Jim Marshall, Iraq War Hawk, Takes Over US Institute of Peace

By: Friday September 14, 2012 1:41 pm

This isn’t all that important, but what the heck, it’s Friday afternoon, and I think this little story is indicative of the funhouse mirror that is Washington, DC. Jim Marshall, a former Blue Dog Democratic House member from Georgia, was picked to become the President and CEO of the US Institute of Peace. I suppose [...]

Democrats Bicker on American Jobs Act

By: Thursday September 15, 2011 6:55 am

Weekly unemployment claims spiked up again today, and the NY Fed’s survey of regional manufacturing, a key indicator of the economy, was down sharply relative to expectations. This is a crisis time in the economy, and big solutions are needed to arrest the slide. The American Jobs Act isn’t perfect, but it would improve the [...]

McConnell-Reid Seems More Like the Only Game in Town on Debt Limit

By: Friday July 15, 2011 7:40 am

Let’s check in on the debt limit negotiations. Last night’s meeting at the White House was short and somber, with Administration aides still discussing elements of a big deal, even though that looks all but dead, as it includes tax changes. There is no meeting today; the President instructed the Congressional leadership to go back [...]

Manchin Endorses Spending Cap, Balanced Budget Amendment

By: Tuesday April 26, 2011 10:37 am

It was pretty clear when elected that Joe Manchin was likely to make Ben Nelson look like Bernie Sanders in some cases. Complicating this further is the fact that he’s up for re-election again in 2012, because the 2010 race was just to finish out the late Robert Byrd’s term. And that’s a Presidential year, [...]

Army Specialist Pleads Guilty to Murdering Afghan Civilians for Sport

By: Wednesday March 23, 2011 2:11 pm

Jeremy Morlock, part of the Army Stryker “kill team” in Afghanistan, plead guilty today to killing three Afghan civilians in an Army court-martial case. Photos of Morlock and his colleagues posing with Afghan corpses were published in the German magazine Der Spiegel this week, stirring controversy about abuse, torture and defilement carried out by enlisted [...]

Blue Dogs Whine About Not Enough Love from Pelosi

By: Monday February 7, 2011 11:18 am

Blue Dogs must be hazing a bigger sad than normal today with the imminent loss of Jane Harman from their ranks. Prior to this, they moaned to DC rag The Hill that they have no communication with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. There’s been “no communication” this Congress between House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and [...]

The Blue Dogs’ Lament

By: Monday January 10, 2011 8:52 am

Reminding us that politics never really leaves, even in times when we are told to “come together,” a bunch of Blue Dogs griped to Roll Call that they’re ready to “cut deals” with the Republican majority: Blue Dog Democrats remain deeply frustrated with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi‚Äôs leadership and are signaling they are ready to [...]

As Senate Sets Up to Pass Tax Cut Bill, House Blows Hot Air

By: Tuesday December 14, 2010 8:40 am

After an 83-15 vote on the motion to proceed in the Senate, final passage could apparently come as soon as today. Tom Coburn, who voted no, isn’t typically willing to cede all the post-cloture time to speed things along, and he could hold out until Friday if he so chose, but the indications are that [...]

DeMint’s Opposition to Tax Deal Throws Plan Into Chaos

By: Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:37 am

Jim DeMint told Hugh Hewitt last night that he would vote against the tax deal negotiated between President Obama and Republicans. He wants the unemployment insurance extension fully paid for (that’s $56 billion of a $900 billion dollar package) and he’s mad that this “raises” the estate tax (to the lowest level in history; it [...]

House Democrats Resisting Tax Deal

By: Tuesday December 7, 2010 9:35 am

The ubiquitous “Senior White House Official” has taken to ABC News and bashed Congressional Democrats, essentially Congressional Blue Dogs, for refusing to fight on the tax cuts back in September, when it could have helped their re-election prospects. That’s how I read this quote, anyway. “We wanted a fight, the House didn’t throw a punch,” [...]

Populist Democrats Lose in Effort to Delay Leadership Elections

By: Wednesday November 17, 2010 10:21 am

In a press conference outside the House Democratic caucus meeting, four members discussed their effort to delay leadership elections for a month, in a potential rebuke to Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Ultimately, leadership beat this back by a 2-to-1 margin (129-68 in a secret ballot), and leadership elections will be held today. All leadership members from [...]

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