It carries big ramifications for American politics, the Middle East, and relations between the Islamic world and the West. Most everything will be more inflamed, not least the Iranian nuclear controversy and the future of Palestine. And of course American politics.
For all the deception and evasion that permeates this year's House and Senate Republican budgets, one thing comes through clearly: The Republicans have no interest in the well-being of seniors or the disabled. Theirs is an anti-tax agenda for the wealthy and an anti-social-contract agenda for everyone else.
Last week I wrote about how the GOP continues to embarrass America. The consensus from the comments and tweets seems to be that one must have unquestioning and blind belief that the United States of America is exceptional in all regards, and that to deviate from that belief or question our superior standing in the world is unpatriotic.
The Tea Partyers and members of Likud, including Benjamin Netanyahu, give no real alternatives to negotiated settlements other than war.
By strengthening the safety net and investing in 21st-century infrastructure, manufacturing, education, and environmental protection, the Congressional Progressive Caucus' "People's Budget" will create 8.4 million new jobs and give low- and moderate-income Americans a much-needed raise. And it's important to note that the CPC's budget achieves all this without breaking the bank.
Under the new "Cotton doctrine," America's commitments are only good for as long as the president who signed them remains in office. This is the way banana republics do business, not the United States. It's an approach unworthy of our diplomatic traditions, and one that damages our ability to work with other nations.
There will be no Republican President as long as the Tea Party is part of the Republican Party. As soon as their leadership recognizes this, and comes to this conclusion, the Tea Party's days of de facto importance in American politics will become a footnote, however lengthy.
It felt like a long time since the only Americans who paid attention to elections in Israel were Middle East experts and Jews, but that has changed.
Anyone who didn't see the homophobia at CPAC -- and the organizing around it that still animates much of the conservative movement, and is bowed to by the GOP -- must have been wearing blinders.
A broken government does not mean presidents are powerless to act. Whether or not the 2001 and 2002 authorizations to use military force apply to waging war on the Islamic State, American men and women are in combat in Iraq and over Syria.
O'Malley has a strong enough record in his two terms as governor to make a more than plausible case. It was on his watch that Maryland enacted same-sex marriage, and it was in Maryland where marriage equality won its first referendum in 2012.
The Founding Fathers wrote an important role for Congress in foreign policymaking. I just wish some of them would read what their job responsibilities are, and, you know, be constitutional.
Winning this debate could be crucial given the recent HuffPost/YouGov poll that found more Americans think the 2016 presidential election will focus on foreign policy issues than domestic issues. Historically speaking, this is unlikely; elections almost always turn on the economy and domestic issues. But if the polls prove prophetic, it gives the GOP the advantage. Maybe.
Instead of using Loretta Lynch's nomination as a bargaining chip, Republicans should stop playing politics and confirm her as the first African-American woman to serve as Attorney General of the United States. There is no valid reason whatsoever to wait another day to bring up her nomination.
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A new fight is brewing where Republicans are, yet again, injecting immigration rhetoric. If Loretta Lynch is not confirmed, are they expecting President Obama to nominate somebody who will not agree with his immigration policies? This refusal to meet halfway or engage in meaningful negotiations is just politically infantile.