Democrats Need to Push Back — Hard

Eugene Robinson, Washington Post
WASHINGTON -- Here is what Democrats should learn from their party's loss in a special House election in Florida last week: Wishy-washy won't work.Republicans are obviously going to make opposition to the Affordable Care Act the main theme of their campaigns this fall. Democrats will be better off if they push back hard -- really hard -- rather than seek some nonexistent middle ground.The contest between Democrat Alex Sink and Republican David Jolly in Florida's 13th Congressional District was almost like a laboratory experiment. The House seat was held for decades by the late C.W. "Bill"... Read More (Opens In A New Tab)

The Charter Conspirators

Richard Cohen, RealClearPolitics
In the war between the rich and the poor, I'm enlisting on the side of the underdog -- the rich. What a drubbing they've been taking! Across the nation, but particularly in cities such as New York and Washington, the rich are incessantly accused of being slyly manipulative and self-serving. For instance, they support charter schools. Apparently, there is nothing worse. I am mystified. Charter schools are not private schools. They are free public schools that are open to any student, usually by lottery. Some very rich people support them, provide extra funds for special programs and, in... Read More (Opens In A New Tab)

Guinness pulls out of NY’s St. Patrick’s parade over ban on gays

BOSTON (Reuters) - Irish brewer Guinness said on Sunday that it would not participate in New York City's St. Patrick's Day parade this year because gay and lesbian groups had been excluded, costing organizers a key sponsor of the annual event.
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One More Act for Hope and Change

E.J. Dionne, Washington Post
WASHINGTON -- Listlessness is bad politics. Defensiveness is poor strategy. And resignation is never inspiring.You can feel elements of all three descending around President Obama as he fends off attack after attack from his conservative foes who vary the subject depending on the day, the circumstance and the opportunity.Obama and his party are in danger of allowing the Republicans to set the terms of the 2014 elections, just as they did four years ago. The fog of nasty and depressing advertising threatens to reduce the electorate to a hard core of older, conservative voters eager to hand the... Read More (Opens In A New Tab)

The Verdict on ‘Stimulus’

Robert Samuelson, RealClearPolitics
WASHINGTON -- Five years after becoming law, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 -- better known as the "economic stimulus" -- remains controversial and divisive. Its birthday has triggered retrospectives that suggest a tentative verdict on its usefulness. The main contribution comes from the White House's Council of Economic Advisers (CEA). In its annual report, it reminds us that the original "stimulus" (the ARRA), costing about $800 billion, was only half the show. As its impact waned, the administration and Congress enacted other like-minded measures -- the biggest were the... Read More (Opens In A New Tab)

Condoleezza Rice urges Republican party to be more inclusive

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Saturday called on the Republican Party to become more inclusive on issues like immigration.

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