• Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Subscribe
  • RSS

House Intelligence Committee Benghazi Report Debunks Benghazi Conspiracy Theories

Benghazi-Consulate

The House Intelligence Committee has concluded that the conspiracy theories regarding the 9/11/2012 attack in Benghazi are not supported by the evidence. That’s unlikely to change anyone’s mind, though.

Quietly, Obama Decides American Forces Will Continue To Engage In Combat In Afghanistan After 2014

Afghanistan Troops

You thought the American combat role in Afghanistan would end on December 31st? Think again.

1980: Bush and Reagan on Mexican Immigration

us-politics

This is interesting, if anything, because it rather clearly illustrates a) the Reagan many worship today is not the Reagan that actually existed, and b) it helps underscore how far right the GOP has gone on this issue. (Source:  Hit and Run).      

Obama’s Executive Action, The Law, And The Constitution

constitution-preamble-gavel

On a preliminary examination, the President’s executive action on immigration appears to be within the boundaries of applicable law. However, as with other exercises of Executive Branch authority, it raises some important concerns about the precedent that it sets.

Scott Walker Looks To Be Preparing To Run For President

2013 Conservative Political Action Conference

Fresh off his third statewide win in four years, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker appears to be getting ready to run for President.

The Richest Members Of Congress By State

RIchest Members Of Congress

Vox is out with an interesting map of the richest Member of Congress in each state based on data collected by the people at Roll Call: (click to enlarge) As you’d expect, the list is dominated by Senators, but there are also quite a few members of the House on the list as well. Draw your […]

DOJ Finds President Lacks Authority to Take Action He Took Next Day

law-scales-justice-flag

The Office of Legal Counsel told the president Wednesday he couldn’t do what he did on Thursday.

Obama Announces Immigration Plan, But Constitutional Confrontation Lies Ahead

Barack Obama

On substance, the President’s immigration actions aren’t very objectionable. How he is implementing them, though, is problematic and seems needlessly confrontational.

GOP Options In Response To Obama’s Executive Action Are Limited, Perhaps Non-Existent

Capitol Building Dusk

In the end, there appears to be very little, if anything, the GOP can do to stop or roll back the executive actions the President will announce Thursday evening.

There’s Little Evidence That Voter ID Laws Impacted The 2014 Elections

Voter ID Required Sign

Based on the available evidence, there’s very little evidence that Voter ID laws had a significant impact on the midterm elections.

Should The U.S. Reconsider Its Policy Of Not Paying Ransom For Hostages?

Journalist beheaded

The idea that the U.S. does not negotiate with terrorists is simply not historically accurate, so should we be reconsidering the policy of not negotiating with ISIS for the release of Western hostages?

Jim Webb Announces Presidential Exploratory Committee

Sen. Jim Webb talks to CNN's John King about the political conflict in Libya.

Former Senator Jim Webb is the first Democrat to kinda, sorta, throw his hat into the ring for 2016.

Americans Oppose Unilateral Executive Action On Immigration, But Support Immigration Reform

Border of US And Mexico

A new poll provides some interesting context to the political context to the President’s expected executive action on immigration.

Report: Obama To Announce Immigration Executive Order On Friday UPDATE: Speech To The Nation Thursday Night

Obama Thinking

CNBC’s John Harwood is reporting that the President is expected to announce the details of his much talked about executive action on immigration in a speech in Las Vegas on Friday: President Barack Obama plans to announce an executive order in Las Vegas on Friday to address immigration reform, CNBC has confirmed. Another source familiar […]

Can Hillary Expand The Electoral College Map In 2016? In An Important Sense, It Doesn’t Matter

Electoral College 2012

An adviser close to Hillary Clinton is talking about expanding the Electoral College map in 2016, but even without such an expansion the GOP faces an uphill battle.

Democrats Claim Obama Broke Their Party, Call on Him to Fix It

obama-fixing-america

Some of his party’s leaders want the president to save them.

Senate Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline For Now, Effectively Ends Mary Landrieu’s Political Career

Keystone XL Map

The Keystone XL pipeline bill is dead until the next Senate. Mary Landrieu’s political career, on the other hand, is basically dead for the foreseeable future.

