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War-Weary Republicans Rebuke Romney On Afghanistan

Robert Naiman | Posted 01.31.2012 | Politics
Robert Naiman

On Iraq, Afghanistan, and military spending, Romney, Gingrich and most of the other candidates have mostly sung from the old-time Republican hymnal. Meanwhile, the great sea of Republicans has been doing Vatican II.

Senators Have Ideas for Cutting the Military Budget

Robert Naiman | Posted 01.30.2012 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Here is a partial list of amendments of interest to those who wish to cut the military budget. The first two -- accelerated military withdrawal from Afghanistan and establishing a commission on the closing of foreign military bases -- are my personal favorites.

Shortening the War Would Pay for Half of the Payroll Tax Holiday

Robert Naiman | Posted 01.29.2012 | Politics
Robert Naiman

We're now spending well over $100 billion a year on the war. If we removed all "regular U.S. combat troops by the end of 2012, that could easily save well over $100 billion.

Sen. Merkley's Harm Reduction Plan for Afghanistan Would Save Lives and Billions

Robert Naiman | Posted 01.21.2012 | Politics
Robert Naiman

If Senator Jeff Merkley's "expedite the drawdown from Afghanistan" amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act makes a strong showing, that could tip the Obama administration towards a faster drawdown.

Is the 60-Vote Norm Paralyzing the Senate?

Lyle Denniston | Posted 01.17.2012 | Politics
Lyle Denniston

The Senate has been checking its tendency to talk at length by some such rule since 1917, but the insistence on 60 votes with great frequency is a thoroughly modern phenomenon and probably reflects, to a significant degree, the partisan polarization of American politics today.

Amanda Terkel

Bipartisan Group Of Senators Push For Expedited Afghanistan Withdrawal | Amanda Terkel | Posted 11.18.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan group of senators is calling on President Obama to accelerate the United States' withdrawal from Afghanistan, arguing that ...

Friday Talking Points -- Class Warfare? Hardly.

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.23.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

As was entirely predictable, once Obama stood up for taxing the rich folk a wee bit more, the Republicans fired back with what they think is the biggest weapon in their arsenal: screaming "Class warfare!"

Friday Talking Points -- Ads Obama Should Run

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama should run a few ads right now which do not even mention the election. Instead of saying "vote for me!" these ads should say "pass my jobs bill" in as many creative ways as possible.

Merkley's Right: CBO Should Score Jobs

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.14.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This will force the public debate to cover the entire scope of the proposals being offered up, and it would do so by providing the data the public most cares about right now: how will this create or destroy jobs?

Shahien Nasiripour

As Government Nears Accord With Banks, Questions Swirl Over Scope Of Investigation | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 09.09.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- State and federal prosecutors are pressing to complete a proposed settlement with the nation's five largest home loan companies over all...

Amanda Terkel

Three Senators Call For Afghanistan Withdrawal By End Of 2012 | Amanda Terkel | Posted 09.04.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two Democratic senators and one Republican senator are calling for the removal of all regular combat troops from Afghanistan by the end ...

Paige Lavender

WATCH: Democratic Senator Targets Tax Breaks For The Horse Racing Industry | Paige Lavender | Posted 08.30.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) is turning up the heat on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in the deficit debate, highlighting the Kent...

Amanda Terkel

Democrats Disappointed With Obama's Afghanistan Speech | Amanda Terkel | Posted 08.22.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democratic lawmakers who have been pressing for a sizable and significant withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan almost universally ...

Arthur Delaney

Bipartisan Group Of Senators Targets Mortgage Servicers | Arthur Delaney | Posted 07.13.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Unimpressed by the recent efforts of state and federal regulators to rein in the mortgage servicing industry, a bipartisan group of sena...

Chris Kirkham

Senate Panel Probes Massive Growth At Tiny College | Chris Kirkham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON - In a wide-ranging hearing on Thursday, a Senate panel set its sights on the tremendous growth of a tiny Iowa college that has become one ...

Zach Carter

Lawmakers Pushing Back Against Banks' Foreclosure-Settlement Complaints | Zach Carter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As bank executives push back against the terms of a foreclosure settlement with fees that may be as high as $20 billion, progressive leg...

Our Achilles Heel, Once Again Exposed

Sen. Tom Udall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Sen. Tom Udall

Despite our distance, we can clearly feel the vibrations from uprisings on the other side of the world. They have once again exposed our country's Achilles heel -- an addiction to foreign oil.

Friday Talking Points [153] -- SOTU-palooza

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The past week in politics was, quite obviously, dominated by President Obama's "State Of The Union" speech to Congress. For those of you who may have...

Zach Carter

Key Senator Urges Obama To Push Foreclosure Relief | Zach Carter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) is urging President Barack Obama to pledge a new round of foreclosure relief during his State of the Union ad...

It's Simple: Reform The Filibuster, Shame the Hypocrites

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Imagine how much more honest the Senate will be if the Udall/Merkley proposal passes. You want to filibuster something, you're gonna have to get up on your feet and rock it Jimmy Stewart (or Bernie Sanders) style.

Amanda Terkel

Leading GOP Senator Calls Filibuster Reform A Democratic 'Power Grab' | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

***UPDATED BELOW*** WASHINGTON -- Republican leaders launched a coordinated attack against Democratic proposals to reform Senate rules Tuesday, makin...

Fix the Filibuster

Mark Udall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Udall

It's time to make sure that any senators who want to hold up the business of the Senate show up and own their obstruction -- instead of making empty threats while keeping our country from moving forward.

Amanda Terkel

Returning The Senate To Majority-Rule | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A group of reform-minded senators believe they have a strong chance of changing the way the Senate does business in the next year, wi...

Ryan Grim

Don't Ask, Don't Tell Opponents Taking Revenge On Russian Arms Treaty | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The repeal of the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy over the weekend was a major victory for the White House, but it is now imperi...

Amanda Terkel

Bipartisan Support Building Around Three Changes To Senate Rules In New Congress | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats met for their second caucus meeting about reforming chamber rules Friday, beginning to converge on three changes that s...