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Elizabeth Warren Joins Groups Demanding GOP Leaders Reverse Supreme Court Blockade

“To refuse to act on a nomination of this magnitude is a failure to govern. We urge these senators to take a step back and consider what legacy of governance they want to leave for our country.”

Posted on Feb 24, 2016 READ MORE



Why Should You and I Have to Keep Paying Mitch McConnell’s Salary?

In a blatantly partisan ploy to prevent President Obama from nominating a successor to the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the Senate majority leader has cited a historical precedent dictating that presidents in the last year of their term not name new justices to the high court.

Posted on Feb 24, 2016 READ MORE



GOP Senators Flatly Refuse to Meet With Any of Obama’s Supreme Court Candidates

Leaving no room for ambiguity or civility, Senate Republicans on Tuesday issued a decree that they would not even entertain the idea of giving face time to any Supreme Court nominees President Obama might present during his remaining time in office.

Posted on Feb 23, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Constitution Alert









Posted on Feb 18, 2016 ENLARGE



President Obama Goes Constitutional on GOP Foes, Vows to Name Scalia’s Successor

The president’s background in constitutional law is coming in handy this week.

Posted on Feb 16, 2016 READ MORE



How the GOP’s Bid to Delay Scalia’s Replacement Could Play to Obama’s Advantage

Obama’s GOP foes may want to rethink their strategy if they think that forming a congressional human wall instead of approving the president’s pick to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is the way to count down Obama’s final year in office.

Posted on Feb 14, 2016 READ MORE


Boehner and McConnell









Posted on Sep 30, 2015 ENLARGE



VIDEO: Republicans in Congress Vow to Fight Obama’s Nuclear Deal With Iran

Republican leaders vowed Tuesday to kill President Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran, a deal set to become the president’s signature diplomatic achievement.

Posted on Jul 15, 2015 READ MORE



Senate Advances Obama’s Fast-Track Trade Bill

President Obama’s fast-track trade bill overcame an important hurdle in the Senate Tuesday, making it a safe bet that the bill will be signed into law.

Posted on Jun 23, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdiggers of the Week: Edward Snowden and Rand Paul

These strange bedfellows, who share the view that unrestricted government spying is a violation of the Constitution, were the major forces in ending the NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records and passing the USA Freedom Act.

Posted on Jun 5, 2015 READ MORE



Senate Passes USA Freedom Act, Restricting NSA Surveillance Powers

Passage of the act will end the bulk collection of Americans’ phone records.

Posted on Jun 2, 2015 READ MORE



Senate Debates Patriot Act and NSA Reform

UPDATE: A heated Sunday Senate session has failed to produce an eleventh-hour extension of the controversial Patriot Act. The Senate will vote on a revised version of the Freedom Act, a bill aimed at ending the controversial bulk collection of telephone metadata, on Tuesday.

Posted on May 31, 2015 READ MORE



House Votes to Change Patriot Act by Stopping Bulk Phone Data Collection

The House of Representatives on Wednesday gave Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a big reason to crank up his hustle if he wants to hang on to the part of the Patriot Act that allows for the bulk collection of Americans’ phone records.

Posted on May 13, 2015 READ MORE



Congressional Republicans and Democrats Unite on Two Bills to Check Surveillance and Patriot Act

Twin bills that would revise the Patriot Act and curb the state surveillance exposed by Edward Snowden look certain to become law as bipartisan support mounts in both chambers of Congress.

Posted on May 1, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Scheer, Binney and Blum on the Patriot Act

“They can do anything with your cellphone once they have your SIM card and your key.”

Posted on Apr 28, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Special Delivery for the Plutocrats

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds,” reads the unofficial motto of the United States Postal Service. We now can add to that “nor a national security no-fly zone,” as demonstrated by mailman Doug Hughes.

Posted on Apr 22, 2015 READ MORE



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The GOP’s Freudian Moment

After he won reelection last November, soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made two sets of comments reflecting the dueling impulses of the Republican Mind. Freud fans might refer to the superego, aka the conscience, and the id.

Posted on Feb 18, 2015 READ MORE



SOTU 2015: Obama Sets the Tone for His Final Stretch

President Obama will face two Republican-controlled chambers of Congress during his State of the Union speech Tuesday night as he enters the last two years of his presidency.

Posted on Jan 20, 2015 READ MORE


Keystone XL Pie in the Sky









Posted on Jan 18, 2015 ENLARGE



The Right’s Idea of ‘Governance’

This will be no ordinary Congress, so there are no ordinary ways for judging how effective it will be at governing.

Posted on Jan 7, 2015 READ MORE


Ready to Govern









Posted on Jan 6, 2015 ENLARGE


Lame Duck Obama









Posted on Nov 17, 2014 ENLARGE



How a Republican Senate Could Help Hillary Clinton, and Other Counterintuitive Midterm Conclusions

Those ardent Democratic supporters who spent Wednesday morning weeping into their corn flakes might be heartened to hear The Washington Post’s Anne Gearan read the midterm tea leaves in a manner that makes it all seem slightly less catastrophic.

Posted on Nov 5, 2014 READ MORE



Midterms 2014: GOP Gains Control of the Senate

And so it happened: Thanks to a heady combination of freed-up cash, amped-up campaigning, publicity-stoked fear and Obama fatigue, among other potent ingredients, Republicans took over the Senate on Tuesday evening. 

Posted on Nov 4, 2014 READ MORE



McConnell Victory Kicks Off Midterm Results Reports

If there were going to be any big upsets as the results of the 2014 midterm elections started coming in Tuesday, the race for Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Senate seat wasn’t one of them.

