McKibben, Hedges, Klein, Sawant and Sanders Speak on Next Steps for Environmentalists

By: Thursday September 25, 2014 2:35 pm

On the night before the People’s Climate March, activists, scholars and civilians gathered at All Souls Unitarian Church in the Upper East Side in New York City to hear leading figures speaking about the environmental movement today and what strategies may work in the future. The event was hosted by Brian Lehrer of WNYC radio [...]

Hoyer Pushes Plan to Pass Obama Offer With Bipartisan Mix

By: Friday December 21, 2012 11:39 am

So Democrats have reached the bargaining phase of the fiscal slope debacle. It’s hard to say whether they’re pushing this because they think they have an opportunity to avoid the austerity bomb or because they know they have no partner on the other side, but either way, the result is the Democratic leadership, at least [...]

Kerry Finalized as Secretary of State Nominee

By: Friday December 21, 2012 9:15 am

Former Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry will become the next nominee for Secretary of State, replacing Hillary Clinton and creating another Senate vacancy. President Obama will formally announce the nomination today at the White House, according to sources. He is not expected to face much resistance in the Senate for confirmation. Kerry will likely recuse [...]

President Endorses Reinstatement of Assault Weapons Ban, Other Gun Safety Legislation

By: Wednesday December 19, 2012 6:20 am

The President will support a reinstatement of the assault weapons ban in the wake of the mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. He will also “consider” legislation limiting extended magazines that carry a high capacity of bullets, as well as legislation closing the “gun show loophole,” which enables gun purchasers to avoid [...]

As Gun Safety Debate Heats Up, Danger in Trying to Solve Wrong Problem

By: Tuesday December 18, 2012 8:20 am

Before this fight gets waged, however, there has to be some understanding of what problem needs to be solved. I completely agree with Mark Kleiman that asking “how do we stop the type of shootings we saw in Newtown” risks solving the wrong problem. The gun safety debate should not just focus on protecting children, and it may not be accurate to tailor policies toward preventing mass shootings. There are certainly things we can do to curtail the 9,000-odd homicides with guns used each year, but they may not be applicable to the case of the young, mostly white, often mentally disturbed individuals who commit mass murder, often out of a need for attention, which is then lavished upon them by the news media.

Report: John Kerry to Be Named Secretary of State

By: Saturday December 15, 2012 11:20 am

Former Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry has been chosen to serve as Secretary of State, according to a Chicago Sun-Times columnist who heard it from an unidentified White House source. This doesn’t exactly come from left field. Kerry, the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was rumored to be on the short list for [...]

Means Testing Emerges as a Social Insurance Pill Democrats Could Swallow

By: Friday December 14, 2012 10:05 am

It certainly looked yesterday as if the White House had dropped any notion of using an increase in the Medicare eligibility age as a bargaining chip in future negotiations on a grand bargain. While the White House has not ruled out increasing the age, some of its leading allies did, and Dick Durbin went so [...]

Liberal Groups Whip Senate on Social Insurance Cuts

By: Wednesday December 12, 2012 7:45 am

Liberal groups have targeted Democratic Senators in a campaign to forestall benefit cuts to social insurance programs as part of any deal to avert the fiscal slope. The groups, which include CREDO, Progressives United, the PCCC, DFA, MoveOn, the Campaign for America’s Future and Rebuild the Dream, have segmented the Senate into three categories, based [...]

Like in New York, Washington State Senate to Be Run By Republicans Despite Democratic Victory at the Ballot Box

By: Tuesday December 11, 2012 12:13 pm

For the second time, Democrats who won the most votes in one chamber of a state legislature will not actually run the chamber, thanks to conservative dissidents who swung the balance of power to the other side. We already saw this kind of power-sharing arrangement in the New York State Senate, and now we’re seeing [...]

Democratic Congressional Delegation Meets With Governor Snyder in Michigan

By: Monday December 10, 2012 8:30 am

The Democratic Congressional delegation in the state of Michigan met with Governor Rick Snyder for an hour today, calling on him to either veto right to work legislation making its way through a lame duck session, or to ask for a delay in the vote until the next general session, or to allow a vote [...]

Today on the Fiscal Slopes

By: Thursday December 6, 2012 7:13 am

Here’s that discharge petition that Tim Walz put together in an attempt to bring the Senate-passed tax bill to the House floor, the one that extends Bush-era tax rates on the first $250,000 of income. Right now it has the support of 178 Democrats and no Republicans. It’s a chore figuring out which 13 Democrats [...]

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