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When the Senate Functioned

img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-105651" title="howardbaker" src="/files/wxrimport/2011-10/howardbaker2.jpg" alt="" width="535" height="340" /> Then, miracles of miracles, the amendment was debated and voted on. Next, another amendment might emerge from another Senator.  And, so on.  …

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Written by Steve Bell on Wednesday October 19, 2011

Boehner's New Plan - Even Deader

A few thoughts on the implications of Boehner adding a "Balanced Budget Amendment" to his debt-ceiling bill (which would now require that Congress pass a BBA before a second debt-ceiling increase could take place early in 2012): Adding the BBA makes the bill very likely to pass the House. …

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Written by Fred Bauer on Friday July 29, 2011

Boehner is in Danger of Losing Caucus Control

Reports from the Hill indicate that House Speaker John Boehner and his staff are "re-writing" the Speaker's plan to pass an extension of the looming debt ceiling.  That announcement, coupled with the serious objections of many in the House GOP caucus when the plan was first announced, reveals …

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Written by Steve Bell on Wednesday July 27, 2011

Jim DeMint's Nation-Wrecking Fantasy

NRO has a report on the Republican members of Congress willing to force default in order to get a Senate vote on the Balanced Budget Amendment. In the Senate, DeMint is also counting noses, hoping to stir an eleventh-hour movement. Conservative voters, he says, will lose faith in the …

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Written by David Frum on Thursday July 21, 2011

The Dirty Secret Of Energy Subsidies

Before we can have a rational debate on America's future energy needs, both parties need to acknowledge the role tax preferences and other subsidies play in the marketplace. See, it’s still possible for Republicans and Democrats to work together on energy legislation. On Thursday, the ethanol …

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Written by Jim DiPeso on Sunday June 19, 2011

GOP Senate Pick-Up No Sure Thing

Republicans cannot and should not take a Senate takeover for granted. With Democrats defending at least eight seats Republicans could conceivably win, the GOP has the best opportunity of the decade to change the composition of the United States Senate.  Although it would take a much better …

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Written by Eli Lehrer on Monday June 6, 2011

GOP Jobs Bill Needs a Bigger Shot in the Arm

Why doesn't the Senate GOP job proposal include a 100% tax credit for all businesses big and small? Isn't that the usual conservative proposal to jump-start a sluggish economy? Does anybody understand why the Senate Republican job proposal launched yesterday does not include a 100% tax credit for …

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Written by David Frum on Thursday May 5, 2011

Senate Should be GOP's 2012 Priority

Here's some advice for the GOP: focus on the Senate in 2012. A big Senate pickup could advance a conservative agenda even with a Dem in the White House. Here’s some early advice to the Republican Party: focus on the Senate in 2012.  The presidency probably isn’t winnable but a big pickup in the …

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Written by Eli Lehrer on Sunday April 17, 2011

Senate Passes Two Week Spending Bill

Senate Passes Two Week Spending Bill Washington Post reports: The Senate on Wednesday approved a stopgap measure that would keep the federal government funded through March 18, sending the bill on to President Obama for his signature. The bill, which would cut $4 billion in …

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Written by FrumForum News on Wednesday March 2, 2011

Deal or No Deal?

Until now, the threat of a government-run healthcare plan has deterred Republicans from negotiations with the administration. But now that the single most threatening element of such a deal has been voted down by Democrats, Republicans can begin to think: are there things we want? ... well, maybe …

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Written by David Frum on Wednesday September 30, 2009

My Opponent, Senator Kennedy

My own feelings about Senator Kennedy are a bit more complicated or nuanced than those of many of my friends and associates, for I have never been able to forget -- nor entirely get over -- Senator Kennedy’s challenge to my old boss, Jimmy Carter, for the 1980 Democratic presidential nomination. …

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Written by Les Francis on Thursday August 27, 2009