A group called the Oath Keepers wants Americans to form armed “citizen preservation” teams before the coming societal breakdown. Caitlin Dickson talks to the movement's leader.
“We are flat running out of time and we need to get as prepared as possible as fast as possible.”That’s the explanation Oath Keepers founder and president Stewart Rhodes offers at the end of a lengthy email to members of his patriot movement on why they’ve decided to “go operational.” Since its inception in 2009, the Oath Keepers have advocated arming and training civilians in order to protect themselves in times of crisis and fight back against unconstitutional acts by the government.
Congress is heaving a sigh of relief over a reported deal to avert a default—but the crisis is nowhere near ended. David Frum on why the ruthless politics won’t stop until the larger crisis in American life finds some resolution.
Like the atomic bomb in a James Bond movie, the debt ceiling crisis seems to have been averted with only minutes remaining on the countdown clock. A lot could still go wrong. But sighs of relief are being heard from Congress and from Wall Street. The S&P 500 has gained more than 2 percent over the past week.We can all welcome the last-minute decision by Republicans in Congress to halt a confrontation that threatened to blow up the world financial system.
The Tea Party senator’s attack on Muslims was nothing short of ‘hate speech,’ says Dean Obeidallah, who compares Rand Paul’s words to the bad arguments and vitriol used by al Qaeda recruiters.
Was Rand Paul’s most recent, big set-piece speech about A. The government shutdown; B. The debt limit; or C. The dreaded Obamacare? Nope, it was none of them. Instead, Paul spent his 19-minute speech at the Value Voters summit on Friday talking about Muslims.Now, I’m Muslim and I love attention - so on some level I’m happy when people talk about Muslims. But despite what some may tell you, not all press is good press. And in the case of Rand Paul’s speech – it was awful press for Muslims.
Thanks to the shutdown, the press and the public can’t stand the GOP. But, Peter Beinart argues, Republican ideological influence is increasing.
The news from Washington is all about President Obama’s impending triumph in the government shutdown/debt ceiling standoff. “Boehner Blinks,” declared a recent headline in The Washington Post. “Republicans,” explained ABC’s Jonathan Karl, “are working out the terms of their surrender.”If this is Republican surrender, I hope I never see Republican victory.To understand how upside down the current media analysis is, you need to go back a couple of years.
Forty years ago, business interests banded together to push back against the left—and succeeded brilliantly. But now the monster they created has turned on them, says Michael Tomasky.
Back in the early 1970s, corporate America got together and developed a plan of action to combat the takeover of America by what they saw as an unremittingly radical left. If we don’t act and get politically engaged, these corporate titans said, this country is going down the chute.Forty years later, corporate America beholds the monster it created. And now, these same institutions need to step up and rein in an unremittingly radical right. Only they can stop this nonsense, and it will take an effort as concerted and well-organized as the one they undertook in the 70s.
Republicans have lost at the ballot box and the Supreme Court, so they’ve decided to nullify President Obama another way: keep his government from working, period.
The dance over the debt ceiling and the fight over the government shutdown are nothing less than impeachment on the cheap: a chance to negate the will of the majority by ostensibly placating the letter of the law. Unable to win the last two presidential elections or to persuade a Supreme Court majority that the Affordable Care Act was unconstitutional, House Republicans have arrived at a point where default and closure are the next best things.
The compromise-friendly New Jersey governor tells Lloyd Grove he thinks Washington—including his own party—has failed at its only job: keep the government running.
“It’s ridiculous,” Chris Christie said.New Jersey’s blunt-spoken, bipartisanly-inclined Republican governor was discussing the ongoing federal shutdown and debt ceiling crisis plaguing the nation’s capital. “You get hired to do a job. Do your job!” he said. “There are too many people down here who spend all their time pontificating rather than working. And that applies to both parties. I don’t have patience for that.”The 51-year-old Christie—who many hope will launch a presidential campaign once he gets past what is widely expected to be an easy reelection on Nov.
Solving the debt crisis would be simple if the government would use the same conflict resolution tactic as the business sector, argues one of the nation’s top CEOs.
While the government rolls towards its next toxic deadline—authorizing a new debt ceiling limit—the policy stalemate seems to be deepening. We are surely a nation divided when it comes to government spending. But we aren’t a nation divided when it comes to shutdowns and defaults. Polls show most Americans believe the battle has gone too far. So as we lurch toward the next “fail-safe” milestone, there must be a way out for both sides.Looking back at some of the mutually destructive conflicts between labor unions and companies, there are cases like International Harvester’s 1979-1980 strike, in which opposing positions became so publicly entrenched that neither side could negotiate effectively.
