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McCain Wants to Cancel First Debate

Citing the financial crisis, John McCain announced Wednesday that he’d like to skip Friday’s debate so he can put on his senator hat and get back to work in Washington. Unimpressed, Rep. Barney Frank called the idea “the longest Hail Mary pass in the history of either football or Marys.” Update

Posted on Sep 24, 2008 READ MORE


Getting the Bailout Right

Unless something very strange happens, Congress will pass a massive bailout of the financial system by the end of this week simply because every other option is worse. But the content of the bailout package matters enormously.

Posted on Sep 22, 2008 READ MORE


Follow the Money: New Group Runs Ads Promoting Drilling

A new advocacy organization with strong ties to the oil industry is funding pro-drilling radio ads, including one criticizing the energy votes of Rep. Mark Udall, a Colorado Democrat running for the U.S. Senate.

Posted on Sep 22, 2008 READ MORE


Sen. Biden
biden.senate.gov

Biden Grins at Rove’s ‘Doofus’ Diss

Either Joe Biden is practicing a kinder, gentler form of campaign-trail politics or Karl Rove’s got another thing coming ... just not right this very moment. On Tuesday, after hearing that Karl Rove called him a “big blowhard doofus” at the RNC the previous day, Biden just had a smile and a patriotic compliment for Bush’s one-time sidekick.

Posted on Sep 2, 2008 READ MORE


Sen. Biden
biden.senate.gov

Team McCain Ready With Anti-Biden Artillery

By the time Barack Obama officially confirmed that Joe Biden was to be his running mate, John McCain’s campaign had prepped its response—as Obama’s own camp has no doubt done for McCain’s pick from the Republican VP pool. Two candidates = double the attack-ad fodder!

Posted on Aug 23, 2008 READ MORE


Will Obama Wave Bayh-Bye to the White House?

If you believe the chatter, Barack Obama is desperately seeking a white guy—any white guy—to be his running mate. Hopefully, he doesn’t choose Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh, whose only major accomplishment is helping to bend his party to the will of corporations.

Posted on Aug 15, 2008 READ MORE


Nancy Pelosi and Jon Stewart

Pelosi ‘Disappointed’ by Congress’ War Performance

With the caveat that the House of Representatives is not to blame, Nancy Pelosi tells Jon Stewart that “in terms of Congress’ performance on the war, I’m with the public on that. I’m disappointed.” But she doesn’t blame her Democratic colleagues in the Senate, either. It’s those pesky Republicans in all their untamed minority.

Posted on Jul 29, 2008 READ MORE


Ted Kennedy returns
AP photo / Lauren Victoria Burke

Ted Kennedy Makes Surprise Visit to Save Medicare Bill

Just when it seemed they wouldn’t have enough votes to pass a key Medicare bill, Democratic senators staged a dramatic coup by secretly whisking Sen. Edward Kennedy into the Capitol on Wednesday to cast his vote and make his first congressional appearance since he was diagnosed with brain cancer in May.

Posted on Jul 10, 2008 READ MORE



Executive Office of the President of the United States

Bush’s Christmas in July: Senate Passes FISA

You know a legislative compromise is one-sided when the AP headline announcing its passage reads “Senate Bows to Bush.” Democratic advocates of the new FISA bill, passed by the Senate on Wednesday, are still trying to explain what they got in exchange for rolling back a few civil liberties and burying some of the president’s abuses. When they figure it out, someone, somewhere, will surely be listening.

Posted on Jul 9, 2008 READ MORE


It’s Not the Man, It’s the Movement

I was on a panel at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado this week when Newsweek’s Jonathan Alter asked me, “Is Obama a sellout?”

Posted on Jul 2, 2008 READ MORE


Congress' Backbone
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Congress’ Missing Backbone

After doing everything but follow the overwhelming anti-war mandate given by voters in the 2006 congressional elections, the Democratic-controlled Congress accepted a war bill late Thursday that will keep U.S. troops in Iraq until at least Jan. 20.

