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Democrats Disgrace Themselves on Adegbile Vote

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 03.06.2014 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Someone, such as Adegbile, would have thoughtfully and aggressively enforced the nation's civil rights and voting rights which are exactly the very thing that the GOP has done everything possible to undermine. Now we can add a troop of timid and self-serving Democrats to that shameful list.

Launch the 'Nuke,' Harry!

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There's an old adage in politics that the way to win political struggles is to "bring a gun to a knife fight." If this imagery isn't violent enough for you, the subject on the table now is whether Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is considering what is called the "nuclear option."

Friday Talking Points -- Two Obama Promises

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Although it's been a week heavy on Obamacare, we're going to (mostly) look forward this week, to the upcoming budget battles. Because buried in the Obamacare stories this week was one very important bit of news.

Friday Talking Points -- Harry Reid Has a Good Week, Mitch McConnell Does Not

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.18.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

As America's children grow up and enter into the health insurance marketplace on their own, they will be the first generation who simply will not understand what the terms 'pre-existing condition' and 'lifetime cap' mean.

Senate Republicans Take a Stand Against the Public Interest

Robert Scheer | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

It is bizarre that Chuck Hagel, a war hero with a long record of sensible views on the deployment of military power, gets blocked as the president's nominee to run the Pentagon, while Jack Lew, steeped in Wall Street greed, sails through as Treasury secretary.

Tea Party Ugly: House Blocks Obama Appointments Through 2012

Victor Williams | Posted 08.22.2011 | Politics
Victor Williams

Rick Perry's characterization of possible future Fed actions as "treasonous" money printing is not as shocking as the mainstream GOP's continued celebration of their newest Tea Party candidate.

Nobel Prize Obstructionism

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It is downright ludicrous to say that a Nobel Prize-winning economist is somehow not qualified to get a job running economic policy for the government. Until Sen. Richard Shelby realizes this, Obama and the White House should point it out.

Friday Talking Points [141] -- Rahm's Exit Contest Winner Announced

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I will begin today's column by drying a tear as we all wish Rahm Emanuel a fond farewell. Actually, I am lying. I am drying no tears for Rahm becaus...

Elena Kagan Offers GOP Few Openings For Attack

Roll Call | John Stanton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

If Republicans were spoiling for an election-year fight over a Supreme Court confirmation, Elena Kagan is shaping up to be their worst nightmare -- a ...

Supreme Court Helps Out Kagan

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Supreme Court has yanked the rug out from under the argument that Kagan shouldn't have had the option to bar military recruiters from campus while dean of Harvard law school. Today's ruling affirms that right for universities.

Lucia Graves

Senators Move To End Secret Holds

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The opponents of a rule that allows lawmakers to anonymously delay Senate confirmation proceedings have garnered enough support to overturn the rule. ...

Can Harry Reid Deliver?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Given that Harry Reid's Senate is not exactly known for moving with blinding speed, one has to wonder whether Harry Reid can deliver on some of these big issues before the midterm elections or not.

Eating in Church

One For The Table | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
One For The Table

I grew up in a very faithful household -- my father was an Episcopal priest and I was devoutly devout, an altar boy from age six and happy for it.

Religion, Bigotry, and Political Hypocrisy

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Put aside the crazy "Obama's a Muslim" idiocy -- assume John McCain had won the presidency instead. Do you really think the Senate would confirm a Muslim candidate right now, even a conservative right-wing one? I don't.

McConnell Knocks Kagan For Arguing Against Citizens United

AP | JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Senate's top Republican is criticizing Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan for backing limits on the ability of corporations and ...

Elena Kagan -- One Ambivalent Liberal's Love Song

Sally Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Sally Kohn

As the White House worries about selling Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan to the Senate, progressives are worried that Kagan may not be as progressiv...

Friday Talking Points [111] -- Use It Or Lose It

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

President Obama this week has successfully put the Republican Party on the defensive. This could be a fleeting thing, or it could be the start of a whole new way for Obama's administration to operate.

Stonewall Shelby and the Party of "No"

Bennet Kelley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bennet Kelley

There was a time when Republicans made difficult decisions that only history would reward but which moved the country forward. But that was 50 years ago. When was the last time Republicans made a difficult decision that truly benefited the nation?

Sam Stein

Dawn Johnsen To Be Re-Nominated, Confirms White House

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A White House official confirms what the Huffington Post reported on Wednesday -- that the administration is set to re-nominate Dawn Johnsen, the cont...

Americans Celebrate First Hispanic Supreme Court Justice

HuffPost's Eyes & Ears | Matthew Palevsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On Thursday, Sonia Sotomayor won confirmation as the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice. She will also be the third woman Justice in history and th...

The JusticeBot 9000

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The JusticeBot 9000: You said you wanted a machine that took all the human factor out of the law, so that emotion and empathy would be forever banished from the bench.

The Terrible Price of Being Tagged a Reverse Racist

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Sotomayor and any minority perceived to be a threat to corporate and political white male dominance will be branded a reverse racist. This is not new.

Senator Sessions, Judge Sotomayor, And Racism

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

In all the hoopla over Judge Sonia Sotomayor being nominated to the Supreme Court, there is one interesting side story that the media is largely ignor...

Affirmative Action Hit on Sotomayor Aimed to Send Message

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The anti-affirmative action hit against Sotomoyor is more than an attempt by the conservative hawks to derail her confirmation. The goal is to chill her on the court and batter affirmative action.

Dawn Johnsen: Reid Says Another Obama Nominee May Be Blocked By GOP

Political Animal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) moves to ease a backlog of executive branch nominations, he suggested on Tuesday that he does not have t...