Louisiana Senate Candidates Race to Hold Lame Duck Votes On Keystone XL Pipeline

ABC News, By Arlette Saenz, November 12

After two years of inaction on the Keystone XL pipeline, it could be a Louisiana Senate run-off that finally forces Congress to vote on the measure.

The so-called Bayou Brawl was on full display on Capitol Hill Wednesday as the two candidates – Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu and […]

Why Dems Lose Midterms

The preliminary numbers are in, and voter turnout was at a record low nationwide.

Conventional wisdom says that each party, Republican and Democrat, can count on roughly 45% of the vote, no matter what. The last ten percent is what you need to win an election.

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Two Years’ Vacation

A couple of points to be made about last night’s midterm elections.

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Senate control may be not be decided Tuesday

McClatchy, By David Lightman, November 2

Polls released Sunday show it’s increasingly likely that control of the Senate may not be decided Tuesday, as no one in Louisiana and Georgia races has the majority needed to avoid a runoff election.

New Marist-NBC polls in those states show the leaders still in the 40s. In Louisiana, […]

Former pig castrator Joni Ernst poised to win Iowa Senate seat for Republicans

Republican once considered an obscure one-term state senator has the momentum in Iowa despite suffering the ridicule of her rivals

The Guardian, By Rory Carroll, November 3

Des Moines – Joni Ernst became famous by gazing into a camera and boasting of castrating hogs on the Iowa farm where she grew up.

“So when I […]

Cruz aims to take on Obama if GOP wins Senate; won’t vow support for McConnell

Washington Post, By Sebastian Payne & Robert Costa, November 2

Anchorage, AK — Sen. Ted Cruz spent the final weekend of the midterms on the far edge of the country trying to help fellow Republican Dan Sullivan win a race the GOP is counting on in its effort to retake the Senate.

It’s a team-player […]

A Climate of Unaccountability

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 […]

Kentucky Getting Ready to Ditch Mitch As Democrat Grimes Leads McConnell 48%-46%

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 […]

How Republicans Operate

The IRS “scandal” gives us an object lesson in the modus operandi of conservatives.

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Obama Administration Moves To Unilaterally Make Billions Available To Insurance Companies Under The ACA

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 […]

Used Teabags

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, […]

Elizabeth Kubler-Ross Is Spinning in her Grave. Laughing.

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 […]

On Deaf Ears

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 […]

Imagine This Frightening Scenario

President Barack Obama wakes up on the morning of November 5, 2014 with a headache:

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Two States Win Court Approval on Voter Rules

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 […]

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