The Tea Party darling whipped up supporters in the all-important election state of Iowa. David Catanese on why Ted Cruz is breaking Reagan's Rule.
Ted Cruz loves rekindling the story of Ronald Reagan as a political roadmap for Republican revitalization.Except, that is, for the Gipper’s oft-cited 11th commandment. Just ask Terry Branstad. Iowa’s longest-serving governor issued a pointed reminder to attendees of the party’s annual Ronald Reagan dinner Friday night to get back to heeding the 40th president’s much revered commandment designed to foster unity and comity: Speak no ill of other Republicans.
As conference committee talks begin, the GOP isn’t trying to cut $40 billion from SNAP just to save money. It wants to punish the poorest among us. By Michael Tomasky.
What’s the single worst thing the Obama-era Republicans have done? Tough one, I know.But spare me a moment here—plus a thousand words down the page—and I think maybe you’ll agree with me that the single worst thing the Obama-era Republicans have done is try to push through a $40 billion cut to the food-stamps program. It’s just unspeakably cruel. They usually say publicly that it’s about saving money. But sometimes someone—one congressman in particular—lets slip the real reason: They want to punish poor people.
In a speech at Colgate, the battle-tested maybe-a-candidate honed a message: Work together. The world is watching. By David Freedlander.
Hamilton, New YorkIn 2008, Barack Obama promised to be a president who brought people together, inaugurating a new era for Washington, D.C. He pointed to his biography—his mixed-race ancestry, his limited experience in the partisan battles of the past—as a chance for a break from the rancor and gridlock of the Bush years.If Hillary Clinton runs for president in 2016, she’ll have her own story to tell—about brushing off the battles of the Obama years.
The argument Obama won in 2012 about the role of government has already been squandered. The Obamacare rollout is a disaster for progressive politics, says Kirsten Powers.
Leading up to Election Day 2008, candidate Barack Obama declared, “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” Conservatives heard a menacing threat. For liberals, it was a rallying cry. The battle was on.Obama quickly became an effective advocate for the view that government is a critical part of the solution to society’s problems. So effective that he won reelection in the midst of a struggling economy.
From Obama to the Chamber of Commerce, everyone’s pushing House Republicans to move now on immigration reform. The sticking point: 11 million undocumented people. By Eleanor Clift.
After months of relative quiet on the subject of immigration reform, President Obama reclaimed center stage in an event in the East Room of the White House Thursday, urging the Republican-controlled House to take up bipartisan legislation passed in June by a big margin (68-32) in the Senate.“It doesn’t get easier to put off,” he said, a pointed reminder to Republicans that the politics are stacked against them if they punt on an issue of central importance to the fastest growing bloc of voters in the country.
Forget what you think you know about the next presidential election. David Frum details how the junior senator from Texas can take the White House.
Three years out, few bets in U.S. politics looked as sure as Hillary Clinton’s election to the presidency in 2016. Republicans had badly polluted their brand in the debt ceiling standoff. Their coalition seemed to have dwindled to an embittered band of older white Southern men.But it’s never wise to predict the future by projecting forward from the present.By spring 2014, the U.S. economy had been expanding for almost 60 months, the fifth-longest expansion in U.
Ryan Ellis is the latest Conservative to attack Ted Cruz and his fellow Tea Partiers—only this time, he’s likening them to terrorists. By Eli Lake and Ben Jacobs
In the wake of the ill-fated attempt to use a government shutdown and the threat of default to force Barack Obama to defund the Affordable Care Act, conservative activists are fighting among themselves about whether this strategy, masterminded by Sen Ted Cruz (R-TX) and initially opposed by many leading Republicans, was wise.The infighting has grown tense in some quarters. On a list serv informally called the Repeal Coalition List, comprising about 200 leading conservative activists and writers, one prominent right winger recently compared those who forced the government shutdown to terrorists.
Grilling contractors over the failures of the Obamacare website, members of Congress from both parties sharpened their knives for next week, when the HHS secretary will face the music.
There was finally bipartisan agreement over one aspect of the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, when lawmakers from both parties on the House Energy and Commerce Committee attacked two executives from the contractors responsible for building healthcare.gov over the website’s snafus. In a political ritual almost as old as and deeply reminiscent of the human sacrifices practiced by the Maya, Cheryl Campbell, a senior vice president at CGI Federal, which was the lead contractor on federal health exchange and its website as well as Andrew Slavitt of Quality Software Services Inc, a subdivision of United Healthcare, were berated by lawmakers from both parties.
