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The Chart That Should Accompany Every Discussion of Deficits

Why does this chart matter? Because it makes clear two realities that are fundamental to sane discussion of public finance, but that most of the public doesn't realize and that the Republican leadership is actively working to obscure.

Posted: Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 9:40am

Insiders Rate GOP Senate Prospects High

At this early stage in the election cycle, political operatives in both parties believe that the Republican chances for winning back the Senate are relatively high, according to the latest National Journal Political Insiders Poll.

Posted: Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 9:40am

Insiders Skeptical Of Democrats Retaking House

Political operatives in both parties--but especially Republicans--are skeptical that Democrats will be able to regain control of the House of Representatives in the 2012 elections according to the latest National Journal Political Insiders Poll.

Posted: Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 9:40am

An Imagined History of Presidential Text Messages

Soon Americans may get text messages from the Oval Office during emergencies. What if we'd had this technology all along? Just think of all the trouble that presidential text messages could've saved had it existed in the past.

Posted: Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 9:40am

VIDEO: Who is the Gang of Six?

A primer on the team that could craft a deal to bring Republicans and Democrats together on a plan to reduce the deficit and raise the debt ceiling.

Posted: Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 9:40am

WSJ: Somali PM Would Welcome U.S. Strike on al-Qaida in His Country

Somalia would welcome an attack on its soil by U.S. special forces to target al-Qaida militants, Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed told the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday.

Posted: Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 9:40am

NJ POLL: Cooling Off Period Needed at FCC?

It was announced yesterday that Federal Communications Commission member Meredith Atwell Baker would be leaving next month to join Comcast as a lobbyist. She voted in favor of Comcast's merger with NBC Universal in January. While she cannot lobby the FCC for two years, she will be able to lobby Congress from day one.

Posted: Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 8:40am

Hotline Sort: Mitt Stop

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) readies a major address on health care and is already absorbing blows while Indiana First Lady Cheri Daniels gets set for a much-anticipated speech of her own. Plus, New York's 26th district special election may have come to blows ... literally. Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 8:40am

McCain: Bin Laden's Death Proves Nothing About Validity of Torture

The death of Osama bin Laden changes many things, but not how Sen. John McCain feels about the use of torture to gather information.

Posted: Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 8:40am

Video: Jon Stewart Drops A Beat On Fox News

The only way Jon Stewart can express his feelings on Fox News's coverage of the controversy surrounding the White House's inclusion of rapper Common in a poetry event is through rap, "You're pigeons, on a statue, leaving little puddles of lie behind you."

Posted: Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 8:40am