Cantor's statement -- "No law-abiding beneficiary who ... is willing to comply with applicable work requirements will lose benefits" -- is deeply deceptive.
It is imperative, therefore, for the president to put an end to this, and the only way to really do that is by calling the opposition's bluff. There are several reasons why a government shutdown would actually work in Obama's favor.
John Boehner tried a diplomatic solution, to allow Tea Partiers to vote for the umpteenth time against Obamacare while still allowing some sort of budget to pass so the government doesn't shut its doors in October. This compromise was just rejected by the Tea Partiers.
It is not yet clear whether the Russian plan is the end of the beginning or the beginning of the end of chemical weapons in Syria, but one way or the other, mass murder by chemical weapons, a crime against humanity, must not be tolerated.
No matter how many times we've seen it before, the frenzy for launching a military attack on another country is -- to the extent we're not numb -- profoundly upsetting. But new variables have opened up possibilities for disrupting the repetitive plunge to war.
Education represents the key to our future. Until our state and national leaders make sure a high percentage of our best and brightest go on to pass that knowledge on to the leaders of our future we are doomed as a nation.
Are threats to oppose a debt ceiling increase ever defensible? More specifically, can they ever be justified as a form of leverage--as a tool to force...
"No one is advocating a government shutdown," Cantor told the National Review's Robert Costa on Friday. Maybe he's calling these three prominent senators "no one" or maybe he hasn't been paying attention.
This is the Republican definition of "meeting halfway," which is what got us into the sequestration mess that Rep. Cantor says he himself helped cause.
The House Immigration Subcommittee changed its tone this week. Once opposed to providing a road to citizenship as part of immigration reform, the panel finally is entertaining the idea of offering lawful status to DREAMers.
This man -- whom hundreds of media outlets have quoted or hosted an "immigration expert" -- simply has no idea what he's talking about. It's the equivalent of having someone who contends that the sun revolves around the earth on a show discussing the future of NASA's space program.
It's now painfully clear that the president has put out a contract on the Fourth Amendment. And at the Capitol, the hierarchies of both parties are stuffing it into the trunks of their limousines, so each provision can be neatly fitted with cement shoes and delivered to the bottom of the Potomac.
Iran's election of Hassan Rouhani presents the best opportunity for serious progress on diplomatic negotiations with Iran in over eight years. But the future of diplomacy with Iran now lies with the House of Representatives.
John Boehner has proven before that he cares deeply about inequities in our education system and that he will mow down obstacles in his own party and across the aisle to make much needed changes. Where is that courageous leadership now?
You've tried to appease the Tea Party over the last four years, and what have you gotten for it? A constant threat of being deposed if you defy the will of a faction that is so focused on a minoritarian agenda that it could very well bring down the Grand Old Party.
Nice to see that House Republicans are staying true to form. Faced with the prospect of actually governing, they've once again chosen to pander and po...