They’re back! John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Bill Kristol, Dick Cheney – the people who pushed the U.S. into the devastating mistake that was the 2003 invasion of Iraq, have discovered yet another existential threat ready and able to destroy the world. Back then it was Saddam Hussein and his mythical cache of Weapons of Mass [...]
PoliticusUSA, By Sarah Jones, June 26
What looked like it could be an anomaly is beginning to look like a real thing in Kentucky. The Democratic challenger to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Alison Lundergan Grimes, is leading in a new poll from Public Policy Polling (PPP) by 2 points, on the heels of [...]
The IRS “scandal” gives us an object lesson in the modus operandi of conservatives.
Res Ipsa Loquitur, By Jonathan Turley, May 23
I recently testified (here and here and here) and wrote a column on President Obama’s increasing circumvention of Congress in negating or suspending U.S. laws. Obama has repeated suspended provisions of the health care law and made unilateral changes that were previously rejected by Congress. He has [...]
I wrote a few weeks ago that the Tea Party was a drying wart on the American political landscape, a view cinched last night:
FORTUNE — Tactically, the Republican establishment is routing the Tea Party. The insurgency’s backslide has been apparent all year, as its handpicked challengers to GOP incumbents failed to gain traction, [...]
Who would ever have thought that the five stages of grief could apply to politics? And yet, Nick Gillespie (!) and The Daily Beast gives us the first hard evidence that the GOP has reached acceptance:
Last month, even as President Obama touted the “8 million people” who signed up for individual coverage under [...]
The Obama administration has decided to move the national dialogue forward, to try to take a pro-active position on climate change:
Washington (CNN) — Flooded rail lines. Bigger, more frequent droughts. A rash of wildfires.
Those are some of the alarming predictions in a White House climate change report released Tuesday, part of President [...]
President Barack Obama wakes up on the morning of November 5, 2014 with a headache:
PHOENIX(NYT) — A federal judge in Kansas on Wednesday ordered federal election authorities to help Kansas and Arizona require proof of citizenship of registering voters, in a decision that could well set a trend for other Republican-dominated states.
Judge Eric F. Melgren of United States District Court in Wichita ruled that the federal Election Assistance [...]
Interesting being that it is Washington Times and the comment section not bitching that it is a witch hunt. Washington Times – FBI agents working alongside Utah state prosecutors in a wide-ranging corruption investigation have uncovered accusations of wrongdoing by two of the U.S. Senate’s most prominent figures — Majority Leader Harry Reid and rising [...]
You may or may not have noticed last week, amidst the growing turmoil in Ukraine and Crimea, that Darrell Issa is still – still – pursuing the IRS investigation of politically-oriented 501(c)4 groups, both left and right.
Summary: A 501(c)4 group is a non-profit social group that engages primarily in activities and advocacy of a [...]
….Trippingly off the tongue:
By now, you’ve read about or seen the assault on NY1 reporter Michael Scotto by Staten Island Congressman Michael Grimm. As it turns out, it was all anybody talked about in the aftermath of the State of the Union address Tuesday night, and as such, forced the GOP to go off message to defend [...]
That’s what I think in light of the flapdoodle at SCOTUS over recess appointments:
WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court seemed inclined to rein in the president’s power to make “recess appointments” when the Senate is out of town, as justices on Monday suggested the practice under both parties had exceeded constitutional limits.
The Constitution grants the president [...]
So it seems that the historic bi-partisan budget deal in the House last week – historic, in that it’s been years since we didn’t just pass a Continuing Resolution to fund the government – is falling on enough deaf ears in the Senate to be a problem:
The prospect that the budget would [...]