Strong improvements to the bill, from both Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), were blocked. The weakened STOCK Act, which President Obama says he will sign, does little to address any real corruption in Congress.
We're at a rare moment in which both the United States and Iran have unclenched their fists and appear ready for real talks. But we've seen how opportunities have been sabotaged in the past by political opportunism, ultimatums and intransigence from factions on each side.
Huffington-Matalin debate U.S. military policy in Iran, Syria and Afghanistan after a decade of costly failures. Do war whoops resemble pre-Vietnam, pre-Iraq? And did St. Rick jump the shark by being so stridently anti-contraception and college?
And so it is that the tables appear to have been turned in the Washington that will greet the Israeli leader. He will not be pressured to do what he has long been loathe to do -- address Palestinian rights.
Sponsors of the Lieberman resolution deny that it is an "authorization for military force," and in a legal, technical sense, they are absolutely correct: it is not a legal authorization for military force. But it is an attempt to enact a political authorization for military force.
Burr and Coburn want you to believe that they can raise the Medicare eligibility age, make you pay more in premiums, turn your health care over to the same insurers that are bankrupting you before you're sixty-five -- and that somehow you'll save money!
If the reports are accurate, then what Lieberman and Graham seek to do is block the president from pursuing a goal that knowledgeable American and European officials say is the "most attainable outcome."
No, this is not another blog post about the benefits (or costs) to being beautiful, though attractiveness certainly is a characteristic that can impact an election. Just ask Richard Nixon. But I'm not talking about physical attractiveness per se.
Inasmuch as American politicians have failed miserably in the last decade on the issue of war, it would behoove concerned citizens to bring the facts in our memo to the attention of their respective congresspersons, as well as the president.
This is how I see the Iowa caucus: as a referendum against the campaign for war with Iran. We have a unique opportunity Tuesday in Iowa to defeat the warmongers.
It has been a big week on the foreign policy front, with the death of Libya's dictator and President Obama's announcement today that all U.S. troops would be out of Iraq by the end of this year.
Corporations like Koch Industries are granted the right to operate as a business under U.S. law. When corporations choose to routinely circumvent or break the law, our government has the duty to penalize that illegal activity with appropriate sanctions.
Mister President Cool may have belled the cat by insisting on an automatic trigger to slash spending in two sacred cows -- Medicare and defense equally -- if $1.5 billion worth of deficit cuts aren't made by Congress in November.
Sen. John McCain has exhibited personal courage, but his geopolitical judgment is uniformly awful. Over the last 30 years there has been no war or potential war that he has opposed.
President Obama's first few years in office appear to have confirmed a fundamental shift in the role identity politics play in a candidate's so-called electability. Racial identity is no longer the greatest barrier to elected office. Religious identity is.
To me, a believer in the healthcare reform legislation, these attacks on Senators Lieberman and Coburn were unfair, misguided, and quite frankly, downright ridiculous.