Posted on Jun 27, 2008 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton
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Clinton Gets Back to Business

Hillary Clinton went back to work Tuesday “with an even greater depth and awareness of what we have to do here in Washington,” she said. The senator was greeted at the Capitol by a cheering crowd on her first return since losing the nomination.

Posted on Jun 24, 2008 READ MORE



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Senators Fume Over Torture Revelations

With statements such as “if the detainee dies, you’re doing it wrong” guiding our government’s thinking during the formation and implementation of interrogation techniques, it’s no wonder Carl Levin and others were outraged in the Senate on Tuesday.

Posted on Jun 17, 2008 READ MORE


An Anti-Clinton for VP

Some say Hillary Clinton’s defeat was the victory of sexism—but Obama faced at least as much racism. No, this resounding defeat goes beyond pernicious isms and beyond one candidate—it is a fist-pounding rejection of a corrupt ideology.

Posted on Jun 12, 2008 READ MORE


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Senate Blocks Oil Tax

Forty-one Senate Republicans stayed in lock step with the oil industry Tuesday as record gas prices have big oil rolling in profits at consumers’ expense. Even as they face another tough election, Republicans in Congress refused to allow a tax on oil companies’ “unreasonable” revenue.

Posted on Jun 10, 2008 READ MORE


Firing Congress

In 225 days, at least one high-ranking politician will become unemployed. How many will join President Bush in retirement?

Posted on Jun 9, 2008 READ MORE


Franken
AP photo / Jim Mone

Al Franken: From ‘SNL’ to U.S. Senate?

Al Franken’s career arc has taken an unconventional turn: The comedian has nailed down the Minnesota Democrats’ endorsement for the U.S. Senate, following in former Gov. Jesse Ventura’s footsteps as a performer-turned-politician in the Midwestern state. Starting out in comedy may serve Franken well in Congress, where knowing how to work a tough crowd just might come in handy.

Posted on Jun 9, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
AP photo / Jeff Chiu

What Makes McCain Tick?

Will the real John McCain stand up? Actually, I don’t expect him to, now that he is the Republican presidential candidate, pandering to the irrationalities that drive his party. Nor is it likely that the fawning mass media will pressure him to the point of clarity. But I remain genuinely confused as to what makes him tick.

Posted on Jun 3, 2008 READ MORE


Petraeus Speaks
boston.com

Petraeus Suggests Withdrawals

Gen. David Petraeus announced on Thursday the prospect of additional U.S. troop withdrawals from Iraq beginning in the fall, a move that contradicts his recommendation last month to halt withdrawals due to security concerns. The turnaround suggests political motivations, as conditions in Iraq remain chaotic and the U.S. presidential race looms in the distance.

Posted on May 23, 2008 READ MORE


Kennedy
senate.gov

Kennedy Said to Prefer Wife as Successor

The New York Daily News is reporting that Ted Kennedy wants his wife, Vicki, to succeed him in Congress. Although the lion of the Senate retains his post, his recent cancer diagnosis has many speculating as to who will eventually take the seat once held by John F. Kennedy. Ted, it seems, has an answer.

Posted on May 22, 2008 READ MORE


Robert Byrd

Sen. Byrd Cries Over Kennedy’s Illness

The senator from West Virginia came undone on the floor of the Senate while honoring his “dear friend” Ted Kennedy. The great orator paused at one point, sobbing, and said simply “I love you.”

Posted on May 20, 2008 READ MORE


Ted Kennedy
AP photo / Stephan Savoia

Friends and Foes Respond to Kennedy News

As the sad medical news about Ted Kennedy sinks in, a number of his colleagues and even some of his political enemies have responded. Time’s Mark Halperin has collected the statements of the presidential candidates, the president and others.

Posted on May 20, 2008 READ MORE


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Senate Slogs Through Housing Bill

Leading senators think they have made a bipartisan breakthrough on legislation aimed at the mortgage crisis. A parallel effort in the House met with Republican opposition, and it’s not entirely clear where President Bush and his veto pen stand on the matter.

