Fearing a Hillary Clinton glide to the nomination in 2016 while unpopular GOP contenders battle it out, Republicans are plotting a ‘Midwestern Super Tuesday’ and earlier convention.
The national Republican Party is considering a number of major changes to its presidential nominating process to avoid a repeat of the debacles of 2012, according to several party officials.Most significantly, the party is considering holding a “Midwestern primary” featuring Great Lakes states such as Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin that would come immediately after the votes in the traditional early primary states. Also being weighed and thought likely to be approved when the Republican National Committee meets in early 2014 is a plan to shorten the primary season considerably by holding the party’s convention in July, almost as soon as the last primary ballots are cast.
Well, here we are again—the Democrats are ‘in disarray,’ flailing on Obamacare. It’s a potent story line, but this time Obama must crack the whip, stop the panicking, and make it work.
The dawn of the 24-7 news cycle about 15 or so years ago brought with it a few new ways for the media to talk about and cover politics. With all that air time to fill, politics, and certain big news events like your major murders, became part soap opera. Soap operas, to keep the ratings steady, need running themes. What used to be called “Democrats in disarray,” known today in our hurried-up age as #demsindisarray, proved to be a compelling and durable one.
Obama believes he’s near a deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program—and is willing to offer up to $10 billion in sanctions relief. But Israel and Congress think he’s giving away much more.
The United States is prepared to allow Iran to recoup up to $10 billion in revenues lost to sanctions, according to a U.S. government estimate of sanctions relief proposed this weekend at Geneva. Three sources briefed by the Obama administration this week on the talks between Iran, the United States and five other great powers, say that U.S. estimates on the value of special exemptions to allow Iran to sell and ship some of its oil and other exports would result in no more than $10 billion worth of sanctions relief.
Just 106,856 Americans have chosen plans, when the prediction was 500,000? That’s bleak, but worse would be a crippling of the exchanges by panicked Democrats to guarantee failure.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Obama administration released an avalanche of numbers (PDF) detailing the progress of HealthCare.gov and enrollment in the exchanges. Compared to the pre-launch prediction of 500,000 private enrollees in the first month, the news is disappointing.Just 106,856 Americans have chosen plans in the exchanges. Of those, 79,000 did so through state exchanges and 26,794 through the federal website. Nearly half of all sign-ups were in California and New York, which—not coincidentally—are two of the states that have worked hardest to build exchanges and implement key parts of the law.
Our favorite Alaskan wants to rescue the holiday from angry atheists and liberal do-gooders, but what exactly does she have in mind? There’s scant talk of the Bible in her book.
The war on Christmas comes but once an election cycle, and with Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska, fires the first shot. The volume is part call to arms against the “Scrooges” secularizing Christmas, part theological statement about the meaning of Jesus’s birth, and part recipe book.The problem with the holidays today, writes Palin, is they’ve been secularized. Nativity scenes can no longer be erected on government-owned property, people are afraid to say Merry Christmas, Christmas trees have become Holiday trees, and business owners have taken the Christ out of Christmas.
In one corner: a slick money machine just waiting for Clinton to jump into the 2016 race. In the other: a Republican Party at war with itself. Are you scared yet, Republicans?
When I read that the super PAC Ready for Hillary held its first national finance council strategy session this week—almost three years ahead of the 2016 election—I was green with envy.And any other Republican who wants to win back the White House in 2016 should be as well.As reported in The New York Times, the meet-up was attended by the high command of the campaign-in-waiting and 170 donors.So why should Republicans like myself be envious? The reasons are simple.
President Obama nominates another qualified candidate to the D.C. Circuit Court, and again, Senate Republicans used the filibuster to shoot it down.
By the standards of judicial nominees, there’s nothing objectionable about Cornelia Pillard, President Obama’s choice for one of the three vacancies on the D.C. Circuit Court. But this didn’t stop Senate Republicans from filibustering the nomination into oblivion. This, it should be said, makes her the second nominee in as many weeks to face near-unanimous opposition from Republicans who want to maintain their advantage on the DC Circuit. Three of the eleven seats are vacant, and filling them would nix the court as a vehicle for blocking Obama’s legislative agenda.
A powerful group of religious leaders pushed House Republicans to pass immigration reform. Yet Boehner killed the bill anyway. Why won’t the right listen to evangelicals?
