Obama Claims He Does Not Need Congressional Approval For Next Iraq War

By: Thursday June 19, 2014 5:25 am

President Barack Obama, who won the Democratic primaries and general election in 2008 thanks in large part to his opposition to the 2003 Iraq War, has now told Congress he can launch another war on Iraq without Congress’ approval. Instead, Congress would simply be briefed on what was happening, not asked for authority. Those who [...]

Mitch McConnell Snaked $2.2 Billion in Pork For Ending Shutdown

By: Thursday October 17, 2013 8:43 am

The bill to reopen the federal government and raise the debt ceiling has some interesting provisions. For example, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell seems to have done quite well for himself by snaking $2.2 billion for a project in his state. Which should come in handy given that he is up for re-election in 2014. [...]

Unions Sacrificed In Reid-McConnell Filibuster Deal

By: Wednesday July 17, 2013 5:53 am

While some are trumpeting the deal reached between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on filibustered nominees, the devil is in the details. Part of the deal involved President Obama withdrawing nominees to the National Labor Relations Board, a move one union leader considers a betrayal. Larry Cohen, president of [...]

Progress Kentucky Allegedly Behind Mitch McConnell Campaign Recording

By: Thursday April 11, 2013 1:05 pm

An audio recording of Senator Mitch McConnell having a an opposition research meeting on his potential opponent Ashley Judd was published by Mother Jones. The meeting reveals McConnell and co-conspirators planning a nasty campaign against Judd including mental health smears. Further issues arose when the transcription seemed to indicate that McConnell may have been using [...]

Cliff Watch: McConnell and Biden Haggle, Tea Party House Posing Problems

By: Monday December 31, 2012 5:22 am

We are roughly 16 hours from the fiscal cliff deadline Washington time and it seems the Obama Administration may have played its final card regarding the Senate negotiations, Vice President Biden: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Vice President Joe Biden engaged in furious overnight negotiations to avert the fiscal cliff and made major [...]

McConnell Gambit on Senate Floor Highlights Democratic Resistance to Some Tax Hikes on the Wealthy

By: Wednesday December 5, 2012 1:06 pm

Some skullduggery on the Senate floor today. If I can piece together what happened, Mitch McConnell up and requested unanimous consent for an immediate vote on the Geithner plan – the initial offer that the White House made to avert the fiscal slope. And Harry Reid, calling it a “stunt,” objected to the UC request. [...]

Treasury’s Perfect, Impossible-to-Pass Debt Limit Plan

By: Wednesday December 5, 2012 11:33 am

Jenni LeCompte at the Treasury Department fleshes out the permanent debt limit de-fanging proposal that Tim Geithner offered as part of the initial White House term sheet on the fiscal slope. She adds the nice touch of calling it the McConnell proposal, since the Republican Senate leader offered a version of it, which actually went [...]

Fiscal Slope: Time to Go to Conference on Taxes?

By: Saturday December 1, 2012 10:24 am

Mitch McConnell laid out his wish list for the endgame in the fiscal slope negotiations, and it’s basically the kinds of social insurance benefit cuts that the White House offered up in 2011 (which is again a reminder why you don’t offer those up as a bluff, because they will come back to haunt you), [...]

Filibuster Reform Definitely Coming, But May Not Be Enough

By: Tuesday November 27, 2012 7:02 am

It definitely looks as though we’re headed toward a shift in the Senate rules, though mainly one that facilitates the scheduling of the Senate calendar rather than actually turns the Senate into a majoritarian institution. An exchange between the two leaders on the Senate floor yesterday previewed the expected rule changes: On the Senate floor [...]

Scenes from the Opening Fiscal Slope Salvos in Washington

By: Tuesday November 13, 2012 12:25 pm

So here’s what we got out of MoveOn’s Justin Ruben, who participated in that meeting between President Obama and some labor and progressive groups today. MoveOn’s 7 million members will be pleased to know that President Obama today strongly reiterated his steadfast commitment to ensuring that the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2 percent [...]

Republicans to Schumer: You’re Ruining Everything!

By: Wednesday October 10, 2012 10:45 am

Chuck Schumer definitely got under the skin of Republicans yesterday by suggesting that Democrats were being led into a “tax reform” trap. Until this point, Republicans had been fairly cagey about their tax plans for a grand bargain, but they were able to garner a mild consensus over the concept of broadening the tax base [...]

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