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Griffith
griffith.house.gov

Alabama Congressman Changes Parties Over Health Care

Alabama Rep. Parker Griffith, a freshman congressman who formerly figured among the famous “Blue Dog” Democrats in Congress, has reportedly decided to defect to the GOP after breaking with his party over health care reform. This shift in the Democratic ranks could spell trouble for the 2010 election, especially if Rep. Griffith’s switchover inspires others to follow suit.

Posted on Dec 22, 2009 READ MORE


Krugman
Wikimedia Commons / Prolineserver

Oh, the Naiveté, Mr. Krugman

Here we have one of those columns that might have initially been missed (even by those of us who blog fastidiously about such things) that bears repeating, or re-posting, as the case may be: We submit, for your consideration, Paul Krugman’s latest column. That is all.

Posted on Dec 14, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / CarbonNYC

N.Y. Senate Votes Against Same-Sex Marriage Bill

New York wasn’t able to go as far as even Iowa, as the New York State Senate shot down a bill Wednesday that would have made same-sex marriage legal in the Empire State. Not one Republican in the Albany chamber supported the bill, which was beaten by a vote of 38 to 24.

Posted on Dec 2, 2009 READ MORE


Capitol Hill
Flickr/laura padgett

Dems Make Final Push for Health Bill Votes

By Friday evening, it wasn’t clear whether Saturday’s scheduled vote on the famous health care reform bill would happen on time in the House of Representatives, but Democrats were busy wooing any remaining potential supporters among their congressional ranks.

Posted on Nov 6, 2009 READ MORE


Boehner

Boehner Decries Health Bill as ‘Government Takeover’

Thursday’s mass display of Democratic delight over the newly introduced health care reform mega-measure was countered by the sober declaration, courtesy of House Minority Leader John Boehner, that what we have here is “a bill that really is a government takeover of the health care system.” Sigh.

Posted on Oct 29, 2009 READ MORE


Pelosi
AP / Alex Brandon

House Dems Unveil Giant Health Care Reform Bill

After months of squabbling and tussling with each other as well as their Republican opposition, House Democrats finally produced the latest comprehensive result of their efforts in health care reform in the form of a whopping 1,990-page measure—and then proceeded to congratulate themselves in a public rally outside at the Capitol.

Posted on Oct 29, 2009 READ MORE


Dick Gephardt
AP / Al Behrman

Dick Gephardt, Corporate Lobbyist

If it seems contradictory (read: hypocritical) that former Rep. Dick Gephardt, at one time a self-styled anti-lobbying, pro-labor crusader, would become a lobbyist for Visa and Goldman Sachs, well, that’s because it is. Oh, and you can strike “pro-environment” off of Gephardt’s list of political poses, too.

Posted on Oct 19, 2009 READ MORE


health insurance reform signs
Flickr / ProgressOhio

Health Care Reform: ‘A Fait Accompli’?

For a long while it seemed as if health care reform was progressing, if at all, at the speed of molasses. Now here comes The New Republic’s Jonathan Chait with his startling pronouncement that “it’s just quietly turned into a fait accompli.” Wait, what?

Posted on Oct 7, 2009 READ MORE


C-37
seeandavoid.com

House Grounds Fancy Plane Plan

During a time when the term government spending (not to mention recession) gets quite a few hackles up, House Democratic bigwigs’ choice to scrap plans to purchase four posh planes to shuttle congressional leaders around is clearly wise, although the Senate vote may still pose a problem.

Posted on Aug 10, 2009 READ MORE


Sotomayor
AP / Ron Edmonds

Sotomayor Makes the Senate Cut

The U.S. Supreme Court just got a little wiser. On Thursday, the Senate voted 68-31—split largely along party lines—to confirm Sonia Sotomayor as the first Latina Supreme Court justice and only the third woman to serve on America’s top court.

Posted on Aug 6, 2009 READ MORE


Wall St.
Flickr / David Paul Ohmer

The Wall Street-Health Care Connection

When I heard Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., floating the idea of a tax on health benefits in order to raise revenue for health-care reform, I was baffled; how could this be?

Posted on Jul 23, 2009 READ MORE


Boehner, Bush and Pelosi
White House / Eric Draper

Pelosi Sticks By Her Waterboarding Denial

Despite evidence, helpfully provided by the CIA, to the contrary, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi still insists she wasn’t aware that waterboarding would be on the menu of the Bush administration’s interrogation techniques when she was briefed in secret in 2002.

