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GOP frustrated playing Wile E. Coyote

It must be frustrating to get up every morning knowing that you're condemned once again to play Wile E. Coyote to Barack Obama's Roadrunner, always grasping at him but never succeeding. In a press conference Thursday morning, House Speaker John Boehner let those frustrations be heard: "The frustration is that ...

CBS slays a conservative superstar

Stephen Colbert, the conservative host of the highly rated "Colbert Report," has been hired by CBS to replace the retiring David Letterman as host of "The Late Show". On the one hand I guess I'm happy for him, but on the other hand I'm more than a little troubled. You ...

The law says we can't cut waste from Medicare

This week, the federal government released data detailing how much it paid in Medicare reimbursements in 2012, and to whom. That set off a flurry of number-crunching, and is already turning up some interesting things. For example, an analysis by the Associated Press found that nationwide, 344 doctors billed Medicare ...

Money would NEVER corrupt politics, right?

Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, said in a radio interview Tuesday that he and the RNC want to totally eliminate all remaining campaign contribution limits, and that they are actively looking for cases to take to the Supreme Court to accomplish that goal. Because, you know, free ...

So I guess this means Jeb Bush won't be running?

Here's a partial transcript: "I'm going to say this and it will be on tape, and so be it. .... (illegal immigrants) crossed the border because they had no other means to work to be able to provide for their family. Yes, they broke the law, but it's not a ...

In Ga., ethics "broom" just sweeps dirt under the carpet

Stacey Kalberman made a dumb mistake that cost her a good job. As executive secretary of the state ethics commission, she apparently didn't know that she wasn’t supposed to take her job seriously. She was naive enough, or maybe principled enough, to believe that she was being paid by the ...

The lucrative nexus of health care and the 'free market'

Acthar, a drug created back in the 1950s and used for treating infantile spasms, an epilectic disorder, was selling for $40 a vial back in 2000. Today, that same drug is selling for $28,400 for a 5-milliliter vial -- roughly a teaspoonful -- and is being marketed for a variety ...

Profit motive is a heartless taskmaster

“My daughter’s dead because of a business decision.” The daughter in question, Brooke Melton, was killed in an auto accident in Paulding County in 2010. Her parents are Ken and Beth Melton. And the business decision that Ken Melton mentioned? That was made by General Motors, when it decided that ...

Jury verdict shakes up race for governor

A jury has now confirmed allegations that state officials ousted the head of the Georgia ethics commission to stop her from carrying out a full investigation into Gov. Nathan Deal's 2010 campaign. It also awarded Stacey Kalberman $700,000 in damages, plus attorneys' fees and back pay. The total bill for ...

A bluesy adieu to the week that was ...

Back in the early '80s, when I was living and working in the Portland, Ore., area, one of the stars of the regional blues scene was an up-and-coming guitarist by the name of Robert Cray. My friends and I would go hear him and other great players such as Curtis ...

It's only cheating when done on a small scale

In 1999, the heavy-equipment giant Caterpillar created an extremely profitable "subsidiary" in Switzerland. That "subsidiary" manufactures nothing. It ships nothing. There's no Caterpillar parts factory in Switzerland, no parts warehouse. That "subsidiary" exists solely so that billions of dollars in profits generated elsewhere can be assigned to it, an arrangement ...

Why GOP will never 'replace' ObamaCare

In an interview almost exactly four years ago with Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, both men repeatedly stressed the Republican plan to "repeal and replace" ObamaCare. "Replace it with what?" I asked them, and I repeatedly tried to steer the conversation back to that ...

Senate torture report documents our fear, weakness

We don't know yet exactly what the declassified, 480-page report from the Senate Intelligence Committee will have to say about the use of torture by the CIA and the alleged lies the agency told to justify that use. But after the committee voted 11-3 today to make it public, Chairman ...

Polls offer Ga. Democrats some encouragement

Isn't that interesting? A poll conducted on behalf of Channel 2 Action News reports this week that Democrat Jason Carter is within reach of Gov. Nathan Deal, with Carter drawing support from 39 percent of Georgia voters and Deal from 43 percent. That's within the poll's margin of error, if ...

Roberts court rules: It's not corruption if we make it legal

Five conservative justices today gutted campaign-finance laws that limited how much money donors could give, in aggregate, to federal campaigns. ”This Court has identified only one legitimate governmental interest for restricting campaign finances: preventing corruption or the appearance of corruption,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the majority opinion, concluding ...

Given the power, here is what the GOP would do

The House Budget Committee is scheduled to vote today on the FY 2015 House Republican budget that has just released by committee chairman Paul Ryan. Let's take a look at it, shall we? -- The Ryan budget significantly lowers the top tax rate paid by the richest Americans from 39.6 ...

Numbers that make ObamaCare repeal unlikely

The chart to the left demonstrates with startling clarity why Republican promises to repeal ObamaCare are extremely unlikely to be kept. Based on projections updated in February by the Congressional Budget Office, it documents the number of Americans who are likely to acquire health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, ...

The remarkable rebound of ObamaCare

“House Republicans will continue to work to repeal this law and protect families and small businesses from its harmful consequences,” House Speaker John Boehner said Monday, on the final day to at least begin enrollment in an ObamaCare program. “We will also continue our work to replace this fundamentally flawed ...

A small but telling example of Big Money's power

Over the weekend, casino billionaire and GOP sugar daddy Sheldon Adelson hosted four potential GOP presidential candidates -- John Kasich, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Chris Christie -- in a conference in Las Vegas in which the four men competed for Adelson's favor. It's a high-stakes game: Whoever wins it ...

In Ga. politics, the grownups have given up

It makes a lot of sense, at least if you look at it through the eyes of state Rep. Greg Morris. But from any other perspective it looks like a telling failure of leadership and a big waste of taxpayer money. Morris, an eight-term South Georgia Republican legislator, needs some ...

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