Credit Card Information Also Tracked By NSA

By: Friday June 7, 2013 5:23 am

Just as news that Verizon was handing over all its customers’ data to the government was being digested more news broke about government spying. NSA also obtains access to data from Internet service providers on Internet use such as data about email or website visits, several former officials said. NSA has established similar relationships with credit-card [...]

The Danger of Analogizing About Politics and Compromise from “Lincoln”

By: Monday November 26, 2012 11:42 am

And now, here’s my entry in the “Why the movie Lincoln is not a plausible model for political debates of the recent past and future.” For those of you who haven’t seen it, Lincoln covers the critical period near the end of the 16th President’s tenure, when he sought passage of the 13th Amendment, which [...]

Republican Version of DREAM Act Just Elongated, Hoop-Jumping Version of Original Bill

By: Friday November 16, 2012 7:00 am

My understanding is that Republicans oppose the DREAM Act because they oppose a path to citizenship for any undocumented immigrant, regardless of their circumstances. They don’t really care if the individual came into the country as a child, brought by their parents, with no recollection of their former country. So I’m puzzled by this attempt [...]

Conciliatory Rhetoric Breaking Out in Washington

By: Friday November 9, 2012 6:13 am

It’s just a few days out from a national election, the spotlight is more closely affixed on Washington, and everyone is on their best behavior. That’s the best reading of several comments made over the last 48 hours, designed to get the media to believe that we’ve entered a new era of bipartisanship, and more [...]

Bid to Freeze Defense Budget Has Bipartisan Support

By: Thursday July 19, 2012 10:14 am

The House passed a bill yesterday that would force the Office of Management and Budget to detail how they would deal with the sequestration cuts that would trigger on January 1 if Congress takes no further action. While it has the added benefit of forcing the President to detail specific cuts to the federal workforce, [...]

A Bipartisan Solution To Endorse: Breaking Up the Big Banks

By: Monday June 4, 2012 8:55 am

I can get behind any piece of writing that includes the line “James Pethokoukis doesn’t know what he’s talking about.” Nine times out of ten, that’s the case. This bill of particulars is accurate. But let’s call this that tenth time. Pethokoukis, a columnist for the American Enterprise Institute, writes in the pages of the [...]

Bowles and Simpson Lurking on the Edges of Fiscal Cliff Disarray

By: Tuesday May 29, 2012 9:41 am

One of the bigger issues with the complete lack of consensus from the Democratic establishment as the fiscal cliff nears is that it gives oxygen to a group of right-leaning fiscal scolds who see the opportunity to decimate safety net programs, allegedly in exchange for some tiny giveback on taxes they will describe as balanced. [...]

Two Confirmed to Open Federal Reserve Slots

By: Thursday May 17, 2012 1:40 pm

The Senate has confirmed Jerome Powell and Jeremy Stein as members of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, marking the first time ever in the Obama Administration’s tenure that there are a full slate of seven governors serving. The vote resulted from compromise. Stein, a Harvard professor and Democrat, was confirmed 70-24, and Powell, a [...]

Jeff Merkley on Senate Reform: “There’s a problem that has to be addressed”

By: Tuesday May 15, 2012 10:21 am

Sen. Jeff Merkley had an early warning that Harry Reid’s change of heart on filibuster reform was coming. “I was the presiding officer of the Senate several weeks ago,” Merkley told me in an interview. “Sen. Reid came to close, we were the only ones in the chamber. At that point he made the comment, [...]

Lugar Offers Obsolete Shouts In An Era of Parliamentary-Style Partisanship

By: Wednesday May 9, 2012 10:14 am

Here’s some of Richard Lugar’s striking, if a bit petulant, statement after badly losing the Indiana primary for Senate to State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, who challenged him from the right: If Mr. Mourdock is elected, I want him to be a good Senator. But that will require him to revise his stated goal of bringing [...]

Simpson-Bowles Resurrected for House Budget Vote

By: Tuesday March 27, 2012 11:49 am

The House vote on the budget will not just include an up-or-down vote on the Paul Ryan version. As per custom, several budgets will get a vote that day. The Republican Study Group introduced their budget, which slashed spending even further and more quickly than Ryan’s and cut Medicaid more deeply, today. Hardline conservatives who [...]

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