Posted on May 8, 2009 READ MORE


Edwards
John Edwards 2008

The Phantom Candidate

I never understood John Edwards’ appeal. I therefore do not expect that Elizabeth Edwards’ new book, or the tiresome media blitz accompanying its publication, will bring a sudden change in my thinking.

Posted on May 7, 2009 READ MORE


Obama
cafepress.com

Pinching Political Party Purses

Both the Democratic and Republican parties are experiencing a unique form of financial comeuppance, as the economic recession they were in charge of preventing—that has now caused a 8.4 percent national unemployment rate—is causing a dramatic drop in the level of political party donations.

Posted on Mar 27, 2009 READ MORE


Limbaugh
a.abcnews.com

Is the Limbaugh Love-In a Deliberate Distraction?

Is Rush Limbaugh’s sudden elevation to the top tier of the Republican Party a naturally occurring phenomenon ... or a vast left-wing conspiracy? Some among the GOP’s ranks suspect that the latter is the answer.

Posted on Mar 5, 2009 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT
AP photo / Ron Edmonds

House Democrats Subpoena Karl Rove

The Bush administration may have exited the proverbial building, but that isn’t stopping certain House Democrats, such as House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, from taking Bush sidekick Karl Rove to task for his potential role in the Justice Department’s pink-slipping of several U.S. attorneys in 2006.

Posted on Jan 26, 2009 READ MORE


Obama
United States Senate

Obama Threatens to Use Veto Against Bailout Dissent

Barack Obama made sure that anyone who might oppose his plan for rolling out the next part of the $750 billion bailout package understands that he means business: In a meeting Tuesday on Capitol Hill, he threatened to veto a possible disapproval resolution, according to Democratic senators who met with him.

Posted on Jan 13, 2009 READ MORE


Burris
AP photo / Paul Beaty

Burris: ‘I Am the Junior Senator From Illinois’

Despite clear indications that not everyone on Capitol Hill is ready to acknowledge him as a U.S. senator, Roland W. Burris headed to Washington from Illinois on Monday, announcing that he was, in fact, the rightful new occupant of the seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.

Posted on Jan 5, 2009 READ MORE


Horlick
epws-shanghai.org

Wealthy Investors Lose Fortunes in Wall Street Scam

Although the full extent of the damage from broker Bernard Madoff’s alleged super-swindle has yet to be determined, it’s clear by now that the collapse of his vast pyramid scheme may spell utter disaster for several of his top investors—some of whom might not know yet that they’re broke.

Posted on Dec 13, 2008 READ MORE


Those Other Elections

A month after Barack Obama’s triumphant victory, we are still celebrating America’s only authentic national religion, and it isn’t Christianity—it’s presidentialism.

Posted on Dec 5, 2008 READ MORE


Obama

Obama and Clinton Sing Each Other’s Praises

What a difference a couple of months makes! Any acrimony between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama that bubbled up on the campaign trail last spring has apparently evaporated, judging by these clips from Monday morning’s news conference/love-in featuring both senators.

Posted on Dec 1, 2008 READ MORE


Lieberman

Lieberman: ‘Reconciliation, Not Retribution’

Sen. Joe Lieberman is back in the Democratic fold—sort of. Sen. Harry Reid explained the outcome of his party’s huddle on Lieberman’s future role, and Lieberman expressed his relief, in a press briefing on Tuesday.

Posted on Nov 18, 2008 READ MORE


Joe Lieberman
newsweek.com

Lieberman to Keep Homeland Security Post

After weeks of deliberation about former Democrat-turned-independent Sen. Joe Lieberman, congressional leaders from his former party came to some conclusions Tuesday about his political future.

Posted on Nov 18, 2008 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton
AP photo / Jose Luis Magana

A Clinton in the White House After All?

Sightings of Hillary Clinton in Chicago on Thursday, coupled with reports from inside Barack Obama’s camp, added weight to the rumors that the president-elect is considering his former rival as a Cabinet member—secretary of state.

Posted on Nov 13, 2008 READ MORE


Lieberman

Blowback Time for Lieberman

Robert Greenwald’s Brave New Films is making the case that, as the title of its “Lieberman Must Go” video clip suggests, Sen. Joe Lieberman should be taken down a few big notches by the Democratic Party for his actions and assertions during the presidential campaign.