Reid and McConnell fail to reach a deal.
Shocking no one, the Senate came out of talks about how to end the shutdown Sunday... no closer to ending it. The phone call, between Senate Majority leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, was "cordial" but—owing to conflicting demands from both parties—fruitless. The failure to reach a deal leaves the Senate only three days to negotiate a way to lift the debt ceiling ahead of the Thursday deadline. While Washington tries to remain optimistic, many around the world are sounding the alarm of a catastrophic debt default—including International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde.
For Senate candidate Steve Lonegan.
Steven Lonegan is really bringing in the big guns. Sarah Palin took the Tea Party Express bus to New Jersey on Saturday to campaign for the Republican senate candidate, who trails Cory Booker by double digits. The special election will be held Wednesday for the late Frank Lautenberg’s seat. It had long been considered a lock for Booker—but recent polls put Lonegan within 12 points of Booker (which was actually way less than everyone thought). Palin tried to frame the race as a way to send a message to President Obama—especially in a blue state (well as blue a state can be with Chris Christie as governor can be) like New Jersey. Oh, and Palin said Lautenberg’s memory as a WWII vet is being “dishonored” by Congress.
For 2016 race.
Nothing’s gonna stop him now. Ted Cruz won the 2016 straw poll Saturday night at the Value Voters Summit—blowing away his competitors in a matchup that points to where the faithful Republican voters’ allegiance lies. Cruz won 42 percent of the votes, while anti-Obamacare darling Ben Carson—a medical doctor with no political experience—came in second with 13 percent, just barely beating out 2012 conservative favorite Rick Santorum. Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, and Paul Ryan all trailed Santorum. Although many inside the Beltway dismissed Cruz’s 21-hour speech as a stunt, polls show that his name recognition has jumped 20 percentage points since June—but his unfavorably ratings also jumped 18 percentage points. Meanwhile, the hardcore conservatives at the Value Voters Summit are apparently not that concerned with recent polls that showed national disgust with the GOP.
Grand Canyon, Statue of Liberty, and more.
Get out those fanny packs. The Grand Canyon, the Statue of Liberty and other national tourist attractions will reopen this week after the government shutdown shuttered them starting October 1. Arizona and New York have worked out deals for the state to fund the Grand Canyon (at a cost of $100,000 per day) and the Statue of Liberty (estimated cost of $60,000 a day), while South Dakota will use corporate donors to reopen Mount Rushmore on Monday. Utah and Colorado also hammered out deals to reopen their national sites.
Even the hyper-partisans in Congress are beginning to feel the heat from overwhelming public disapproval. John Avlon on why it's time for the common good to outweigh partisan concerns.
After 12 days of stalemate, conversations – if not negotiations – have started.But House Republicans remain deadlocked with the White House, its leadership constrained by their own far-Right-wing caucus, announcing to members in a closed-door session this morning that any deal would have to come from the Senate, where Mitch McConnell, the GOP minority leader, declared: “I’m willing to work with the government we have, not the one I wish we had.
President Obama could overrule one obscure opinion from Jimmy Carter’s attorney general—and reopen the government himself. Ben Jacobs explains.
The government shutdown has had drastic effects across America. But there is no federal law mandating that it should be so severe. Instead, much of the shutdown’s impact is a direct consequence of a nonbinding legal opinion issued by Jimmy Carter’s attorney general, which could be easily be revoked by Eric Holder and the Obama administration. All they’d have to do is write a new opinion... and override 30 years of precedent.Between 1974—when the modern era of budgeting started on Capitol Hill—and 1980, there were several government shutdowns.
Inside the right-wing conclave, the train wreck’s drivers, from Ted Cruz to Rand Paul and Marco Rubio, were celebrated—and completely unchallenged. By Jamelle Bouie.
It didn’t take long at the Values Voter Summit to see why House Republicans feel empowered to drive the country off the cliff if they don’t get their demands.The four lawmakers who inaugurated the day’s events—Senators Mike Lee of Utah, Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky, and Marco Rubio of Florida—are all on the Tea Party vanguard of the Republican Party. And Cruz is the pied piper who has used his considerable intellectual gifts to corral conservatives into a suicide run against the Affordable Care Act.
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.