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4.5 Steps to Building a Better Filibuster

My approach on the filibuster is the same as Bill Clinton’s on affirmative action: mend it, don’t end it. Here are four and a half steps to a better filibuster.

Posted on Apr 20, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

A Supreme Court Choice We Can Believe In

Imagine Eliot Spitzer without the baggage. Throw in an impeccable résumé and a knack for busting Wall Street and you’ve got the man Obama should nominate to the Supreme Court.

Posted on Apr 15, 2010 READ MORE


Let’s Have a Real Debate About the Court

A serious debate on “constitutional issues” might reveal our fundamental differences: Republican extremists would use the Supreme Court to prohibit every social and political advance since before the Civil War.

Posted on Apr 14, 2010 READ MORE



No Way to Treat a Senator

There is something weird going on in the Republican Party when Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn is the voice of reason. There is something dangerous going on in the Republican Party when he is vilified for it.

Posted on Apr 13, 2010 READ MORE


Supreme Court Obstruction

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Posted on Apr 12, 2010 READ MORE



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Senate Standoff on Unemployment Inches Toward Resolution

Four Republicans, including Scott Brown of Massachusetts, broke ranks Monday to help Democrats move an extension of unemployment benefits forward. The Dow may be over 11,000 again, but real unemployment is hovering around 17 percent, close to an all-time high.

Posted on Apr 12, 2010 READ MORE


Running Against Washington

Ohio’s U.S. Senate campaign offers an excellent preview of what this fall’s midterm elections will be like: Everyone in the race wants to be an outsider, everyone pledges to break with politics as usual, and everyone is talking about jobs.

Posted on Apr 11, 2010 READ MORE



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Campaign Donors Prefer Democrats

It costs about $1.36 million to win a seat in the House of Representatives and about twice that in the Senate. Democrats are finding that when it comes to raising that kind of cash, it’s good to be in the majority.

Posted on Apr 5, 2010 READ MORE


Sunny Charlie Crist’s Rain Cloud

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, now the underdog in a tough Senate primary, longs for a political world that seems to have vanished.

Posted on Mar 31, 2010 READ MORE


Let’s Leave This Voting Thing to the Socialists, OK?

Thousands of self-styled tea-baggers marched on the Capitol today to make the point that, in the words of one of their number, “Voting has no place in Congress.”

Posted on Mar 28, 2010 READ MORE



Official White House photo / Pete Souza

Obama Plays Rough at Recess

In alleged retaliation for Republican stonewalling, President Barack Obama will bypass the Senate and make recess appointments to 15 high-level administration jobs. For context, George W. Bush made more than 170 such appointments; Bill Clinton made nearly 140.

Posted on Mar 27, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Harry Hamburg

GOP Launches Final Health Care Attack in Senate

If you can’t beat ’em, hit ’em with a bunch of amendments they’d have a hard time opposing. That was apparently the strategy of Republicans hoping to throw a wrench into the health care reform works in the Senate on Wednesday.

Posted on Mar 24, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Yes, They Made History

The passage of health care reform provided the first piece of incontestable evidence that Washington has changed.

Posted on Mar 22, 2010 READ MORE


Tea Party Bigotry Can’t Stop History

On Sunday, as comprehensive health care reform was becoming a reality, some people couldn’t bear what they saw.

Posted on Mar 22, 2010 READ MORE


Obama: ‘This Government Still Works’

The president, speaking after the passage of health care reform, said, “We proved that we are still a people capable of doing big things.”

Posted on Mar 21, 2010 READ MORE


Boehner’s ‘Hell No’ Speech

The House minority leader got a bit hot and bothered just before the House vote approving the Senate’s version of health care reform, repeatedly dropping H-E-double hockey sticks. Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke instead to history.

Posted on Mar 21, 2010 READ MORE


‘Kumbaya’ No More

No matter what the Democrats attempt or how they go about it, Republicans are going to complain, obstruct and attack. It’s hard to fathom why that took so long to sink in.

Posted on Mar 19, 2010 READ MORE


Score One for Skepticism

Democrats are delighted with the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis of their health care bill, but the Republicans have good reason to be skeptical.

