The annual "base" budget of the Pentagon is half a trillion dollars. That's the money that the Pentagon gets if it fights no wars.
When Congress returns from recess after the election in November, it will still not have debated and voted on a sustained U.S. combat role in Iraq or Syria, even though a "sustained combat role" is obviously what the Pentagon is doing and plans to do.
In making his off-the-cuff statement to the Times on Thursday morning, Speaker Boehner has given the administration several more months before making that decision.
If the Obama administration finds it necessary to expand U.S. military activity against the IS into Syria, President Obama will quickly face a wave of pressure on Capitol Hill on the need to submit a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force for congressional debate and approval.
As Silly Season winds to a close, there were a smattering of 'Obama's on vacation -- how dare he!?!' stories, as usual. Obama has taken less than a third of the days off that President Bush did, but that certainly doesn't stop pundits from complaining every time Obama picks up a golf club.
The vision of a cleaner, more sustainable future is a powerful force. Fossil fuel companies spent heavily in the 2012 elections. Despite that massive investment, Americans swept clean energy and environmental champions into office around the nation.
How to combat this assault is a pressing question not just for those of us in the clean economy, but also for politicians who get the urgent -- even existential -- need for our country to develop abundant energy that's clean and cost-effective.
Americans have returned a clean energy champion to the White House, but they didn't stop there. All the way down the ticket, voters overwhelmingly favored candidates who support clean energy, clean air, and strong public health safeguards.
If you look through the propaganda haze, the fact remains that Americans, even in very red states, overwhelmingly support growing the clean economy.
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This year, there is another reason to be a little more optimistic about the undecided: they look a lot like Democratic base voters.
American pets -- and their owners -- are sick of politics as usual, and are willing to do whatever is necessary to fix the corruption, lobbying, and corporate control of Congress.
Attendees at the annual Oktoberfest celebration in in the Shirlington neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia, were greeted by lawn signs for national and local candidates while waiting to get into the event.
With just over a week to go, will we rise to the occasion and help Virginia Democrats keep control of the State Senate?
While I'm excited about the potential of a Tim Kaine senatorial candidacy, Virginia's Democrats have every reason to be bullish regardless of whether or not he runs.
It may be pure prognostication. My crystal ball isn't any clearer than anyone else's. But if you're already growing tired of the 2012 storyline and cast of characters, keep an eye on Kaine.