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The Tea Party's Take on the Debt Crisis

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

The House of Representatives passed a landmark deal yesterday as the United States inched closer to defaulting on its debts. As the bill makes its way over to the Senate many are noting the influence that the Tea Party had on the outcome. During the debate, some Republican freshman members were urging leaders not to make any concessions, and some felt any increase in the debt ceiling was out of the question. How will these new Tea Party members react to Speaker Boehner's compromise?

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Anyone Want A Sugar-Coated Satan Sandwich?

Monday, August 01, 2011

You’re going to see a lot of sound and fury from Tea Party groups and Republicans who have an edge in opposing the deal… The guys who want an advantage want to look more ideological, but most people in the party are going to go for his, because it’s the best possible deal they could have gotten.

David Weigel, who covers politics and policy for Slate magazine, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Opinion: The Right's Despicable Negotiation Tactics Paid Off

Monday, August 01, 2011

The GOP clearly won this fight. But they did so in an amazingly irresponsible manner, much like winning a game of chicken by letting go of the wheel and assuming the other side will swerve.

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

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Van Jones' American Dream

Friday, July 08, 2011

We've already had an austerity program given to us by Wall Street when it destroyed the economy in 2008; to add a public sector austerity program is the height of foolishness.

Van Jones, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and former Obama administration green jobs advisor, The Brian Lehrer Show.

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New York’s Frank Rich on Where Obama Went Wrong with Wall Street

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Tea Partiers—and to some extent conventional Republicans—exploited this anger by turning the health care plan into another symbol of the big guy screwing you. If Obama had addressed this anger and been more proactive, he might not have been hoisted on petard of health care.

New York Magazine columnist Frank Rich on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Herman Cain Joins Protest Against RGGI Cap-and-Trade

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

It was hot at Ground Zero. A rally was scheduled to begin at noon, the exact moment that the sun would finish climbing over the skyscrapers and flush out the shade. Inside the Federal Building in downtown Manhattan, officials with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Inititative (RGGI, or "Reggie") were auctioning off carbon permits—the price for businesses to release CO2 into the atmosphere

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Opinion: Why the Tea Party's Squeaky Wheel is a Good Thing

Thursday, June 02, 2011

The media, who has always been obsessed with squeaky wheel groups that make a lot of noise, is convinced the Tea Party will harm the Republicans' chances of gaining seats next year. This may certainly be true if they have to make far right campaign promises and votes to win their primary support, but most of the public doesn't seem to care about them.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, on the real power of the Tea Party to shape Republican politics.

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The Takeaway

Money: Silver's Worth, Gadhafi and Goldman Sachs

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Utah has the first law on the books encouraging residents to use gold or silver coins made by the Mint as cash. The legislation is called the Legal Tender Act of 2011. The law was inspired by Tea Party supporters who believe the dollar should be backed by gold or silver and worry that a currency collapse looms in our country's future.

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Past and Present with Jill Lepore: Darrow and Labor Rights

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Jill Lepore, professor of American history at Harvard, staff writer at The New Yorker and author of The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party’s Revolution and the Battle Over American History, concludes her stint as our weekly guest for the month of May. She will discuss how four past historical moments have influenced the present political and social climate in the United States.

Today's historical moment: The 1898 right to strike case and Clarence Darrow's defense.

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Past and Present with Jill Lepore: Parrot Fever Panic of 1930

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Jill Lepore, professor of American history at Harvard, staff writer at The New Yorker and author of The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party’s Revolution and the Battle Over American History, continues her stint as our weekly guest for the month of May. She will discuss how four past historical moments have influenced the present political and social climate in the United States.

Today's historical moment: The Parrot Fever Panic of 1930

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Past and Present With Jill Lepore: The Politics of Death

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Jill Lepore, professor of American history at Harvard, staff writer at The New Yorker and author of The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party’s Revolution and the Battle Over American History, is our weekly guest for the month of May. She will discuss how four past historical moments have influenced the present political and social climate in the United States.

Today's historical moment: The Karen Ann Quinlan right-to-die case of 1975.

