Little gets done in Washington these days until the final second of the last minute before a deadline. Now lending supported by the Small Business Administration is the next important area to be hampered by Congressional inaction.
This week, the historic nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers was finalized. Provisions include reducing Iran's stockpile of uranium by 98 percent, IAEA inspections for 25 years, and a "snap-back" clause that would quickly reimpose sanctions if Iran breaks the deal. President Obama said it's "our best means of assuring that Iran does not get a nuclear weapon," and pointed out that critics haven't presented an alternative. But that didn't stop them from sounding off. Speaker Boehner called it "a bad deal" that "blows my mind." And Dick Cheney asked, "What the hell is the president thinking?" As the debate over the deal continues, it's worth noting that many of its most bellicose critics were among the biggest cheerleaders for the invasion of Iraq -- the worst foreign policy disaster in U.S. history. Their opposition might well be the ultimate sign the agreement is in America's best interest.
House Speaker, John Boehner remains guarded about Pope Francis' upcoming visit. "We're walking on eggshells here," says Boehner, "If we let the Pope address Congress with Jumbotrons on the Mall, next thing you know, we're going to have to give equal time to the Evangelicals, the Seventh Day Adventists, and, lord help us, the Grand Imam."
I am no longer a slave to fear because I have surrendered to God's love. I am no longer a slave to fear for I am a child of God.
Republicans who don't believe in climate change were in holy hell last week, as Pope Francis made an earth shattering statement on the issue.
Did you ever hear the AAA say that "cars don't kill people, people kill people?" Nobody would ever say something so stupid or dumb. But John Boehner gets away with it every time he and his colleagues cave in to pressure from the NRA and vote to defund CDC research on guns.
It's hardly a surprise that Republican congressional leaders and their cadre of Democratic allies spurred on by Barack Obama are resorting to a bagful of parliamentary tricks to put the Trans-Pacific Partnership on a "take it or leave it but you can't change it" fast-track to enactment by Tuesday.
The issue before us is not "free trade," which, like any policy, has its pluses and minuses. The issue is that a multilateral trade agreement should not be negotiated in secret, but in the open by our State and Commerce departments, with input from all organizations concerned.
At his weekly press conference, the GOP's "Crybaby in Chief" lashed out at a reporter for daring to question the role his party's cut-happy orthodoxy played in Tuesday's Amtrak accident.
A television studio, occupied by the moderator, Wolf Spritzer, two commentators, Greta Insufferable and Sean Inanity, and tonight's chief guest, John Boner.
U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) asked a good question last month. He wanted to know, "What is the environmental platform of the Republican Party?" Graham said he doesn't know and suggested that it's time for his party to do some "soul searching." He is right to suggest some soul searching, but I'm surprised he doesn't know the party's platform.
Some of you were expecting me to announce my candidacy for president of the United States, along with the others who got all the headlines. There have been a few problems. There are solutions, too.
Bernie Sanders deserves the Most Impressive Democrat award this week, because he threw his hat in the ring. No, he is not Elizabeth Warren. But, more importantly, he is running to become president, which she is not.
The campaign, still in beta and referred to as "The Reagan Reach-Around," is being spear-headed by Speaker of the House and tangerine stunt-double John Boehner. Boehner, tired of playing second fiddle to GOP members that "people give a shit about," wanted to raise the possibility of bi-partisan agreement between the tea-party and the GOP.
Enter Scott Walker's politics of fear. For the party that rhetorically champions self-reliance, the emphasis on creating fear and despair in the electorate is ironic, but effective. Why blame yourself for economic insecurity when you can blame a faceless immigrant plotting to take away your job?
Boehner revealed that he had consulted a number of Constitutional scholars and is convinced that he is on solid legal ground in issuing his "Stop Hillary" veto.