We'll have lots of time to examine Obama's new course before he actually formally announces it next year. In the meantime, Obama has two short months remaining to convince the Senate to get something done to bolster his legacy.
While campaigning, Rand Paul took the Tea Party position against earmarks, seeking a "ban on wasteful earmark spending." One week after the election, Paul says he will fight for Kentucky's federal pork.
President Obama, don't just appeal to your base. With the right programs and outreach, you could appeal to a much broader group -- say the 51% you'll need to get reelected.
The New Jacobins have claimed the scalps of conservative members of Congress whose major crime was providing jobs and financial resources to their hard-pressed constituents.
We're going to start off with a warning this week: this preamble section is going to be mostly shameless self-promotion and one cheap inside joke. If...
Over the past Congress, both parties have tried to outdo each other in cutting back on earmarks, but at this point, neither party has proposed a workable long-term solution to the problem.
Under our bill, every single lawmaker will have to disclose the amount of their initial request, the amount approved by Committee, and the amount approved in final passage.
The congressional midterm elections are less than 100 days away, and our political elites are debating whether we need more government intervention in the economy or less government and less regulated market activity.
We need to take steps toward ending the corrosive culture of obstructionism and gridlock that holds Congress back from doing the job we were sent to Washington to do.
Hickenlooper, the Democratic nominee for governor of Colorado, sounds gleeful at the pot of money that could be generated by big companies for them to buy and install art in their workplaces.
I got to thinking about issues on the current political landscape on which I might find common ground. Here's the common ground I found with the Tea Party.
Aficionados of Washington political corruption should enjoy Alex Gibney's new film, Casino Jack and the United States of Money, the latest chapter in...
On this day when you're giving your hard earned money to the IRS, you have to wonder how much of that goes to line the pockets of wealthy special interests that lobby in Washington, D.C.
There are earmarks and... then there are earmarks. Not every earmark goes to line the pockets of corrupt congressional earmarkers and their cronies the way characters like Duke Cunningham, Don and Bill Young (R-AK & FL), Jerry Lewis (R-CA), and Ken Calvert (R-CA) have worked it.
Following the Supreme Court's weakening of the appearance of corruption standard in Citizens United, the Democratic Ethics Committee may now be doing the same.
The porkers on Capitol Hill are not going to reform themselves unless and until they get some adult supervision. We need a higher standard for the media, who is supposed to tell us what's going on.