Posted on May 19, 2008 READ MORE


Communist Party (Get it?)
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A Rough Day for Reactionaries

In an act that may further infuriate reactionaries across the country, the California Senate voted Thursday to remove membership in the Communist Party as a fireable offense for public employees. The measure now goes to the state Assembly.

Posted on May 16, 2008 READ MORE


The Cutting Edge of Backward Thinking

Senate Republicans are determined to join with the Supreme Court to keep women on the losing end of discriminatory pay.

Posted on Apr 28, 2008 READ MORE


Escape Foreclosure
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Billions to Business in Foreclosure Bill

With a mind-set reminiscent of the Bush administration’s recent bailout of mortgage lenders, the Senate last week approved the Foreclosure Prevention Act, a bill that provides billions of dollars in tax breaks to big businesses like Ford and General Motors but takes only modest steps in addressing the plight of homeowners.

Posted on Apr 16, 2008 READ MORE


Chris Matthews

That?s Senator Chris Matthews to You, Steve

The “Hardball” host seems to tell his satirical counterpart that he’s serious about a run for the Senate in 2010: “Some kids want to be a fireman. I want to be a senator.” Awwww.

Posted on Apr 15, 2008 READ MORE


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Posted on Apr 15, 2008 READ MORE


CNN Iraq hearing

CNN Reporter: Iraq Update ‘Frighteningly Disappointing’

The questions leveled by Senate members at Ambassador Ryan Crocker and Gen. David Petraeus during Tuesday’s update session about Iraq failed to make the grade for Michael Ware, CNN’s “Situation Room” correspondent. Ware declared the session “frighteningly disappointing,” telling host Wolf Blitzer, “I just see a lot of oxygen being wasted here.”

Posted on Apr 9, 2008 READ MORE


Petraeus

The Petraeus and Crocker Show

Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker, President Bush’s preferred spokesmen for his Iraq policy, found themselves in the middle of the presidential campaign Tuesday as they testified before two Senate committees on which candidates sit.

Posted on Apr 8, 2008 READ MORE


petraeus
AP photo / Susan Walsh

No Exit (Yet)

Gen. David Petraeus dug in his heels during a Senate hearing Tuesday, refusing to give specifics about additional U.S. troop withdrawal plans after July, recommending a “pause” instead and taking heat from congressional opponents like Carl Levin and Hillary Clinton in the process.  Meanwhile, John McCain spoke of “real hope and optimism” for Iraq’s future.

Posted on Apr 8, 2008 READ MORE


He’s ‘McSame’ on Social Security, Too

The most puzzling aspect of John McCain’s political persona is his habitual attraction to George W. Bush’s bad ideas.

Posted on Apr 2, 2008 READ MORE


Maybe It?s a Guy Thing

Have you noticed something similar about those Obama campaign surrogates and the media soothsayers who have started a drumbeat to force Clinton out of the campaign? Hint: They tend to share a certain anatomical attribute.

Posted on Mar 31, 2008 READ MORE


Obama and Kennedy
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Obama’s Liberal Roots

Documents obtained by The Politico suggest that Barack Obama has moderated his positions on several issues since his early political life, a charge the candidate denies. He has also tried to distance himself from the label of “most liberal senator.” Perhaps the former community organizer doth protest too much?

Posted on Mar 31, 2008 READ MORE


Harry Reid
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Harry Reid: ?It Will Be Done?

In a cryptic conversation with a Las Vegas paper, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the Democratic nomination would be resolved before the convention: “It will be done.” “Magically?” the reporter asked. “No, it will be done,” Reid repeated. “I had a conversation with Governor Dean today. Things are being done.”

Posted on Mar 26, 2008 READ MORE


Body of War

We just passed the grim milestone of 4,000 U.S. military members killed in Iraq since the invasion five years ago. Still, the death toll climbs.

Posted on Mar 26, 2008 READ MORE


capital building
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Back to Work

All three presidential candidates are scheduled to be back in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. A Republican senator has proposed a yearlong ban on earmarks and, shocking though it may seem, John McCain, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are apparently on board with the idea. Their colleagues in the Senate, however, are somewhat less enthusiastic.

