December, 2012  (Page 1)

White House and McConnell reach agreement on “fiscal cliff”

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, December 31, 2012 at 9:33pm 12/31/2012 at 9:33pm

Details just coming out, vote in Senate expected tonight.

Looks like the number is 400/450k for tax increases and delay of sequester automatic spending cuts for two months.

More when the details are confirmed.

Update: Details on the deal, which apparently will go to a vote in the Senate after midnight so they can...

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New Year’s Eve Open

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, December 31, 2012 at 7:19pm 12/31/2012 at 7:19pm

Barring some BIG or BREAKING news, this will be the last post of 2012.

Thanks to all of you for reading, commenting, spreading the links, and creating what I’m convinced is the best online community.

Next year should be, ahem, interesting.

We have been going through a thought process here as to where to...

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Rand Paul on fiscal cliff

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, December 31, 2012 at 5:39pm 12/31/2012 at 5:39pm

There isn’t going to be a vote tonight in the House, at least.

And it’s not clear what all the details are, but it looks as of this writing that taxes will go up on people making more than $400,000 individually or $450,000 as a couple. But beyond that, according to Rand...

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Update on The Elizabeth Warren File

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, December 31, 2012 at 4:26pm 12/31/2012 at 4:26pm

It’s coming, really, it is.

Just not by January 3, as hoped. Figure later in January. We’ve had an epiphany as to design that will require some more work. Better to be a little late and great, than a little early and not so great.

But not to worry, if you need your...

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In your face, Republicans

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, December 31, 2012 at 2:01pm 12/31/2012 at 2:01pm

Obama just had what was possibly the most insulting press event I’ve ever seen from a President — I’ll post the video when available, it will infuriate you.

He spiked the football, overtly insulted Republicans and Congress, and laughed that he is on the verge of getting what...

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Perverse

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, December 31, 2012 at 1:09pm 12/31/2012 at 1:09pm

Questioning whether Hillary Clinton actually had a concussion apparently is the worstest thing anyone would ever do.

So I just couldn’t resist a history lesson:

Related: Psst…Don’t Tell Andrew...

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Tea Party Predictions for 2013

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, December 31, 2012 at 12:17pm 12/31/2012 at 12:17pm

Happy New Year!

While I like to look at the past, seeing into the future can be fun (despite the fact I truly struck out prediction-wise this November).  Humbled, and a lot less hopeful, I...

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Extra-constitutional power is what they’ve always wanted (Update — blaming those ancient “white dudes”)

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, December 31, 2012 at 10:19am 12/31/2012 at 10:19am

An Op-Ed in The New York Times from Georgetown Law Professor Louis Michael Seidman, Let’s Give Up on the Constitution:

AS the nation teeters at the edge of fiscal chaos, observers are reaching the conclusion that the American system of government is broken. But almost no one blames the culprit: our insistence on...

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2012 – “No, I don’t regret anything”

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, December 31, 2012 at 8:15am 12/31/2012 at 8:15am

Fighting the conservative media on Newt, including attempts to strip Newt of his accomplishments and history.

Defending Rush against Media Matters and StopRush.

Helping advance Mia Love to national attention.

Fighting the false racial narrative in the Trayvon Martin shooting.

Helping to defeat Richard Lugar.

Uncovering, documenting, talking about and videotaping the truth about Elizabeth Warren.

Starting College...

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Best Bumper Stickers of 2012

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, December 31, 2012 at 7:00am 12/31/2012 at 7:00am

We published a bumper sticker or sign almost every day this year, sometimes more than one a day.  Please keep them coming, by emailing me at the address on the contact page.

Most of the bumper stickers, of course, were motivated by the elections, with a huge number of innovative uses of the “O” in the Obama logo.

I have selected some of my favorites (going easy on the campaign stickers), in no particular order.  Click over to each post for the commentary from the reader and from me that accompanied each sticker.

I’m WSRM, and I’m Proud

Zero Hour

 
 
 

It’s not as good as the Christmas Plan, but Joe Manchin’s CALM Act is worth consideration

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 10:33pm 12/30/2012 at 10:33pm

Since early December I have been urging, in vain, Republican leaders to kick the can past January 1 on taxes so that everything is on the table, rather than giving Obama the tax increases he wants without a deal on spending and entitlements.

I called it the Christmas Plan, and the concept...

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As the fiscal cliff approaches…

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 7:17pm 12/30/2012 at 7:17pm

… The blame game begins.

We noted here on Friday that the bad economy is already dialed in for 2013, but that President Obama would likely seek to blame congressional Republicans and the fiscal cliff fiasco for the impending economic woes.

As expected, the finger pointing surrounding fiscal cliff negotiations has already begun....

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When do Skyler Capo and Gibson Guitar get to interview Obama?

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 4:44pm 12/30/2012 at 4:44pm

One of the best columns about the David Gregory high capacity magazine story was written by Mark Steyn, Laws Are for Little People (h/t Ace):

This is, declared NYU professor Jay Rosen, “the dumbest media s...

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Tea Party New Year’s Resolutions for 2013

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 2:18pm 12/30/2012 at 2:18pm

As 2012 closes, I have been pondering making a New Year’s resolution from a Tea Party perspective.

After such disappointing results in the November election, and the fact that Californians approved just about every tax and spend measure on the 2012 ballot, it can be very hard to stay a motivated citizen...

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Obama calls for “banning these high capacity clips” during David Gregory interview

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 11:36am 12/30/2012 at 11:36am

David Gregory has a high capacity ammunition magazine problem, as you are aware.

So I was waiting for the issue of banning high capacity magazines to come up during the Meet the Press interview this morning, and it did (emphasis mine):

GREGORY: “Those are four huge things and you didn’t mention … new...

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Slip some extra Tea Party Derangement Syndrome on the barbie

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 9:00am 12/30/2012 at 9:00am

From our friends Down Under at The Catallaxy Files, reports of Tea Party Derangement Syndrome, He believes it but does anyone else? (emphasis mine):

WAYNE Swan has blamed the conservative Tea Party movement in the US for damaging the global economy and contributing to the “whack” to Australia’s budget position that has...

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If the names and addresses of gun permit holders are fair game, what about this?

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 7:08am 12/30/2012 at 7:08am

The publication of the names and addresses of gun permit holders by the NY Lower Hudson Journal News , a Gannett paper, sparked controversy, including

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