After leading the shutdown and making headlines for months, the senator is aggressively campaigning in Iowa. But will voters burn out on him before the crucial caucus vote?
Eventually, even the most gleeful child learns that there is such a thing as too much ice cream when the carton is empty and all that’s left is the toothache. Might conservative Iowa Republicans, a demographic that plays an outsize role in the presidential nominating process, ever feel the same way about Ted Cruz?The Texas senator has been in office for less than a year and has already become a national figure and a frontrunner not just in the 2016 Iowa caucuses but eventually to receive the GOP nomination as well.
Obama will be overthrown if he doesn’t resign by Black Friday, Oklahoma would rather no one have spousal benefits than give them to gay couples, and other fun from the fringe.
Oregonians Fight for the Right to DiscriminateAs the marriage-equality movement gains momentum in Oregon, opponents are figuring out new ways to push back. The Oregon Family Council has filed a counter-initiative to the marriage ballot that allows businesses that work with weddings, like florists, photographers, and caterers, to discrimination against same-sex couples in the event that marriage equality is passed. Under the proposed law, a person “acting in a nongovernmental capacity” could not be penalized for refusing to “solemnize, celebrate, participate in, facilitate, or support any same-sex marriage ceremony or its arrangements” if doing so “would violate a person’s deeply held religious beliefs.
Rush Limbaugh compared Democrat-led filibuster reform to rape on his radio show on Friday. Shock may be part of his shtick, but it’s time the GOP stopped supporting him.
Yet again, Rush Limbaugh proves he is the worst person in America. In this case, it’s his reaction to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s decision to end the supermajority requirement on judicial nominees—an extra constitutional innovation of Senate Republicans—and lower the threshold to a simple majority of 51 votes.In short order, Limbaugh goes from complaining about the rule change to comparing it to rape. Specifically, he offers an analogy.
The left-leaning cable channel’s bad boys, Alec Baldwin and Martin Bashir, are drawing unprecedented scorn for some ugly public comments. Still, they don’t deserve to be fired.
Let’s stipulate at the outset that MSNBC’s resident potty-mouths, Martin Bashir and Alec Baldwin, ought to have their tongues scoured. The ugly things they said—Bashir on the air about Sarah Palin, and Baldwin in the street to a pesky paparazzo—were shameful and repulsive; both, quite rightly, have apologized.Yet Bashir’s future as an afternoon anchor on the left-leaning cable network is suddenly up for grabs, and Phil Griffin, MSNBC’s president, has suspended Baldwin from his Friday night show for two weeks, with the possibility that Up Late With Alec Baldwin—which, after all, has hardly been crushing it critically or ratings-wise since its Oct.
Veteran California Democrat Dianne Feinstein hinted that she might not seek re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2018 on Thursday.
Is this Dianne Feinstein’s last term in the U.S Senate?The 80-year-old Feinstein, (D-CA), who is currently the oldest member of the Senate, hinted on Thursday that her current term may be her last on Capitol Hill. While talking to reporters about her support for filibuster reform on Thursday, Feinstein said:“Now I recognize I could be back in the minority again but that’s ok if that happens but I want for the remainder of my 5 plus years to be able to get something done to be able to get to get nominees approved, to be able to get bills moving, to be able to pass an intelligence authorization bill, a cyber bill whatever it is.
Republicans may be whining about the Democrats’ rule-change to the filibuster, but to bring real democracy to the chamber, the entire concept should be stricken from Senate rules.
It’s a “power grab,” declared an exasperated Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) cried out, “We’ve got a big bully…What we really need is an anti-bullying ordinance in the Senate.” And Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) vowed that Senate Democrats “will pay a heavy, heavy price” for their conduct.What caused these Republican senators to freak out? Did Majority Leader Harry Reid give Paul a wedgie? Did Senate Democrats change the locks on the Senate and not tell the Republicans? Nope, the outrage erupted after Senate Democrats brought a little democracy to the chamber.
I actually think it's sad and regrettable that it's come to this. My ideal United States Senate is basically no different from David Broder's--I'd like a chamber filled with reasonable men and women who understood that they held in their hands the responsibility to govern the republic with cool heads and with respect for the range of point of views represented among them.That may sound like a bunch of high-flown hooey, but really, this is, or is supposed to be, democracy, and what some people call high-flown hooey is what other people call our founding principles.
Thanks for a new ruling, the government can no longer collect billions in fees for a nuclear waste repository that doesn’t exist. What took so long?
