Budget Battles Begin Over Republicans Proposed $61 Billion In Cuts

Centerist Cynic www.whatweshouldknowblog.com We are in the beginning stages of a Federal budget battle.  So here are some of the basics.  The current fight is over both the 2011 and 2012 budgets.  What is taking center stage currently though is what is called a Continuing Resolution for 2011.  The United States is currently operating without a formal 2011 budget.  The Federal Government is being kept open by a stop gap measure called a continuing resolution that provides funding through March 4, 2011....more

Drawn Together: Obama's Milkshake Summit with Palin in Archie Comics

Barack Obama appeared on The View, and Sarah Palin took time from her own TLC show to visit Dancing with the Stars this year. I guess after The View and DWTS there is nowhere to go but down, so I wasn't too surprised to see that Archie comics featured both as guests visiting Riverdale High in two winter issues. ...more

Ending the Year on a High Note

After the election on November 2nd, I was understandably pessimistic about what progress, if any, would be made during the lame duck session of Congress before the new crop of elected Congresspeople and Senators take office. The Republicans made clear their priorities when they promised to block any legislation until all of the Bush tax cuts were extended....more

Feminism Is As Feminism Does

By Merle Hoffman, cross-posted at On The Issues Magazine ...more

The White House Teams Up with Monster.com: Will it Help Job Seekers?

Starting today through November 14, 2010, job seekers can visit the Monster.com Facebook page and post questions to the Obama Administration regarding America's employment climate. The intention is that questions that garner a lot of comments or rack up the "Likes" will be answered by the White House via video responses posted online. Mashable announced this news recently and the comments are already flowing. As with any high-profile partnership between the White House and say, anybody, questions abound. Most important among them, will this sort of forum truly benefit most out of work Americans ...more

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Election 2010: What's at Stake for Obama and Women Candidates This November

Election years without a presidential race often come with lower voter turnouts and less public interest, but these mid-term elections can be big indicators of social shifts, and they can change the balance of power in Washington dramatically. ...more

You mentioned how President Obama went after John Boehner for being against infrastructure. ...more

Putting the "labor" back in Labor Day!

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Be A Better Blogger: What's Going On In the "Mosque at Ground Zero" Controversy

In case you have been on vacation from cable television and twitter for the last month or so, the summer's domestic political headlines have been dominated by a dispute over a proposed Islamic community center near the site of the World Trade Center attacks that has come to be known, variously, as Park 51, Cordoba House and, most popularly, the "Ground Zero Mosque." A Muslim organization has proposed building a 13-15 story community center on the site of a building that was damaged by debris fro...more

Ah the tyranny of Googlejuice! I confess to throwing the term into the meta-tags in a kind of ...more

Omar Khadr: Tortured Child Soldier

Omar Khadr was 15 years old in 2002 when he was sent to prison at Guantánamo Bay for allegedly throwing a grenade in an Afghanistan firefight that killed an American soldier. Khadr lost an eye and was shot in the back but survived to be captured and detained by the U.S. government. Now 23, he confessed under threat of dog attacks and death by gang rape. ...more

Because Omar Khadr is certainly not the only child soldier who reached adulthood in our ...more

View From The (VERY) Top: Barack Obama’s Speech @ National Urban League Centennial Celebration 2010 – Part Two

RiaRob has been blessed to be at special places at special times, but never nothing like this. I am on a press platform getting elbowed (and throwing a few elbows of my own – I’m never scared) to get THE SHOT of a lifetime: a picture of President Barack Obama. I’ll be the first to say that television does not do The President justice. To watch him on television is one thing, but to see him in one of many historical moments is simply mesmerizing. Walk with me on this one:...more