On the eve of talks the president hopes will halt Iran's quest for a nuclear weapon, six Republican senators are trying to introduce new sanctions.
Defying the wishes of President Obama, six Republican senators Tuesday proposed an amendment to a defense spending bill that would introduce a new round of sanctions on Iran on the eve of diplomatic talks the president hopes will end Iran’s quest for a nuclear weapon.The amendment, offered by Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Il.) and co-sponsored by five other Republican senators, including Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) as well as Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Sen.
Americans are unhappy with the Affordable Care Act, unhappy with President Obama, and kind of wish they had elected Romney instead.
At first glance, today’s poll from the Washington Post and ABC News is total vindication for Republicans who urge total rejection of the Affordable Care Act. In addition to the 57 percent who oppose the law—up eight points from last month—63 percent of Americans disapprove of Obama’s handling of the implementation.I’ll be the first to say that we should look to the economy as the driving force in the president’s standing. Still, it’s important not to under-emphasize the impact of the disastrous health care rollout.
Mary Cheney’s straight family members keep talking about ‘compassion’—a word that sounds nice but is typically used by the right to convey pity for the morally diseased.
No wonder Mary Cheney is pissed. Over the last two days, she and her wife, Heather Poe, have been talking about gay marriage in the language of equality, discrimination, and basic rights. Everyone else in the Cheney family, by contrast, has been talking about “compassion.”“I love my sister and her family and have always tried to be compassionate towards them,” explained Liz Cheney on Sunday. “I believe that is the Christian way to behave.” Added parents Dick and Lynne yesterday, “Compassion is called for, even when there is disagreement about such a fundamental matter.
When the war on terror has lost the founder of Blackwater, counterterrorism efforts could be in real trouble. Why Erik Prince thinks the national security state has become too big.
Erik Prince is not the kind of man one expects to make the case for slashing U.S. intelligence and military budgets. After 9-11, his company, Blackwater, expanded exponentially, winning contracts to protect diplomats and politicians in Iraq and to train and work with CIA paramilitary teams hunting terrorists. In an interview Monday, Prince said the national security state he once served has grown too large.“America is way too quick to trade freedom for the illusion of security,” he told The Daily Beast.
His apology for the disastrous Obamacare rollout was nice, but the public needs daily updates and vivid examples to break through the media-manufactured panic.
I try to limit myself to no more than four sports analogies a year, just to keep the clubby-male-pundit thing to a minimum. But this is unavoidably one of those times. Right now in the Obamacare Bowl, it’s like one of those points early in a football game where the other team has scored three quick touchdowns via some unusual circumstances, the old blocked punt and such. So boom, it’s 21-0. But it’s still the first quarter—say, 3:32 left in the first quarter.
If the New Jersey governor signs a bill providing in-state tuition benefits to children of undocumented immigrants, he’ll anger the very people he needs to win the GOP nomination.
It’s not easy being Chris Christie. And it just got tougher.Now the New Jersey governor doesn’t just have to deal with Sarah Palin calling his weight “extreme” or Rand Paul calling him a “moderate.” (Remember when being a moderate was a good thing?) Christie’s got a new challenge, one that could have a profound impact on his presidential ambitions: whether to sign into law a measure that will provide in-state tuition benefits to children of undocumented immigrants.
The hits keep coming! Embattled Toronto mayor Rob Ford reached a new level of viral infamy when he crashed into a fellow council member. Watch and cringe.
Ford’s downward spiral continued Monday when he plowed into a woman—nearly knocking her over—at a meeting of city council members working to strip him of his remaining powers. Those in attendance at the meeting were heard shouting “Shame! Shame!” at Ford, who has admitted to smoking crack while in office (he said he was drunk) and recently discussed oral sex in graphic terms on live TV. The vote, which a majority of council members have already supported, will cut Mayor McCrack’s office budget by 60 percent and allow his staff to join the deputy mayor.
A long-simmering feud between the former veep’s daughters—one gay, the other against gay marriage—has exploded on social media. And poor Dick is caught in the middle.
