Democrats Pushing War With Iran Includes Those From Blue States

By: Tuesday December 24, 2013 8:27 am

Where is the push back from the left on the Democrats promoting a war with Iran? While it has become clear during the Obama presidency that partisan Democrats can look the other way at war crimes and questionable killings, the Iran peace talks could end up as the greatest achievement of President Obama’s foreign policy. [...]

Warren Looks Set for Senate Banking Committee Seat

By: Monday November 12, 2012 3:06 pm

The prospects for Elizabeth Warren nabbing a spot on the Senate Banking Committee brightened in recent days. First, let’s take a look at the Banking Committee membership. With a 55-45 partisan split in the Senate rather than 53-47, I wouldn’t expect the partisan makeup on the committee to change all that much. Right now there [...]

Bid to Restore Food Stamp Cuts Fails in Senate

By: Wednesday June 20, 2012 8:15 am

Hundreds of thousands of food stamp recipients will lose at least $90 a month in benefits, after an amendment to the farm bill failed badly in the Senate. The Senate overwhelmingly rejected a bid to preserve some $4.5 billion in food stamps funding, as part of the massive farm bill, on Tuesday. The amendment to [...]

Now Everyone in Congress Wants to Pass the STOCK Act

By: Wednesday November 16, 2011 8:17 am

I thought the 60 Minutes piece on insider trading by members of Congress had quite a few holes in it, but it did call attention to the indefensible fact that members of Congress have no restrictions on insider trading. The conceit is that all hearings, votes, etc. in Congress are a matter of public record, [...]

The New, Old Mission in Afghanistan

By: Wednesday June 22, 2011 5:54 pm

Let me make some brief thoughts on the President’s address. First of all, it was a somewhat poorly written, bumper-sticker-laden speech. Obama clearly wanted to claim a position of success in Afghanistan, and use the withdrawal as an example of that success. But there were a couple things that can serve as markers for the [...]

As Public Sours on Afghan War, Gillibrand Seeks Redeployment Plan

By: Tuesday March 15, 2011 10:15 am

Jon Walker mentioned the growing disquiet with the American system of government, which I actually think is a lack of faith in government as it is practiced today. But there was some additional data in that WaPo/ABC News poll. 64% of the public now believes the war in Afghanistan is no longer worth fighting. There’s [...]

“You Don’t Understand, This Is Amazing”

By: Thursday January 13, 2011 9:18 am

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi were in the room when Gabrielle Giffords opened her eyes last night, less than a week after the tragic shooting that killed six and gravely wounded her. In the background of the commentary of this event, there has been this improbable success [...]

9-11 Health Care Bill Passes Senate at Reduced Cost

By: Wednesday December 22, 2010 11:31 am

So after both sides dug in, the pressure was apparently too much to hold back the 9-11 health care first responders bill, which will sail through the Congress today, the last day of the lame duck session. Joe Biden is in the chair right now to move along the bill. It is passing the Senate [...]

Jon Stewart Leads Lonely Charge on 9-11 Health Care Bill

By: Friday December 17, 2010 11:04 am

We basically know the status of every piece of legislation that Harry Reid mentioned yesterday at his caucus meeting except for one: the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which would provide needed funds to victims of the environmental and health hazards at Ground Zero. Rescue workers have waited nine years for compensation of [...]

Nineteen Dem Senators: Don’t Appeal DADT Ruling

By: Wednesday October 13, 2010 6:25 am

Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Mark Udall (D-CO) have assembled a coalition of 19 Senators to urge Attorney General Eric Holder not to appeal the worldwide injunction on enforcing the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy. Impressively, the group includes moderate Tim Johnson and conservative Mary Landrieu. The full list of signers: Senators John Kerry [...]

Gillibrand, Udall Publicly Ask Justice Department to Stand Down on DADT

By: Wednesday September 15, 2010 1:38 pm

We still have no indication whether the Justice Department will appeal the US District Court ruling finding the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy unconstitutional. In the meantime, Congress will try to put the finishing touches on a legislative repeal of the policy. But two Senators, mindful of using every avenue possible to end the [...]

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