Last week, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York, made an urgent request to House Speaker John Boehner on behalf of the Catholic Conference of Bishops. He asked Boehner, a Catholic, to pass stalled immigration reform legislation, calling the current immigration system “a stain on the nation’s soul.”But on Wednesday, Boehner told reporters immigration reform isn't going anywhere fast. "We have no intention of ever going to conference on the Senate bill," Boehner said, all but guaranteeing that reform will be pushed into 2014 and the chaotic politics of the mid-term elections.
Forget more "credibility" or "competence." The only thing that can save Barack Obama's approval ratings is a stronger economy, and right now, that's far off.
If the latest polls from Gallup and Quinnipiac University are any indication, the public would—if it could—burn down Washington and everyone in it. Gallup, for instance, finds Congress with an approval rating of just 9 percent. And worse, at 14 percent and falling, its yearly approval rating is on track to be the lowest ever. For comparison’s sake, this makes Congress less popular than traffic jams, cockroaches, head lice, root canals, and colonoscopies.
Just a fraction of the 500,000 people expected to enroll in Obamacare via the new health exchanges have done so, according to media. But there’s more to the story.
This week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is expected to announce the long-awaited enrollment numbers for the first month of the health insurance marketplaces. And from all reports, they’re going to be low.The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that the 36 states that rely on Healthcare.gov for their insurance marketplaces signed up fewer than 50,000 people in their first month of operation.“Another way to look at the Healthcare.
I was on a panel yesterday at a conference of Economists for Peace and Security, and one of my panel mates was Ron Unz, the contrarian conservative who has had quite an interesting and varied career. His big passion these days is the minimum wage, which he has written about with some regularity. On yesterday’s panel, he spent some time on the substantive case, on which I don’t need to be sold. But he also made a very interesting political argument: that a really big increase might be more likely to pass than a more modest one, because it would potentially have a larger and more bipartisan constituency behind it.
John Kerry will urge a ‘pause’ in Iran sanctions Wednesday, but he’ll face a tough crowd, say senators who think new legislation will strengthen the White House’s negotiating position.
Secretary of State John Kerry will have his hands full Wednesday when he meets behind closed doors with the Senate Banking Committee, whose members are skeptical of the administration’s request they delay new sanctions against Iran.Kerry returned to Washington this week following a tour around the world that culminated with a surprise stop in Geneva, where he worked unsuccessfully to finalize an interim deal between Iran and the P5+1 countries, which include the U.
She’s slamming ‘angry atheists’ and Christie’s ‘extreme’ weight—and the ex-governor’s also promoting her book in key GOP primary districts. Can she swing the races for the Tea Party?
It may look like a regular book tour, complete with stops at the Walmart Supercenter in Wausau, Wisconsin, and Barnes & Noble bookstores from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, to Bloomington, Minnesota, and some few choice TV hits on the Today show, CNN, and Fox & Friends.But when Sarah Palin embarked on her own 15-city swing Tuesday in Easton, Pennsylvania, she plunged herself into the heart of a debate roiling the Republican Party between the moderate establishment on one hand and Tea Party fist-raisers on the other.
Oh Canada, it’s not just you. From another crack smoker to a man who allegedly stole from a children’s charity, meet some of North America’s most scandalous executives.
Is there something about the office of mayor that encourages bad behavior? Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s crack-smoking antics have been dominating the headlines, but he’s not the only North American mayor to land himself in hot water recently. Over the weekend Gordon Jenkins, the mayor of Monticello, New York, was accused of drunken driving, punching a clock at a police station, and resisting arrest. (He pleaded not guilty to all charges.) And in Florida, three suburban Miami mayors were arrested on corruption charges during the month of August.
In a major address, the progressive senator made no reference to speculation about her presidential ambitions, but she was fiery as ever when it came to swiping the big banks.
If it takes an imagined presidential run to generate interest in her signature issue of banking reform, freshman Senator Elizabeth Warren won’t be issuing any Shermanesque statements.A professor turned politician, she was among the first to sound the alarm bell on a runaway banking industry, and now she’s using her seat on the Senate Banking committee to warn of another “too big to fail” crisis in the making. Praised for her tenacity in penetrating the obscurity created by Wall Street to shield high-risk derivatives from scrutiny, and her clarity in exposing these practices to the American people, Warren would be a dream candidate for those who cheered last year’s Occupy Wall Street movement, and for progressives in general.
Saturday was the deadline to fix the site. Did they do it, and if so, does it even matter? The Sunday talk shows look at the practical and political future of Obamacare.
A bipartisan proposal to trim the sequester and forbid shutdowns for the next two years means Washington may finally be ready to quit kneecapping growth.