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The Jehoshua Novels


Sequestration Sorrows for Extremist Republicans

May you have incompetent, offensive enemies.

President Obama and the congressional Democrats have the luck of the Irish, truly. They’ve already won the Battle of the Fiscal Cliff due to the good judgment of the people. That judgement takes facts into consideration. The sequestration process is a blunt instrument wielded by a Frankenstein [...]

The Deal: Various Responses

Actual legislative language of Senate-passed fiscal cliff deal. ow.ly/gsNPZ

— Bruce Bartlett (@BruceBartlett) January 1, 2013

Zaid Jilani:

Because the payroll tax cut is expiring and the Make Work Pay tax cut is not coming back, most working Americans will also see a tax increase. The most galling thing is that 98 percent [...]

Brand New Yr Retro

Amanda Marcotte re: the need for liberals to finally capitalize on the emerging progressive zeitgeist:

The road ahead, for liberals, is long and hard. Our social safety net and investment in ordinary working people who actually run this country is in tatters, decimated by years of Republican efforts and Democrats letting (or even making) it [...]

Red v. Blue Redux

A supplemental note of consolation for the myriad gobsmacked conservatives who are no doubt sobbing in their double-scotch-and-sodas today: GOP gerrymandering works (alas).

h/t QueerJohnPA

The October Surprise: Majority of Outside Spending Likely to Come in Final Month

by Robert Maguire

(Originally posted by OpenSecrets Blog, republished under a Creative Commons license)

With less than a month to go until the election, outside spending continues to be the campaign money story of 2012. Pretty much any way you slice it, it’s way up in the 2012 cycle. The total spent by non-party outside [...]

Segmenting the Libertarian Vote: Tea Partiers, Civil Libertarians, and Libertarian Independents

by David Kirby

(Originally posted by Cato @ Liberty, republished under a Creative Commons license)

Last week, I posted data from the latest Reason-Rupe poll showing 77 percent of libertarians supporting Romney—the highest percentage share of the libertarian vote of any Republican presidential candidate since 1980.

Many commenters on Twitter and Facebook were horrified! Surely, [...]