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The Senate's Unearned Vacation

Michael Brune | Posted 07.15.2016 | Politics
Michael Brune

Congress begins its “August recess” this Friday, which means that it transitions from actually doing nothing to officially doing nothing. Then, af...

"Give Me a Congress Whose Priority is the Good of the Nation"

Andy Schmookler | Posted 06.20.2016 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

Although defeating Donald Trump is one essential goal for this fall's campaign, that should be seen less as an end in itself than as one important mea...

How the GOP's Spirit of Strife Has Damaged the Nation

Andy Schmookler | Posted 03.07.2016 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

In our times the spirit of conflict has overpowered the spirit of cooperation. And it is clear that it was on one side of the battle lines that this view of politics as a kind of war gained ascendancy.

Legal Experts Across U.S. Urge Senate to Fulfill Its Constitutional Duties

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 03.03.2016 | Politics
Caroline Fredrickson

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's proclamation that Republican senators will block anyone nominated by President Obama to replace Supreme Court Justice Scalia was followed by immediate condemnation from legal experts. Ignoring those objections, McConnell doubled down.

The Wrong Profile

Michael Brune | Posted 03.11.2016 | Green
Michael Brune

In 1957, then-senator John F. Kennedy published Profiles in Courage, a book describing acts of political integrity by eight U.S. senators through history. Nearly 60 years later, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Senate Republican leaders are starring in a sequel that could only be called Profiles in Cynicism.

Trans* People Murdered for Truth Telling

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

When any group of people is targeted for oppression, it is ultimately everyone's concern. We all, therefore, have a self interest in actively working to dismantle all the many forms of oppression, including cissexism.

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.

Senate High Drama After Nov. 4

Brent Budowsky | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

In six days, the nation will render its collective judgment in the midterm elections, and none of us knows what voters will do when they choose their poison on Election Day.

The Politics of Hostility: "If Librels Are For It, We're Agin It" Doesn't Cut It

Andy Schmookler | Posted 10.04.2014 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

[This piece appeared in newspapers in my conservative congressional District in Virginia.] How did it come to this? How did our political life in...

Harry Reid Defends GOP Mega-Donor

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is quick to blame the Koch brothers for just about everything these days, even climate change, but there's ...

Friday Talking Points -- Republican Sandwich Filling Hits The Fan

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

One bit of minor calendar news before we get on with it: for the next two weeks, this column will be on hiatus. Instead, it will be pre-empted by our annual awards columns where we note the notable and laud the laudable from the past year.

Friday Talking Points -- Harry Reid's Explosive Week

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

In fact, it was even a big week just for political anniversaries. Fifty years ago this week, an event of no little importance happened. I speak, of course, tomorrow's 50th anniversary of the first broadcast of Doctor Who by the BBC.

Prognosis

Jeff Danziger | Posted 12.28.2013 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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In Brief: Earth to Republican Obstructionists

Kimann Schultz | Posted 12.01.2013 | Politics
Kimann Schultz

Earth to Republican Obstructionists: IT passed. IT was funded. IT was upheld by your United States Supreme Court. News flash: IT's a done deal. Not...

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.

Reid's Nuclear Disarmament Meeting

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.14.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

An extraordinary meeting is taking place today, which all 100 senators have been invited to attend. This should really not be an extraordinary thing -- you'd think that all senators meeting together would just be an actual floor session in the Senate -- but it is because it's actually a political meeting, with the doors closed.

Mr. Politician: Don't Tear Down This Wall!

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 09.07.2013 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

Apparently friendship and cooperation with someone in the opposing political party is a disqualifier for elective office. Nothing epitomizes the divis...

Hey, House GOP: We Need to (Re)Build Bridges, Not Burn Them

Amy B. Dean | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics
Amy B. Dean

Here we have an investment that would repair the beating heart of America -- its roads, airports, bridges, transit systems and energy grid -- and House Republicans would rather skip it and go golfing with their funders.

The Curious Case of the Silent Filibuster

Josh Kalven | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics
Josh Kalven

Amid all the talk about filibuster reform, perhaps you've thought to yourself: "If filibusters are such a problem, why don't I ever see any news reports about senators talking through the night, holding up Senate business in protest?"

Whatever It Is, They're Against It: Health Care, the Courts and the Anti-Obama Agenda

Marge Baker | Posted 05.13.2012 | Politics
Marge Baker

The health care debate highlights the importance of appointing judges who place their duty to the Constitution over a partisan agenda. But it also crystallizes the agenda of opposition that has caused the Republican Party to go off the deep end.

Stop Over-the-Top Attacks on the Office of Legal Counsel, and Focus on Governing

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 04.03.2012 | Politics
Caroline Fredrickson

Please -- cut the hyperbole, senators, and get back to work.

Time to Rebuild Our Foundations

Jim Wallis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jim Wallis

A survey released this week by the Public Religion Research Institute shows that majorities in every major religious category, as well as the religiously unaffiliated, all believe that the country would be better off if the distribution of wealth was more equal.

Truman Moment for Dems

Brent Budowsky | Posted 11.22.2011 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

The idealism of JFK, the reformism of Ross Perot, the toughness of Harry Reid and the fighting spirit of Truman will make today's headlines look like ancient history long before ballots are cast in 2012.

End "Trips and Traps": Recess Appoint Elizabeth Warren as CFPB Director

Victor Williams | Posted 07.15.2011 | Politics
Victor Williams

Senate Republicans have preemptively filibustered the appointment of a founding director for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Without a director, the CFPB will not have authority to regulate both bank and nonbank financial operations.

'Cleaning the Gunk' out of Washington With Transparency and Accountability

Sen. Jon Tester | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Jon Tester

Accountability goes hand-in-hand with transparency--and Washington needs more of both. That's why I introduced two bills this week to boost accountability and shine more sunlight on government.