Posted on Mar 13, 2008 READ MORE



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Super Tuesday All Over Again

Once again the candidates are headed toward what has been billed as a climactic showdown, but which is likely to turn out like the others before it: one more bump in the road.

Posted on Mar 3, 2008 READ MORE


The Nation: Gitmo Trials Are Reported Rigged

It’s unfortunately not unusual anymore to hear about the politicization of American legal and intelligence institutions under the Bush administration, but, even so, this report by The Nation’s Ross Tuttle about how the trials of six key prisoners at Guantanamo Bay have allegedly been rigged from the get-go is disturbing. Updated

Posted on Feb 21, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
AP photo / Charles Dharapak

Contenders Eye McCain Seat

Sen. John McCain’s campaign says he has no plans to resign his Senate seat in order to focus on the presidential race, but no amount of patent-pending straight talk is going to keep potential successors from readying themselves to take his place.

Posted on Feb 15, 2008 READ MORE


Senate Votes to Outlaw Waterboarding

The House of Representatives and Senate have now both signaled their disapproval of the CIA’s use of waterboarding by voting for a ban on any techniques but the 19 officially approved by the Army, but President Bush has already, in turn, signaled his intent to veto any legislation that would rule out harsh interrogation methods.

Posted on Feb 13, 2008 READ MORE


FISA
nationalsecurity.org

Senate Lets Telecoms Off the Hook

This might be a moment when Democratic supporters wonder what all the “changing of the guard” fuss was about when Dems took control of Congress in 2006: On Tuesday, the Senate effectively voted in favor of granting telecommunication companies retroactive immunity for their cooperation in the National Security Agency’s warrantless wiretapping program.

Posted on Feb 12, 2008 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT
journalism.wlu.edu

Clinton and Obama Share a Laugh

The Senate turned into a bit of a schoolyard Wednesday as the Democratic presidential rivals gathered with their cliques, assembling to vote on the economic stimulus package. It was all in good spirits, though, as Sens. Obama, Kennedy, Feinstein, Clinton and others joked. As Sen. Claire McCaskill explained: “I think they were having fun at Ted’s expense. ... But everyone is good-natured about it.”

Posted on Feb 7, 2008 READ MORE


Bush's budget
AP photo / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

The Legacy of Bush II

Curb your enthusiasm. Even if your favored candidate did well on Super Tuesday, ask yourself if he or she will seriously challenge the bloated military budget that President Bush has proposed for 2009.

Posted on Feb 5, 2008 READ MORE


Mukasey
AP photo / Gerald Herbert

Mukasey Dodges Senators’ Grilling on Waterboarding

During a visit to Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Attorney General Michael Mukasey irked certain senators by wiggling out of directly stating whether or not he believes that waterboarding is a form of torture, an expected but apparently exasperating dodge in the estimation of Sens. Edward Kennedy and Patrick Leahy, among others.

Posted on Jan 30, 2008 READ MORE


Western Civilization: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

At a time when Attorney General Mukasey dodges Senate questions about waterboarding, Americans should be asking a question of their own: Can we call ourselves civilized if torture is practiced in our name?

Posted on Jan 30, 2008 READ MORE


An Economic Bridge to Nowhere

House Republicans were able to keep an extension of unemployment benefits out of the recently announced stimulus package, which is too bad, since it’s one measure that would actually help the ailing economy.

Posted on Jan 28, 2008 READ MORE


Digging in the Right Place

It is state legislators—not those celebrities of Capitol Hill—who are the innovators in seeking remedies to problems such as the health care mess.

Posted on Jan 17, 2008 READ MORE


Hillary’s Hindsight

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Posted on Dec 29, 2007 READ MORE


Reid
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House Approves War Funds

The House has followed in the wake of the Senate, saying yes to $70 billion in funds for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Anti-war Democrats have had little success overcoming Republican filibusters and a publicity blitz meant to sell the “surge.”

Posted on Dec 19, 2007 READ MORE


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