Posted on Mar 18, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / George Osodi

Nigerian Leader to Assemble New Cabinet

Nigeria’s interim President Goodluck Jonathan will hopefully live up to his name after sacking his entire Cabinet on Wednesday. Given that he’s got less than a year before the next national election, Jonathan has to work fast to pick a new lineup, and many members may be familiar faces.

Posted on Mar 18, 2010 READ MORE


On Health Care, Listen to the Nuns

One of the tragedies of the viciously politicized battle over health care reform is the defection of the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops from a cause they have championed for decades. Thank God for the nuns.

Posted on Mar 17, 2010 READ MORE



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Senate Passes Jobs Bill

A better job market could be on the way for Americans looking for work if the job-creation bill passed by the Senate on Wednesday gets President Barack Obama’s approval, and if the legislation actually inspires employers to do some hiring.

Posted on Mar 17, 2010 READ MORE


This Bill Is Pro-Life Enough Already

There are any number of good reasons for House Democrats to vote against health care reform. Abortion isn’t one of them.

Posted on Mar 16, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Wade Payne

The Americans Who Can’t Wait for a Better Bill

The lines at health care centers in working class communities around the country start forming when other Americans are going to bed, and they’re getting longer.

Posted on Mar 16, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Alex Brandon

Pelosi: Dems Ready to ‘Kick Through This Door’ to Pass Health Care Bill

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi talked tough on Monday on the subject of health care reform, which is no surprise. What is more interesting is the plan she outlined for how she and her fightin’ Dems will “kick through this door” and pass the legislation in a fashion that many people will find somewhat confusing.

Posted on Mar 15, 2010 READ MORE


The New McCarthyism

When Elizabeth Cheney, William Kristol and their media friends slander Justice Department attorneys as the “al-Qaida 7” and malign the “Department of Jihad,” they are engaging in the smear tactics that became synonymous with Joseph McCarthy.

Posted on Mar 10, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force

Congress Honors WWII’s Women Pilots

After decades of second-class treatment, America’s female aviators of the Second World War have been awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. Although 38 of their number died in the line of duty, the women fliers received none of the benefits of male pilots and weren’t even recognized as veterans until 1977.

Posted on Mar 10, 2010 READ MORE


The Best Politician Is a Nervous Politician

Moneyed interests, unaccountable lawmakers and a servile press have made Washington undemocratic.

Posted on Mar 5, 2010 READ MORE



In the Twitterverse, Republicans Are King

They may be in the minority, but Republican members of Congress far outnumber Democrats on Twitter. They’re also more active, tweeting about twice as often as Democratic lawmakers. House Republicans alone make up 50 percent of all tweeting members.

Posted on Mar 4, 2010 READ MORE



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What Does Blackwater Have to Do?

The company formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide has been mired in scandal ever since its guards massacred some Iraqi civilians, but the government work keeps coming. Sen. Carl Levin has asked the Pentagon to think carefully about awarding a $1 billion contract to the company now known as Xe.

Posted on Mar 4, 2010 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons / U.S. Congress

Abortion Debate Looms (Again) Over Health Care Reform

“In the present form, the Senate health care bill is going nowhere in the House of Representatives,” Rep. Mark Stupak told Fox News on Thursday, owing in part to the way in which the bill was passed—“the special deals,” as he put it. After Fox co-anchor Liz Claman reminded him that he “could hold this whole thing up” ... (continued)

Posted on Mar 4, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

The Big Lie About ‘Reconciliation’

The claim that Democrats are just “ramming through” a health bill is, I am sorry to say, one big lie—or, if you’re sensitive, an astonishing exercise in hypocrisy.

Posted on Mar 3, 2010 READ MORE


Going Nuclear, Again

Get ready for the new nuclear option. You may remember the old version, legislatively speaking, which came up during the George W. Bush-era controversy over filibustering judicial nominees.

Posted on Mar 3, 2010 READ MORE



Free Umbrella Edition

Inside Citibank’s homophobia, how to clean art with tattoo removal lasers, and populism with brains. All this and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 2, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Lawrence Jackson

The System Works, Obama’s Approach Doesn’t

Divided government need not mean gridlock. Eisenhower, Nixon and Reagan made it work. Obama can, too.

