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09 May 2012

More Game Playing on the Fiscal Cliff

The lingering question over Congress these days concerns the so-called “fiscal cliff,” that set of policies that expire at the end of the year, which are likely to be cleared up in an unaccountable lame duck session of Congress. The move now is to claim that this party or that

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09 May 2012

Activists Want DNC Convention to Move out of North Carolina After Amendment One Passage

As you know, North Carolina passed Amendment One, a constitutional amendment initiative that not only puts the existing ban on same-sex marriage in the state constitution, but will also ban civil unions and domestic partnerships and could actually make things difficult for heterosexual couples that co-habitate. Despite – or perhaps

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09 May 2012

DC Democrats Upset That Feingold Called Out Pelosi’s Game of Footsie with Bowles-Simpson

Controversy has broken out because one progressive group dared to call out the House Democratic Leader on a dangerous tactical game she has been playing for the last several months. The story goes like this: Republicans have habitually bashed President Obama for not backing the Bowles-Simpson deficit reduction plan in

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08 May 2012

The Roundup for May 8, 2012

I’m sure Jon Walker will have updates tonight from primary elections in Indiana, North Carolina, Wisconsin and West Virginia. I will have this: • Looking forward to reports from tomorrow’s Bank of America shareholder meeting in Charlotte, which is being treated with all the security that would attend a papal

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08 May 2012

Democrats Try to Reverse Stand Your Ground in Appropriations Bill

In the House appropriations bill for Commerce, Justice and Science that will get preliminary votes today, Progressive Caucus co-chairs Keith Ellison and Raul Grijalva will introduce a “Stop Shoot First Laws” amendment, a direct reaction to the death of Trayvon Martin, whose death and ensuing trial may turn on Florida’s

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08 May 2012

Wealthy Liberal Donors Opt for Ground Game Organizing in 2012

We’re finally seeing a response to all that money pouring in on the conservative side into SuperPACs and electoral-focused independent expenditure groups. George Soros and other finders have opened their pocketbooks, but they will orient their spending a bit differently: After months on the sidelines, major liberal donors including the

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