Pick the Fights and Almost Always Win

Friday, July 29, 2011

One side won't budge; the other side won't let this country fail. As a result, we no longer debate how to engineer a new generation of grand investment in our country; we debate how austere we need to be.

-Justin Krebs, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Why the King Muslim Radicalization Hearings Make us Less Safe

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

When Rep. King decided that his hearings weren't about the greatest threat to America - homegrown terrorism and the perverting influences that turn American citizens into violent actors - but the Muslim threat, he made a choice.

-Justin Krebs, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Obama's Enthusiasm Gap is a Major Problem

Saturday, July 16, 2011

While some progressives are threatening to withhold their votes should Obama pursue cuts to our critical social safety net programs, few doubt liberals will pull the predictable lever in the voting booth. But in terms of building a governing majority, it will be a disaster.

-Justin Krebs, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Why Can't Washington Cut a Deal? The GOP Doesn't Want One

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Ultimately, what many in the Republican leadership want is not a sweeping, far-reaching deal. They actually want no deal at all because that would show a functioning government. And their real sweeping, longterm vision is making sure we have a government that doesn't work.

-Justin Krebs, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Obama's Repeating GOP Mistakes on Entitlements

Friday, July 08, 2011

To get Republicans to stay at the table and raise the debt ceiling, President Obama has been goaded into expanding the discussion beyond the threat of an American default into a conversation about entitlement programs. So he offered what Republicans had just been shellacked for suggesting: cuts to Medicare and Medicaid.

Then he upped the ante and did what President Bush was roundly rebuked for attempting in 2005: he added Social Security reform to the mix.

—Justin Krebs, It's A Free Country blogger

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Opinion: Gay Marriage - It Doesn't 'Get Better' On Its Own

Friday, July 01, 2011

An increasing number of Senators are calling more vocally for the repeal of DOMA, the federal law that stands as one of the greatest obstacles to marriage equality. There are leaders—advocates, elected, citizens—who are working to ensure that "It Gets Better" is more than a phrase. Yet, President Obama, it seems, isn't ready to be one of those leaders.

Justin Krebs, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: A Progressive's Report Card on Governor Cuomo

Monday, June 27, 2011

Governor Andrew Cuomo closed out this session with a gem: the passage of marriage equality, a feat that will resonate across the country and through history. Yet, while he deserved every bit of praise showered upon him at New York's Pride Parade on Sunday, this closing act on the legislative session only raises his grade to a solid B.

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A Vigorous Debate with No Ideas

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Their goal was to chase votes — even if that meant running from their signature achievements, their honest disagreements or their more interesting, nuanced approaches. None of them were interested in a challenging, provocative debate. None of them offered the Republican voter something new to consider. They all just tried to deliver voters exactly what they wanted.

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The Wrong Lesson Of Weinergate: Don't Run From Social Media

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

There are several indisputable lessons to draw from the mistakes of Representative Anthony Weiner. Don't send photos you wouldn't want the press to see. Don't behave in a way you wouldn't want your wife to know. Don't lie to the public.

I worry though that nervous politicians may draw a different lesson: Get me out of social media. Unfortunately, if this becomes a
cautionary tale that chases public figures off of Twitter and Facebook, that would be a disservice to the elected officials and their constituents.

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Suggested Stops for the Sarah Palin Roadtrip

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Palins are coming! The Palins are coming! The former half-term governor of Alaska is hitting the East Coast with a tour "highlighting the great things about America." While she's at it, here are a few other East Coasts she'd do well to visit to truly celebrate America.

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Obama's UK Speech Paves Path Forward - But What About Libya?

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Listening to President Obama's address to the British Parliament, you wouldn't think our war in Libya is a very big deal. Its first mention is two-thirds of the way through the speech, the discussion of it lasts a single paragraph, and it is called an "action," "crackdown" and effort to ensure "the people of Libya are protected." Hardly a war at all.

-Justin Krebs, on the Obama administration's mixed foreign policy messages.

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Obama Talks Tough on Israel Ahead of Netanyahu Meeting

Friday, May 20, 2011

To get Netanyahu and Hamas in agreement isn't easy, but there they were, both denouncing the president's balanced and honest appraisal of how to move toward lasting, sustainable peace, showing that as much as they hate each other, now and then they agree.

-Justin Krebs, praising President Obama's framing of the Middle East peace process.

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How Obama Should Spend Post-bin Laden Capital

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Osama bin Laden's death has freed Americans from his haunting of our collective imagination. Americans are feeling better, stronger, more confident - now can the president pivot and funnel that national mood into some practical change?

-Justin Krebs, on President Obama's next priorities.

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Essay: Real Victory is When the Troops Come Home

Monday, May 02, 2011

But yesterday is not like V-J Day, a comparison made by television broadcasters describing the communal outburst during last night's live coverage. The real celebration will come not for the death of a single enemy, but will come for a true "victory": When our troops are able to come home.

 

-Justin Krebs, on the death of Osama bin Laden

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Trump: Good for Dems, Bad for Everyone Else

Friday, April 22, 2011

Donald Trump will not be our next President - so the longer he dominates the news cycles, the more Democrats should be thrilled. It heightens the circus-like quality of their opponents' primary, hints at the desperation felt by many Republicans, and showcases a few of the wedge issues that split the conservative movement.

-Justin Krebs, on the how the "distraction of Donald Trump" has upsides to some, downsides to others.

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The Tea Party's Terrible Twos

Monday, April 18, 2011

The Tea Party has made itself heard over two feisty, volatile years. Both parties have headaches from the clamor - but then again, both parties deserve the pain. Why? Because both created the climate that allowed the Tea Party to emerge.

-Justin Krebs, assessing the two-year old Tea Party

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