I wear with great pride the scorn from the right and consider the label of liberal a badge of honor. But during this election cycle, I find myself becoming increasingly annoyed with my left-leaning colleagues and friends. Many seem to have forgotten or wish to deny the deep truth that idealism is not a foundation for governance.
Mitch McConnell is the number one foe of campaign finance reform. We got a glimpse inside his thinking on the issue with The Undercurrent's release of the Koch tapes in 2014, detailing McConnell's commitment to deregulating money in politics throughout his time in elected office.
With its unabashed depiction of biological functions, some may find "Quit Stalling" inappropriate. But the admittedly lowbrow approach is more than fair. It's long overdue.
Clearly, the Supreme Court nomination process has become hopelessly political. Reform is in order. But until that happens, the choice is left to us, the voters. This time, our vote is not just for the next four years, it is for the next generation.
Cruz kept his powder dry in the earlier primaries and caucuses, refusing to get caught up in the name calling and sniping that characterized much of the campaign. He was an outstanding college debater, but so far his debate performances during the primaries has been unremarkable. Instead, he has focused on winning delegates with charm, wit and deceit.
There is one refrain we've heard ad nauseam from Senator Mitch McConnell and other Republican Senators, "The people should decide." I have bad news for these Senators.
Peabody Coal's long-awaited concession that bankruptcy lies ahead signals the curtain fall on the long-running, silent and secret bail-out of the management of the U.S. coal industry.
Paul Ryan (R, WI) and Mitch McConnell (R, KY) reaffirmed their commitment that "the American people should have a voice" in filling the Supreme Court vacancy and denied a hearing for President Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland. And so we have it, our collective "voice," the GOP's latest scapegoat in a long-practiced tradition of obstructionism.
The president has named a superbly qualified, scrupulous, evenhanded judge. Not a mere partisan operative, but a judge.
I have news for Senator McConnell and his fellow Republican senators. When the American people re-elected Barack Obama as president in 2012, they authorized him to nominate anyone he chose to fill a vacancy on the court -- right up to his final day in office.
One wonders what Justice Kennedy thinks of the behavior of Senator McConnell and his colleagues? Does he cringe at the notion that he would not have his job if the Democrats had acted this way in 1988?
President Obama ramped up the pressure on Republicans today by withdrawing his nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court and replacing him with what he believes to be the ultimate consensus and "Holier than thou" candidate: Jesus of Nazareth.
2017 is nine months away and Kenyans were just named the happiest people in East Africa in a survey that included a metric assessing "freedom from corruption in government and business"!
Obama's presidency was complicated because it appeared that the president and several of his close advisors genuinely believed that his election indicated that our nation had crossed the bridge from the 20th to the 21st century on the issue of race in America.
The majority party in the Senate is saying it doesn't acknowledge that Barack Obama is the legitimate, twice-elected U.S. president with the right and duty under the U.S. Constitution to nominate justices to fill vacancies on the high court.
Although there are liberals who are disappointed that President Obama did not nominate someone more in the spirit of a William Brennan or a Thurgood Marshall, Merrick Garland is an exceptional choice. But Senate Republicans, led by the likes of Mitch McConnell and Charles Grassley, refuse even to consider his nomination.