Posted on Nov 4, 2014 READ MORE



Midterms 2014: Control of the Senate Hangs in the Balance

The 2014 midterm election season will go down in history as the time when unprecedented amounts of money were spent in the tussle over control of the U.S. Senate—and, by extension, over the potential outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

Posted on Nov 4, 2014 READ MORE



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None Dare Call It Treason

The minority leader and the speaker have done their best to prevent the president from presiding, and they have done even more to prevent the Congress from legislating or fulfilling most of its other constitutional duties.

Posted on Aug 6, 2014 READ MORE



Senator Showdown: Reid v. McConnell in Campaign Finance Fight at Panel Hearing

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell faced off Tuesday to pitch their respective views about recent changes in campaign finance legislation to the Senate Judiciary Committee, with Reid pushing a constitutional amendment to offset the impact of big money in politics and McConnell pushing back.

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 READ MORE


Tea Party Troubles









Posted on May 22, 2014 ENLARGE


Obamacare vs Invincibles









Posted on Mar 25, 2014 ENLARGE



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The Victims of Ted Cruz’s Naked Ambition

With a few obvious votes, Congress could improve the lives of millions of people—the unemployed, the undocumented, the uninsured. But instead of being helped, those in need are punished for reasons that are nakedly political.

Posted on Feb 17, 2014 READ MORE



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Before Mandela Was a Hero, the Right Called Him a Terrorist

As the world mourns Nelson Mandela’s death, it also should take a clear-eyed look at his life and the world in which he struggled—and remember those who aligned with the racist apartheid regime of South Africa.

Posted on Dec 6, 2013 READ MORE



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Senate GOP Leader Rejects His Own Idea to Avoid Debt Limit Showdowns

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced Tuesday that he now opposes his own plan to avoid the kind of debt ceiling fiasco that nearly led the nation to default this month.

Posted on Oct 29, 2013 READ MORE


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Reaction to Snowden Asylum, Another State Legalizes Pot, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including San Diego’s mayor blames the city for sexual harassment allegations against him and the Virginia Republican lieutenant governor nominee claims that Democrats are “anti-God.”

Posted on Aug 1, 2013 READ MORE


Motor City Metaphor









Posted on Jul 27, 2013 ENLARGE



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Thawing the Senate’s ‘Deep Freeze’

For all the railing against dysfunction in the nation’s capital, very little had actually happened to overcome it—until this week. That’s why the agreement to begin putting an end to Senate filibusters of presidential nominees is a very big deal. It is an acknowledgement that the only way to stop political bullying is to confront the bully.

Posted on Jul 17, 2013 READ MORE



Bush Defends NSA Surveillance, Romney Was Against Presidential Run, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly renewing their gun control push and why Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s catchy new campaign video against his Democratic Senate opponent is a big fail.

Posted on Jul 2, 2013 READ MORE



Wendy Davis Won’t Back Down, Maher Rips Voting Rights Act Decision, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s latest fight against student loan rate increases and what the top two Senate Republicans are requesting of the NFL and other major American sports leagues.

Posted on Jun 30, 2013 READ MORE



IRS Conspiracy Theory Debunked, Rand Paul Answers Cheney Criticism, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Sen. John McCain’s hypocrisy on “secret emails” and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s revelation about the scary way a GOP-controlled Senate would act.

Posted on Jun 18, 2013 READ MORE



Warren Shows Up McConnell, California Fights Back Against Wal-Mart, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including former RNC Chairman Michael Steele weighs a political comeback and Rep. Darrell Issa gets some pushback from his own party after calling the White House’s spokesman a “paid liar.”

Posted on Jun 3, 2013 READ MORE



Bachmann Opponent Bows Out, Alleged ‘Crack Mayor’ Won’t Quit, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a person of interest is identified in the ricin letters investigation and a liberal activist reveals why he secretly recorded Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Posted on May 31, 2013 READ MORE



GOP Leaders Call IRS Scandal ‘Criminal,’ O’Reilly Defends Obama, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a rosy economic forecast is released and the IRS scandal leads to at least one resignation.

Posted on May 15, 2013 READ MORE



Warren Rips Bank Regulators, McConnell Secretly Recorded, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including why Dick Cheney says the U.S. is in “deep do do” and Bernie Sanders and Grover Norquist spar over President Obama’s awful budget.

Posted on Apr 11, 2013 READ MORE



Fox News Host Skewers Ryan Budget, Ashley Judd Mulls Senate Run, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Susan Rice being considered for another political appointment and a GOP strategist criticizes the Republican Party’s outreach to women.

Posted on Mar 10, 2013 READ MORE



Rand Paul’s Filibuster Win, Bill O’Reilly Apologizes, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a new poll reveals the early favorite for the 2016 presidential race and a possible culprit is named in Los Angelenos’ apathy toward this week’s mayoral election. 

Posted on Mar 7, 2013 READ MORE



Adelson’s Company Admits to Bribery, Krugman Labels Sequester ‘Stupid,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including John Roberts being called out for a big error in the Voting Rights Act case and former NBA star Dennis Rodman defends his “good friend” Kim Jong Un.

Posted on Mar 3, 2013 READ MORE



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Your Guide to the Sequestration Horrors

On March 1, the $85 billion collection of budget cuts known as the sequester could wipe out federal programs at such varied places as national parks, the Pentagon and the FBI. Hidden among those cuts are reductions in services that are crucial to Americans’ everyday lives—education, health care and jobs. The Guardian tells us what to expect.

Posted on Feb 22, 2013 READ MORE


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