Democrats Adamant on Senate Version of Violence Against Women Act

By: Tuesday July 31, 2012 10:58 am

Among the loose ends for Congress before the election is the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. Though you would think this would be a no-brainer, it got caught up earlier this year in a partisan controversy. Republicans objected to provisions that would have expanded the anti-domestic violence protections to tribal land, undocumented immigrants [...]

Congressional Gridlock Starting to Have Impact

By: Thursday May 31, 2012 9:40 am

I’ve spilled a lot of e-ink about the fiscal cliff, that looming set of expiring measures at the end of the year that will have a serious impact on fiscal policy, spending and taxes going forward. But there are quite a few policies that either expire or are urgently needed well before the end of [...]

Yesterday’s Congressional Embarrassments, Explained

By: Thursday May 17, 2012 7:13 am

Let’s recap one of the more pathetic days in a pathetic Congressional session. In the House, voting concluded on the GOP version of the Violence Against Women Act, a real marker into the rightward shift of that party. On previous occasions with GOP control of Congress, VAWA was reauthorized without incident. This time around, however, [...]

Administration Threatens Veto for House Version of Violence Against Women Act

By: Wednesday May 16, 2012 8:57 am

Today the House votes on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. This reauthorization has already passed the Senate with 68 votes, but the House version cancelled several protections Senate Democrats added, to apply domestic violence protections to Native Americans, undocumented immigrants and LGBT families. This has drawn a veto threat from the White House, a [...]

Republican Kamikaze Legislative Strategy Now Includes Objections to Violence Against Women Act

By: Thursday March 15, 2012 7:35 am

Continuing their winning string alienating half of the population, Republicans in the Senate are objecting to the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act. The fight over the law, which would expand financing for and broaden the reach of domestic violence programs, will be joined Thursday when Senate Democratic women plan to march to the [...]

Paterson Finally Forced Out, Will End Election Campaign

By: Friday February 26, 2010 7:28 am

Multiple sources report that New York Governor David Paterson, reeling from a damaging New York Times story about intervening in an aide’s domestic violence case, will end his campaign for Governor. An announcement is expected later today. The Times printed three successive stories about Paterson in the last couple weeks, after rumors flew that their [...]

Third Paterson “Bombshell” Story In NYT Actually Kind Of A Bombshell

By: Thursday February 25, 2010 9:20 am

The first David Paterson story out of the NYT was about a troubled aide. The second was about Paterson’s awkward and haphazard personal style. The third melds the two, and it actually hits the target: Last fall, a woman went to court in the Bronx to testify that she had been violently assaulted by a [...]

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