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342 items by Julian Brookes

  • Must Reads: Trump Finds a New Way to Get Attention: F-Bombs

    Must Reads: Trump Finds a New Way to Get Attention: F-Bombs | BLOG ENTRY

    Democrats Can Play Politics With the Economy, Too Growing numbers are joining Republicans in demanding big deficit cuts as the price for voting to raise the nation's debt limit, without which the economy will crater. [

    April 29, 2011 9:41 AM ET
  • Video: Rep. Allen West: WTF?!

    Video: Rep. Allen West: WTF?! | BLOG ENTRY

    Rep. Allen West (FL), a proud member of the House Republican Freshman class, might be the nuttiest congressman in Washington right now, and not in a fun way. He speaks for himself. See what you think. Liberal...

    April 28, 2011 12:11 PM ET
  • Must Reads: Supreme Court Screws Consumers

    Must Reads: Supreme Court Screws Consumers | BLOG ENTRY

    Supreme Court Class-Action Ruling Screws Consumers In a big win for corporations, the Supreme Court ruled that companies can block aggrieved customers from teaming up in class-action lawsuits. The 5-4 ruling came out of a California...

    April 28, 2011 9:40 AM ET
  • Video: GOP Congressmen Get Eaten Alive at Town Halls

    Video: GOP Congressmen Get Eaten Alive at Town Halls | BLOG ENTRY

    Republican congressmen on recess are catching all kinds of heck back home for having supported Paul Ryan's government-shrinking budget plan. Folks want to know, for instance, how exactly they're supposed to get...

    April 27, 2011 12:47 PM ET
  • America's Nuclear Nightmare: 'A Dozen Fukushima's Waiting to Happen'

    America's Nuclear Nightmare: 'A Dozen Fukushima's Waiting to Happen' | BLOG ENTRY

    Shortly after an earthquake and tsunami struck Japan, in March, triggering the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl, America's leading nuclear regulator trekked up to Capitol Hill to assure jumpy lawmkers that, no way, it couldn't happen here....

    April 27, 2011 10:36 AM ET
  • White House Releases Obama's Birth Certificate

    White House Releases Obama's Birth Certificate | BLOG ENTRY

    Too bad it had to come to this: The White House, "in response to media inquiries" (right), has released the president's birth certificate. Obama himself ducked into the White House press room to deliver a few...

    April 27, 2011 10:04 AM ET
  • Must Reads: Petraeus to CIA, Panetta to Defense

    Must Reads: Petraeus to CIA, Panetta to Defense | BLOG ENTRY

    Petraeus to CIA, Panetta to Defense Obama will tap CIA chief Leon Panetta this week to replace Robert Gates as Defense Secretary, and Gen. David Petraeus to take over from Panetta and the intelligence agency, reports...

    April 27, 2011 9:05 AM ET
  • Must Reads: Boehner Plays Chicken As Economic Armageddon Looms

    Must Reads: Boehner Plays Chicken As Economic Armageddon Looms | BLOG ENTRY

    John Boehner Plays Chicken With the Economy Even as Treasury officials warn of an economic “Armageddon” if Congress fails to up the nation's debt limit, John Boehner said yesterday he won’t even guarantee a...

    April 26, 2011 12:48 PM ET
  • DeNiro Takes On 'Crazy' Birther Trump

    DeNiro Takes On 'Crazy' Birther Trump | BLOG ENTRY

    In today's Threat Assessment, With us: Robert DeNiro, the Raging Bull, rages at "crazy" "car salesman" Donald Trump Against us: Taliban springs hundreds of inmates from a Kandahar prison, courtesy of a 1000-foot-long tunnel With us: A law firm...

    April 25, 2011 2:47 PM ET
  • Must Reads: Leaked Files Lift the Lid on Gitmo

    Must Reads: Leaked Files Lift the Lid on Gitmo | BLOG ENTRY

    Leaked Files Shine Light on Gitmo DetaineesA trove of more than 700 classified military documents lifts the lid on Gitmo and the men who've served time there, reports the New York Times, one of several news...

    April 25, 2011 10:44 AM ET
  • Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal Says He'd Sign a 'Birther' Bill

    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal Says He'd Sign a 'Birther' Bill | BLOG ENTRY

    ... and other reasons to laugh (or cry): It's your Daily Threat Assessment.

    April 21, 2011 5:18 PM ET
  • 'The Real Catastrophe is the Oil We Don't Spill': Carl Safina on the Deepwater Horizon Blowout

    'The Real Catastrophe is the Oil We Don't Spill': Carl Safina on the Deepwater Horizon Blowout | BLOG ENTRY

    Carl Safina is a world-renowned ecologist, marine conservationist and author. Following is an excerpt from his new book,  A Sea in Flames: The Deepwater Horizon Oil Blowout, published today.  Various people, from the president on out, have...

    April 19, 2011 4:55 PM ET
  • Barely Legal: The Politics of Pot in America

    Barely Legal: The Politics of Pot in America | BLOG ENTRY

    "420" is a quasi-mystical number for pot smokers. According to stoner lore, it was the time of day, in the 1970s, that a small group of smokers at San Rafael High School in California would meet to...

    April 19, 2011 3:05 PM ET
  • One Year Later: The Gulf Oil Spill

    One Year Later: The Gulf Oil Spill | BLOG ENTRY

    Wednesday, April 20 marks the one-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon blowout, the oil platform explosion that killed 11 men and set a 200-million-gallon gusher of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico for three long months....

    April 19, 2011 2:50 PM ET
  • Marijuana By the Numbers

    Marijuana By the Numbers | BLOG ENTRY

    As part of our weeklong coverage of the politics of pot, here's a quick look at some key numbers on marijuana in America. For more detail, follow the source links at the foot of this post. 102...

    April 19, 2011 9:45 AM ET
  • Marijuana Law Reform: What's Next?

    Marijuana Law Reform: What's Next? | BLOG ENTRY

    This week, in observance of 4/20, we're taking a look at the politics of pot in America. We kicked off yesterday with a quick overview of marijuana law reform efforts over the past twelve months. Today,...

    April 19, 2011 9:25 AM ET
  • The State of Marijuana Reform in America

    The State of Marijuana Reform in America | BLOG ENTRY

    As a few of our readers may be aware, "420" is a quasi-mystical number for pot smokers. According to stoner lore, it was the time of day, in the 1970s, that a small group of smokers...

    April 18, 2011 7:00 AM ET
  • MUST READS: Today's Top Five Political Stories

    MUST READS: Today's Top Five Political Stories | BLOG ENTRY

    Whippersnapper Republicans Vote No On Budget Deal (And That's the Thanks John Boehner Gets) The House on Thursday signed off on record spending cuts for 2011, approving last week's eleventh-hour budget agreement. But what ought to have...

    April 15, 2011 11:49 AM ET
  • VIDEO: Jon Stewart on Trump's Birth Certificate Investigators

    VIDEO: Jon Stewart on Trump's Birth Certificate Investigators | BLOG ENTRY

    Trump sent a crack team of investigators to Hawaii to dig around, ask some questions -- and you wouldn't believe what they're turning up!

    April 14, 2011 12:30 PM ET
  • MUST READS: Today's Top Five Political Stories

    MUST READS: Today's Top Five Political Stories | BLOG ENTRY

    Obama's Deficit Speech Was About a Vision of America"This was not a speech about dollars and cents as much as it was an appeal for Americans to think about what kind of country they...

    April 14, 2011 11:13 AM ET
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