Senate Republicans Begin Hostage-Taking Strategy over the Next Debt Limit

By: Monday October 15, 2012 12:42 pm

One area that has been pushed to the side as we contemplate the lame duck session and all the expiring fiscal measures is the debt limit. When last we left our story, the debt limit was extended by $2.1 trillion last August, with the expectation being that this would keep the country able to borrow [...]

Senate Democratic Tax Plan Increases Revenue By $28 Billion in 2013

By: Thursday July 19, 2012 1:41 pm

$28 billion. That’s the difference, in 2013, between the Democratic and Republican tax plans on the Bush tax cuts, which shows the narrowness of the debate. Republicans want to extend all the Bush tax cuts permanently. Democrats have countered with a bill, which will get a vote in the Senate next week, that would extend [...]

Senate Tries Moving Tax Extenders Package Before Election

By: Thursday June 14, 2012 8:55 am

The fiscal slope has several component parts, but one of the more overlooked ones is the series of what is colloquially known as “tax extenders,” those one-year tax breaks, usually for businesses, that are habitually extended. There’s a very good reason that these are only extended one year at a time – if you want [...]

Obama’s Comments on the Supreme Court Were Not a Threat

By: Tuesday April 3, 2012 10:22 am

Before Republicans get around to whining about what Obama said about their budget, they have to complete their whine about what Obama said yesterday about the Supreme Court. The President intimated that the Justices would be engaging in “judicial activism” if they overturned the individual mandate and other aspects of the Affordable Care Act. Two [...]

NEC Director Sperling Savages Ryan Medicaid Cuts

By: Wednesday May 25, 2011 10:32 am

I’ve been banging the drum about the possibility of Medicaid cuts as a grand bargain safety valve. It appears the Republicans are thinking the same way. While Democrats keep hammering Republicans over a House budget that would turn Medicare into a voucher program, Republicans have been trying to shift the focus back to Medicaid. Hatch [...]

Netanyahu, Right Wing Intentionally Mischaracterizing Obama’s “1967 Border” Comment

By: Friday May 20, 2011 1:12 pm

Benjamin Netanyahu exited a discussion with President Obama today and vowed that Israel will never agree to the pre-1967 borders for a Palestinian state. Netanyahu’s remarks after the White House talks underscored how a new U.S. push for Middle East peace had opened one of the deepest divides in years in relations between the United [...]

Republicans Turn Their Attention to Cutting Medicaid

By: Thursday May 5, 2011 9:58 am

The Medicare Phase-Out proposal is dead and gone. The Republican leadership doesn’t see the President or the Democrats budging on it, so they’re moving on. The Ways and Means Committee won’t even take it up. So does this mean that Republicans are suddenly committed to the welfare state? No. It means that they want to [...]

Plenty of Hypocrisy to Go Around on the Debt Limit

By: Tuesday January 4, 2011 10:13 am

In the various articles about the debt limit yesterday, I noticed this one, accusing the President of hypocrisy because he voted against the debt limit increase back in 2006. Obama missed the debt limit increase votes in 2007 and 2008 because he was out on the campaign trail. There’s plenty of hypocrisy to go around. [...]

Senate Passes Small Business Bill After Voting Down Top Priority of Obama Jobs Plan

By: Thursday September 16, 2010 12:00 pm

The Senate today passed their small business jobs bill, passing cloture again on the final bill with the same 61 votes as before, all the Democrats plus George Voinovich and George LeMieux. The bill would create a $30 billion dollar small business lending fund for community banks to dole out, and would add a series [...]

DREAM Act Returns as a Possible Incremental Step on Immigration Reform

By: Sunday July 11, 2010 11:15 am

Republicans have a default switch to block anything the Democrats propose, particularly on immigration, which has tremendous opposition among the more nativist parts of their base. But they’re trying to walk a thin line to not alienate Hispanic voters for a generation. While the Arizona law has a good deal of popular support, the lies [...]

The War on Thurgood Marshall

By: Tuesday June 29, 2010 10:31 am

A particularly insidious dog whistle to the right has cropped up in the Elana Kagan confirmation hearings. Suddenly the most popular topic for discussion is Thurgood Marshall, the late Supreme Court Justice for whom Kagan clerked for one year and with whom she disagreed quite a bit during that clerkship. Marshall dominated yesterday’s opening statements, [...]

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