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Democrats Say They Reached A Deal With Trump On DACA

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Trump makes a DACA deal, apparently.

Eliminating The Debt Ceiling: An Idea Whose Time Has Come?

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Perhaps it’s time to consider getting rid of the debt ceiling entirely.

Donald Trump And The Art Of The Bad Deal

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Donald Trump made a deal with Democrats on spending and the debt ceiling, but it was an exceedingly bad one.

New Senate Democratic Leader Regrets Supporting Filibuster Reform

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The new leader of the Senate’s Democrats says he regrets supporting the filibuster reforms his party passed in 2013.

Chuck Schumer Comes Out Against The Iran Nuclear Deal

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The Iran nuclear deal will probably survive it’s test in Congress in the end, but Chuck Schumer just made the Administration’s job a little more difficult.

American Public Turning Against Iran Nuclear Deal According To New Polls

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Recent polling has shown the American public to be highly skeptical, at beast, of the Iran Nuclear Deal. That may not be enough to kill it in Congress, though.

Can Congress Stop The Iran Nuclear Deal?

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In the end, the odds that Congress can actually stop the new deal regarding Iran’s nuclear program are pretty low.

Chuck Schumer Offered Scott Brown Safe Path To Reelection If He Supported “Disclose Act”

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New York Senator Chuck Schumer made some interesting comments in a recent interview: Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), in a new interview with The New Republic, says he offered former senator Scott Brown (R-Mass.) an electoral pass in 2012 if Brown would give Democrats the deciding vote for the so-called “Disclose Act.” The legislation, pushed by Democrats […]

John McCain: Obama’s Secret Weapon?

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The president’s 2008 rival has gone from bitter foe to go-to deal broker.

Chuck Schumer: Senator Cupid?

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While Republicans talk about family values, Chuck Schumer is busy promoting them one staffer at a time.

Democratic Senators Unleash Tax Vendetta Against Eduardo Saverin

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Eduardo Saverin has become a political whipping boy.

Schumer and Graham: The Men With a (Immigration) Plan

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Washington Post writer Spencer Hsu reports that senators Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) have had ghostwritten for them written an op-ed in the Washington Post that provides an outline of the immigration reform bill they plan to introduce in the coming weeks; the plan’s “four pillars” are: requiring biometric Social Security cards to […]

Parliamentary Reconciliation Barriers

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A series of loosely-related threads at memeorandum provide a fascinating insight into the American legislative process. David Herszenhorn and Robert Pear report for the NYT Money &  Policy section (“Parliamentary Hurdle Could Thwart Latest Health Care Overhaul Strategy“) on a potentially large fly in the reconciliation ointment: The White House and Democratic Congressional leaders said […]

Campaign Contributions as Free Speech

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A recent Gallup poll shows that the American public agrees with the Supreme Court that campaign contributions are free speech but that most nonetheless want to limit said speech. Fifty-seven percent of Americans consider campaign donations to be a protected form of free speech, and 55% say corporate and union donations should be treated the […]

U.S. Tightens Airport Screening for Foreigners

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The Obama administration has announced that citizens traveling to the United States from 14 countries will undergo more intensive airport security screening.   Eric Lipton for NYT: Citizens of 14 nations, including Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Nigeria, who are flying to the United States will be subjected indefinitely to the intense screening at airports worldwide that […]

Sonia Sotomayor and the Politics of Race

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Kevin Drum notes that he’s already tired of the “kabuki” that has emerged in reaction to the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. I both agree that the process is predictable and tedious and that Sotomayor would seem obviously qualified for confirmation.  I would quibble, however, with this: Conservatives, who seem constitutionally unable […]

Congress Threatens AIG Execs with Taxes

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Congress is threatening to confiscate AIG bonuses by abusing its power to tax: Senate Democrats vowed Tuesday to all but strip AIG executives of their $165 million in bonuses, as expressions of outrage swelled in Congress over eye-catching extra income for employees of a firm that has received billions in taxpayer bailout funds. “Recipients of […]

Obama Starving Congress

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Taegan Goddard passes on word that, Members of Congress from both parties are grumbling about the “tiny little portions” of food served at White House functions. While some speculate the lack of food could be due to money constraints, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) was overheard saying it might be about President Obama’s love of exercise […]

Chuck Schumer Makes Sense; Heads Explode

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Ladies and Gentlemen, for your amazement, I present to you the rare and unusual sight of Chuck Schumer, making sense, refusing to grandstand, and offering pertinent, decent questions of Henry Paulson with regard to the proposed bailout. Yes, I was surprised, too. For those of you who can’t watch, Schumer is, in this video, asking […]