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OTB Latenight — Joan Jett & the Blackhearts


Congressional Leadership And Obama Reach Deal To Raise Debt Ceiling


We have a deal in Washington. Now, the leadership just has to make sure it can pass Congress.

Syrian Troops Massacre Hundreds In Opposition Stronghold


Nearly thirty years ago, the Syrian city of Hama was witness to the massacre of tens of thousands of people by the forces of Hafezal-Assad. Today, his son sent the Syrian Army into Hama and other Syrian cities and it was another bloody day: BEIRUT, Lebanon — Syrian military and security forces stormed Hama and […]

Kill This Bill

Data Retention

Much like bills named for dead children, there’s a very high likelihood that any bill with “protecting children” and/or “pornographers” in the title is a) a very bad idea, b) a very stupid idea, c) of dubious Constitutionality, or, as here, d) all of the above.

Andrew Breitbart Skipping CPAC Due To GOProud Ban


The American Conservative Union’s decision to dis-invite GOProud from the Conservative Political Action Conference is stirring up some controversy on the right: ST. LOUIS, MO- While speaking to attendees during a lunch at the 2011 Smart Girl Summit, conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart announced that he would be skipping next year’s CPAC in reaction to the […]

Debt Deal Emerging


President Obama and Congressional Republicans have the outline of a deal to raise the debt limit past the 2012 elections.

Thad McCotter To The Tea Party: Time To Grow Up


One of the more conservative members of the House GOP caucus had some harsh words for the Tea Party regarding the role it has played in the debt ceiling debate: Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (Mich.), a Republican presidential candidate, called Saturday morning for Republicans and the Tea Party to stop fighting and work together to help […]

Signs Of Hope In The Debt Ceiling Debate?


Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner just concluded a press conference that seems to offer some hope that a deal can be reached to raise the debt ceiling: Top Republicans in the House and Senate say they have spoken with the White House Saturday and are “fully engaged” in trying to […]

43 Republican Senators Say They’ll Vote No On Reid Bill


The prospects for Harry Reid’s debt ceiling plan just got a lot more difficult with the release of a letter from Mitch McConnell signed by enough Republican Senators to stop any effort to invoke cloture: Forty-three GOP senators on Saturday signed a letter addressed to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) expressing opposition to his […]

Explaining the House Republicans


A recent poll provides some insight into congressional behavior.

Reid Plan Altered In Effort To Gain GOP Support


Harry Reid is making some rather important changes to his debt ceiling plan in an effort to attract Republican votes in the Senate: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has revised his plan to raise the debt limit in a last-ditch bid to attract Republican support. The biggest change is that Reid would give the […]

The Debt Ceiling and the Imperial Presidency


Congress failing to raise the debt ceiling would involve abrogating an enormous amount of power to the Executive.

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Playing the Victim Card


This is simply brilliant. The Daily ShowGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook

Senate Blocks Boehner Bill, Focus Shifts To Reid Plan, McConnell Won’t Negotiate


The Senate killed the Boehner Plan but the debt ceiling crisis is still unresolved and the way out is murky.

Parliamentary Procedure and the Debt Ceiling Debate

One of these guys is outsmarting the other one

How the reelection incentive and parliamentary procedure are affecting the debt ceiling debate in Congress.

House Passes Boehner Debt Ceiling Bill 218-210, Senate Defeat Tonight Certain

U.S. Capitol

It’s another Friday of drama in the debt ceiling crisis.

CPAC Purges Gay Conservative Group GOProud


After two years of controversy and boycotts by social conservatives, the organizers of the Conservative Political Action Conference have ousted GOProud, a gay conservative group, as a sponsor: According to official letters obtained by The Daily Caller, the gay conservative group GOProud and the ultraconservative John Birch Society won’t be co-sponsoring the Conservative Political Action […]

Obama Hits All-Time Low In Gallup Poll


In addition to the debt ceiling headaches, there’s news from Gallup that is likely not making President Obama happy today: President Obama’s job approval rating is at a new low, averaging 40% in July 26-28 Gallup Daily tracking. His prior low rating of 41% occurred several times, the last of which was in April. As […]