President Obama Was Against Unilateral Executive Action On Immigration Before He Was For it

Obama Thinking

If the President now believes he can act unilaterally on immigration reform, why did he spend the last five years saying that he couldn’t?

Warnings Of Violence In Ferguson Could Become Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Ferguson Protests Police Riot Gear

All the warnings of violence in the wake of an expected imminent announcement from the Grand Jury in the Michael brown case could become self-fulfilling prophecy.

Keystone XL Likely To Pass Senate, But It Won’t Save Mary Landrieu

Keystone XL Map

Approval of the Keystone XL pipeline will likely pass the Senate today, and will eventually go forward despite an expected Presidential veto. But, Mary Landrieu’s political career is still dead.

Public Wants Obama To Wait On Immigration Action

US-SYRIA-CONFLICT-OBAMA

A new poll shows that Americans would prefer President Obama to wait to act on immigration until after the new Congress has had a chance to act on the issue.

The Ivy League Supreme Court

Supreme Court Justices 2

Every member of the Supreme Court graduated from an Ivy League Law School. That kind of homogeneity is not healthy.

Election Losses Lead To Debate Inside Democratic Party

Democrat-Donkey

Another round of election losses is leading Democrats to contemplate the direction they should take going forward.

Obama And McConnell Hold A Bourbon Summit

us-politics

This weekend’s cold open to Saturday Night Live pondered what an actual Bourbon Summit between President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell might look like:

Latest Round Of Same-Sex Marriage Appeals Arrive At Supreme Court

Same Sex Marriage Supreme Court

The process that seems likely to lead to a Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage has begun.

Republican Congress May Not Act To Block Marijuana Legalization In Washington, D.C.

Marijuana

Somewhat missed in Election Day’s Republican landslide was the fact that a referendum to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes had passed overwhelmingly in Washington, D.C. In the wake of that victory, though, was the question of whether or not the newly Republican Congress would try to block implementation of the measure under their power to […]

ISIS’s New Beheading Video; Casus Belli, Or A Trap?

ISIS Map Iraq Syria

The latest ISIS video is horrible and barbaric but we should not take the bait they are offering before considering the consequences of our actions going forward.

Unless Congress Steps In To Authorize It, The President’s War Against ISIS Is Illegal

Barack Obama

As things stand right now, there is no legitimate legal authorization for the President’s war against ISIS, and that’s largely because Congress has failed to act.

Gruber: Politics, Hypocrisy, and Stupidity, Oh My!

argument-cartoon-yelling

Because no one, ever, has ever questioned the intelligence of American voters in extemporaneous discussions of politics.

Rob Portman For President?

Rob Portman

With the midterm elections over and 2015 around the corner, the time for people who are thinking about running for President in 2016 has begun, and one name that seems to be entering the conversation is Ohio Senator Rob Portman: Rob Portman is mapping out a possible presidential run, creating a narrative, talking to fundraisers […]

Republican Sean Parnell Loses Alaska Governor’s Race To Independent Bill Walker

Election 2014

Sean Parnell, who had succeeded to the Governorship of Alaska when Sarah Palin resigned in 2009 and was elected in his own right in 2010, has been defeated for re-election by a fusion ticket led by Independent Bill Walker: Independent Bill Walker has won the Alaska governor’s race, defeating incumbent Republican Sean Parnell, according to […]

Senator Mark Kirk Says He’s Not Retiring In 2016

us-politics-republicans-democrats

Republicans received some potentially good news today when Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois brushed aside rumors that he might retire at the end of his current term: Sen. Mark S. Kirk, R-Ill., has a message for anyone who doubts his will or appetite for a second term. “No frickin’ way am I retiring,” he told […]

If Obama Pulls The Trigger On Executive Action, Republicans Have Limited Options

Mitch McConnell John Boehner President Obama

Republicans don’t really have many options if the President pulls the trigger on immigration reform via executive action.

White House Hints At Content Of Obama’s Executive Action On Immigration

Obama Marine One

The White House is now leaking out details of what seems like an inevitable decision by the President. How it plays out politically, though, is the big question.

Secret Service Review Of Fence Jumping Incident Finds Multiple Failures

Obama With Secret Service

There’s not much good news in the initial review of September’s fence jumping incident at the White House.

