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Gop Obstructionism

McConnell to Obama: You Have the Government You Have, Not the One You Wish You Had

Dorian de Wind | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

Mr. McConnell: Had your party done its job during the past six years, instead of doing nothing at best and obstructing and obfuscating at worst, we would have a Congress the president could work with, we would have the functioning government the American people wish and deserve, we would have a much better America.

GOP's Biggest Foe in 2014 is Still the GOP

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

There's a noisy, boisterous and well-entrenched faction in the GOP that has dug its heels in and will make life miserable for anyone in the GOP that doesn't toe their hard ideological line. As long as that's the case, the GOP's biggest foe in 2014 will remain the GOP.

Super Brawl

Neil McCarthy | Posted 04.08.2012 | Politics
Neil McCarthy

Somewhere between the comical and the incredulous, the GOP has simply channeled its inner hatred. There is, literally, nothing they will give Obama credit for and a whole host of fictive evils the responsibility for which they regularly lay at his feet.

Tom Daschle On Senate Dysfunction: I Didn't 'Have A Clue' What I Was Voting For A Lot Of The Time

The New Yorker | George Packer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

[Former Senate Majority Leader Tom] Daschle sketched a portrait of the contemporary senator who is too busy to think: 'Sometimes, you're dialling for ...

Democrats Slam GOP's Secret Holds On Obama Nominees

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The number of Obama nominees being blocked by Senate Republicans dropped under 100 this week, as Lael Brainard was confirmed as the Treasury Departmen...

How Mitch McConnell Planned GOP's Blockade Of Democratic Agenda

The New York Times | CARL HULSE and ADAM NAGOURNEY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Before the health care fight, before the economic stimulus package, before President Obama even took office, Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican m...

Vetting Obama's Judges: The Case for Chris Schroeder

Victor Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Victor Williams

Obama needs to keep the Senate queue full of judicial nominations and use the bully pulpit to demand timely confirmation. Judge confirmations and GOP obstruction should be a mid-term campaign issue.

How Obama Should Bypass the Appointment Obstructionism

Victor Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Victor Williams

As a partial solution to appointment obstructionism, President Obama can and should exercise his unilateral authority and fill many federal vacancies with the stroke of a pen -- during any Senate break of his choosing.

Obama's Health Care Summit -- Why the GOP Will Try to Bow Out

Ryan Mack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ryan Mack

For health care reform to pass would mean that the administration actually got something done. So the GOP's plan is to think of reasons to back out of the proposed health care summit.

Sam Stein

Hoyer: GOP Obstructionism Damaging The Institution Of Congress | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Mary.) offered a lengthy and searing rebuke of Republican leadership on Monday, claiming the minority party has t...

Lefty Groups Raise $60,000 -- In One Day -- For Ad Attacking Grassley

The Plum Line | Greg Sargent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Here's the latest sign that the public option, and the specter of GOP obstructionism, remain powerful motivators of the liberal base: Two progressive...

Schumer Privately Urging Dem Senators To Lay Political Groundwork For Dem-Only Health Care Bill

The Plum Line | Greg Sargent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senator Chuck Schumer is privately urging fellow Dem Senators to aggressively argue in the media that the GOP is wholly committed to blocking reform, ...

Sam Stein

Senate GOP Set To Block Troop Funding Bill | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Republicans in the Senate may be walking into a political trap this week, in which their insistence on considering energy legislation leads them to bl...

Senate Legislation Blocked Constantly By Obscure Political Maneuvers

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Huffington Post's Sam Stein reported last year on the aggressive tactics Republican senators were using to obstruct an unprecedented number of bil...

Sam Stein

Democratic Congressman Raises Specter Of "Nuclear Option" | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Three years ago, the United States Senate nearly came to a stand still as the Republican majority, citing Democratic obstructionism over judicial appo...

Sam Stein

GOP Obstruction Has Shattered Previous Record | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It has become a routine in the Senate. Last Friday, congressional Republicans, with the aid of a handful of Democrats, successfully obstructed the pas...