Biden’s Debt Ceiling Gaffe?

The President flubbed a softball question. Oh noes!

Irrelevant Republicans Being Ignored!

The liberal media is giving all their attention to the tax and spend Democrats!

Debt Ceiling Thoughts

American exceptionalism at its worst. (Plus some history!).

The Power of Mythology

It does not create better deliberation.

Congress Seeks to Stop Congress From Shutting Down Government

A recurring farce that does real damage.

Dems in Disarray, Deal Doubtful

The internecine fight over the budget is coming to a head.

Democrats to Swerve in Game of Debt Chicken

This is no way to run a railroad.

Republicans Playing Chicken with Debt Ceiling. Again.

They shall not submit to blackmail!

Welcome Back To The World Of Trillion-Dollar Deficits

As predicted, the Federal Budget Deficit has crossed the threshold back into the world of trillion-dollar deficits. This is all due to the hypocrisy of Republicans and so-called conservatives.

Budget Deficit Sets Another Record Under Trump, Heads Toward $1 Trillion

The Federal Budget Deficit rose 27% in July, putting it on course for the $1 trillion by the end of September.

Trump And Congress Reach Deal On Budget-Busting Debt Deal

President Trump and the Congressional leadership have reached agreement on a multi-year budget deal that that busts through all remaining controls on spending.

Raise The Debt Ceiling? Let’s Eliminate It Instead

The Trump Administration is warning Congress that we will need to raise the debt ceiling by September. Congress should take this as an opportunity to eliminate it entirely.

Federal Budget Deficit Near $750 Billion For First Three-Fourths Of Fiscal Year

The Federal Budget Deficit passed the $700 Billion mark with three months still to go in the Fiscal Year.

Governing? What’s That?

There isn’t a lot of legislating going on.

Donald Trump And The Triumph Of The Conservative Grifters

At least some conservatives appear to finally be recognizing that their movement has been taken over by grifters and frauds. The only question is, what took them so long?

Congress And White House Headed For Another Shutdown Showdown?

There are several months to go before a budget must be passed but there are already signs that the White House and Congress could be headed for an impasse.

Democrats’ Progessive Wing Less Powerful Than Thought?

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other firebrands aren’t steering the ship. Yet.

Republicans In Congress Have Never Really Supported Trump’s Border Wall

Despite their rhetoric, Republicans in Congress have shown through their own inaction that they don’t really support the President’s border wall.

Shutdown Drags On With No End In Sight As Trump Refuses To Relent

After twenty-five days, there’s no end in sight to the Federal Government shutdown. You can thank the President for that.

No Progress In Talks To End Shutdown

As the shutdown continues, there’s little sign of progress on either end of Pennsylvania Avenue.

Heading Into Border Wall Showdown, Trump And The GOP Are Losing The Battle

As Washington heads into the final days of a budget shutdown, Republicans find themselves on the losing end of a public relations battle.

Trump Shrugs Off Reports Of An Approaching Debt Crisis

Trump has reportedly told aides that he doesn’t really care about reports of an approaching crisis of the budget deficit and national debt because he’ll be out of office before it becomes a problem.

Could Losing Congress Actually Help Trump?

The GOP is likely to lose control of the House of Representatives tomorrow, but could this actually help Trump?

Donald Trump Shrugging Donald Trump Shrugging

It’s Not ‘Misleading,’ It’s A Lie

When a President lies with the ease and regularity of Donald Trump, it’s the responsibility of all of us to call it what it is and not hide behind weasel words like “misleading.”

Welcome To The Era Of Trump’s Trillion Dollar Budget Deficits

We’re set to return to the era of trillion dollar budget deficits, and Republicans won’t do a thing about it.

Government Shutdown Likely Avoided Through September

This is no way to run a railroad.

Hyperpartisanship Continues To Ruin Our Political Culture And Our Country, And We’re Letting It Happen

The tragedy in Florida last week revealed once again how hyperpartisanship is destroying our politics and harming the country.

Congress Approves Budget Deal, Ends Overnight Shutdown

While most of America slept, the government was shutdown thanks to some faux theatrics by a single Senator.

Senate Reaches Budget Deal That Busts Budget Caps And Massively Increases Spending

Congress seems likely to pass a budget deal today that will massively increase spending, putting to rest once and for all the rank hypocrisy of Republicans when it comes to claims that they are “fiscally conservative.”

U.S. Will Hit Debt Ceiling Earlier Than Expected

In addition to deadlines on the Federal Budget and DACA, Congress also has to deal with the debt ceiling at some point in the next month.

The Case For Bringing Back Earmarks

It’s been seven years since Congress eliminated earmarking, and what we’ve seen has provided good evidence for the argument that it should never have been eliminated.

Who Suffers the Most from Government Shutdowns?

My latest for The National Interest has posted.

Government Shutdown Enters Second Day With Few Signs Of Quick Resolution

It’s Day Two of the Federal Government shutdown and there are few signs of a quick resolution.

Federal Court Strikes Down North Carolina Congressional Districts As Partisan Gerrymandering

A Federal Court in North Carolina has issued a stinging ruling against the partisan gerrymandering undertaken by the Republican legislature in that state.

Supreme Court Takes On A Second Political Gerrymandering Case

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a second case dealing with political Gerrymandering.

John Boehner, Without A Filter

It’s been two years since John Boehner stepped down as Speaker, and he’s got a few things to say about his former colleagues and the state of American politics.

Don’t Expect Other Republicans To Speak Out Against Trump Like McCain, Corker, And Flake Have

Due mostly to cowardice and naked self-interest, you shouldn’t expect many other Republicans to speak out against Trump in the near future.

Steve Bannon Declares War On The Senate GOP

Former Trump aide Steve Bannon is declaring war on Republicans in the Senate.

Vast Majority Of Americans Support Allowing Dreamers To Stay In The U.S.

Another poll shows the vast majority of Americans want Congress to act to help the people covered by DACA.

Majority Of Americans Oppose Trump’s Position On N.F.L. Protests

Most Americans don’t support President Trump’s statements about the protests by N.F.L. players, but it’s just another example of him using hateful rhetoric to pander to his base.

Trump’s Job Approval Shows Slight Improvement But Remains At Historic Lows

President Trump’s job approval has improved slightly, but the numbers remain historically low for a newly elected President.

Senate Republicans Considering One Last Effort To ‘Repeal And Replace’ Obamacare

Senate Republicans are considering one more last-ditch effort to ‘repeal and replace’ the Affordable Care Act.

Most Americans Want Dreamers To Have Pathway To Citizenship

Americans support allowing Dreamers to stay in the country, and most of them also support allowing them to eventually become citizens.

Republicans Have Lost The Gamble They Took On Donald Trump

Republicans on Capitol Hill and elsewhere were gambling when they lined up behind Donald Trump. So far, they’ve lost.

Trump is the Leader of the GOP, not an “Independent”

No, the deal this week is not Trump becoming an independent.

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

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

Donald Trump And The Art Of The Bad Deal

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

So Far, Trump’s Economy Is Doing Worse Than Obama’s

President Trump likes to take credit for the state of the economy, but the truth is that things are actually doing slightly worse under his Administration than they were under his predecessor.

The Bob Menendez Trial Is Set To Begin, And It Could Have Big Implications In Washington

As Congress heads back to work, a corruption trial in New Jersey could have big implications for what happens on Capitol Hill.