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.
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.
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.
Clinton has a built-in advantage -- her gender. It now looks that she will use the glass-ceiling theme to connect with millions of people who think that the disparities in opportunity, income and talent-based achievement between men and women is not only unfair, but damaging.
This week kicked off with two high profile releases, one more successful than the other. On Monday, 47 Republican senators released an open letter to Iran. The misguided missive purported to help Iran "fully understand our constitutional system," but was widely derided as a meddling and dangerous precedent. Maybe the senators' next letter will reveal how they plan to pay for another Middle East war, one that could be averted by a successful deal with the Iranians. That same day Apple rolled out the Apple Watch. Fans are already lining up, but do we really need to be even more distracted by endless notifications? Given how Steve Jobs said his best ideas came when he calmed his mind, it's an interesting question whether he'd have created Apple if he'd been endlessly distracted by having an Apple Watch on his wrist. Oops, I have to run, someone's texting me!
Behind recent diplomatic statements, I think there is a change in the nature of US-Egyptian relations following the post-2013 stagnation.
Proving that there isn't a damn thing this president can do to endear himself to members of the opposing party, congressional Republicans today penned another angry letter, their second just this week, but this time aimed at First Dog Bo.
One thing is clear in the home stretch of the battle between Ryan Call and Steve House to be the next leader of Colorado's Republican Party: The race could have used a few more reporters like the Colorado Statesman's Ernest Luning covering it.
The GOP domestic-policy vacuum is evidence of a deeper problem: Republicans don't have a plan to move America forward.