While I'm honored to have been selected to serve on this committee as an advocate for women's health, the truth is that the Select Committee to Attack Women's Health is political theatre with no substantive purpose.
The Ohio ballot measure's victory is a big step in the right direction. It shows the citizens are in favor of fairness over partisanship. Hopefully, in a future election, a successful ballot measure will apply the same system to the U.S. House district lines as well (hopefully, this will happen before 2022).
One thing you ought not to do in poker is repeatedly overplay your hand -- and the same maxim applies to politics. House Republican conservatives, known as the so-called "Freedom Caucus," have done so repeatedly.
Hillary Clinton, once burdened with a profusion of image and credibility problems, has had a great many weights lifted off her shoulders this month. The Democratic presidential front-runner has defended her record at the State Department, dodged a serious challenge from Vice President Joe Biden and saw two of her primary opponents leave the race.
Despite his ideological kinship with the anti-government crowd, Paul Ryan is the embodiment of the troika of money, power, and politics that corrupts and controls the capital, the very thing the tea partiers detest.
The Confederacy wasn't even a system of states' rights. It was this mentality that each and every rebellious legislator was a king, and knew better than anyone else. Every other legislator was an opponent standing in the way.
The congressional method has been the only method used to amend the Constitution. Though states over the decades have attempted to amend the Constitution, such efforts have proven unsuccessful.
John Boehner's decision to step down as Speaker of the House has set off a fierce battle that underscores the systemic problems facing today's Republican Party.
Boehner has already nominated himself as the Republican Party's sacrificial lamb. But on his way out, he could also be a very effective scapegoat, thus sparing both his party and the country at large a whole lot of needless drama and economic instability.
With the resignation of Speaker John Boehner and the withdrawal of Kevin McCarthy as a candidate to replace him, it is clear that there is a structural issue in how the House of Representatives is organized (or not).
Sure, the Speaker of the House is the most prestigious and powerful position in the House. It's the top position for which Kevin McCarthy could aspire. However, would it have been good for his future to get this position? Let's unpack the future scenarios to see what would occur.
The GOP worked so hard for so long to attain the power they have amassed: control over the United States Congress, one of the most powerful bodies in the entire world. And what they do with that power? They use toddler-inspired "my way or the highway" strategies to win, and most striking, they readily destroy their own if they can't get their way.
I'm interested in the economic impact of what's been going on in the House, and not just this round of meta-dysfunction, but the broader impact of a federal sector that's working very poorly in an $18 trillion economy.
This fight for speaker may only last for a few weeks, but the battle for the party will last for much longer. This will drag into the presidential elections in 2016. The earthquake that is breaking the party apart is massive and an open GOP civil war is here now.
With the election of a new speaker completely up in the air, confusion reigning in the House of Representatives and no clear path forward to electing a new speaker, the question still remains, how could anyone manage the House of Representatives under these circumstances?
Kevin McCarthy's decision to pull out of the House Speaker race is a genuine political surprise only if you have ignored the steady move of the Republican Caucus from hard right-wing ideology to wrecker.