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  • Morning Bell: Back the Baucus Benefits Out of Stimulus

    As bad as portions of current stimulus package are, it is looking like the Senate, led by Sens. Max Baucus (D-MT), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), and John Sununu (R-NH), is determined to make it worse by tacking on an extension of unemployment insurance (UI) benefits. There are at least three reasons … More

    'There Is No There There' for Progressive Position on FISA

    We encourage you to read progressive bloggers on FISA. No really, go here, here, and here. Got all that. Now after reading those posts, what is the FISA debate in the Senate about? Why does FISA need a technical change and why do companies want protection from lawsuits for cooperating … More

    Transparency for Today and Tomorrow

    Tomorrow the Senate Finance Committee is considering a step toward openness and transparency for committee meetings but there are still some big loopholes in the draft rules. Namely, the proposed rule would establish a 21 business day deadline for posting meeting records, which translates into more than a calendar month. … More

    Hope, Not Intervention, on Housing

    President Bush got the government’s response to the housing crisis half right. The administration’s voluntary HOPE NOW program is the way to go, while his calls for more government intervention in the housing market will only distort an already troubled market. It is essential that the federal response not reward … More

    The Conservative Response to the State of the Union

    Since 1966 the major networks follow the their television production of the President’s State of the Union Address by giving a representative of the opposition party an opportunity to respond. Building of this tradition, Senate Conservative Steering Committee Chair Jim DeMint (R-SC) taped a response to the President’s address to … More

    Morning Bell: White House Fecklessness on Spending Exposed

    President Bush may have promised to veto any spending bill that does not cut the number and cost of earmarks in half, but as commentators were quick to point out, since Democrats are planning on holding back spending bills till the next President takes office, the threat is virtually worthless. … More

    Free Trade Essential for Economic Growth

    In his final State of the Union address, the President not only raised the politically contentious issue of making tangible progress on advancing pending free trade initiatives, but also highlighted the importance of freer trade in helping America weather today’s economic turbulence and in promoting American competitiveness in the future. … More

    Bush Promotes Progress in Iraq

    President Bush used the State of the Union speech to remind Americans about the progress made in Iraq during the last year under his new surge strategy, what remains at stake there, and the need to finish the job to protect American interests. A year ago Iraq was threatened by … More

    The President, the Presentment Clause, and Earmarks

    In addressing earmarks in the State of the Union, President Bush said, “I also asked you to stop slipping earmarks into committee reports that never even come to a vote. … [T]omorrow, I will issue an executive order that directs federal agencies to ignore any future earmark that is not … More

    Trade and Peace in Colombia

    The President made a good case for congressional approval of the three pending trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama and their nearly 100 million customers. It was smart to frame the issue in terms of the many benefits these agreements will give to American workers “to compete with … More