House Democratic Frustrations Boil Over

By: Friday August 19, 2011 12:15 pm

I have heard about a growing discontent inside the Democratic House with the President. This has started to bubble to the surface. Here’s Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA): U.S. House Rep. Maxine Waters is asking black voters who are struggling with an unemployment rate nearly twice the national average to “unleash” her and other members of [...]

Report: Obama to Announce Withdrawal of 10,000 in Afghanistan By End of 2011

By: Tuesday June 21, 2011 6:10 am

According to the Los Angeles Times, President Obama on Wednesday will announce a withdrawal of 10,000 US troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year – a reduction of 10%, more than Gen. David Petraeus wanted. Petraeus and the Pentagon reportedly had wanted a token withdrawal of one brigade, roughly 3-4,000 combat troops. Combined [...]

Jim McGovern: “Think We Could Be Going for Permanent Bases” in Afghanistan

By: Monday June 20, 2011 10:16 am

The Obama Administration may be looking at a “return on investment” type of theory in figuring out how many troops to withdraw from Afghanistan this July. After the successes in degrading Al Qaeda, the need for a large force in the country has become less apparent. As the Obama administration nears a crucial decision on [...]

Not Just Cost Uniting Democrats on Ending Afghanistan War

By: Wednesday June 1, 2011 7:25 am

Washington was buzzing yesterday about a Washington Post story about the cost of the war in Afghanistan, and how that may be a constraint on continuing the war. First of all, I don’t really believe this.

Vote to Accelerate Withdrawal From Afghanistan Gets 204 Votes in the House

By: Thursday May 26, 2011 12:32 pm

Work on the National Defense Authorization bill in the House wrapped up today, and there were high points and low points. Among the lows was that House members voting against stripping the “forever war” provision from the bill, essentially a reauthorization of the AUMF, by a 234-187 margin (20 Democrats voted against that, by the [...]

Congress Wraps Up a Day Early

By: Thursday September 30, 2010 7:25 am

Eager to get home to campaigning, Congress completed a pre-election session with few pieces of legislation and big questions on topics like the Bush tax cuts. Let’s take a look at what happened on the final day: • The intelligence authorization bill passed the House, and now goes to the President for the first time [...]

State Aid Will Pass, But Won’t Stop the Consequences of Cutbacks

By: Monday August 9, 2010 7:00 am

Politico tried to add a hint of drama to this week’s return of the House of Representatives by suggesting that Democrats didn’t have the votes to pass the state fiscal aid bill. They reach this conclusion by quoting unnamed aides saying the exact same “I never assume anything” stuff they always say, and also citing [...]

Pentagon Vows To Support Inflection Point; House Liberals Grumble

By: Friday June 25, 2010 9:10 am

The Pentagon said yesterday they supported a July 2011 date to begin a transition out of Afghanistan, but offered almost no details as to how that would operate, and seemingly allowed themselves plenty of wiggle room. Gates said Petraeus and the military as a whole supported the timeline for the gradual withdrawal. But Mullen noted [...]

Karzai Fires Election Officials, As US Lawmakers Take Up Flexible Withdrawal

By: Wednesday April 7, 2010 11:46 am

It looked like the recent wild charges from Hamid Karzai and counter-charges from US officials weren’t exactly straightforward statements, but bargaining positions uttered in public. And if that’s the case, the West appears to have won out, at least for the moment: Under enormous pressure from Western governments, President Hamid Karzai ousted Afghanistan’s top two [...]

Is There An Anti-Escalation Movement?

By: Thursday December 3, 2009 10:24 am

The AP painted a stark picture last night of skeptical anti-war Dems resigning themselves to the escalation in troops laid out by President Obama on Tuesday. A deeply skeptical Congress on Wednesday resigned itself to President Barack Obama’s escalation of the Afghanistan war, even as the president’s chief military and diplomatic advisers sought to cool [...]

Jim McGovern Sets Them Up, Knocks Them Down In The Rules Committee

By: Friday November 6, 2009 12:29 pm

Jim McGovern’s statement in the Rules Committee session on health care should be echoed by every Democrat in Washington. He rebuts a number of points: • Republicans have been whining about how there’s been no committee hearings on this bill, which is nonsense. They’re getting off on a technicality, as the House leadership has blended [...]

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