Most Pentagon budget fights are about things like tanks and fighter jets. But plans to eliminate a small think tank at the Pentagon is attracting stiff opposition from Congress and the national security elite. Josh Rogin and Eli Lake report.
As Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel tries to make do with less, he is weighing the possibility of taking away the independence of a small internal Pentagon think tank beloved by many in Washington’s national security elite.U.S. defense officials confirmed this week to the Daily Beast that Hagel is considering moving the Office of Net Assessment (ONA), which now reports directly to him, to the purview of the policy shop at the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
The establishment may think the shutdown killed off the Tea Party, but they won’t be in the grave long. James Poulos on why their concerns resonate with Americans in both parties—and are the starting point for a new radical bipartisanship.
With the predictability of Halloween decorations flooding your local CVS, the Tea Party is once again being pronounced dead. Unable to defund Obamacare, unhappy about funding the government, the far right’s nihilist wing has nowhere to go but the grave.Or so we are told. But in a very seasonal irony, it won’t stay buried.Why? Because the American people hunger for brains—the brains to realize that we need a new kind of bipartisanship.Contrary to the hopes and dreams of its antagonists, the Tea Party doesn’t reduce to some throwback, obsolete prejudice.
Republicans in Utah are unhappy about their Senator’s role in the federal shutdown. Jamelle Bouie says Mike Lee’s overreach could inspire a resurgence of moderate Republicans.
Mike Lee wasn’t the consensus choice of Utah Republicans. A creature of the conservative legal movement, Lee was a political novice with limited support among the party establishment when he challenged long-time incumbent senator for the Republican Senate nomination. He edged out Bennett and former congressional candidate Tim Bridgewater in the first ballot of the state Republican convention, but lost on the second and third ballots to the latter, first by a slight margin of 1.
Judges are supposed to be insulated from politics. But the 2010 Citizens United decision is putting the judicial system’s integrity at risk, a new report out Thursday warns. Eleanor Clift reports.
The flood of special interest money into elections is threatening the integrity of the judicial system, says “The New Politics of Judicial Elections,” a report released Thursday. The numbers are stark: $56.4 million was spent on high court elections in the 2011-12 cycle, with $33.7 million going into state Supreme Court campaign TV ads, up 42 percent from the ’08 campaign. “It’s the biggest threat to democracy that nobody’s heard of,” says Bert Brandenburg, executive director of Justice at Stake, the nonpartisan group that partnered on the report with the Brennan Center and the National Institute on Money in State Politics.
On Monday, Ohio became the 25th state to expand Medicaid thanks to new provisions in Obamacare. Nick Gillespie on why this is an unfortunate and expensive mistake.
On Monday, the same day President Obama gave a poorly received speech defending the glitchy Obamacare rollout, there was another unfortunate development in health-care reform: Ohio expanded Medicaid.In a controversial (and possibly illegal) move, Ohio’s Controlling Board voted to expand Medicaid coverage in the state to adults that were not previously eligible by way of accepting billions in federal funds. That means 25 states, plus the District of Columbia, have now signed on to take part in an aspect of the Affordable Care Act that is both optional and ill-considered.
Is there no fun to be had with politics anymore? Not on the right, it seems. Comedian Dean Obeidallah on how his Twitter jokes about Ted Cruz drew heavy fire from five—yes, five—publications.
A comedian tweets a political joke that some people don’t agree with: cue instant outrage!We have seen this time and time again. To me, this is part of a war on comedy which has increased in intensity during the current hyper-partisan climate and I fear it will become even more lethal in the future. And in my experience, this war is being waged by the far right. Cue more faux outrage.I was caught in the crosshairs of the war on comedy this past weekend when I tweeted a joke—okay, many jokes—about Ted Cruz.
If the Germans were tapping our president’s phone, Rush Limbaugh would be musing about fire-bombing Dresden. But since we’re doing the spying, the right doesn’t care. That indifference only weakens the U.S., says Peter Beinart.
I spent Wednesday afternoon meandering across the web, looking at how the American media were covering allegations that the National Security Agency had spied on yet another foreign leader. “Don’t Tap My Phone,” screamed the banner headline at Huffington Post, above a grim-faced German Chancellor Angela Merkel. “Obama to Merkel: We’re Not Spying On You,” announced the lead story on msnbc.com. Then I tacked right, to see how the websites of Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Red State, National Review, and The Weekly Standard were handling the story.
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.
After years of reveling in intra-GOP squabbling, Democrats are facing a battle within their own party over economic populism—and the fight over inequality may dominate the 2014 races.