Since last November, Senate obstruction hasn't disappeared, it simply has taken a different form.
Why, indeed, would U.S. shale producers want to use public policy to subsidize Canadian oil producers in an extreme and sustained low oil price environment?
There are plenty of metaphors to choose from, as we all breathlessly watch the Republican Party make their latest attempt at semi-rational governing.
Today, the Washington Post ran a "Fact Checker" story on CAP's estimate and gave it two Pinocchios. We believe their conclusions were incorrect by missing the forest for the trees.
One year ago, a sexual assault survivor in the U.S. military faced a daunting landscape. The president gave military leaders one year to implement the defense bill and show significant progress. And so this week, those military leaders will give their report to the president.
President Obama does something Republicans don't like on immigration, and their idea of payback is to stick it to working-class Americans who have kids, most of whom -- when we are talking about whites -- just voted to make them the majority party in both the House and the Senate.
Nevada Assemblyman Ira Hansen, recently elected speaker of the assembly's Republican caucus, stepped down this week. His resignation comes after he claimed that the "relationship of Negroes and Democrats is truly a master-slave relationship, with the benevolent master knowing what's best for his simple-minded darkies."
With their longstanding allies now in Senate leadership, big polluters will seek to load up must-pass spending bills with anti-environmental riders and pass stand alone bills to block or overturn hard-fought safeguards.
While Republican leadership wants to depict Democrats and the president as uncompromising ideologues, such assertions from a group that have shown to be uncompromising ideologues falls on deaf ears.
While President Obama should be applauded for reaching past the partisan gridlock in Congress that has made it impossible to improve the lives of millions of families torn apart because of strict immigration laws, his emphasis on families over felons seems outdated and a rhetorical step backward, not forward.
If you want to understand what makes Elizabeth Warren so special in American politics, consider her nervy leadership of the campaign to block President Obama's foolish nomination of one Antonio Weiss to be the top Treasury official in charge of the domestic financial system, including enforcement of the Dodd-Frank Act. For most of his Wall Street career, Weiss has epitomized everything that reeks about financial abuses. As chief of international mergers and acquisitions for Lazard, Weiss orchestrated what are delicately known as "corporate inversions," in which a domestic corporation moves its nominal headquarters offshore, to avoid its U.S. taxes. And that's only the beginning. Many of the other deals orchestrated by Weiss resulted in operating companies being bought and sold by giant conglomerates, where the "savings" and "increased efficiency" came mainly from tax breaks and reduced worker compensation.
When Congress wouldn't pass a bill, the president had to act on immigration and deportation policy, to keep families intact -- a measure that affected 40 percent of the undocumented immigrants in the United States.
There is a reason why it has taken so long to emerge from the Great Recession. And the Republican leaders of the House and Senate with their new majorities exemplify why we have barely emerged from it.
Concealing information from the general public does not empower but rather removes the freedom to make informed choices. We should all be concerned when corporations and government join forces to decide what they will share and not share with the public.
Warren's elevation is the latest instance of fundraising prowess helping to open the gates to party leadership, a trend that cements money's role in politics and could worsen polarization.
President Barack Obama took a historic step in announcing he would take far-reaching executive actions to change immigration policy. But his actions have set up a major confrontation with Republicans who have accused the president of an abuse of power.