Schumer, Graham Restart Immigration Reform Talks

By: Monday November 12, 2012 6:13 am

Chuck Schumer and Lindsey Graham have restarted talks on a comprehensive immigration reform bill.

Issa Floats Hearings on Jobs Data, Joining BLS Truther Brigade (Or Did It Join Him?)

By: Thursday October 11, 2012 11:33 am

The conspiracy theory about the Obama Administration forcing the Bureau of Labor Statistics into deliberately fixing the September jobs report has found its purchase in the most likely of places: the House Republican caucus. Darrell Issa, the chair of the House Oversight Committee, told Fox Business Network this morning that he would open an investigation [...]

Democrats Cave on Platform, Make Changes on God, Jerusalem

By: Wednesday September 5, 2012 2:31 pm

Responding to a hissy fit ginned up by a random Weekly Standard writer, and carried along by Fox News, Democrats just changed their platform a day after they adopted it, adding language saying that “Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel,” and adding a reference to God. Both parts were in the 2008 [...]

The Secret of Gingrich’s Success: Hating Liberals

By: Wednesday November 30, 2011 9:35 am

Whether Herman Cain is actually reassessing his campaign or not, the truth is that he’s done on the Presidential stage and will probably move into Michele Bachmann/Jon Huntsman territory forthwith. And the data show that the biggest beneficiary of this is Newt Gingrich, which makes sense, because the GOP race has always been a matter [...]

Elizabeth Warren v. the Right Wing Smear Machine

By: Friday September 23, 2011 12:55 pm

Elizabeth Warren has had a good launch to her Massachusetts Senate campaign. She generated a lot of energy in the state with her announcement tour and a viral video on class warfare admired by liberals throughout the country.  That was quickly followed by fabulous early polling, showing her slightly ahead of Scott Brown in a [...]

This Time Is Not Different: The Policy Failure of the Lesser Depression

By: Saturday August 20, 2011 9:19 am

James Fallows, by way of recommending a news item, lays out the key problem with our political system, media structure and economic trajectory. We’ve been chronicling this for close to two years, but he condenses it into two paragraphs. Since winning control of the House, the Republican leadership has been brilliantly successful in convincing some [...]

“Blood Libel” Claim Has Roots in GOP Fever Swamps

By: Wednesday January 12, 2011 10:21 am

I’ve seen some back and forth on whether Sarah Palin knew what she was talking about when she used the phrase “blood libel” or not. I hope we don’t have to mention that politicians don’t write their own speeches. And to believe that the spechwriters just strung some words together for a formal, 8-minute statement, [...]

Was the $200 Million Figure for Obama India Trip Supposed to Be in Rupees?

By: Tuesday November 9, 2010 12:53 pm

I actually thought this was reported somewhere, so I didn’t bother for a couple days. But I got enough of a response on Twitter that I thought I’d bring it here. The first mini-scandal of the post-election, tea party-infused era in Washington concerned President Obama’s trip to India. A report from an English-language Indian news [...]

Kochtopus the Gathering: Secret Corporate Billionaire Meetings to Set Course of a Nation

By: Wednesday October 20, 2010 9:12 am

I don’t suppose it’s a surprise that super-rich financiers and business tycoons periodically meet to determine how to best shape the world to their ends. Actually, we had that for about a minute on the liberal side, with the Democracy Alliance; it didn’t really hold up. This Kochtopus gathering seems much more robust; and the [...]

Before Right-Wing Blogger Outrage, Conservatives Supported Cordoba House

By: Monday August 16, 2010 10:07 am

The President’s remarks on the Cordoba House project, now placed in their full context to mean a support of the right for any religious group to worship freely, consistent with local laws and zoning ordinances, has touched off one of these “get us through the summer” debates in the political realm (see Marcy on this). [...]

The War on Public Employees

By: Monday August 9, 2010 7:35 am

Over the weekend, the New York Times published a piece that follows a trend of vilifying public employees, in this case for their pensions. Being involved with California politics as I was, I can tell you that the wingnuts here find no greater joy than in demonizing state workers, all of which in their minds [...]

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