Posted on Nov 11, 2008 READ MORE


Al Franken
realcities.com

Franken Closes In on Coleman

Having suggested that fellow Minnesotan Al Franken should concede defeat earlier in the week, Norm Coleman was keeping mum by Friday afternoon, when it was discovered that Franken was trailing his Republican rival for the U.S. Senate by only 238 votes.

Posted on Nov 7, 2008 READ MORE


Lieberman
AP photo / Susan Walsh

Lieberman Spanked by Power-Mad Democrats

All right, so we’re being a bit facetious with the headline here, but seriously, Sen. Joe Lieberman’s future vis-à-vis his former base at the Democratic Party is a tad uncertain at this time, to say the least.

Posted on Nov 6, 2008 READ MORE


Obama
AP photo / Morry Gash

Morning Again in America

It’s time to gush! Later for the analysis of all the hard choices faced by our next president, Barack Obama, but for now, let’s just thrill, unabashedly, to the sound of those words.

Posted on Nov 4, 2008 READ MORE


Robbins

Tim Robbins: Troubs at the Polls

Of all the people to show up on Tuesday at his usual polling location only to find that his name wasn’t on the register, it had to be actor/director/Hollywood Liberal™ Tim Robbins.

Posted on Nov 4, 2008 READ MORE


AccuVote
inkycircus.com

Not Exactly ‘AccuVote’: Diebold Machine Removed in Colo.

A Diebold voting machine with the ironic name of “AccuVote” was impounded after a voter in Colorado’s Adams County noticed that the machine wouldn’t take a vote for a Democratic state Senate candidate. Luckily, the ever-vigilant Brad Blog is on the case.

Posted on Oct 30, 2008 READ MORE


Obama special

Obama’s Network TV Blitz

What’s that? An Obama infomercial? Network TV? Wednesday night? Oh, right—here it is, in case you missed it.

Posted on Oct 30, 2008 READ MORE


Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama on Palin, Parents

“When you’re named Barack Obama, you are the underdog,” Michelle Obama tells Jay Leno in this two-part clip from her appearance on Monday’s “Tonight Show,” during which she was careful to point out that she was wearing a “J. Crew ensemble.”

Posted on Oct 28, 2008 READ MORE


GOP California
jgshow.com

Could California Go Red?

If there’s one state that most everyone would consider in the bank for Barack Obama, it might well be California—any more to the left and the state would be afloat in the Pacific (thus fulfilling the fantasies of many). So why are the early voting returns telling a different story?

Posted on Oct 28, 2008 READ MORE


Obama and daisies
Composite: wikimedia, flickr/coffee monster

ABC Pushing ‘Daisies,’ Not Democrats

The Obama campaign is running a big media blitz on Wednesday night, with CBS, Fox, NBC and Univision all airing the Democratic presidential candidate’s muy mysterioso half-hour advertisement at 8 p.m., but ABC and the CW won’t be joining in the Obamathon.

Posted on Oct 27, 2008 READ MORE


Alaska’s Biggest Paper Backs Obama

In a move that might suggest that Sarah Palin’s performance on the campaign trail has not been universally well received in her home state, the Anchorage Daily News, Alaska’s largest newspaper, came out in favor of Barack Obama on Sunday.

Posted on Oct 26, 2008 READ MORE



Flickr / BohPhoto

New York Times Endorses Barack Obama

This news isn’t going to make certain members of the Republican Party like the Gray Lady any more than they already do, which is not at all: The New York Times’ editorial board has officially endorsed Barack Obama for president.

Posted on Oct 23, 2008 READ MORE


Obama in St. Louis
AP photo / Jeff Roberson

Obama Draws Record Crowd to St. Louis Rally

Barack Obama drew the largest crowd of his presidential campaign, 100,000 people, on Saturday at a rally in St. Louis. The Illinois senator had been behind in the race in Missouri until very recently.

Posted on Oct 18, 2008 READ MORE


Palin and McCain
AP photo / Gerald Herbert

The Hoover-Palin Ticket

And the winner is … Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Remember him—the great Democratic president who saved capitalism from the capitalists by reining in their exorbitant greed? Forget the Reagan Revolution heralding a new era of small government, which turned out to be nothing more than a fig leaf for legalized corporate crime. The hero of the hour is FDR.

Posted on Oct 14, 2008 READ MORE


McCain in crowd

McCain Tries to Cool Anti-Obama Fervor

Here’s the video footage of John McCain attempting to calm his riled-up audience by calling Barack Obama a “decent” person (and also not an “Arab,” as one bewildered audience member claims) during a campaign stop in Minnesota on Friday.

