Administration Official Terms Benghazi Assault on US Consulate a “Terrorist Attack”

By: Thursday September 20, 2012 8:59 am

An official with the National Counterterrorism Center officially described the September 11 assault on the US consulate in Benghazi, which killed four Americans including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, as a terrorist attack, though he hedged by saying it was an “unplanned” one. “I would say they were killed in the course of a terrorist attack,” said [...]

Senators Seeking to Delay, Water Down Wall Street Rules

By: Monday September 10, 2012 11:02 am

There has been a multi-stage reaction from Wall Street to the prospect of financial regulation, ever since the crash necessitated the need for the political class to act like they were doing something to rein in the financial sector. First the banks tried to water down the legislation which eventually became Dodd-Frank. Then they used [...]

Buffett Rule Fails to Advance in the Senate

By: Tuesday April 17, 2012 6:15 am

To the surprise of absolutely no one, Senate Republicans blocked consideration of the Buffett rule last night with a filibuster. The bill would have set a millionaire’s minimum effective tax rate at 30%, with a phase-in between $1 million and $2 million and an exemption for charitable donations. But Senate Republicans wouldn’t let it get [...]

Snowe, Collins Support Compromise on Birth Control Access

By: Monday February 13, 2012 10:15 am

We know that the US Conference of Catholic Bishops has rejected the new compromise policy on birth control access, and that the Republican leadership agrees with them. But does that mean they have a chance to shift policy legislatively? The chances of that took a severe blow today, when Maine Republican Senators Olympia Snowe and [...]

What If Congress Didn’t Pay for the Payroll Tax Cut?

By: Tuesday December 6, 2011 12:55 pm

The question of why Congress has reached for any offsets at all to pay for an extension of the payroll tax cut, against past practice of the Republican Party and economic theory, has come to a head in recent days. And all of a sudden, it’s become a worthy point of discussion. If the point [...]

In Waltzes the Gang of Six

By: Tuesday July 19, 2011 9:57 am

Update: the Gang of 6 announces they have reached a deal, and the President has praised it — ed To the extent that there’s anything routine about the federal government’s fiscal state with just 14 days until the Treasury runs out of cash, the events on Capitol Hill appeared to fall into a pattern. The [...]

Snowe: No Cuts to Social Security and Medicare in Debt Limit Deal

By: Monday July 11, 2011 4:06 pm

Here’s how out of control the debt limit debate has gotten on Capitol Hill. The Democrat in the White House is trying to increase the eligibility age for Medicare or effect a Social Security benefit cut, and the Republican from Maine is trying to stop him. “There are solvency problems with both programs,” Sen. Olympia [...]

John Yoo Discusses Limits to Executive Power

By: Thursday April 28, 2011 9:20 am

Republicans are getting worried that corporations might have to admit that they give money to Republicans. Much like the Chamber of Commerce is worried that corporations might have to admit that they give money to the Chamber of Commerce. They are all just very ashamed of themselves, I guess. So they’re trying to stop the [...]

Republicans Running for Cover After Budget Vote to End Medicare

By: Monday April 25, 2011 8:10 am

It was too premature for people to yell “Where are the Democrats?” in response to the passage of the Paul Ryan budget that ends Medicare and cripples Medicaid and food stamps. The above Americans United for Change ad, airing in several Republican districts (including wackjob Steve King’s, which through redistricting is more blue and where [...]

Votes in Place for Senate to Pass DADT Repeal, But Outcome Still Unclear

By: Thursday December 16, 2010 6:10 am

The House passage of the standalone bill that would effect a legislative repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell leads to the worst words in the English language: “The bill now moves to the Senate.” But there’s some reason for optimism. First of all, check out the roll call of the 250-175 House vote. Supporters actually [...]

Standalone DADT Repeal Bill Readied

By: Thursday December 9, 2010 2:35 pm

Senate leadership has planned a vote on a free-standing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell legislative repeal, unencumbered by the defense authorization bill, to come to the floor sometime in the lame duck session, perhaps next week. Joe Lieberman and Susan Collins are co-sponsoring the bill, which will have the same language as what was in the [...]

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