John McCain Hinting He Will Run For Re-Election In 2016

John McCain

Setting aside long standing speculation of a retirement after more than 30 years in office between the House and the Senate, John McCain is hinting strongly that he will run for re-election in 2016: John McCain sure sounds like he’s running for reelection. The five-term Arizona senator and 2008 GOP presidential nominee launched a new […]

Tammy Duckworth Blocked From Voting By Proxy In House Democratic Caucus Elections

Capitol Building

Outdated rules? It sure seems like it.

Will Congressional Republicans Listen To Their Base, Or To The American Public?

us-politics-republicans-democrats

Post-election polling shows that the majority of Americans want the new GOP majority in Congress to work together with the President. Republican voters have a very different view.

Say, Whatever Happened To The Ebola Crisis?

Ebola Virus And Caduceus

Much like the disease itself, Ebola panic seems to have disappeared as the midterm elections become ever more distant in the rear view mirror.

McConnell, Rest Of GOP Senate Leadership, Re-Elected Unanimously

Capitol Dome

For all of the controversy that many in the media tried to drum up during the General Election about Republican candidates for the Senate who wouldn’t necessarily commit to supporting Mitch McConnell to lead the Senate Republican Caucus, and thus become Senate Majority Leader in January, he ended up being re-elected unanimously: Senate Republicans have […]

Governor Of Arkansas Set To Pardon His Son

Figure of Justice

On his way out of office, Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe is set to pardon his son for an 11 year-old non-violent marijuana conviction.

Same-Sex Marriage Advances In Two States, But All Eyes Are On SCOTUS Now

Gay Marriage Wedding Cake Two Women

Same-sex marriage advanced in Kansas and South Carolina yesterday, and will soon be law in Montana, but the Supreme Court is what matters now,

Will Keystone XL Save Mary Landrieu’s Senate Seat? Probably Not

Keystone XL Map

Mary Landrieu’s Keystone XL Hail Mary isn’t going to save her.

Time To Start Thinking About Huckabee 2016

Mike Huckabee

Mike Huckabee seems to be making the moves necessary to run for President again, For reasons only he can understand.

Republicans Should Be Careful In Bringing Up Hillary Clinton’s Age

Hillary Rodham Clinton

A Presidential candidate’s health and fitness for office are legitimate issues. When it comes to bringing up Hillary Clinton’s age in the context of 2016,, though, Republicans need to proceed with caution.

Colorado Legislators Elected In Anti-Gun Control Recall Elections Defeated In Re-Election Bids

Gun Flag

Two Colorado state legislators who were voted into office just over two years ago as part of recall elections directed against two of the people who were behind the gun control laws that Colorado enacted in the wake of the Sandy Hook and Aurora shootings ended up being defeated last Tuesday: DENVER — After two […]

AP Calls Alaska Senate Race For Republican Dan Sullivan, An Eighth GOP Pickup

Election 2014

A week after Election Day, the Associated Press has called the Alaska Senate race for Republican Dan Sullivan, representing another Republican pickup assuming that the result holds through the official count: JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Republican Dan Sullivan won Alaska’s U.S. Senate race, defeating incumbent Democrat Mark Begich. Sullivan led Begich by about 8,100 votes […]

With The Midterms Done, Will Republican State Legislators Revisit Electoral College “Reforms?”

ElectoralCollegeSystem

After the 2010 elections, several newly Republican state legislatures flirted with the idea of changing the way their state allocates Electoral Votes. The outcome of last weeks elections raises the possibility that this could happen again.

Confirmation Of New Attorney General Likely To Be Delayed Until 2015

President Obama Announces Loretta Lynch As His Nominee For Attorney General

Democrats are telling The Hill that confirmation of President Obama’s choice to replace Eric Holder as Attorney General will likely wait until the new Congress convenes in January: President Obama will have to get his nominee for attorney general past a Republican-controlled Senate, Democratic and Republican aides say. A packed schedule after the election is almost […]

With GOP Wins, The Tea Party v. Establishment Battle Moves Into The Halls Of Congress

Elephants Fighting

The GOP’s big wins last week seem to be just guaranteeing that this year’s battle between the Tea Party and the “establishment” will continue.

« Older Posts