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.
The new Presidential Medal of Freedom winner is in hot water with Fox News for suggesting the opposition to Obama might be linked to race. No, O’Reilly, this wasn’t the ‘race card.’
Oprah Winfrey tries as much as possible to avoid controversial subjects, but on occasion, she’ll say something politically sensitive.During an interview for the U.K. release of The Butler last week, she floated the possibility that race has something to do with the opposition to President Obama. Asked by BBC reporter Will Gompertz if “some of the treatment of Obama and the challenges he’s faced…is because he’s an African-American,” Winfrey responded: “Has it ever crossed my mind?…Probably it’s crossed my mind more times than it’s crossed your mind.
Trey Radel has pleaded guilty to cocaine possession—but he’s not resigning. The Republican congressman from Florida says he’ll take a leave of absence from Congress.
Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL), who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor cocaine possession Wednesday, held an emotional press conference several hours later to announce that he would not resign from Congress. Instead Radel, a first-term Tea Partier from southwest Florida, said he would take a leave of absence to seek inpatient treatment for what he obliquely referred to as “his disease.” The congressman, who was sentenced to a year’s probation and paid a $250 fine in a Washington, D.
A year's worth of Republican obstruction have pushed Harry Reid to consider the "nuclear option" and end the judicial filibuster. He should do it.
Harry Reid has had enough. On Tuesday, after Republicans blocked another nominee to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, the Senate Majority Leader signaled his willingness to end filibusters on judicial nominations—the nuclear option. At the Washington Post, Greg Sargent gives a little more detail:Reid has concluded Senate Republicans have no plausible way of retreating from the position they’ve adopted in this latest Senate rules standoff, the aide says.
On the 150th anniversy of the Gettysburg Address, Obama wrote a personal tribute to his predecessor. If you couldn't read his writing, here's what he wrote.
With a touching, handwritten letter, President Obama paid tribute to the power of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address on the speech's 150th anniversary. In the note, posted online, Obama writes that he sometimes walks to Lincoln's office late at night in the White House to look at the original copy. He ruminated on the lines "a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal," and wrote: "Lincoln's words give us confidence that whatever trials await us, this nation and the freedom we cherish can, and shall, prevail.
Why couldn't they find a psych bed anywhere in southwestern Virginia for Gus Deeds?
It’s quite rare that a public tragedy allows us to connect dots this clearly, but the horrifying case of Gus Deeds stabbing his father, Virginia politician Creigh Deeds, is one such case. We begin with this sentence, from the Richmond Times-Dispatch account of the incident:The son was evaluated Monday at Bath Community Hospital, Cropper said, but was released because no psychiatric bed could be located across a wide area of western Virginia.Hmmm.
What a difference a few years makes. George W. Bush was a delight with Jay Leno—revealing a new painting, cracking jokes about Putin, and only indirectly tweaking Obama.
Context is everything, especially when it comes to the appearances of former presidents on late-night talk shows, so it’s hardly a surprise that George W. Bush was perfectly charming Tuesday night on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.Former first lady Laura Bush, who eventually joined her husband on the couch, was even more perfectly charming.Gone was the president who lost the popular vote to Al Gore by half a million ballots but was handed the White House anyway by the Republican majority on the Supreme Court; whose national security team ignored actionable intelligence about a coming al Qaeda attack on the United States; who entangled the nation in a costly, bloody preemptive war against Iraq under false pretenses, using cooked-up evidence; who terribly mishandled the occupation of that damaged and alien country, causing even more death and destruction; who sanctioned official torture and other human rights violations but didn’t get Osama bin Laden; who, at the start of his second term, tragically botched the federal government's response to Hurricane Katrina; and who presided over a massive financial meltdown that sent Wall Street tumbling into the abyss and resulted in one of the worst recessions in American history.
In 2008, he seemed like the coolest cat to hit the national scene in a long time, almost scientifically engineered to appeal to idealistic young Americans. How times have changed.
It’s like totally official, now, bro: Even the young Americans who were central to Barack Obama’s election in 2008 and 2012 are sick of the president, with a large and growing majority disapproving of the job he’s doing. In this, they’re just like their elders.A new Quinnipiac Poll finds that only 36 percent of voters between the ages of 18 and 29 approve of the job the president is doing while fully 54 percent of the kids give him the thumbs down (10 percent didn’t know or care enough to respond to the topic).
Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson sank $150 million into GOP efforts in 2012, but his new uphill battle to ban Internet gambling pits him against many Republicans—including Chris Christie.
GOP mega-donor Sheldon Adelson was one of the biggest players in the 2012 Republican primary, bankrolling much of Newt Gingrich’s presidential bid, giving Mitt Romney’s PAC $20 million, and eventually donating nearly $150 million to GOP candidates and causes. But Adelson’s newest lobbying effort to ban Internet gambling puts him at odds with at least four Republicans with 2016 presidential aspirations and threatens to supercharge the GOP family feud with all the drama of a high stakes poker match.
He’s no Northeastern squish or kooky libertarian. And the Wisconsin governor’s record could put him ahead of the 2016 pack—just don’t ask him to lead a national anti-union campaign.
If presidential campaigns were won on paper, Scott Walker would have it made.There are no fears the governor of Wisconsin is some kind of moderate Northeastern squish, as conservatives paint Chris Christie. He has no kooky libertarian strain, as the establishment fears Rand Paul possesses. He doesn’t preen like Ted Cruz, hasn’t betrayed Republican orthodoxy like Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio has.Instead, Walker took an ax to one of the Republican Party’s favorite bugaboos—government workers, and more important, the labor unions that protected them.
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.