The agenda for transportation advanced by the House this week flies directly in the face of clear trends in how Americans are choosing to travel.
The Internet blackout was an innovation for sure, but it still belongs in the category of advocacy politics that I'll called "Surround and Punish." What is missing is something the military calls "situational awareness."
Now that Newt Gingrich has shockingly won the South Carolina primary and could be headed for a win in Florida, it seems the time has come to ask: who is Newt Gingrich? And what is it about this man that GOP voters are suddenly responding to?
After a year of fighting against this type of failed leadership, I have decided that the only way to hold the Republicans accountable is to set up a formal system to call out their shenanigans.
Twenty years ago, Bill Clinton demonstrated his centrist credentials by criticizing controversial rapper Sistah Souljah. Expressing a similar statement about the Tea Party, Rush Limbaugh or some other visible right wing figure would help Romney accomplish the same thing.
By design, the House should have power flowing from the bottom-up, not be controlled from the top down. Both leaders and rank-and-file should seek a fresh start as 2012 dawns, by avoiding the unseemly process that we witnessed as they ended 2011.
Every time I see a soldier in uniform at the airport, duffel bag tossed over his or her shoulder, waving a tearful good-bye to a wife, husband, fiancé, mother or father, my heart overflows with gratitude.
The Obama administration has quietly adopted a series of anti-small business policies that will cost small businesses and minority-owned small businesses billions of dollars a month.
As Christmas approaches, millions of Americans face a tax increase because Republicans want to defeat President Obama more than they want to help the middle class. Bah Humbug!
At the urging of lobbyists for the chemical manufacturers, refiners, paper mills and other big polluters, Speaker Boehner has put poison in the stockings of children across the country.
The Keystone XL pipeline addition to the payroll tax cut bill is a contentious issue, not because it is unrelated to jobs, but because it is hard to trust Republican motives.
Who turns down a $50 billion savings for the country? Who turns down the opportunity for better health for all Americans?
Thankfully, the House isn't wasting precious Chamber time on payroll tax cuts and jobs bills. In fact, they've been quite busy this week. Below is a list of some other critical measures passed by the House.
Rep. Michele Bachmann, the raven-haired Barbie of the political right, ushered in this year wearing lots of yellow, with luminous waves and a smile that called to mind her political fairy godmother, Sarah Palin. But as the months passed, this changed.
Agency reforms should insulate federal agencies from the industries they are charged with overseeing, not make them more susceptible to capture, corruption and capitulation.
I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for a Congressional resolution marking the end of climate skepticism -- or the beginning of major climate legislation -- any time soon.