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The Politics of Hostility: "If Librels Are For It, We're Agin It" Doesn't Cut It

Andy Schmookler | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

[This piece appeared in newspapers in my conservative congressional District in Virginia.] How did it come to this? How did our political life in...

Harry Reid Defends GOP Mega-Donor

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is quick to blame the Koch brothers for just about everything these days, even climate change, but there's ...

Friday Talking Points -- Republican Sandwich Filling Hits The Fan

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

One bit of minor calendar news before we get on with it: for the next two weeks, this column will be on hiatus. Instead, it will be pre-empted by our annual awards columns where we note the notable and laud the laudable from the past year.

Friday Talking Points -- Harry Reid's Explosive Week

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

In fact, it was even a big week just for political anniversaries. Fifty years ago this week, an event of no little importance happened. I speak, of course, tomorrow's 50th anniversary of the first broadcast of Doctor Who by the BBC.

Prognosis

Jeff Danziger | Posted 12.28.2013 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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In Brief: Earth to Republican Obstructionists

Kimann Schultz | Posted 12.01.2013 | Politics
Kimann Schultz

Earth to Republican Obstructionists: IT passed. IT was funded. IT was upheld by your United States Supreme Court. News flash: IT's a done deal. Not...

Where Is the Outrage Crossing These Red Lines?

Leslie K. Stein | Posted 11.23.2013 | Politics
Leslie K. Stein

We need more outrage about these other Red Lines, the ones hurting our country. Where are the American people? Where is the outrage? We can do better. We are the United States of America -- we must do better.

Reid's Nuclear Disarmament Meeting

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.14.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

An extraordinary meeting is taking place today, which all 100 senators have been invited to attend. This should really not be an extraordinary thing -- you'd think that all senators meeting together would just be an actual floor session in the Senate -- but it is because it's actually a political meeting, with the doors closed.

Mr. Politician: Don't Tear Down This Wall!

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 09.07.2013 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

Apparently friendship and cooperation with someone in the opposing political party is a disqualifier for elective office. Nothing epitomizes the divis...

Hey, House GOP: We Need to (Re)Build Bridges, Not Burn Them

Amy B. Dean | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics
Amy B. Dean

Here we have an investment that would repair the beating heart of America -- its roads, airports, bridges, transit systems and energy grid -- and House Republicans would rather skip it and go golfing with their funders.

The Curious Case of the Silent Filibuster

Josh Kalven | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics
Josh Kalven

Amid all the talk about filibuster reform, perhaps you've thought to yourself: "If filibusters are such a problem, why don't I ever see any news reports about senators talking through the night, holding up Senate business in protest?"

Whatever It Is, They're Against It: Health Care, the Courts and the Anti-Obama Agenda

Marge Baker | Posted 05.13.2012 | Politics
Marge Baker

The health care debate highlights the importance of appointing judges who place their duty to the Constitution over a partisan agenda. But it also crystallizes the agenda of opposition that has caused the Republican Party to go off the deep end.

Stop Over-the-Top Attacks on the Office of Legal Counsel, and Focus on Governing

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 04.03.2012 | Politics
Caroline Fredrickson

Please -- cut the hyperbole, senators, and get back to work.

Time to Rebuild Our Foundations

Jim Wallis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jim Wallis

A survey released this week by the Public Religion Research Institute shows that majorities in every major religious category, as well as the religiously unaffiliated, all believe that the country would be better off if the distribution of wealth was more equal.

Truman Moment for Dems

Brent Budowsky | Posted 11.22.2011 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

The idealism of JFK, the reformism of Ross Perot, the toughness of Harry Reid and the fighting spirit of Truman will make today's headlines look like ancient history long before ballots are cast in 2012.

End "Trips and Traps": Recess Appoint Elizabeth Warren as CFPB Director

Victor Williams | Posted 07.15.2011 | Politics
Victor Williams

Senate Republicans have preemptively filibustered the appointment of a founding director for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Without a director, the CFPB will not have authority to regulate both bank and nonbank financial operations.

'Cleaning the Gunk' out of Washington With Transparency and Accountability

Sen. Jon Tester | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Jon Tester

Accountability goes hand-in-hand with transparency--and Washington needs more of both. That's why I introduced two bills this week to boost accountability and shine more sunlight on government.

A Second Chance for Obama

Will Marshall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Will Marshall

The Republicans' midterm triumph obviously is a demoralizing blow to President Obama, but it's also a second chance. Unlike the scores of Democratic l...

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.

What If John Boehner Smoked Marijuana?

Robbie Gennet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robbie Gennet

Boehner's statements on cigarettes have a strong Libertarian slant. If that's true for lethal and addictive products like cigarettes and alcohol, why wouldn't it be true for recreational use of non-lethal, medicinal cannabis?

The Choice In November: A Congress That Works With The President, Or Doesn't Let The Presidency Work

Bill Scher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Scher

The country may be cynical. The country may be dissatisfied. The country may be angry. But the country does not want to stop Barack Obama. An ABC Ne...

Friday Talking Points [138] -- "Candidate" Obama Returns

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

America (as, likely, everywhere else) always has a seamy underside, crawling with metaphoric maggots, to anything that is mostly seen as good by the m...

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 ...

Friday Talking Points [132] -- The DMV? Really?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Last week, this column took a week off, due to an extended trip into the desert for the Netroots Nation convention. But now, we turn our sights back ...

President Obama, Make Congress Stay in DC Until They Pass Jobs Legislation

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Johnson

We have a jobs emergency and the Congress has not acted. The Congress is planning to go on recess in August and the President has the power to make them stay until robust jobs legislation is passed.