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Opinion: Voters Need to Hold 'Not So Super Committee' Accountable

Friday, November 18, 2011

If this likely trajectory plays out, the nine percent of Americans who approve of the job Congress is doing may need to reconsider. Congress backed itself into a corner and then set a booby trap it can't defuse.

-Justin Krebs

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Debt Committee Dems Propose First Plan for Cuts

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Democrats on the the Congressional Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, also known as the Super Committee, gave their first proposal to the committee Republicans on Wednesday. The committee is charged with reducing the nation's debt by cutting $1.2 trillion.

Congressional officials, speaking to the Associated Press said the proposed ...

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Video Club: Are Secret Committees as Good as they Sound on The West Wing?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Sometimes political truth is stranger than political fiction, but the fiction is always more fun.

For that reason, It's A Free Country brings you Video Club with Brian Lehrer, in which our veteran analysts looks at the fun-house mirrors of our government's (in)action: television and the silver screen. What did the writers get right, and where did they flop? Why were the fictional characters more sympathetic, or more detestable? How did the political theater play out in real life? More often than not, it's the reality that looks funny.

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Opinion: Congress Embraces Bipartisanship - In Shirking Budget Duty

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Disasters used to be one of the things that weren't used as political footballs, but now almost nothing is sacrosanct. This is much like how the filibuster used to be a weapon of last resort, but is now used on a regular basis in the Senate.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Debt Supercommittee Has a Chance to Correct Years of Bad Policy. Here's How:

Monday, September 26, 2011

Shortsighted action on fiscal issues has been standard practice for both the Democratic and Republican parties for over a generation, and it is directly responsible for the fiscal train wreck we're now dealing with.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, It's A Free Country blogger.

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