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Transportation Nation

TN Moving Stories: SF's Congestion Parking Pricing, Finding a 'Non-Daft' Bike Helmet, and House Votes to Drill

Friday, May 06, 2011

The White House walked back a proposal to tax people based on how many miles they drive. "This is not a bill supported by the administration," says a spokesperson. (The Hill)

More on San Francisco's congestion parking pricing. (Bay Citizen via New York Times)

Gas prices may fall a bit in the short term, but they will keep rising for years to come. (Planet Money/NPR)

(photo courtesy of Senator Boxer/Flickr)

The House passed a measure that would require the Interior Department to conduct four offshore oil and gas lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of Virginia. (Washington Post)

California high-speed rail planners revived a long-discarded route option that could save billions of dollars and eliminate a sweeping dogleg through Los Angeles County's high desert towns. (Los Angeles Times)

Ray LaHood calls for a multi-year FAA reauthorization bill in Politico.

A Guardian reporter writes: "Finding a non-daft looking cycle helmet is the holy grail for vain cyclists." Has she found it? Yes and no.

Arizona has created a “Don’t Tread on Me” license plate to raise money for the tea party movement. (Roll Call)

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In case you missed it on Transportation Nation:

--federal regulators unveiled new bus safety rules (link)

--DOT secretary Ray LaHood said an announcement about who gets Florida's high-speed rail money should come "next week" (link)

--New York City's subways are dirtier -- or are they? (link)

--a Maryland county gets closer to Bus Rapid Transit (link)

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Mike Pence Running for Governor of Indiana

Thursday, May 05, 2011

It's official, U.S. Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) will be campaigning to become Governor of Indiana in 2012.

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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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Tax Day: Let the Tea Party Rallies Commence!

Friday, April 15, 2011

The IRS decision to extend this year's deadline to April 18 is proving a boon for the Tea Party, who now has a long weekend to protest Tax Day. And despite the Tea Party's lagging public support — the most recent NBC/WSJ poll found 30 percent had a "very negative" view — 2012 GOP contenders are joining their weekend parties.

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The Bad Faith of Budget Politics

Monday, April 11, 2011

The Democrats were the less honest actors through much of the run up to last weekend's passage of a federal budget compromise. They had the votes to pass a budget several months ago, before the midterms, but chose not to because of perceived electoral risks.

They balked at an early deal from some of the less extreme Republicans for a thirty something billion package of cuts, then, when the more extreme Tea Party types pushed the GOP to bump that up into the 60s, the Democrats responded by saying they would meet them halfway... with about ten billion in cuts.

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As a Wisconsin Election Takes A Fishy Turn, is the Tea Turning Toxic?

Thursday, April 07, 2011

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I think independent voters have seen enough to know they're uncomfortable. I think democratic voters are mobilized. And I think that's a microcosm of what's going on in many places around the country.

David Axelrod on the Tea Party's turning tide in Wisconsin

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Nobody Wants a Government Shutdown...or Do They?

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

At 8:45 pm Wednesday night, President Obama will sit down with House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to try and hammer out a last-minute budget compromise before the government shuts down on Friday.

A shutdown would mean furloughing thousands of government employees, delaying Social Security payments to seniors, and closing national parks, among other things. Freezing federal business is also more expensive than business as usual. With all these negative consequences looming beyond this Friday's budget deadline, nobody wants a government shutdown...or do they?

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Staten Island's Health Reform Darling Faces Budget Wrath

Friday, April 01, 2011

Henry Thompson, the CEO of the Community Health Center in Staten Island, is suffering from political whiplash.

After the clinic opened in 2006 – with nearly every bold-faced name in local politics in attendance – the clinic received a grant during the Bush administration two years later to build a new location. In 2009, the clinic received $1.3 million in stimulus dollars to expand hours and services.

Then came the federal health care overhaul last year, which provides $11 billion dollars to support and expand the network of clinics across the country.

But now, the clinic is one of six federally funded community health centers that could close if budget cuts passed by the House make it into a final compromise spending plan.

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The Takeaway

Tea Party Group's Pro-Business Backing

Thursday, March 31, 2011

An investigative report in The New York Times has uncovered a seemingly odd partnership between the Tea Party and foreign company, Asia Pulp & Paper. The group, the Institute for Liberty has been defending the paper company and attacking anyone that is critical of the company. This sets up a contradiction within the Tea Party movement, which claims to oppose big business as well as big government. Is this just another example of lobbying in Washington or something more nefarious? Reporter for The New York Times, Mike McIntire uncovers the relationship.

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