Pregnant Woman Takes Bar Exam While In Labor


It was Bar Exam week across the United States, that twice-yearly occasion when law school graduates spend two days, or more, in the arduous process of taking the test that will decided whether or not they can practice law. It’s never a fun process and I still have memories of my own trial by fire […]

Apple Has More Cash Than The U.S. Government

Steve Jobs

Perhaps the United States Government should start selling iPads: According to the latest statement from the U.S. Treasury, the government had an operating cash balance Wednesday of $73.8 billion. That’s still a lot of money, but it’s less than what Steve Jobs has lying around. Tech juggernaut Apple had a whopping $76.2 billion in cash […]

The Tea Party’s Utopianism Is Making It Irrelevant

Tea Party

By insisting on perfection in the debt ceiling debate, the Tea Party has made itself irrelevant to the process.

Speaking of Fidelity to the Constitution….


The constitutional purists in the Tea Party apparently do not understand either bicameralism nor separation of powers.

“Buckets of crazy.”


WaPo’s Jennifer Rubin (at the Right Turn blog)  writes about Why no vote tonight (i.e., last night): A House aide just e-mailed me: “Buckets of crazy.” That’s as good an explanation as any as to why Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) won’t be able to hold a vote tonight on his debt-ceiling bill. […]

Boehner Bill To Be Amended To Please Tea Party, Thus Making It Totally Irrelevant


John Boehner’s debt ceiling plan is being amended. And not in a good way.

The Debt Ceiling Debate: Social Democracy v. Limited Government?


Charles Krauthammer claims we are in the midst of a great debate. I am not so sure.

Boehner Plan Stalled In The House, Reid Plan Moving Forward In The Senate


The House Republican leadership is once again trying to put together the 216 votes they need to get John Boehner’s debt ceiling bill passed: House GOP leaders expressed confidence Friday morning that they would move a vote on raising the debt ceiling one day after they had to pull their Speaker’s measure from a planned […]

Second Quarter GDP Shows Economy Slowing To Near-Recession Status


And you thought the bad economic news was over.

Libyan Rebels’ Military Leader Killed, Likely By Own Side


Abdel-Fattah Younis, the military leader of Libya’s anti-Gaddafi rebels, has been killed while in custody of his own political  leaders. AP (“Fear, confusion among Libya’s rebels after killing“): Fear and confusion have gripped the de-facto rebel capital in eastern Libya after the rebel military chief was shot dead. Heavy gunfire crackled throughout Benghazi early Friday […]

Can Boehner Lead House Republicans?


The failure of House Republicans to pass a bill that would have been dead on arrival in the Senate, anyway, raises questions about whether a deal is possible and whether John Boehner can lead his own coalition.

GOP Vote Watch


ThinkProgress has a head count: click. As of 6:22pm central time, it appears that 25 Reps have publicly stated their opposition to the Boehner plan. Due to absences and vacancies, Boehner needs 1 of those Reps to defect to get to 216. Hence the delay.

Disloyalty To Boehner May Cost One Congressman His District


Jim Jordan may come to regret his strident, vocal, and public opposition to John Boehner’s debt reduction plan: U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan’s open defiance of Speaker John Boehner’s efforts to solve the debt-ceiling crisis could cost the Urbana Republican his safe seat in next year’s election. Two Republican sources deeply involved in configuring new Ohio […]

What Will The Final Debt Deal Look Like?

One of these guys is outsmarting the other one.

We all know that the Boehner Plan is not going to pass the Senate. Indeed, Harry Reid has already said that he will be bringing it up for a Motion to Table tonight, mere hours after it passes the House (which now seems likely). The Reid Plan, on the other hand, is unlikely to pass […]

Rick Perry Throws 10th Amendment Under The Bus, Supports Federal Marriage Amendment

Rick Perry at podium 2

Just a week after he raised eyebrows across the nation by saying he thought New York should be permitted to legalize same-sex marriage, Texas Governor Rick Perry is firmly back in the social conservative, anti-gay, corral: Texas Gov. Rick Perry wants you to know he isn’t fine with gay marriage. In an interview with Family […]

Study Finds That Affordable Care Act Isn’t All That Affordable


Another government program isn’t going to bring health care costs under control.

