Republicans Not Enamored of Buffett’s Progressive Taxation Plea

By: Wednesday August 17, 2011 8:10 am

You’ll be shocked to know that Republicans didn’t think much of Warren Buffett’s appeal for tax fairness and a more progressive system. Republicans blasted back at Warren Buffett after the billionaire investor argued in a newspaper opinion piece that the mega-rich in the U.S. are “coddled” by the tax code. “For tax-raising advocates like Warren [...]

DCCC: We Can’t Recruit Candidates If Medicare Cut in Debt Limit Deal

By: Friday July 8, 2011 2:51 pm

I got a pretty incredible email solicitation by the DCCC, the campaign arm for House Democrats, today. I need your urgent help. Republicans are gearing up to enact their radical plan to balance the budget on the backs of seniors, women and people with disabilities. At this moment, Speaker Boehner is crafting a deficit deal [...]

Cornyn on 14th Amendment, Section 4: “That’s Crazy Talk”

By: Tuesday July 5, 2011 7:35 am

A Republican was finally asked about the Constitutional option for the debt limit, and seeing how that would defuse the bomb they rigged, timed, and lit, John Cornyn dismissed that as “crazy talk.” Cornyn just asserts that and moves on inside the confines of the hostage-taking situation his party has created. It quite literally does [...]

The Omnibus Fight – Republican Hostage-Taking, Democratic Options

By: Wednesday December 15, 2010 9:43 am

As I mentioned in the previous post, Jim DeMint has two bills in his sights for a full reading on the floor of the Senate – new START, and the omnibus appropriations bill. The current resolution to fund the government runs out December 18. It is now December 15. The omnibus is 1,900 pages long. [...]

Battle Lines for General Election Drawn

By: Monday July 19, 2010 7:03 am

I know I criticized the President for late engagement on issues, after the outcome has been decided. But there is political value in making the argument, in engaging on the debates of the day, especially because so few in the Democratic Party have the stature or wherewithal to do the same. Apparently Obama is about [...]

GOP Congressman Calls on Barton to Step Down from Ranking Committee Membership

By: Thursday June 17, 2010 11:30 am

This has snowballed. Jeff Miller (R-FL), a Republican Congressman from the Pensacola area (one of the places hit hard by the oil spill), has publicly called for Joe Barton to step down in the wake of his comments apologizing to BP for their “treatment by the White House.” Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), whose Pensacola district [...]

Republican “Drill Baby Drill” Boosters Unsure Of Themselves After BP Oil Disaster

By: Tuesday May 4, 2010 11:33 am

Republicans have spent a couple years now answering any question about climate change and energy independence with the dishonest slogan “Drill baby drill!” It’s simplistic enough to have worked for the past couple years. But the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico (and which oil industry flak wrote this NY Times piece today minimizing the [...]

Cornyn Wants Taxpayers To Fund Arizona’s Racial Profiling

By: Wednesday April 28, 2010 2:36 pm

John Cornyn this US taxpayers, including Hispanics and African-Americans, should pay for Arizona to ask brown-skinned people for their papers. According to a press release issued today, Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) has introduced the Southern Border Security Assistance Act to “create a $300 million border grant program for state and local law enforcement within 100 [...]

Holder Signals Financial Fraud Prosecutions

By: Wednesday April 14, 2010 1:35 pm

Marcy Wheeler gave you the blow-by-blow of Eric Holder’s testimony in the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Spencer Ackerman offered a very good overview. So I’m deferring to my colleagues on this one, they have what you need. Basically, Holder defended civilian trials for the 9/11 plotters while saying no decision has been made (Chuck Schumer [...]

Republicans, Currying Wall Street Favor, Seek to Block FinReg

By: Tuesday April 13, 2010 1:55 pm

It was just a couple weeks ago that all the smart people on the Hill were saying that Republicans had no interest in blocking financial reform because they’d be wedged between their constituents and Wall Street. Mitch McConnell put that optimism to rest today. “The bill gives the Federal Reserve enhanced emergency lending authority that [...]

Bunning Blockade Ends; Dems Could Use It As Reference During Reconciliation Fight

By: Wednesday March 3, 2010 6:40 am

You may know by now that Jim Bunning dropped his hold on a short-term extension of unemployment and COBRA benefits in exchange for a vote on an amendment to pay for the fix. That amendment failed and the final measure passed 78-19, which is pretty astonishing (that it was that close). While some commentators actually [...]

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