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The Future of Immigration Reform

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.12.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

John Boehner knows that his party's chances to win national elections on the presidential level would be much improved by passing immigration reform. He also knows that this is not true for his House Republicans.

Overplaying President Obama's Supposed Second Term Hex

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 02.21.2014 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Obama to date has accomplished far too much in the face of far too much adversity. To try and stamp his administration with the label of failure is a horribly bad overplay of the supposed presidential second term hex.

It's the Biggest Scandal Since...

Tom Alderman | Posted 07.23.2013 | Politics
Tom Alderman

... fill in the blanks: Teapot Dome, Watergate, Iran Contra, Lewinsky... Benghazi? You may have noticed that every time one erupts, it's compared in heinousness to the last really big one.

Munich on the Potomac: The Republican Take-No-Prisoners Strategy -- and Obama's Conciliation

Robert Kuttner | Posted 07.12.2013 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The more that the Obama Administration tries to meet the Republicans half way, the more extreme and implacable their demands become. Obama's term still has more than three and a half years to run and Democrats still have a 55-45 majority in the Senate, but the Republicans are treating him like the lamest of lame ducks. It should be clear by now -- meeting these people halfway only whets their appetite. In his remaining days in office, Obama can insist until the cows come home that he has been the president who tried to change the tone in Washington, to find areas of common ground and to show that there is more that unites Americans than divides us. But until he finds some inner toughness, the Republicans will continue to stymie his every move and he will be a feeble president at a moment when we need a resolute one.

Five Reasons Obama Will Rout GOP in Lame Duck Budget Battle

Robert Creamer | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics
Robert Creamer

I realize that all of the "wise men" of Washington are clamoring for a bi-partisan solution to fix the nation's deficit. But the plain fact is that the deficit is not a bi-partisan problem.

It's Time for the Senate to Avoid the Judicial Cliff, Too

Nan Aron | Posted 01.13.2013 | Politics
Nan Aron

The decisions about avoiding the fiscal cliff may be complex, but the way to avoid the judicial cliff is not. It's time for the Senate to come together and in one simple vote set aside the rancor of the past and fulfill its constitutional obligation to ensure justice for all Americans.

An Election Message for the Lame Duck Congress: Fair Taxes, No Cuts

Richard Trumka | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics
Richard Trumka

After a hard-fought and divisive election year, it's time to rebuild America's middle class -- but to do it we need to make sure the lessons from this campaign stick.

Reality Bites: The GOP Majority Hits the Ground... Stumbling

Mark Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Green

It's only been three weeks but House Republicans are already losing momentum on health care, deficits, civility, guns, and Issa's investigations. Was Nov. 2 their high point?

Obama Poll Watch -- December, 2010

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama once again charted an unbelievably stable month in terms of approval ratings. The mildly good news was in his disapproval rating, which dropped significantly over the course of December.

Jason Linkins

Movement Afoot To End Lame Duck Sessions Of Congress | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It's completely adorable that the next Congress may "ban" the lame duck session, until it becomes necessary to give themselves a pay raise or impeach someone they don't like. No matter that Americans really, really approved of this past lame duck session of Congress. Who listens to them anymore anyway?

Bachmann Predicts Growth Of Tea Party Power In 2012

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said this week that she believes the Tea Party will play a bigger role in the 2012 elections than they did in 2010. A...

111th Congress Ends With Bang, Not Whimper

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Pundits are now beginning to say Obama is on a comeback, which is a stunning turnaround from less than two months ago, when the president sheepishly began using the word "shellacking" for the midterm results.

Steve King Blasts Congress

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) recently expressed disgust with the growing checklist of legislation that has been passed during the current lame duck sessio...

Thank You, Joe Lieberman

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Without the work of Reid, Obama, Pelosi, and yes, even Joe Lieberman, DADT would not have been repealed this weekend -- and would be in place for the foreseeable future, with a new Republican House about to take control.

Amanda Terkel

Senate GOP Leader: Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Won't Happen This Year | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) sent a message to "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) repeal advocates on Sunday: Don't hold y...

Obama Poll Watch -- November, 2010

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama just had his most stable month ever in the public opinion polls, capping off a remarkable year of polling stability. Were you to just read the headlines or listen to the soundbites, you may have a different impression.

The GOP's Latino Suicide Watch

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Fernando Espuelas

Republicans, you have been warned. The future of your party is at stake. Your unrelenting attacks against American Latinos are the path to ruin.

C-SPAN Microphone Catches Bennet Lamenting Lame Duck Session; 'It's All Rigged'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Colorado Senator Michael Bennet was caught by a C-SPAN microphone on Tuesday lamenting what he referred to as a "rigged" lame duck Senate process. ...

Obama's Busy Week Ahead

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Everyone in Washington has a few busy weeks ahead, until the 111th Congress wraps up business and heads off into the sunset, but President Obama will be at the center of this whirlwind.

Amanda Terkel

Democratic Congressman Dares GOP To Vote For Health Care Repeal | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.) is calling the Republicans' bluff on health care: Stand up and repeal the most popular provisions of the ...

Howard Fineman

Lame Duck May Well Ignore Deficit Hawks, Obama Lobbies Boehner On Michelle's Obesity Bill | Howard Fineman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After his "shellacking" and before he left for India, President Obama called speaker-to-be John Boehner for a chat. Rep. Boehner doesn'...

Friday Talking Points [147] -- Democrats Fighting The Good Fight

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Well, I don't know about anyone else, but I thought that was a pretty good week for Democrats. Maybe it's just the subject matter I've been tackling t...

Read the 20th Amendment: New Republican Senators Violating US Constitution

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

A handful of newly elected Republican US Senators have written to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid trying to undo the constitutional authority of other elected incumbent US Senators.

Lame-Duck Fights: Confirm OMB's Jack Lew, DOJ's Jim Cole and 23 Federal Judges

Victor Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Victor Williams

Partisan "leaders" are now chosen, weeks ahead of the Republic's 112th Congress. Now is the time to confirm Executive Branch leaders for the next two...

Time for Something Special

Richard Klass | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Klass

Congress plans to work somewhere between 13 and 15 days in its "lame duck" session. Lame indeed. This is a Congress that has failed to meet its most basic function, to fund the government for the next fiscal year.