Obamacare Demand Causing Divisions In GOP

By: Monday September 23, 2013 5:59 am

Last week the Republican controlled House passed a continuing resolution that funded all parts of the federal government minus Obamacare. The bill is likely to be killed in the Senate and even more likely to be vetoed by President Obama. But as the bill moves to the Senate, two Senators – Mike Lee and Ted [...]

Reid, McConnell Make Deal on Judicial Confirmations, JOBS Act

By: Wednesday March 14, 2012 10:17 am

It looks like Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans have backed down on their obstruction of judicial confirmations. But it’s a little unclear at the moment. What we know is that McConnell and Harry Reid reached a deal that will allow the judges to get a vote. However, the JOBS Act, the financial market IPO deregulation [...]

Reid Plans Mass of Judicial Nomination Fights in Senate

By: Monday March 12, 2012 1:44 pm

We heard that Harry Reid would make a last stand to deal with the crisis in the federal judiciary, and now we’re getting it. Today, Reid announced he would spend the next two weeks seeking to confirm 17 federal judges who received unanimous or near-unanimous votes out of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Reid will file [...]

Grabbing at Straws: More Non-Core Housing Fixes Proposed

By: Thursday October 20, 2011 8:55 am

Alan Blinder has a series of suggestions for how to fix the housing market. He notes that he called for a modern-day Home Owner’s Loan Corporation to buy up and refinance troubled mortgages back in 2007 and 2008, but that advice wasn’t taken. He still seems spooked by the ghost of Rick Santelli, as if [...]

The Tribe Has Spoken – Laurence Tribe Dismisses Constitutional Option on the Debt Limit

By: Friday July 8, 2011 7:35 am

As the noise level rose about the so-called “Constitutional option” for the debt limit, the invocation of the 14th Amendment, Section 4, it has turned into a partisan football. In the Senate, Republicans prepared a resolution affirming the Constitutionality of the debt limit, even while one of their colleagues, Sen. Chuck Grassley, a member of [...]

Paul, Lee Criticize “Problematic” Indefinite Detention Order

By: Tuesday March 8, 2011 7:50 am

There’s no surprise in the ACLU criticizing a policy on Guantanamo and indefinite detention like what President Obama ordered into law yesterday. ACLU President Anthony Romero told supporters in a statement that “The detention of Guantánamo detainees for nine years without charge or trial is a stain on America’s reputation that should be ended immediately, [...]

Deals? What Deals?

By: Thursday October 28, 2010 9:35 am

The Wall Street Journal nods toward deals that will be put in place after next week’s elections, basically throwing up a lot of smoke about backroom negotiations and public signals about compromise positions on taxes and spending. And the whole thing comes with a notion that it’s the Democrats who have to make this decision. [...]

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