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.
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?"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
If Republicans continue their tantrum once the Senate passes the reconciliation bill, it's going to be a lot easier for Democrats to convince independents that they, the Democrats, are the adults in the room.
Congress, long ago, adopted the filibuster without anticipating, as the NFL did, that the practitioners of the Senate might stoop to disrupting the game indefinitely in order to intimidate and punish the referees, in the Senate's case, the public.