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Can you feel the excitement in the air? Me neither. But the calendar tells me we’re fast approaching something important. No, it’s not Labor Day and the end of summer (or even the return of Stephen Colbert to late ...
What's the Latest Crisis About Anyway?

Countdown to Nothing

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Can you feel the excitement in the air? Me neither. But the calendar tells me we’re fast approaching something important. No, it’s not Labor Day and the end of summer (or even the return of Stephen Colbert to late night). I’m talking about the imminent return to Capitol Hill by the esteemed members of the [&hellip
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The Snap: Imagine you and everyone you know is on an airplane heading into a mountain. You see the plane is going to crash. The pilot and copilot are arguing over how to avoid the crash; one wants to veer right and one ...
Although Some Checked Out Months Ago

SCHOOL’S OUT FOR SUMMER

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The Snap: Imagine you and everyone you know is on an airplane heading into a mountain. You see the plane is going to crash. The pilot and copilot are arguing over how to avoid the crash; one wants to veer right and one left. After explaining that the pilots won’t quit arguing, the flight attendants [&hellip
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The Snap: I know that nothing ever changes. I know that because I wrote about it before. The inspiration for that post was that after a while on trail I tuned into the news and even though the topics were different, the ...
Because Gridlock Requires Booze

CALL TO ACTION FOR ADRIENNE BOETTINGER

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The Snap: I know that nothing ever changes. I know that because I wrote about it before. The inspiration for that post was that after a while on trail I tuned into the news and even though the topics were different, the news was essentially exactly the same as it was before. The Download: Now I [&hellip
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The Snap: I tried to stay the hell out of sequestration. First, the name makes it sound like something inevitable rather than what it is: Congressional laziness. The sequestration refers to automatic budget cuts ...

DROP AND GIVE ME 20

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The Snap: I tried to stay the hell out of sequestration. First, the name makes it sound like something inevitable rather than what it is: Congressional laziness. The sequestration refers to automatic budget cuts established as part of the Budget Control Act of 2011 and unless some miracle happens, the shitstorm begins on Friday. Secondl
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The Snap: The sequester is approaching and as was the case with the fiscal cliff, there is a lot of talk about "how come they can not just get a deal done." Apparently we are just going to "kick the can down the road" ...

GRAND BARGAINS ARE DEAD – THIS IS HOW WE GET THINGS DONE THESE DAYS

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The Snap: The sequester is approaching and as was the case with the fiscal cliff, there is a lot of talk about “how come they can not just get a deal done.” Apparently we are just going to “kick the can down the road” again. This is despite the generally accepted wisdom that the people [&hellip
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The Snap: It’s been a while since I’ve paid as much attention to John Boehner as I should. I don’t want him to feel neglected or doubt the depth of emotion that he stirs within me.  So a little over two months ...

DEAR JOHN

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The Snap: It’s been a while since I’ve paid as much attention to John Boehner as I should. I don’t want him to feel neglected or doubt the depth of emotion that he stirs within me.  So a little over two months since I explained why I want to staple things to his head and just a [&hellip
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The Snap: Budget cuts are coming. This much is known. The only questions that remain are how big and to what departments. If nothing is done the sequestration will happen and the cuts will be across the board. The ...

THE BUDGET CUTS NEED TO BE BALANCED OR THEY WILL NOT WORK

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The Snap: Budget cuts are coming. This much is known. The only questions that remain are how big and to what departments. If nothing is done the sequestration will happen and the cuts will be across the board. The Download: As part of the fiscal cliff deal (drinking), the sequester cuts were postponed until March [&hellip
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The Snap: No, I’m not talking about the 50 Shades of shut-the-hell -up, I’m talking about America’s masochistic tendency to barely survive one cataclysmic event before it launches into another. It’s not bad enough ...

NATION OF MASOCHISTS

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The Snap: No, I’m not talking about the 50 Shades of shut-the-hell -up, I’m talking about America’s masochistic tendency to barely survive one cataclysmic event before it launches into another. It’s not bad enough that we have to listen to Christmas music in Le Target as early as September. Now, we barely make it through [&hellip
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The Snap: As we hurtle gamely over the Fiscal Cliff (bottoms up!), let’s ponder this question: What is Congress actually supposed to do? Hold annoying press conferences, stall decision-making and run for reelection? If ...

WHO PUT THE ‘CON’ IN CONGRESS?

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The Snap: As we hurtle gamely over the Fiscal Cliff (bottoms up!), let’s ponder this question: What is Congress actually supposed to do? Hold annoying press conferences, stall decision-making and run for reelection? If regular people spent all day looking for better jobs or canvassing for money to keep our jobs, we’d be fired immediat
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