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Hatred: The Republicans' Core Problem

Carla Seaquist | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

The Tea Party, while more radical than mainstream Republicans, shares with them the party's signature motive force: hatred.

On October 15th, President Obama Should Address the Nation

Paul Abrams | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Paul Abrams

No democracy can operate if one faction takes the entire nation hostage unless it gets its way. Indeed, a democracy cannot even function if policy negotiations are conducted in a framework with such a threat hanging over its head.

Prevent Debt Ceiling Catastrophe: Bondholders Sue Jack Lew

Victor Williams | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics
Victor Williams

We now have days not weeks to avoid a debt default. If Congress dishonors its "plighted faith," individual litigants will have no choice but to sue.

Rope-a-Doping the GOP - An Update

Pat Choate | Posted 12.07.2013 | Politics
Pat Choate

Step three will come when an outraged tea party realizes that the president has outwitted them politically. They are likely to double down once more and try to impeach President Obama.

Harry Reid Slugs the Far-Right Bully

Brent Budowsky | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Like virtually every Democrat, like most independents, like a strong majority of Americans, I am fed up with the bullying anarchism of the Tea Party right in the House of Representatives.

What Reid, Pelosi, and Obama Should Say Now

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If there was some underlying "cut deficits" strategy to the Republican shutdown, then why would the House have passed a budget bill on the brink of the shutdown which increased the debt by $29 billion?

Ryan J. Reilly

Obama DOJ Still Won't Explain Opposition To 14th Amendment Option | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 12.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is still refusing to disclose what its legal team concluded about the 14th Amendment option, which many progres...

Burying the Lede: The LGBT Community's Deafening Silence on Federal Transgender Employment Protections

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dana Beyer

Transgender Americans are protected against discrimination in employment in all 50 states under federal law. There, I said it. Our gay and trans organizations have been, at best, burying the lede, and at worst, remaining silent and even misrepresenting the current legal state of affairs.

How the 'Filibuster Fight' Should Guide the President in Handling the Debt Ceiling Hostage Crisis

Paul Abrams | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

In the end Republicans folded in the filibuster debate because they preferred preserving the filibuster for another day than permanently losing an obstructionist tool they could continue to abuse. The same strategy will work for the debt-ceiling.

Dust Off Those Poll Tax Laws, Dixie

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 08.31.2013 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

As history has shown, radical Republicans won't be content with stealing the vote from the black guy down the street or that Latina woman at church or the college student next door or the senior citizen who relinquished his driver's license. They're coming for your right, too.

The Gay Marriage Case

Neil McCarthy | Posted 06.03.2013 | Politics
Neil McCarthy

There is no evidence -- none -- that gay or lesbian marriage will hurt children, harm heterosexual marriages, accelerate the dissolution of the family, or otherwise imperil moral prerogatives or religious liberties.

Cowards on the Court

Alan Singer | Posted 05.27.2013 | Politics
Alan Singer

During preliminary questioning in Hollingsworth v. Perry, Sotomayer, Ginsburg, Kagan, and Breyer, the center-liberal wing on the Supreme Court, focused on whether the plaintiffs had legal standing.

Does Obama Have Plan To Help Republicans?

Eric Zuesse | Posted 03.25.2013 | Politics
Eric Zuesse

People who assume that Barack Obama entered politics as a Democrat on account of his being progressive in his convictions assume something that could ...

Zach Carter

Administration To Reject Magic Coin Trick To Avert Debt Ceiling | Zach Carter | Posted 01.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Treasury Department will not mint a high-value platinum coin to avert the debt ceiling, according to an official statement from...

Friday Talking Points -- Time to Dust Off the 14th Option

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There are times, when writing about the political world, when it is impossible not to feel like I am trapped inside a Jonathan Swift satire. This is one of those times. Real life and farce blur into one, and we all pretend this is normal. Sigh.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Harry Reid, Senate Democrats Urge Obama To Bypass Congress On Debt Ceiling | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 01.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and other members of Senate Democratic leadership issued a letter to President Barack Obama F...

House Dems Urge Obama To Use His Power

Posted 03.11.2013 | Politics

By JIM ABRAMS, The Associated Press WASHINGTON -- House Democrats say President Barack Obama should consider invoking a little-known constitutional...

Rep. Ellison Challenges Dems: Don't Let GOP 'Stick A Gun To Our Head And Hold Us Hostage'

Posted 01.08.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) argues that progressive values should shape fiscal negotiations, and spoke to HuffPost Live host Marc Lamont Hill on Monday ...

How Obama Can Wield The Big Stick

Slate | Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics

With the fiscal cliff behind us, we now must look forward to yet another budgetary battle—over the debt ceiling, in a repeat of summer 2011....

Sam Stein

Nancy Pelosi To Obama: Just Use The 14th Amendment To Solve Debt Ceiling | Sam Stein | Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) urged the president on Sunday to drop his resistance to the idea and simply bypass the upc...

A Progressive Second Term? (II) Possibilities

David Coates | Posted 03.07.2013 | Politics
David Coates

This country desperately needs a progressive tidal wave in November 2014, and you don't get tidal waves without first creating the headwind that drives them. It is time for that driving to begin.

Elise Foley

Steve King Seeks To Block 'Anchor Babies' | Elise Foley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's the first week of the 113th Congress, and one House member is already trying to stop children born in the United States to undocume...

Ryan Grim

Reid Would Back Obama Decision To Ignore GOP On Debt Ceiling | Ryan Grim | Posted 01.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has privately told other Democrats, including President Obama, that if the administration use...

Script to Win the Debt Ceiling Fight

Paul Abrams | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

With a "clean" debt ceiling extension from the Senate, all eyes will again turn to the House. The fiscal cliff vote demonstrated that the mechanism of "letting the House work its will" avoids catastrophe.

Alert to Senate Dems: When You Vote Filibuster Reform Tomorrow, Think 'Debt-Ceiling'

Paul Abrams | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

As some of the Senate oldies try to preserve dysfunction, consider Republican threats on the debt-ceiling that is itself actually a canard.