Why Didn’t Democrats Raise The Debt Ceiling Last December?


As we hurdle toward uncertainly, it’s worth noting, I think, that the Democrats passed on the opportunity to deal with the debt ceiling back in December 2010 when they still had control of Congress. Why, you might ask? I’ll let Harry Reid explain: Briefing reporters yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he’s glad the […]

Harry Reid: Senate Will Vote On Boehner Plan Tonight If It Passes


Harry Reid has just announced that if the Boehner Plan passes today, he intends to have the Senate take it up tonight, and defeat it: The Senate will take up, and vote down, House Speaker John Boehner’s bill to raise the federal debt ceiling immediately after its anticipated House passage Thursday evening, Senate Majority Leader […]

Scientists Discovery “Trojan Asteroid” Sharing Earth’s Orbit


Apparently, Earth isn’t alone in the track it takes in its journey around the Sun: The moon isn’t the only hunk of space rock that has been travelling around the sun with the Earth for ages. Canadian scientists have discovered that the Earth is also accompanied by a “Trojan” companion — an asteroid that travels […]

Boehner Plan Reportedly Doesn’t Have Enough Votes To Pass Yet


As I write this, the House is beginning an afternoon of debate on the plan proposed by John Boehner to reduce spending and raise the debt ceiling. A vote is expected to take place sometime around 5:30pm to 6:00pm Eastern time today. However, it doesn’t look like the plan has the 217 votes needed to […]

Tea Party Leader Tries to Explain Position on Debt Ceiling


He doesn’t do a very good job.

Norquist Endorses Boehner Plan


Via Politico:  Grover Norquist backs John Boehner’s debt bill “Boehner’s plan is the only way to bring spending down by the same amount the debt ceiling increases – without raising taxes,”Norquist said Wednesday in POLITICO’s Arena. “It is a tremendous win for the forces of limited government.” That should give the Tea Partiers enough cover […]

Reid and Boehner Plans: Much in Common


While I have read the basics of both plans (and they seemed relatively similar to me at this point), the National Journal has gone to the trouble of outlining Six Similarities Between the Boehner and Reid Debt Plans. While I may well be missing something, it seems that the main reasons Republicans don’t like the […]

Joe Biden, Mitch McConnell Look For Debt Crisis Resolution


The political odd couple pairings that we’ve seen throughout the debt negotiations continue, with the Vice-President and Senate Minority Leader now apparently working together behind the scenes: Taking square aim at the White House, Republicans prepared to bring to a House vote Thursday a two-step $2.5 trillion debt ceiling bill that will avert default next […]

Herman Cain Apologizes To Muslim Leaders After Meeting


Over the past several months, I’ve been pretty hard on Herman Cain for the comments he’s made about Muslims — including the comment that he wouldn’t hire a Muslim to work in his Administration, that he’d require them to take loyalty oaths if he did, and that he believed local communities should have the authority […]

OTB Caption Contest


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OTB Latenight — Love and Rockets


Donald Trump: Debt Kamikaze


Via HuffPo:  Donald Trump To Republicans: Don’t Raise Debt Ceiling, Default Will Prevent Obama’s Reelection. Video at the link.

CBO Issues Scoring On Revised Boehner Plan: $951 Billion In Cuts


The Congressional Budget Office has released its scoring of the revised Boehner Plan, and Philip Klein summarizes: Cut and cap spending by $917 billion over 10 years – that’s more than the $900 billion debt hike; Cut $22 billion in spending for FY2012 and hold spending below FY2010 levels until FY2016; Continue reducing discretionary spending […]

Question For The Crowd: When, If At All, Does The Deal Get Made?

U.S. Capitol

The rational thing to do is the make a deal that cuts spending and raises the debt ceiling. But how do we get there from here?

Obama In Trouble In Battleground States


The electoral map should be making the Obama 2012 camp just a little bit nervous.

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