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Explainer: How Did the White House Shooter Get a Gun?

Friday, November 18, 2011

Federal law prohibits certain people from owning arms, among those are people who have been convicted of a felony, minors, drug addicts, and the mentally ill. So why can a mentally ill guy with a criminal history still drive to DC, buy an assault weapon, and shoot the White House?

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Watch: Asked About Libya, Cain Stays on Message

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Presidential hopeful Herman Cain isn't going to be tricked into any more embarrassing Libya flubs.

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Occupy Origins: An Oral History

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Greaber said there was a feeling that many actions use radical language, but fall into a pattern in which a few leaders tell the masses what to do. Graeber and his friends decided this was the moment to change structure and embrace a what he called “direct democracy.”

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Opinion: Newt's Comeback Shows How Lame the GOP Has Become

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Details and facts have never stood in the way of Professor Gingrich, whose rambling lectures can't be slowed down by accuracy.

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

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OWS 2.0: Tactics and Tone Vary for November 17 Protests

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Are the protests on November 17 going to ratchet up the civil disobedience to show that eviction hasn’t weakened protesters’ resolve, or an opportunity to demonstrate a broad post-encampment solidarity across the country? Depends on whom you ask.

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Super Committee Struggles: What $1.2 Trillion in Cuts Looks Like

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Should the deficit reduction super committee fail to cut at least $1.2 trillion in spending, a trigger will do it for them, taking an axe to defense spending while largely sparing entitlement programs.

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Opinion: If the Supercommittee Fails, We're All in Big Trouble

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Would it really be all that bad they fail, and the big hunk of the federal government has to eat a 7.8 percent budget cut? In short, yes... it would be horrible.

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The Process Is Political: Targeting Gov. Walker in Wisconsin

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A week after the repeal win for collective bargaining in Ohio, Democrats and unions start collecting signatures in a recall effort against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and Republicans and county governments are in court in South Carolina over who's responsible for covering the costs of the presidential primary in January.

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Poll: NYers Have Obama Beating Romney, All Republicans by at Least 25 Points

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A new Siena poll of registered New York voters has Barack Obama beating Republican front-runner Mitt Romney by 25 points, and the president's favorability rating at its highest point since July.

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Opinion: Bloomberg's Removal of OWS will Galvanize Occupy Everywhere

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

If the mayor had just let time pass, OWS would have inherently changed, and the presence in the park would have diminished. The cold weather would mean a smaller, more intense and likely more radical crew would have remained. Instead, the mayor has thrown fuel on the fire.

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

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Asian Immigration and the Myth of the ‘Model Minority’

Monday, November 14, 2011

Asian immigrants are perceived as ‘model minorities’ who work hard, do well, and don’t complain. In the American imagination, they do not seem to share the challenges faced by other immigrant groups. But not all Asian immigrants are highly educated, affluent or in the country lawfully.

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Opinion: Bachmann, Paul and Huntsman Unfairly Excluded from Debate Questions

Monday, November 14, 2011

Once the candidates are on the stage it's not right to exclude them from the questions based on these poll numbers. This kind of action may actually impact those polls.

-Karol Markowicz, It's A Free Country blogger.

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NY Republican Women Critical of Herman Cain Over Scandal

Monday, November 14, 2011

As Herman Cain's campaign rolls on, we see a candidate backing and filling about a possible mess. His supporters are ignoring a very real question of character in trying to prevent discussion his handling of recent accusations.

-Former Rep. Sue Kelly, on the Herman Cain sexual harassment scandal.

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Debt Committee Impasse May Keep Deficit Talks Going Through 2013

Monday, November 14, 2011

If they find anything [by the deadline], it's going to be window dressing...I think they could come up with something, but not anywhere near the level most economists say needs to happen in order to get this country back on a fiscal sustainable path.

Politico congressional reporter Manu Raju on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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GOP Foreign Policy Debate: A Live Tweet Recap

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Perry is working on his statesmanlike gestures. And he seems to have reduced the dosage on his nerve tonic.

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Opinion: Occupy Tactics Weakening Its Message

Friday, November 11, 2011

Even I didn't see this coming, and I was expecting whatever eventual liberal Tea Party would arise to match or go farther than the activists on the right. It still remains to be seen where the heart of this movement will coalesce ideologically, but they've already gone far past the Tea Party in outlandish tactics.

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AZ Recall May Put Immigration Bills to Rest

Friday, November 11, 2011

Members of a group behind a historical recall of the architect of SB 1070 say the message is “loud and clear” for anyone that wants to follow his footsteps in Arizona state politics.

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Labor’s Choice after Ohio: To Lead or Follow OWS

Friday, November 11, 2011

After labor unions won big in Ohio this week with a vote to reject limits on collective bargaining, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka called it “the road map for Democrats” to win in 2012.  

But after a bruising couple of years, and the emergence of Occupy Wall Street, some union leaders in New York are reexamining that message — and reconsidering that starkly partisan approach.

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Why Should We Worry About Deficits Anyway?

Thursday, November 10, 2011

We are not going to be able to get our fiscal house in order until we deal with our unemployment problem... The real issue is getting our economy back on track.

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Of Pauses and Princesses: Primary Debate Number Nine Recap

Thursday, November 10, 2011

We have seen a circling of the wagons, certainly among conservative pundits. One thing that they’re doing... is attacking the women.

—  Lisa Lerer, political reporter for Bloomberg News, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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