Were advocates of comprehensive immigration reform too slow to shift to supporting piecemeal legislation? And, did these leaders advance the optimal piecemeal strategy by focusing exclusively on the DREAM Act?
As Americans gather together this holiday season, what will likely go unconsidered is an appreciation for the access to two basic necessities that many of us take for granted: water and adequate sanitation.
A standard talking point against WikiLeaks and Assange has been: the WikiLeaks release of the cables is nothing like the Pentagon Papers case, and Assange and Bradley Manning are nothing like Daniel Ellsberg. But Ellsberg is still alive, and he's not having any of it.
No, I am not suggesting that the soon-to-be Republican Majority House Whip change parties. It is clear, however, that Dems desperately need someone to speak for them with Cantor's unabashed, in-your-face style.
Harry Reid just positioned DREAM to give it the best chance possible to cross the finish line. Now, we just need a handful of Republican Senators to step up to the plate and turn this historic, bipartisan House victory into law.
The Deficit Commission issued its report, and the president has a problem. Like Frankenstein, he built a creature from discarded parts and it took on a life of its own. And like its fictional counterpart, it's threatening to destroy its creator.
We're being told the final draft of the proposal is fairer than its predecessor. It's nothing of the kind. In many ways it's worse than the draft that preceded it, and those much-lauded "compromises" evaporate in the cold light of reality.
Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson are pushing ideas well outside the norm of mainstream politics for the last 75 years. They want to cut Social Security to decrease the deficit -- a move that's even opposed by most Tea Partiers.