Posted on Mar 2, 2010 READ MORE



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Democrat Challenges the Senator From Wal-Mart

One of the Senate’s most conservative Democrats now faces a primary challenge on her left flank. Blanche Lincoln, who betrayed the unions that had supported her and who had bitterly fought off a public option in health care reform, was already headed for a tough race. (continued)

Posted on Mar 1, 2010 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons / Federal Reserve

Fed’s Second in Command to Step Down

The Federal Reserve’s vice chairman, Donald L. Kohn, is ready to leave the building. Providing what could be a substantial opportunity for the Obama administration to change the central bank’s course, Kohn announced Monday that he’ll retire June 23, the official end date of his four-year term at the Fed.

Posted on Mar 1, 2010 READ MORE


Can’t We All Just Get Along? No

If we learn nothing else in 2010, can we please finally acknowledge that our partisan divisions are about authentic principles that lead to very different approaches to governing?

Posted on Mar 1, 2010 READ MORE


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whitehouse.gov

Sen. Durbin: ‘Shouldn’t Our Health Insurance Be Good Enough for the Rest of America?’

During the afternoon session at Thursday’s health care summit, Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin called out his GOP colleagues who have been quick to invoke the specter of “socialism” in reference to health care reform legislation, suggesting that they ... (continued)

Posted on Feb 25, 2010 READ MORE


Dealing With the Democrats

President Obama’s health care fight is not with the Republicans, but with members of his own party, especially those in the House.

Posted on Feb 24, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / jamesdale10 (CC-BY)

Blackwater Back in the Spotlight

The Senate Armed Services Committee is investigating a Blackwater subsidiary’s role in the shooting of two Afghans last year. The panel also criticized the Army for not properly supervising the company. Despite a dreadful track record, Blackwater, now called Xe, continues to have contracts with the U.S. government.

Posted on Feb 23, 2010 READ MORE



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Reid Tells Republicans to ‘Stop Crying’

With more Senate Democrats urging Harry Reid to revive the public option and pass health care reform through budget reconciliation, the Senate majority leader said Republicans “should stop crying about reconciliation as if it’s never been done before.” Reid said the maneuver is used nearly every year, usually by Republicans.

Posted on Feb 23, 2010 READ MORE


Scott Brown
AP / Lauren Victoria Burke

Brown Votes With Senate Dems for Jobs Bill

So this is what he meant when he called himself a “Scott Brown Republican.” Brown, the Senate’s newest member, who upset Martha Coakley last month to win the late Ted Kennedy’s seat, is making an auspicious voting debut by siding with Democrats in support of a jobs bill. That didn’t go over well with some conservatives.

Posted on Feb 23, 2010 READ MORE


Health Care: Pass It or Perish

Now that Obama has finally put a health care proposal on the table, the Democratic leaders in Congress have only one rational course of action: pass the thing, and quickly, or risk their party becoming the loyal minority.

Posted on Feb 22, 2010 READ MORE


Don’t Ask, Don’t Kvel: Lieberman to Lead on Gay Soldiers

Somehow Joe Lieberman, who just finished demolishing health care reform, is leading the way on another big Democratic plank: The Connecticut senator will sponsor legislation to overturn the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Of course if the Democrats show any interest in his bill, he’s likely to threaten a filibuster.

Posted on Feb 22, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Elise Amendola

Boycott FedEx

Now that unions have been broken, rapacious corporations like FedEx and toadies in Congress and the White House are turning workers into serfs.

Posted on Feb 22, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

The Elephant at the Health Care Summit

This week will determine the shape of American politics for the next three years. No, that’s not one of those journalistic exaggerations intended to catch your attention, although I hope it did.

Posted on Feb 21, 2010 READ MORE


A GOP Star Is Born

If you are asking, as former President George W. Bush did jokingly the other day, “Who the hell is Marco Rubio?” you probably won’t be for long.

Posted on Feb 18, 2010 READ MORE


Why the Democrats Are Losing

If you want to be honest, face these facts: At this moment, President Obama is losing, Democrats are losing and liberals are losing.

Posted on Feb 17, 2010 READ MORE


The GOP’s Mixed Medicare Message

For voters listening to the Republican leadership over the past year, the most startling surprise was the shift in the GOP attitude toward Medicare.

Posted on Feb 17, 2010 READ MORE


What Bayh’s Departure Says About the Senate

The Senate, with its endless holds and 60-vote points of order, may be the epitome of a place that knows neither victory nor defeat.

Posted on Feb 16, 2010 READ MORE


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