The RNC's ill-worded tweet about the "end" of racism is a nice time to remember that racial bias is still real and still affects millions of Americans.
This past Sunday, to commemorate the anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott—a long-planned assault on segregation in the city initiated by Rosa Parks’ civil disobedience—the RNC wrote a tweet: “Today we remember Rosa Parks’ bold stand in ending racism.”The reaction was swift as hundreds of Twitter users piled on the RNC with the hashtag #RacismEndedWhen, created by user @FeministaJones, mocking the idea that racism is anywhere close to over.
Another big deadline is drawing near on Capitol Hill. Behind the scenes, both parties’ ‘budget fatigue’ and bad recent memories of brinkmanship are bringing hopes of a mini-bargain.
With the deadline for a budget agreement rapidly approaching, there is none of the terrible thrashing and gnashing of teeth that typically accompanies an epic budget battle. Instead there is a wall of silence imposed by the chief House and Senate negotiators, Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray.Republicans aren’t talking because they have an understandable interest in keeping the public dialogue focused on Obamacare rather than anything that might trigger memories of the recent government shutdown.
The New Jersey governor’s backing of a GOP challenger to Cuomo in the next New York governor’s race is being read for clues about a possible Christie-Cuomo showdown in 2016.
Andrew Cuomo versus Chris Christie isn’t just a potential 2016 presidential matchup; it’s a political skirmish that’s already being waged across the Hudson River.While the two have had a relatively close working relationship as governors of neighboring states who shared control of the New York Port Authority, it’s been strained in recent days by a report that Christie, the new head of the Republican Governors Association (RGA), has been helping to recruit Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino to run against Cuomo in 2014.
A tweet about Rosa Parks ‘ending racism’ reveals a shameful truth about the GOP: Equality has never been the party’s fight and likely never will be.
Yeah, it was probably a junior social-media staffer who threw up that Twitter post about Rosa Parks “ending racism” in 1955. And it was just a little slip.But it’s a story because it reveals two painful and quite shameful truths about the GOP, in this year of the “autopsy” that wasn’t, this year when the Republican-appointed Supreme Court majority essentially made racially discriminatory gerrymandering legal again after nearly 50 years, and when Republican state parties all over the country are redoubling their efforts to make it as difficult as possible for black people to cast a vote.
Healthcare.gov is well on its way to full stability, but Republicans refuse to acknowledge it. No matter the facts, the GOP is committed to the message that Obamacare has failed.
It wasn’t that long ago when Republicans were deeply concerned over the quality of the president’s healthcare website.In a letter to Kathleen Sebelius, head of the Department of Health and Human Services, Rep. Darrell Issa and Sen. Lamar Alexander demanded answers for the massive glitches that attended the rollout of Healthcare.gov. “We are concerned by recent comments to the media that the system suffers from architectural problems that need design changes,” wrote the two GOP lawmakers, “We seek information about these problems as well as whether you still expect individuals to suffer a tax penalty if they do no purchase government-approved health insurance.
Do the Democrats have a Plan B for 2016? From Joe Biden to Andrew Cuomo, the candidates who would step in if Hillary steps back.
There are supposed to be three things in life that are certain: death, taxes and Hillary Clinton being the Democratic nominee in 2016. But what if the former Secretary of State decides not to run? There are a number of other Democratic hopefuls already publically hinting at their own bids for the Oval Office. Here are six of the most prominent politicians considering a run or having their names floated.Joe BidenAs an incumbent Vice President, Joe Biden would have a number of built-in advantages in a presidential bid.
Jason Chaffetz, a Tea Party congressman from Utah, raised eyebrows by appearing at a late November fundraiser for a local elected official in Iowa.
Why is Rep Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) appearing at a fundraiser for a local elected official in Iowa?Chaffetz, a rising conservative star who was first elected to Congress in 2008, was in Iowa on November 21 for a fundraiser for Chad Airhart, the county recorder in Dallas County, Iowa, which consists of fast-growing Des Moines suburbs. The Utah congressman headlined Airhart's "Blue Jean Bash" at Jethro's BBQ and Jambalaya in West Des Moines.
Post-presidency plans? He’s been thinking about them. At least that’s the impression a visibly frustrated Obama and the first lady gave in their Barbara Walters interview.
