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Playing Chess with the Fact Checkers

Roy Zimmerman | Posted 03.30.2016 | Home
Roy Zimmerman

How many songs get fact-checked? Well, mine for one. I co-wrote a song called "65 Million (Mitch McConnell STFU)" with my wife Melanie. We took th...

Gen. Trump's Southern Strategy

Carol Caldwell | Posted 03.11.2016 | Home
Carol Caldwell

A rootie toot toot, A rootie toot toot. We are the boys from the Institute. We don't vote and we don't move and we don't mess with the donks who do. A rootie toot toot, A rootie toot toot. Trump got loose from the Institute. The inmate's out to rabblerout, and now we're screwed without a doubt.

Partisan Bickering Should Not Jeopardize the Supreme Court

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 02.18.2017 | Home
Douglas Kmiec

The partisan bickering over when to fill the vacancy occasioned by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia must not be allowed to jeopardize the work of the Supreme Court. Those signing below are distinguished law professors, practitioners and even judges.

The Legal Case Against Obama's Supreme Court Pick

John A. Tures | Posted 02.17.2017 | Home
John A. Tures

It's a little known fact, but there are legal arguments against President Obama being able to make his Supreme Court pick.

Antonin Scalia and the Failure of Political Culture in America

Keith Gaddie | Posted 02.13.2017 | Home
Keith Gaddie

We are failing because there is no desire to place governing ahead of tactical politics. America functions, barely, without a legislature capable of governing. It defies the reconstitution of a court which will be shaped by the combined legitimacy of a Senate of one party, chosen by the people, and a president who has twice commanded the majority of the electorate and who retains relatively strong approval ratings for a seventh year in office.

Building 'Laundromats,' Killing Political Parties

Meredith McGehee | Posted 01.08.2017 | Home
Meredith McGehee

During consideration of the 2015 Omnibus budget bill, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) unsuccessfully tried to insert a rider to eliminate coordinated spending limits for political parties.

Inhofe's Drought, McConnell's Fire

William S. Becker | Posted 08.27.2016 | Home
William S. Becker

In other words, global warming is injecting steroids into weather disasters. Without countermeasures, it will get much worse. Yet the response among deniers in Congress is to escalate their campaign to sabotage any government effort to reduce the pollution responsible for climate change.

Is Scott Walker Running for President or for BFF* With the Koch Brothers?

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 08.06.2016 | Home
Heather Taylor-Miesle

Though Walker is a relatively new national political figure, he's made a splash on the national political scene since taking office in 2011 for his controversial actions regarding abortion. What about his record on energy and environmental issues?

Capito Bill Brings Out the Knives for the Clean Power Plan - Frightening Remake of Murder on the Orient Express

David Doniger | Posted 05.14.2016 | Home
David Doniger

Sen. Capito's bill thrusts multiple knives into the Clean Air Act, seeking to kill the Clean Power Plan in as many ways as coal and power company lobbyists can think of.

Michael McAuliff

Senate Democrats Knock Down Obama's Trade Bill | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.13.2015 | Home

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats dealt a stinging blow to President Barack Obama Tuesday by blocking legislation that would grant him authority to fast-...

Congressional Kitchen

Jeff Danziger | Posted 06.06.2015 | Home
Jeff Danziger

Congressional Kitchen

GOP Launches Brazen Bid to Give Carbon Polluters Free Rein

David Doniger | Posted 05.25.2015 | Home
David Doniger

Congressional Republicans are proposing legislation this week that would allow states simply to "opt out" of the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan, the pioneering plan to curb carbon pollution from our power plants.

32 States What? Senator Inhofe's Fuzzy Math on States and EPA

David Doniger | Posted 05.11.2015 | Home
David Doniger

Sen. Jim Inhofe opened an Environment and Public Works Committee hearing today with a chart that paints 32 states (in green no less!) as though they have lined up solidly in opposition to EPA's Clean Power Plan.

First 50 Days: Nothing but the Big Polluter Agenda

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 04.27.2015 | Home
Heather Taylor-Miesle

Fifty days into the new Congress, McConnell has established himself as a champion of polluting industries. McConnell devoted much of this session to supporting the Keystone XL pipeline for dirty tar sands oil and trying to block the EPA from reducing climate change emissions.

Boehner and McConnell Argue Over Who Should Cave First

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.13.2015 | Home
Chris Weigant

The emerging dynamic between John Boehner and Mitch McConnell is one to watch, because it is heading for a showdown in the next few weeks. Sooner or later, one of them is going to have to cave in to the hard, cold reality that Republicans just do not have the votes to impose their will on a Democratic president.

What to Expect From the 114th Congress

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.09.2015 | Home
Chris Weigant

Personally, I'm not holding my breath waiting for rousing choruses of "Kumbaya" to be echoing through the Capitol any time soon.

Who Shot John: The Story of How $777,600 Contribution 'Limits' Ended up in the Omnibus Bill

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 02.14.2015 | Home
Fred Wertheimer

It took just a little while to determine who was responsible for this extraordinary rip off of the American people. But thanks to the excellent work of campaign finance reporters who dug out the story, the fog is now lifted on who did the dirty work.

Our Democracy Is Dying

Marianne Williamson | Posted 02.13.2015 | Home
Marianne Williamson

In case anybody hasn't noticed, democracy in America is dying now. This isn't an overstatement; it's a fact. Corporate interests dominate our politics so much at this point that our government, for all intents and purposes, is merely its handmaiden. Whatever Wall Street wants, Wall Street gets. Corporatism is the new order of the day.

'VaporCare': Mitch McConnell Plays Chief Justice Roberts for a Fool

Paul Abrams | Posted 02.08.2015 | Home
Paul Abrams

"VaporCare" joins Paul Ryan's "VoucherCare" for senior citizens as the two pillars of Republican approaches to health care: don't provide it all or, if it is already provided, reduce it.

A GOP for America's future

Dustin Siggins | Posted 01.19.2015 | Home
Dustin Siggins

Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have promised that Congress would move on tax reform, the national debt, and repealing the Affordable Care Act. We hope that they follow through -- but given the GOP's tendency to overpromise and under-deliver, we have our doubts.

With Out Papers

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 01.17.2015 | Home
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

We have an immigration issue here today. People will risk their lives to get here to become part of the bigger, louder American Family. The problem isn't that these people are coming here -- the problem is we have part of our family who have forgotten what it was like to be Italian (or whatever group YOU come from).

Here Comes McConnellCare

Jeff Danziger | Posted 01.10.2015 | Home
Jeff Danziger

Here Comes McConnellCare

The Honeymoon Is Over

Dr. Harlan K. Ullman | Posted 01.08.2015 | Home
Dr. Harlan K. Ullman

If the president is to leave a lasting legacy and, more importantly, safeguard the nation, he has no option. Risks must be taken and foreign policy is the place to start.

4 Midterm Lessons About the Politics of Climate Change

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 01.05.2015 | Home
Heather Taylor-Miesle

The GOP has taken control of the Senate after winning a handful of red states. This makes Senator Mitch McConnell the new Majority Leader, yet voters have not endorsed McConnell's pro-polluter agenda of dirty air and unlimited climate change pollution.

Zach Carter

How Obamacare Could Save Alison Lundergan Grimes | Zach Carter | Posted 11.06.2014 | Home

WASHINGTON -- Most polls show Alison Lundergan Grimes trailing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky's closely watched Senate race. But a...