Despite how it looks right now, there is a solution to this mess in sight. In approving the continuing resolution tied to defunding Obamacare, John Boehner got rolled by the unhinged extremists. But he knows better. He started in the right place -- he should go back.
As gridlock shifts into overdrive and the self-inflicting wound squad are sharpening their knives, here's my abbreviated take: It's all about Boehner.
It is surely an irony of our political moment that as we marked the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, we are witnessing the return of the strategy of "massive resistance" -- this time not against a black president and his agenda.
Instead of helping, Congress is on the brink of enacting more job-killing budget cuts and slashing such lifelines as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps.
I cannot think of a time when the institution of Congress itself has been so directly threatened by the actions of its members.
This money poured out for something unnecessary to anyone other than Republican politicians who need to save face in front of primary voters comes from somewhere important, like meals for impoverished seniors.
At the Women's Refugee Commission, we know that the face of immigration in the United States is overwhelmingly that of women and children. It was a joy and an honor to witness that face come out of the shadows in such a powerful, moving and courageous way.
Latino elected officials are leading the charge in calling for the House of Representatives to come together to pass commonsense immigration reform that will boost our economy, establish a 21st-century immigration system, and allow undocumented immigrants to earn their citizenship by continuing the contributions they make to our country.
The dizzying array of back-and-forth is not just a display of Washington's dysfunction at its finest; it also shows the desperation of the anti-Obamacare lot.
House Speaker John Boehner contends that linking an increase in the debt limit to budget deals is routine. In fact, such linkage is the exception -- not the rule.
Today, I am proud to have been part of 105 very courageous women, many noncitizens, who put a human face on the fight for just and humane immigration reform that keeps families together and creates a road to citizenship for millions of aspiring Americans.
The time has come to fight back. What can we do about it? If I were the president, I'd want to do whatever was in my power to fight back. And here's my idea.
Immigration is about families. Immigration is about building a stronger community, society, and economy. That is why it is imperative in this immigration debate that, more than ever before, reform be truly comprehensive, inclusive, and humane.
This is the classic language used by climate deniers. They're not only siding against NASA and 97 percent of scientists who all agree that human activity is contributing to climate change, their views also put them at odds with their own constituents, who support action on climate.
Nothing illustrates the utter dysfunctionality of the 113th Congress more than the failure of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, or THUD, appropriations bills to pass in both houses right before Congress left for its August recess.
The mid-term elections are coming soon. (Soon as defined by the political world.) The scrambling has started (began months ago) and we are about to se...