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Dave Obey's earmarks reform falls flat

The ban on for-profit companies seeking earmarks seems to have done little to prevent for-profit companies from seeking them. How many members of Congress will lose sleep? >More
 Wisconsin smoking ban celebrates American hypocrisy

Americans do not have coherent political opinions. The smoking ban that takes effect in Wisconsin today is a great example of preferences shaping policy over principles. >More
 8 reasons to be proud of America

There are 9 possible reasons you should be proud to be an American. Which one of the following is the most meaningful to you? >More
 We're not as bad as Illinois

2 billion or so ain't nuffin' compared to the red ink covering the Land of Lincoln. >More
 Will Doyle oppose Dem Sen. Jeff Plale?

A liberal in Milwaukee is challenging an incumbent Democratic senator, accusing him of being soft on the environment and public transit. Does Chris Larson have a chance? If he plays his cards right, he could have some very powerful friends on his side. >More
 Buckingham's: Standards of bartending fit for a Queen

And even the queen would get embarassingly sloshed if she were here. >More
 Brett Davis and Tom Barrett: Who's borrowing from who?

Sometimes it's nice to hear Republicans and Democrats agree on things. Often, however, the only things they agree upon are the stupidest political gimmicks in the book. >More
 Brunch Links: July 2

A delicious round-up of local news items. >More
 Feingold could be key vote against Obama financial reform

With a few GOP votes, Obama could get his financial reform bill through the Senate. However, Feingold will make a stand against it. It's probably good politics for him, but more importantly, he's sending a message that cannot be left out of this debate: Too Big to Fail means too big to exist. >More
 State selects high-speed train station location

The Department of Administration employees will be welcoming thousands of tourists to their home on East Wilson St. >More
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