iOS app Android app


The Most Important Anti-Obstruction Race in America: Kai Degner vs. Bob Goodlatte.

Kai Degner | Posted 08.23.2016 | Politics
Kai Degner

My opponent is not just one of a group of obstructionist legislators, he is personally responsible for killing bills in his Judiciary Committee related to any number of issues important to the majority of Americans.

Got Writer's Block? Get Flowstate

Jesse Damiani | Posted 02.01.2016 | Media
Jesse Damiani

So you've finally decided to write that Great American Novel. Or maybe you need to jot down some notes for your next paper. Close your current word pr...

The Reid Rule

Stephen Spaulding | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics
Stephen Spaulding

It's been freezing in Washington for the past few months, but it wasn't the nuclear winter some predicted when Sen. Harry Reid ushered in the most important changes to Senate procedure in a generation.

The Aftermath

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Last night, Democrats got well and truly shellacked once again in a midterm election. It was so bad, it's pretty hard for Democrats to even attempt to gild the lily or spot that elusive silver lining. Republicans are consumed with glee, which they've well earned this year.

2014 Election Lesson: Politics Is About Delivering for Your Constituents

Dave Johnson | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics
Dave Johnson

The economy is not going to get better for most Americans until some fundamental changes are made. It's a structural problem. The system is rigged for the benefit of a very few and their giant corporations. This is what has to be fixed before a better life can be delivered to most people.

Backed By China? House Republicans Block Critical 'Make It In America' Bill

Dave Johnson | Posted 09.27.2014 | Business
Dave Johnson

Far-right groups said that the American government securing necessary materials for American companies to manufacture is "interference with the free market." Seriously, are they funded by China?

Jobs Proposals in the President's Sure-To-Be-Obstructed Budget

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics
Dave Johnson

The president's 2015 budget proposal "pivots" away from the 2010 "pivot" to austerity, pushes modestly for jobs and prioritizes infrastructure repair. Republicans will obstruct this -- just like they have obstructed every jobs plan since the stimulus. But the public fully supports what the president is trying to do.

Will the GOP Get Away With Its Economic Sabotage?

Dave Johnson | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Dave Johnson

Republicans are betting that voters will blame the "party in power," which means the party of the president. Our corporate media is complicit in this strategy.

Senate Democrats: Change Filibuster Rules, Make Them Talk

Dave Johnson | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics
Dave Johnson

Republicans filibustered the extension of unemployment benefits on the Senate floor Tuesday. Why? Because they can get away with it. Look at how the press reported what happened.

The Filibusters Aren't Stopping -- What Are You Going to Do About It?

Dave Johnson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Dave Johnson

Senate Democrats, there have been over 400 filibusters. What are you going to do about it? We the People want to know. We thought we had elections. We thought things were decided and the country could finally move forward.

Republicans Want Smaller Government? Opt-Out of Those Dirty Socialist Programs - What Is Stopping You?

Leslie K. Stein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Leslie K. Stein

We know the shutdown is not about fiscal responsibility. If it was, Republicans would not have run up the deficit under W by trillions of dollars with two unpaid wars, unpaid Medicare prescription plan, and the Bush tax cuts.

Tea Party: They Don't Believe in Science, They Don't Know History, They Don't Do Math -- But They Are Obsessed With Extremism

Leslie K. Stein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Leslie K. Stein

This conservative, austere budget has been rejected for months. Their goal is not really about defunding ObamaCare. Their goal was to force their extreme agenda onto the American people.

Republicans and Their Myths -- If Republicans Say It, the Opposite Must Be True

Leslie K. Stein | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics
Leslie K. Stein

Republicans, the gig is up. We are on to you. The truth: if Republicans say it, then the opposite is true. So stop repeating the lies, or just stop talking. Let us examine some well-known sound-bites that those on the right love to spout and repeat.

Where Is the Outrage Crossing These Red Lines?

Leslie K. Stein | Posted 11.23.2013 | Politics
Leslie K. Stein

We need more outrage about these other Red Lines, the ones hurting our country. Where are the American people? Where is the outrage? We can do better. We are the United States of America -- we must do better.

Wendy Davis and Julian Castro Are the Texas Future; Ted Cruz and Greg Abbott Are the Texas Past

Brent Budowsky | Posted 11.03.2013 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

The hour will soon arrive when Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis (D) announces whether she will run for governor, and if she does, Texas politics will never be the same.

Milk, Honey, or Hemlock?

Jim Worth | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics
Jim Worth

Is the Tea Party poisoning the Grand Old Party? Republicans have never been particularly good at governing, but the Tea Party makes it impossible.

Austerity Is Dead -- So Can We Fix the Infrastructure NOW?

Dave Johnson | Posted 08.12.2013 | Business
Dave Johnson

You might have heard that "austerity is dead." Meanwhile we have two real problems to worry about: unemployment and crumbling infrastructure.

This Week's Opportunity to Get Our Labor Board Operating Again

Dave Johnson | Posted 07.13.2013 | Business
Dave Johnson

President Obama has nominated five people to the National Labor Relations Board. Two are Republicans. All are waiting for confirmation by the Senate. These nominees should be confirmed so the NLRB can get back to work.

The Terrible Cost of Not Fixing the Filibuster Sooner

Dave Johnson | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics
Dave Johnson

There is a simple fix that will stop obstruction -- except when obstruction is appropriate. This simple fix is to change the rules back to what people think the rules already are: make them actually filibuster in the way the public understands.

Republicans Have Shut Down the NLRB. The President Must Act!

Dave Johnson | Posted 03.04.2012 | Business
Dave Johnson

The National Labor Relations Board is effectively shut down, unable to do its job. This is a "nullification" by Republicans of laws that protect workers and companies, in exchange for campaign help from the 1%.

Jobs: A Grand Bargain

Brent Budowsky | Posted 11.01.2011 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

America is a nation of Great Generation citizens, a lost generation of workers and a failed generation of self-centered and small-minded operators in business, government and finance who appear incapable of leading.

It's Time to Fix the Filibuster

Jeff Merkley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Merkley

We all know that America is facing a number of big long-term challenges. If the Senate can't pass bills, it's not the Senators who will pay a real price -- it's the American people.

Dear Senate: Roll Out the Cots! People Need to See Cots!

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Johnson

The latest obstruction: Senate Rejects Fed Nominee This is bullshit. "The Senate" didn't "reject" the Fed nominee, ONE Senator placed a "hold" on th...

Who Gets US Out of the Hole We Are In?

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

Voters are in a surly temper. The economy stinks. Jobs are scarce. Given all this, can a compelling choice between the parties be posed for voters in the midterm elections? Yes, I still think so.

Ryan Grim

Senate Dems Pass Health Care Reconciliation Package | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

UPDATE 3/25 9:47 PM It wasn't easy and it wasn't pretty, but the congressional debate over comprehensive health care reform ended Thursday night with ...