Republicans Still Leaning Toward Ideological Choices in US Senate Primaries

By: Monday May 14, 2012 10:58 am

Democrats have pinned their hopes to hold onto the Senate on what they believe is a self-destructive streak among Republican primary voters. Faced with a choice between a more electable candidate and a more ideologically pure one, in 2010 the party almost always chose the ideological one. In states like Colorado (Ken Buck), Nevada Sharron [...]

Lugar Offers Obsolete Shouts In An Era of Parliamentary-Style Partisanship

By: Wednesday May 9, 2012 10:14 am

Here’s some of Richard Lugar’s striking, if a bit petulant, statement after badly losing the Indiana primary for Senate to State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, who challenged him from the right: If Mr. Mourdock is elected, I want him to be a good Senator. But that will require him to revise his stated goal of bringing [...]

Three Senate Republicans Urge House Colleagues to Pass Payroll Tax Deal

By: Monday December 19, 2011 1:35 pm

One side effect of the payroll tax crackup in the House is that Senate Republicans were totally blindsided by it. 39 Republicans, including the Minority Leader, supported the compromise two-month extension of the payroll tax cut, unemployment insurance and a doctor’s fix to prevent a 27% cut in Medicare reimbursement rates. They seemingly had no [...]

The Walter Jones-ization of Conservative Foreign Policy Thinking

By: Monday June 6, 2011 11:40 am

This profile of antiwar Republican Walter Jones in the New York Times is pretty interesting. Some foreign policy analysts now see Mr. Jones, 68, Representative Ron Paul, Republican of Texas, and a small coterie of Tea Party stalwarts as the leading edge of a conservative movement to rein in American military power — a break [...]

Lugar Demands Endgame in Afghanistan

By: Wednesday May 4, 2011 9:53 am

I don’t know if we can prove beyond the shadow of a doubt Pakistani complicity in the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden or the attack on the compound, though I have my suspicions. But it will be interesting to see how that affects the Afghanistan war. Pakistan wants to be a player in any peace [...]

Libyan Intervention Ratcheted Up By “Do-Something” Neocons

By: Thursday March 17, 2011 11:29 am

It does look as if, sometime in the next day or two, the United Nations will authorize either a no-fly zone over Libya or additional military intervention for the country, including possible ground or air attacks. The Arab League has already endorsed all of these options, so the Security Council has some cover if they [...]

Germany Scotches EU Support for Libya No-Fly Zone

By: Tuesday March 15, 2011 10:52 am

Moammar Gadhafi’s forces continue to pound rebels from the ground and the sky in all parts of Libya, and while the rebels still “have the will to fight,” in the words of one lieutenant colonel who defected, they are largely outgunned. They sent up two old planes to try and bomb Gadhafi’s warships, but I’m [...]

Gadhafi Keeps Bombing Own People; Senators Counsel Go-Slow Approach

By: Tuesday March 1, 2011 9:00 am

I haven’t been totally keeping up with events in Libya, but apparently Moammar Gadhafi has found some loyalists carry out his murderous schemes: With escalating hostilities bringing Libya closer to civil war, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s forces struck back at his opponents on three fronts, with special forces, regular army troops and, rebels said, fighter jets. [...]

Continuing Resolution: Are We Headed Toward a Shutdown?

By: Sunday February 20, 2011 3:03 pm

While the Wisconsin issue and the larger battle over public employees in the states will play out over the next several weeks, we have this other major looming situation that could result in the federal government shutting down in less than two weeks. What’s the latest there? Well, we know the House passed their continuing [...]

Tucson Shooting Video Reinforces Need for Gun Safety Laws

By: Wednesday January 19, 2011 8:16 am

I don’t think this signals much of anything, because Dick Cheney doesn’t have to vote for anything. But it’s notable that our nation’s most prominent errant shooter acknowledged to NBC that “maybe it’s appropriate” to limit high-capacity gun magazines in the wake of Tucson. I really hope this video of the shooting doesn’t get leaked, [...]

DREAM Act Looks Short of 60 Votes for Cloture

By: Friday December 17, 2010 9:25 am

Before the DADT repeal vote on Saturday, the Senate will take up the DREAM Act. Both votes came up as a House amendment to a Senate amendment to a bill, so they only require one cloture vote, a motion to concur. If they invoke cloture with 60 votes, they would only need a simple majority [...]

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