Posted on Oct 11, 2008 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton

Clinton Chats With Seacrest About VP Debate

All right, now this is getting ridiculous. None other than Ryan Seacrest has managed to insert himself into the political mix by scoring a phone interview with Hillary Clinton on his radio show Friday. What’ll it be next, the Obamas and the Bidens sit down with the preternaturally perky Mary Hart on “Entertainment Tonight?” Oh, wait ... never mind.

Posted on Oct 3, 2008 READ MORE


Pelosi Happy, With Pen
The New York Times / Doug Mills

The Bailout: Take Two

On Friday the House approved, after initially rejecting, the $700-billion bailout package for the financial industry in what is likely to be the most expensive government intervention in the nation’s history. This, of course, only slightly surpasses another notable “government intervention”—the nearly $600 billion spent in the war in Iraq.

Posted on Oct 3, 2008 READ MORE


Palin and Biden
AP photo / Don Emmert, pool

You’re No Harry Truman, Governor

Gov. Sarah Palin survived Thursday night’s debate, much to the disappointment of Democrats who hoped she would crumble as she did in her interview with Katie Couric. But she ducked tough questions, gave canned answers, tried to smile her way out of tough spots and cheerfully distorted Sen. Barack Obama’s record.

Posted on Oct 2, 2008 READ MORE


Obama
AP Photo / Alex Brandon

Obama Has the Edge After First Debate

Even though the American mainstream media pronounced Friday’s presidential debate between Barack Obama and John McCain a draw, the UK’s Guardian newspaper tallied up some poll results and found that Obama has gained an edge over McCain as the candidates head into their final month of campaigning.

Posted on Sep 29, 2008 READ MORE


Catholic Worker protester
desmoinescatholicworker.org

Fueling the Fire of Real Change

The coals of radical social change smolder among the poor, the homeless and the destitute. As the numbers of disenfranchised dramatically increase, our hope, our only hope, is to connect intimately with the daily injustices visited upon them. Out of this contact we can resurrect, from the ground up, a social ethic, a new movement.

Posted on Sep 28, 2008 READ MORE


Obama and McCain debate in Mississippi

Obama and McCain Face Off in First Presidential Debate

Thankfully, Jim Lehrer wasn’t left at the moderator’s podium on Friday, as both Barack Obama and John McCain showed up for their scheduled presidential debate at the University of Mississippi to field questions about the economy and foreign policy.

Posted on Sep 28, 2008 READ MORE


Paulson
AP photo / J. Scott Applewhite

A Fox to Protect the Henhouse?

Does it really matter which party is in charge when it comes to bailing out the Wall Street hustlers whose shenanigans have bankrupted so many ordinary folks? Not if the Democrats roll over and cede power to the former head of Goldman Sachs, the investment bank at the center of our economic meltdown.

Posted on Sep 23, 2008 READ MORE


Obama's menu

Obama Goes to Hollywood, Take Two

Barack Obama’s fundraising extravaganza in Hollywood Tuesday night raised a whopping $9 million for his presidential campaign and the Democratic Party—the single highest figure ever raised by a candidate in one go, as MSNBC anchor Alex Witt points out in this clip.

Posted on Sep 17, 2008 READ MORE


McCain and Brimley

McCain Bites Celeb Hands That Feed Him

John McCain took the opportunity Tuesday to criticize Barack Obama for consorting with celebrities at a Democratic fund drive in Hollywood that night, but McCain had apparently forgotten about his own celeb-attended fundraiser in Beverly Hills last month. McCain supporter Wilford Brimley has yet to comment on this grievous oversight.

Posted on Sep 17, 2008 READ MORE



AP photo / LM Otero

Obama’s Secret Weapon

While it’s fashionable for the media and some of his own supporters to be mourning the demise of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, they may well be overlooking an important point—that the vaunted McCain-Palin ticket has peaked. What else but such blind optimism could be motivating the unflagging energy of thousands of Obama grass-roots workers?

Posted on Sep 16, 2008 READ MORE


Bill Clinton
Flickr / Photo Mojo

Bill Clinton Ready to Work for Obama

Last spring, it seemed like tug of war over the Democratic presidential nomination would never end, but now that seems part of the distant past, as Barack Obama enters the final stretch leading to November’s election. Luckily, his relations with Bill Clinton appear to have improved over time, and the former president now says he’s willing to roll up his sleeves to help Obama’s campaign however he can.

Posted on Sep 11, 2008 READ MORE


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