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26 Jul 2011

Iraqi Lawmakers Blow Past Deadline to Ask for Extension of US Military Presence

It looks clear to me, and has for some time, that Iraqi lawmakers would simply never ask the US military to stick around after the end of the status of forces agreement in December 2011. Yes, the US has leverage with the Iraqi government to an extent, but the ability

26 Jul 2011

Poll Numbers Show Public Prefers Revenue Solutions to Cuts, But All of Them Have Been Abandoned

Let me show you some fun with polling. Pew asked a question that reflects what Barack Obama put forward in last night’s address: whether or not, in the debt limit debate, members of Congress should compromise to solve the problem. And 68% said yes, with just 23% saying that lawmakers

26 Jul 2011

Goodwin Liu Nominated to California Supreme Court

Finally, some good news. Gov. Jerry Brown today nominated University of California, Berkeley, law professor Goodwin Liu to the California Supreme Court. Liu, 40, withdrew his nomination to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco in May after Senate Republicans blocked his confirmation. “Professor Liu is an

26 Jul 2011

Boehner Doesn’t Have the Votes to Pass His Own Debt Limit Plan

John Boehner’s plan for raising the debt limit, which would lead to “the greatest increase in poverty and hardship produced by any law in modern U.S. history” according to one budget analyst, cannot pass the House of Representatives because it’s not conservative enough, according to the chair of the Republican

26 Jul 2011

OR-01: Wu Plans to Resign After Debt Limit Settled

David Wu, the scandal-plagued Congressman from Oregon accused of an unwanted sexual encounter with the 18 year-old daughter of a donor, announced today that he would resign, but only after the resolution of the debt limit debate in Congress. NBC News has confirmed that Democratic Rep. David Wu of Oregon

26 Jul 2011

Long-Term Unemployed Discriminated Against in Hiring

The long-term unemployed have several disadvantages in this economy. First, with the high unemployment rate, they have substantial competition for finding work. Second, their benefits are always on the verge of running out, as state legislators try to trim them back and federal lawmakers try to stop the extensions. What’s