God help me, I actually feel sorry for Dick Cheney.No, not because of that whole selling-his-soul-to-Satan business. Lots of people in this town do that. And, for the most part, it seems to be working out pretty well for the former VP. (As has been noted, the man looks damn good for someone of his age and cardiac history.)But my heart does go out to Dick over the escalating gay-marriage spat between his daughters, Liz and Mary.For those not keeping track: This year, in hot pursuit of a Wyoming Senate seat, Liz has repeatedly felt compelled to state her disapproval of gay marriage.
Before we blame the problems with HealthCare.gov on ‘big government’ or ‘liberalism,’ we should remember that the Affordable Care Act needed GOP cooperation to succeed.
To help people sign up for coverage, the Affordable Care Act provides federal dollars for “navigators,” community-based groups that help individuals enroll in the exchanges. They are a real boon to efforts to implement the law, which means they’re a target for Republican efforts to derail Obamacare and create more problems for the administration.To wit, Dylan Scott reports for Talking Points Memo, Senate Republicans are using the lack of a federal background check for navigators—the groups themselves are responsible for vetting their employees—to attack the entire program as a vector for felons, identity thieves, and other criminals.
Most liberals have been denouncing the 39 House Democrats who voted for the Fred Upton Obamacare bill on Friday on the grounds that they voted for a bill that would clearly gut the law. That they did, not much use in denying that. But they're from districts where the law isn't exactly going down so well. And if the Democratic Party ever wants a House majority again, the only way it's going to get that is by electing more people from districts like these.
A growing faction of gun rights advocates believes brandishing big guns will help everyone feel safer. But their protests have been inciting more fear than support.
Some two dozen men and women from the gun rights group Open Carry Texas, armed with rifles and shotguns, sat outside a Dallas-area restaurant earlier this month while four women—members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a small gun control advocacy organization—ate lunch inside at the Blue Mesa Grill. The group posed for photos in the strip mall parking lot, brandishing their weapons and the American flag. After 15 minutes, they packed up their protest and headed to Hooters.
The campaign for president has already begun, and the New Jersey governor is in a dead heat with Hillary Clinton. Here’s how he can take the White House.
Governor Christie, on Election Day you won reelection by more than 20 points, and a Quinnipiac poll shows you in a dead heat with Hillary Rodham Clinton. Campaign 2016 starts now. If you are to win the Republican nomination and then remain viable, you must do three things. First, get a top notch tech team up and running, the sooner the better. Second, build bridges to Southern Republicans, who have yet to cotton to you. Third, lessen your tropism toward Wall Street.
The secretary doesn’t agree with Obama’s team, especially Susan Rice, on how to deal with Egypt. Unfortunately for Rice, Kerry is the one on the ground—and he’s doing things his way.
Before Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent trip to Cairo, National Security Adviser Susan Rice told him to make strong statements in public and private about the trial of deposed President Mohamed Morsi. On his own, Kerry decided to disregard the White House’s instructions.The tension between the national security adviser and the secretary of state spilled over into public view in the past week, when Rice laid out her critical appraisal of the Egyptian government, which contradicted Kerry’s assessment that Egypt was “on the path to democracy.
Obama’s taken responsibility for HealthCare.gov and apologized to those who got cancellation notices. But he should never be sorry for passing a law to bring us affordable health care.
It’s true what they say: Barack Obama does not relish the game of politics. Don’t get me wrong—as the first president in more than five decades to win more than 51 percent of the vote twice, he understands how the game is played. The man knows how to read a poll, and he is certainly not immune to the very human disappointment one must feel when the numbers show that a majority of your fellow citizens personally disapprove of you and the job that you’re doing.
Millennials, a generation shaped by GOP failure, are predisposed to vote Democratic. But their faith in government has been ebbing—and if Obamacare isn’t fixed, they may well flee.
If Obamacare never gets fixed, it might just sour the single best relationship the Democratic Party has: its love affair with the young.To understand why, it’s important to understand the basic paradox of millennial politics. Millennials are the product of what Chris Hayes has called “the fail decade.” Because they came of age watching a Republican president fail massively in Iraq, Hurricane Katrina, and the financial crisis, millennials are predisposed to favor Democrats.
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 Texas senator, a quintessential establishment Republican, is facing a new primary challenger in Steve Stockman, who blames Cornyn for ‘making sure Obamacare became law.’