With less than 10 weeks to go before the midterm Congressional elections Americans in general are frustrated with Washington. National polls show that about three-quarters of all Americans disapprove of the way Congress is doing its job. Because so much is at stake, this coming election day is not a time for eligible voters to stay home.
Any ambitious path of executive action must be conducted in a manner consistent with the law and the appropriate role of coordinate branches. But should we snap to attention when we hear hyperventilating about his supposed abuse of power? At least so far, hardly.
I know you guys want us to do something about Ukraine, ISIS, immigration, the budget, and many other things but really, we don't have any idea what to do about any of it.
The U.S. cannot afford to fall further behind in skin health. Aging demographics demand quick legislative action to improve our access to the best skin protectants available.
Ironically, Speaker Boehner resorted to the American justice system to sue President Obama, the very system he has worked relentlessly to underfund for indigents. Instead of suing Obama, he should start fixing the system he and his colleagues broke.
There's an old saying in surfing: Go big or go home. Right now, each race around the country is in it's own little bubble, disconnected to the larger narrative. Only true vision and leadership can unite them to raise a populist wave and that is what the Presidential pulpit is for.
The following questions were taken from the list of 100 civics questions. Admittedly, these are some of the harder ones. Could you pass?
As summer turns to fall, plenty of consumers are shopping around for deals on airline tickets. The bad news is it's getting harder to figure out the bottom-line cost. And a bill making its way through Congress would make things much worse.
Democrats surprised pundits by opening up a seven point lead in over Republicans in the generic ballot in a Fox News poll, 46 percent to 39 percent. That's because Democrats like their member of Congress more that Republicans like their own member in the Congress.
My message to Democrats is: Dump your corporate consultants. Just campaign for the necessities of the people. And publicize those Republican votes crisply, widely and repeatedly.
On issue after issue facing our country, this is a Republican Party so obsessed with blocking the president -- and now suing the president -- that it has abdicated its most basic responsibility to govern.
We are hopeful the Majority Leader's words will lead to action on the part of House leadership and members on both sides of the aisle. Then Congress will be able to take action on the major issues facing our county.
This week Congress lived down to the standards we've come to expect. First, House Republicans voted to sue President Obama for using executive authority to delay implementation of the health care law they've held over 50 votes to repeal. Then, after a revolt in their own ranks, House leadership withdrew their bill to deal with the border crisis -- then issued a jaw-dropping statement urging the president to (wait for it... ) use executive authority "without congressional action." But on Friday, after worsening an already bad bill by weakening protections for the children at the center of the crisis, they finally passed a symbolic and useless package -- useless since their Republican counterparts in the Senate already torpedoed that chamber's $2.7 billion border crisis bill. Their "work" done, they recessed for a five-week vacation -- during which they will no doubt fundraise, using the "crisis" they've failed to address as fodder. If only we could issue an executive order to put an end to this nonsense.
Doing nothing is hard work! ...
In "The Stupid Party? Which One?" I looked into the worrisome issue of the Republican Party being hijacked by anti-science Luddites. But what about the House of Representatives? So I spent a day putting together a spreadsheet on the 435 members of the House in the 113th Congress, their backgrounds, and how they have voted on a few important (to me!) science bills.
House Speaker John Boehber today hailed passage of the American Innovation Protection Act -- a sweeping series of tort reforms, noting that American progress and innovation is consistently obstructed by trial lawyers and their rush to the courts.