The Obamas’ interview Friday with Barbara Walters left me with one takeaway: They’re looking forward to the end of the president’s term. And to be honest, who can blame them?Of course, neither President Obama nor first lady Michelle Obama stated that explicitly. They didn’t say they have a “count down the days until we’re outta here” calendar in their bedroom. And I’m not saying the president is throwing in the towel.But the Obamas’ tone reminded me of when you’ve already decided to break up with the person you’re dating, though you haven’t told the other person yet.
After triggering the nuclear option, Democrats agreed to stick to an antiquated legislative courtesy that’s preventing Obama from appointing federal judges.
Democrats changed the Senate rules to make it harder for Republicans to block President Obama’s nominees with a filibuster, but don’t cry for the minority. The GOP has a variety of other tactics it can use—and has been using—to deny confirmation of judges that Obama nominated in most cases many months ago. None are as obvious as the filibuster that Republicans routinely used to delay or derail nominees, but the Democrats’ decision to pull the trigger on the so-called nuclear option and allow a majority vote of 51 to end a filibuster, rather than the often insurmountable 60 votes, does not end Obama’s woes.
So the troubled site apparently now works 90 percent of the time. That should be good news for Obama—but the question is whether Obamacare will get the mass enrollment it needs.
HealthCare.gov finally works. Now people just need to use it.The error-plagued website, which was supposed to be the portal for Americans seeking to buy health insurance through the exchanges set up by the Affordable Care Act, is finally approaching basic functionality two months after it went online.In a report released Sunday, the Department of Health and Human Services breathlessly announced that the website now functions more than 90 percent of the time, not including scheduled downtime for maintenance.
Why would the Democrats, who never seem to stop worrying about overweening presidential control, roll back the filibuster—and hand their own power to Obama? They’ll be sorry, and soon.
I’m one of those neocons you used to hear so much about. I want a powerful presidency, able to project American power effectively. My bias is that Congress tends to be parochial, irresponsible, and self-interested. Worse, it’s dangerously easy for Congress to be captured by a minority of a minority of a minority: the Tea Party of today; the ultra-liberal Democrats of the mid-1970s. Under the theory of the Constitution, Congress passes laws and adopts budgets, while the Executive enforces laws and follows budgets.
No one would have dreamed of giving an NFL team a name insulting to white people, Catholics, or Jews. So why is ‘Redskins’ okay? One reason: Native Americans’ lack of political power.
WARNING: This column contains racially and ethnically offensive words and phrases. A lot of them. That’s the point, as you’ll see. I don’t go around using these words and phrases in real life and don’t think you should, either.The other night I was settling in to watch a bit of the Washington football club versus the San Francisco 49ers. A thought occurred to me that I tweeted: If the Niners had been named in the same spirit in which the Redskins were named, they might be the San Francisco _____s.
Alison Grimes’s campaign for McConnell’s Senate seat has gotten this far for one reason: she’s not McConnell. Now she needs to say who she is and what she stands for.
Things got heated in the gathering area behind the workshop of Guthrie Farms in Western Kentucky.Not when Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes heard repeated concerns about regulations forcing farmers to take care of “the Mexicans” or after the laughter subsided when she was asked if she believed in “Adam and Eve or Adam and Steve.”No, the real action was last December when the University of Kentucky Wildcats lost their annual battle with the University of Louisville Cardinals.
Mitt Romney’s son rescued four people from a car crash—then tweeted a photo of himself grinning next to the wreck. Bad move if you’re an aspiring politician.
When, as, and if Josh Romney runs for public office, an ambition he is rumored to harbor, he will have the best team of political professionals money can buy. He will have pollsters, strategists, admakers, opposition researchers, get-out-the-vote organizers and a campaign press secretary who knows how to use a Rolodex and plant a positive story with no fingerprints.But for now, handsome, strapping Josh—a 38-year-old real estate developer in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Mitt and Ann Romney’s No.
The era of ‘hope and change’ was supposed to usher in a ‘post-racial’ era. Instead it’s now the appalling norm to blame any political opposition to the president on racism.
As Americans participate in the post-Thanksgiving rite of passage known as Black Friday, I can’t help but reflect on a disturbing trend that increases with each passing day of the Obama presidency: If you disagree with the president, you must be racist.Of course, criticism of black Republicans by liberals of all colors is nothing new. When I first started on Capitol Hill in 1991 as a young legislative aide, it didn’t take long for Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) to call me a “sellout to my race” and tell me to my face that black Republicans are nothing more than “Uncle Toms.
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.
The Iran deal is important, but the international community needs to take time to hash a permanent deal that keeps everyone happy.