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President Barack Obama stands on stage with first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden after his victory speech on election night(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Opinion: Happy Thanksgiving

The Buck Starts Here wishes a happy Thanksgiving to our readers. For progressives there is much to be thankful for this year.

11/22/2012

Grover Norquist (Credit: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Opinion: Grover Puts Himself Before Party And Country

Grover is the ultimate in single interest constituencies in Washington. He is not accountable to anybody. He does not disclose who funds him, who pays him to do what he does or how much he is paid to blackmail GOP Members of Congress to sign his pledge not to raise taxes.

11/21/2012

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) (Photo by Steve Pope/Getty Images)

Opinion: ‘I’m Not A Scientist, Man’ And The GOP’s War On Reason

If Republicans, as a political party, continue this hostility toward science then they do not understand the driving force that science and innovation play in our economy. It also is another proof point in the case that Democrats made about Republican math not adding up.

11/20/2012

Former CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus and Paula Broadwell (Photo by ISAF via Getty Images)

Opinion: Republicans Focus On Conspiracy Theories Instead Of Solutions For America

Revelations surrounding David Petraeus’ affair have prompted the tin foil hat crowd on the right to find all sorts of conspiracies about why the news that CIA Director David Petraeus was having an affair with his biographer was released after the election.

11/20/2012

Job seekers wait in line (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Opinion: Jobless Numbers And The Newest Right Wing Conspiracy Theory

There is a new breed of truthers on the right. Joining the paranoid ranks of the advocates of a government role in 9-11 and the birthers fascination with President Obama’s birth certificate are conservatives that believe the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is making up jobs numbers to benefit President Obama.

11/16/2012

Mitt Romney (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Opinion: Mitt Romney’s Parting Gift

On a conference call with donors Romney claimed that Obama won because he gave “gifts” to African Americans, Latinos and young voters.

11/15/2012

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi with female House Democrats (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Opinion: Pelosi Stays On As Leader, Continuing To Defy The GOP War On Women

She will remain the one woman in a leadership position in the room when important issues effecting women are negotiated over the next year and a strong reminder that Democrats stand with women and promote them to positions of power.

11/14/2012

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Opinion: Churches Shouldn’t Be The Next Super PACs

It is time to end the tax exempt status of religious organizations that advocated for a partisan candidate.

11/13/2012

Sailors walk past the Vietnam Memorial Wall (Credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/GettyImages)

Opinion: Our Veterans Should Not Be At Risk In Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

When the deal is being made to change the tax rates and cut the deficit we must remember to keep our commitment to our veterans.

11/12/2012

Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Opinion: Elections Have Consequences

The day after the voters spoke in our democracy, Republicans sought to set aside the results and focus on winning next time. It is not just a losing proposition for Republicans, it is a losing proposition for America.

11/09/2012

Karl Rove (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Opinion: Karl Rove Is The Most Overrated Person In Politics Today

Rove has managed to spin himself a personal fortune in national politics. His reputation, however, does not match his accomplishments.

11/08/2012

Barack Obama (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Opinion: This Is What A Mandate Looks Like

After two years and more than two billion dollars spent, President Obama was returned to Washington with a clear mandate on the economy and the direction of the country.

11/07/2012

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Opinion: Ballots Full Of Women

While Mitt Romney talks about binders full of women, Democrats have ballots full of women.

11/06/2012

Early voting in Ohio (Credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Opinion: On Election Eve Major Concerns About Disenfranchisement

From Florida and Ohio early vote disasters with long lines to power outages in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York there are doubts that some people will have the opportunity to participate in this election.

11/05/2012

Mitt Romney (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Opinion: Romney’s Desperation Showing In Final Days Of Campaign

As the campaign draws to a close it has become very apparent that Obama will return to the White House and that Harry Reid will lead a Democratic Senate.

11/02/2012

Governor Chris Christie, President Barack Obama and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate (Credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Opinion: Obama And Christie Do The Right Thing Working Together As The Right Continues Attacks

Governor Christie went out of his way to praise the work that the President and his administration are doing, something that he got a lot of credit for…outside of the right-wing blogosphere.

11/01/2012

A neighborhood destroyed by Hurricane Sandy (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Opinion: Sandy Reminds Us Of The Need For FEMA And That Romney Would Shut It Down

Romney was asked at a presidential debate whether FEMA should be shut down in light of the deficit. Romney replied that FEMA should “absolutely” be shut down. He was asked specifically if that included disaster relief. He replied that it was “immoral” to provide such relief in the face of “larger debts”, emphasizing that “it makes no sense at all” to have such programs.

10/30/2012

Barack Obama (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

Opinion: Auto Manufacturing Is Back In America. Obama Was Right, Romney Was Wrong.

Auto manufacturing is back in America – especially in Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania because President Obama made the politically risky decision to bailout the auto industry after bailing out the banks. It was a decision that worked. Obama was right, Romney was wrong. So Romney is now in full lying mode. He is trying to retroactively re-write the wrongs in his writings.

10/29/2012

Satellite image of Hurricane Sandy (Photo by NOAA via Getty Images)

Opinion: Another Hurricane Reminds Us Of The Need For An Effective Administration

The 2012 presidential campaign between President Obama and Mitt Romney will be book-ended by hurricanes.

10/26/2012