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Obama, Congress Brace For Veto Showdowns

AP | CHARLES BABINGTON and JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 12.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Veto brinkmanship between congressional Republicans and President Barack Obama was virtually absent in his first six years in offi...

Jumping On The Cromnibus

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Yes, apparently that's a new word now: "cromnibus." Now, some, editorially-speaking, have been insisting on "CRomnibus" or "Cromnibus," but for the time being here, we've decided that it doesn't qualify for proper-name status in any way.

Rescission Could Be a Brilliant Solution For GOP

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If the Republican leadership can sell it to enough of its members, it could be a way out of the perpetual crisis machine that the budget has become. By separating the politics from the actual real-world results, it allows both factions of the Republican Party to get what they want.

What Obama Should Say Now

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama needs to strongly show that no election instantly changes what the two parties believe, and that all this talk of waving red flags cuts both ways.

Contemplating a Republican Senate

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

A Republican Senate is pretty much an iron-clad guarantee of the return of "fiscal cliffs" and "government shutdowns" and "hostage-taking" and all the rest of the budgetary games Republicans are known for playing.

Is Palestine Forgotten in Current War on ISIS?

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 11.25.2014 | Politics
Daoud Kuttab

While many Palestinians and their supporters want the US to press Israel to adhere to international law and end its occupation, many would be happy if the US just stops protecting Israel in international forums, especially the UN Security Council.

Rick Perry's Indictment Could Make Him Tea Party Poster Child

Kevin Price | Posted 10.26.2014 | Politics
Kevin Price

Many see Perry's 2012 presidential campaign as laughable. Many more believed he could never be taken seriously again after his poor performance (particularly in debates). However, there is nothing more persuasive in moving voters than empathy.

McConnell's Reconciliation

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I'm using the word "reconciliation" in a very specific rules-of-the-Senate fashion. Because McConnell just revealed to Politico how he intends to govern, should his party take control of the Senate in November -- and it appears that the previously-arcane "budget reconciliation" maneuver will figure heavily in his playbook.

Perry Case Complicates Boehner's Lawsuit

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.18.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Republicans are going to be arguing one thing for Perry, and the exact opposite for Obama. This is going to become more and more obvious to all concerned.

Has Putin Been Manipulating Energy Prices?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 07.06.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The crafting of Putin's new Euro-Asian vision -- in effect a new "Greater Russia" assembled from the remnants of the old Soviet Union in Central Asia and Europe -- has been greased by a pipeline delivery system under the Kremlin's control.

Georgia Governor Vetoes Private Probation Bill

Lauren-Brooke Eisen | Posted 07.01.2014 | Crime
Lauren-Brooke Eisen

The bill would have allowed these private probation companies to shield details of their practices from public eyes, while still raking in millions from those they're meant to supervise.

Gays Can Eat Cake in Arizona Again!

Susie Sampson | Posted 04.30.2014 | Comedy
Susie Sampson

SB 1062 in Arizona was vetoed by Governor Jan Brewer! But not everyone is so happy about it. Amidst the hatred, there was actually more entertaining hatred found on Twitter.

The First Controversy of Chris Christie's 2016 Presidential Campaign: Tortured Food

Elizabeth Kucinich | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Elizabeth Kucinich

It seems that Governor Christie overturned the will of the people of New Jersey to protect the interests of a group of people in another state one thousand miles away: Iowa.

Friday Talking Points -- Cold War Nostalgia

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Before we get this ball rolling, we have two minor points which relate to the calendar which we feel merit mentioning. First, for the superstitious among us, it's not only Friday the 13th, but it's actually a double-dose, being 9/13/13. Wooo! Scary!

Syria and a UN With Teeth?

Richard W. Kropf | Posted 10.27.2013 | Religion
Richard W. Kropf

If any effective way of settling disputes or preventing bloody conflict in the future is to come about, the whole structure of the UN needs to be changed.

Friday Talking Points -- Don Young Shows GOP How Not To Reach Out To Minorities

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.29.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

While it certainly was (quoting the Flintstones theme) a "gay old time" in Washington this week, I have already spent the whole week on the subject, so I'm really only going to mention it in passing.

John Celock

Tea Party Legislators Pass 'Dangerous' Law

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 06.27.2012 | Politics

The Tea Party-controlled New Hampshire House of Representatives overrode the governor's veto of a partial birth abortion ban that opponents deemed as ...

Checks and Balances

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.20.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Today's political commenters often misuse the concept of "checks and balances" to refer directly to politics. This is just flat-out wrong.

John Celock

Kansas Barber Veto Raises Eyebrows

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 04.18.2012 | Politics

Vetoes of three bills in Kansas -- including an obscure one relating to licensing barbers -- are raising eyebrows in the state legislature. Kansas...

The Irrelevance of Mitt Romney

Paul Abrams | Posted 06.17.2012 | Politics
Paul Abrams

There is only one thing important to know about Mitt Romney, and we already know it. He has no deep convictions. Without convictions, he is not going to step in front of the machine that brought him the White House, his cherished dream, and say "no."

The 'JOBS Act' Is a Fraud on America

Frank A. Weil | Posted 06.05.2012 | Politics
Frank A. Weil

How many of those who voted for it knew what was in it? And how many of those who read it connected its provisions to the lessons of the last decade? The answer must be very few.

Nixon's Clean Water Act Impoundment Power Play

Robin Madel | Posted 05.22.2012 | Green
Robin Madel

You might know that the Clean Water Act was passed by Congress in 1972, with much credit given to Richard Nixon. You might not know that it almost didn't happen because, after it was passed by Congress, Nixon vetoed it.

The Russia-China Veto: What Next for Syria?

Rajan Menon | Posted 04.07.2012 | World
Rajan Menon

The reasons behind the Chinese and Russia veto are clear. Alas, what's also clear is that it will worsen the violence in Syria, which, in turn, will increase the opposition's vengefulness when the regime falls.

John Celock

GOP Lawmakers Pass Shocking Law

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 01.04.2012 | Politics

The Tea Party dominated New Hampshire Legislature on Wednesday overrode the governor's veto to enact a new law allowing parents to object to any part ...

Can We Trust Republican Motives When Oil Is Involved?

Paul Heroux | Posted 02.14.2012 | Politics
Paul Heroux

The Keystone XL pipeline addition to the payroll tax cut bill is a contentious issue, not because it is unrelated to jobs, but because it is hard to trust Republican motives.