Nevada history is littered with tales of out-of-state suckers who dumped their fortunes into over-hyped holes in the ground.It’s rare and refreshing whenever some of those rubes finally wise up and stop throwing good money after bad.The U.S. Court of Appeals this week ruled that the Department of Energy no longer may force utility customers to pour millions into a construction fund for the mothballed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository. Although Yucca occasionally makes a death rattle—and its diehard congressional supporters continue to tout its potential—the costly dump has been effectively terminated by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada.
It should be a no-brainer for any legislator seeking female votes. A talk with Rep. Jan Schakowsky, sponsor of a bill to make permanent America’s commitment to abused women worldwide.
A strong liberal and a feminist, Illinois Democrat Jan Schakowsky worked hard to win bipartisan backing for the International Women Against Violence Act. It was touch and go until Thursday morning, when just hours before she was scheduled to introduce the bill on the House floor, two upstate New York Republicans, Reps. Richard Hanna and Chris Gibson, agreed to sign on to the legislation known as I-VAWA, which Schakowsky says “would make ending violence against women a pillar in foreign policy… to be considered in all things that we do.
A landmark change in the Senate has only inflamed Washington’s partisan wars. ‘When you change the rules…there are no rules,’ railed John McCain.
With Democrats invoking the so-called “nuclear option” on Thursday, Washington was aglow with partisan vitriol as by a simple majority vote, Democrats forced the most significant change to Senate rules in decades.As a result of the vote—attached as a procedural motion to the nomination of Patricia Millett to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals—debate on presidential nominations to any office, save the Supreme Court, can be ended by a simple majority vote.
Republicans will spin the nuclear option as a power grab, but they started this fight.
After a year of provocation, Harry Reid has finally pulled the trigger on the nuclear option. Earlier this afternoon, the Senate leader called a vote on whether a judicial nominee could be confirmed with a simple majority.Fifty-two Democrats agreed, including procedural traditionalists like Pat Leahy and Dianne Feinstein, thus ending the filibuster on judicial nominees. Only three Democrats—Mark Pryor, Carl Levin, and Joe Manchin—opposed the move.
Holiday food drives for ‘associates in need’? Tips on ‘digging out of holiday debt,’ like selling items on eBay? Far from raising wages, Walmart and McDonald’s have a reached a new low.
What are future historians going to call this age? Probably not the Era of Good Feelings, which is what we still call the Monroe-era embrace of small-r republicanism. (It was awfully brief.) The Gilded Age has been taken, although we’ve often heard that we’re living in a New Gilded Age.Lately, I’m wondering if we’ve morphed even beyond that. We know the 1 percent have been partying in contemporary America as never before. And we know the workers at the bottom have been getting hammered.
A provocative game called ‘Catch an Illegal Immigrant’ turned the University of Texas at Austin into a hotbed of debate this week. Even Ugly Betty joined the fray.
The game was canceled, but the protest went on anyway.By early afternoon on Wednesday, some 500 students had gathered on the steps of the main building of The University of Texas at Austin—chanting, holding signs, and wearing t-shirts with a single word stamped across them: undocumented. As Ugly Betty actress America Ferrera took the stage at 12:30, even the Frisbee-playing students on a nearby lawn joined in. “I am the daughter of immigrants,” Ferrera shouted into a megaphone, and the crowd, some holding fluorescent signs reading “Aliens Live in Space,” erupted into applause.
The old ‘labels are obsolete,’ and the GOP has no ‘strategic foreign policy view,’ says the senator. He details his vision.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) intends to chart a new foreign policy course for the GOP, and it rejects the policies of both hawks and isolationists within his own party.“It has become starkly apparent to me that we lack any sort of strategic foreign policy view, and when I say ‘we,’ I mean the country in general but in particular the Republican Party,” Rubio told The Daily Beast in an exclusive interview Wednesday. “There’s this false choice between the labels ‘isolationist’ and ‘hawks.
From marijuana to crack, crystal meth, and pills, politicians have gotten caught with a variety of drugs over the years. A look back at some of the most notorious busts.
Ever since Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admitted to smoking crack during a “drunken stupor” earlier this month, American media (this website included) has pointed, gawked, and laugh at the red-faced canuck. But this Tuesday, attention was turned back toward the U.S., as Rep. Trey Radel of Florida was charged with misdemeanor cocaine possession. Wednesday, Radel, the self-described “hip-hop conservative,” pleaded guilty to possession charges, admitting that he purchased cocaine from an undercover cop in the capitol.
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.
Obama wants young people to sign up, but he’s not talking about Hispanics, who could make or break the law—and so far, with Spanish tools delayed on HealthCare.gov, the outlook is grim.