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Gop Obstruction

Senate Confirms Dozens Of Obama Nominees

AP | ALAN FRAM and DAVID ESPO | Posted 02.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled Senate confirmed the last batch of President Barack Obama's judicial appointees and sent the White House...

Grimes: A True Clinton Dem

Brent Budowsky | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

When Grimes says she is a Clinton Democrat, she is telling the truth, and when McConnell labels Grimes an Obama Democrat rather than a Clinton Democrat, he is bearing false witness. Shouldn't allegedly liberal-friendly media outlets such as MSNBC and the New Republic report this?

Harry Reid Defends GOP Mega-Donor

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is quick to blame the Koch brothers for just about everything these days, even climate change, but there's ...

Democracy Held Hostage

Paul Steven Stone | Posted 11.24.2013 | Politics
Paul Steven Stone

Should you fail to follow the above instructions to the letter or, even worse, assist President Obama to succeed in any way, you will never see your democracy again.

Jason Linkins

Obamacare Obstructionists Are Ironically Doing A Great Job Raising Awareness Of Obamacare | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.05.2013 | Politics

This week, former President Bill Clinton re-accepted his role as the U.S. Secretary for Explaining Stuff and headed down to Little Rock, Ark., to spre...

Boehner Should Drop Hastert Rule, Honor Pledge to Let House 'Work Its Will' on Immigration Reform

Brian Levin | Posted 08.31.2013 | Politics
Brian Levin

At best, it is hard to imagine Boehner retaining the speakership for more than a few years. So why doesn't Boehner honor his pledge to let Congress "work its will" democratically and put the interests of the American people first?

What Republican Electoral Strategy Tells Us About the Voting Rights Act

Walker Bragman | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics
Walker Bragman

On Tuesday morning, June 24, the Supreme Court announced its decision to strike down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which designated cert...

Jason Linkins

Josh Barro Is Right About GOP Obstinacy Making 'Both Parties Stupid' | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.13.2013 | Politics

Imagine if you will, two wrestlers, of roughly equal size and ability, locked in a match with one another. Typically, what will happen in such a conte...

How Obstruction Will Ruin The GOP

Salon | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics

It’s obvious that the unprecedented Senate Republican obstruction of executive branch nominations is bad for the president; it’s bad for the smoot...

The Significance of Mark Sanford's Win

Walker Bragman | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics
Walker Bragman

To conservatives, Mark Sanford's victory against Elizabeth Colbert Busch in the South Carolina special election is a sign of hope that their values are making a comeback, but they miss its real significance which might prove disappointing for them.

Filibuster Reform Would Find Support, Polls Finds

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 12.13.2012 | Politics

Democratic arguments for reforming the filibuster could find traction with the public, according to a poll of 10 states sponsored by the pro-reform gr...

Obama Nominees Still Hanging In The Balance

AP | LARRY MARGASAK | Posted 03.24.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans are returning to Washington in an angry mood over President Barack Obama's appointments to two key agencies duri...

Legislative Pace In Senate About To Get More Glacial

Roll Call | Kathleen Hunter & Anna Palmer | Posted 06.05.2011 | Politics

The legislative pace in the Senate has slowed to a crawl, and it looks like it's about to get even slower....

Quiet Deal On Obama Judicial Nominees Unfolds In Senate After Prolonged GOP Blockade

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — After a monthslong blockade, Senate Republicans have agreed to let at least 19 of President Barack Obama's non-controversial judici...

Jason Linkins

GOP Senators Invoke Christmas In Order To Pointlessly Obstruct The START Treaty | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senators looking to pointlessly obstruct the re-ratification of the START treaty -- something that virtually everyone outside of Washington's radical-...

David Brooks Reveals His Problem With Republicans

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

New York Times columnist David Brooks debated Republican Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) at an American Enterprise Institute forum Thursday and, amid a large ...

Senate Republicans Plan To Block Virtually All Democratic-Backed Bills

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans intend to block action on virtually all Democratic-backed legislation unrelated to tax cuts and government spend...

Republicans Now Blocking Obama's Picks For Lower Courts, Dems Threaten Retaliation

AP | LARRY MARGASAK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats said Thursday that Republicans were preventing votes on some of President Barack Obama's U.S. district court nomin...

Sam Stein

2010 Elections To Usher In Era Of Gridlock | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It was a historic session -- one of the most productive since the New Deal -- but in the end, it was brief. Four years after taking over Congress with...

The Big O's Mojo Has Been Here All Along

Cody Gault | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cody Gault

Somehow, it has become common wisdom that Obama was sent to the White House to change America, and that he failed to do it. That's nonsense.

What If John Boehner Smoked Marijuana?

Robbie Gennet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robbie Gennet

Boehner's statements on cigarettes have a strong Libertarian slant. If that's true for lethal and addictive products like cigarettes and alcohol, why wouldn't it be true for recreational use of non-lethal, medicinal cannabis?

Obama Judicial Appointees BLOCKED By GOP: President Getting Fewer Nominees Confirmed Than Nixon

AP | MARK SHERMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A determined Republican stall campaign in the Senate has sidetracked so many of the men and women nominated by President Barack Oba...

Senate Dysfunction Could Be Tackled By Chamber's Newest Members

AP | JIM ABRAMS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Those who hold the Senate in low esteem can get a sympathetic ear from some of the chamber's newer members. These lawmakers also ar...

Senate's Next Top Model: The Obstructionist GOP Edition (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Elyse Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

From health care reform to the confirmation of countless Obama administration appointees, Republican members of the United States Senate have been on ...

GOP Willing To Rely On 'Party Of No' Reputation For Midterm Elections

The Washington Post | Perry Bacon Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Republicans say polls suggest that they can oppose all of these initiatives by casting them into a broader critique of Democrats increasing the size o...