Pelosi to Stay on as House Minority Leader

By: Wednesday November 14, 2012 7:00 am

Backed by a larger caucus, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will stay onin the post for another two years. She will make the announcement at this hour. Nobody will challenge her for the Democratic leadership position. A delay in leadership elections and the rumor mill pointed to the possibility that Pelosi would step down from [...]

Pelosi to Speak to House Democrats Amid Rumors That She Will Step Down From Leadership

By: Tuesday November 13, 2012 7:45 am

Former House Speakers don’t typically spend a lot of time in Congress after their ouster. Nancy Pelosi felt she had a chance, aided by the coattails of the President, to win back the House in 2012. It turns out that the Democrats picked up, if all the current too-close-to-call races hold, eight seats. Key states [...]

In Candid Moment of Acceptance Speech, Obama Vows Voting Reform

By: Wednesday November 7, 2012 11:00 am

If you’re into that sort of thing, I thought the President gave an excellent if a bit stentorian speech last night, weaving in plenty of different themes we should look for in a second term. But the most important part of this was a throwaway line that was probably not in the prepared text, something [...]

The Loss of Credibility from Civil Liberties Abuses

By: Tuesday October 23, 2012 11:02 am

Nothing else needs to be said about the sociopathy of Joe Klein than what Glenn Greenwald describes today. Klein’s justification for drone warfare comes down to “we have to kill their children before they kill our children,” and frankly that’s about as nuancedas our foreign policy debate gets these days. Greenwald goes into all the [...]

Obama the Risk-Averse

By: Tuesday June 28, 2011 2:46 pm

Wow, if this isn’t a perfectly correct critique of the President, from of all people, David Frum. He’s not an alien, he’s not a radical. He’s just not the person the country needs. He’s not tough enough, he’s not imaginative enough, and he’s not determined enough. In the throes of the worst economic crisis since [...]

California’s Prison Crisis Could Be Solved Easily

By: Tuesday May 24, 2011 11:13 am

The fallout from the Supreme Court’s ruling on California prisons has been predictable. Law and order politicians rail against “activist judges” who are meddling in California’s business (by protecting 8th Amendment rights and rejecting the ability for the state to continue killing its prisoners through negligence to their medical care). They claim that this order [...]

Paul Ryan’s “New Politics of Sadism” – Who Will Stand to Oppose It?

By: Friday April 8, 2011 12:30 pm

While we’re all waiting to see what happens with the 2011 budget, I didn’t realize that Paul Ryan had fast-tracked his 2012 budget, taking it through the Budget Committee this week in a markup that lasted all of one day. Erik Wasson writes that the bill would get a vote next week, but House Republicans [...]

Lack of Leadership, Elite Failure Crippling Rescue Efforts in Japan

By: Thursday March 17, 2011 6:10 am

The military airdrops of seawater onto the Fukushima Daiichi plant continued throughout the day today, and Tokyo Electric Power Co. was nearing completion on a new power line that would restore the cooling systems in the reactors. The outlook remains bleak after a week of crisis, but Japanese officials appear to have settled on a [...]

The People Rule: Activists Hold the Capitol Building in Madison

By: Sunday February 27, 2011 7:52 pm

SOMEWHERE ABOVE MILWAUKEE (FDL) – I’m sorry I was unable to finish my reporting from inside the Capitol tonight, but within about 20 minutes of the order from the Capitol Police to “close” the building, you could tell where everything was going. The protesters were organized, on the floor, ready to call the bluff off [...]

Towns Reverses, Throws Support to Maloney in Oversight Committee Ranking Membership Battle

By: Wednesday December 15, 2010 7:10 am

Last night, it appeared that Elijah Cummings would attempt to leapfrog seniority and obtain the ranking membership of the House Oversight Committee with the backing of outgoing ranking member Ed Towns. However, Towns reversed course last night, saying in a statement, “I support Carolyn Maloney to become Ranking Member of the Oversight and Government Reform [...]

Populist Democrats Lose in Effort to Delay Leadership Elections

By: Wednesday November 17, 2010 10:21 am

In a press conference outside the House Democratic caucus meeting, four members discussed their effort to delay leadership elections for a month, in a potential rebuke to Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Ultimately, leadership beat this back by a 2-to-1 margin (129-68 in a secret ballot), and leadership elections will be held today. All leadership members from [...]

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