Congress Passes Budget, Averts Government Shutdown

Five months too late, we’re back to the Biden-McCarthy deal.

Texas Passes New Immigration Law

Billions for a wall plus a likely showdown with the feds.

Katie Porter Running for Feinstein’s Seat While She’s Still in It

The race is on before the 89-year-old has announced her intentions.

GOP Clown Show Continues

After two days of futility, a deal is coming together to make futility permanent.

Richard Shelby and the Old Senate

“You can’t be against everything.”

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Coming IRS Crackdown?

The Schumer-Manchin compromise includes a massive increase in the tax collection budget.

Coronavirus Relief Funds Diverted to Pet Projects

Because of course it was.

Why isn’t Biden Magical?

Some pundits have high standards.

Shelby Likely to Retire

Implications for Alabama and the GOP as well as considerations on the evolution of American politics.

Glenn Greenwald Quits Intercept

The iconoclastic journalist is out at the publication he founded.

Thad Cochran, Longtime Congressman And Senator, Dead At 81

Thad Cochran, who represented Mississippi in Congress for 45 years, has died at the age of 81.

Trump Summit With Kim Jong Un Is Back On For June 12th

Just over a week after he called it off, President Trump announced this afternoon that the June 12th Summit in Singapore was back on.

Thad Cochran Resigning from Senate Effective April 1

The 80-year-old Mississippi Republican, who was first elected to the Senate in 1978 after serving six years in the House, has been in poor health.

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.

House Speaker John Boehner To Resign

Big news out of Washington, D.C.

Is The Donald Trump Implosion About To Begin?

The fallout from Donald Trump’s debate performance, and his comments afterward, continues, and it’s leading some to wonder if we may finally be at the end of this ridiculous charade.

Little Known Congressman Files Doomed Motion To Remove John Boehner As Speaker

A little known Congressman from North Carolina has filed a motion to “remove” John Boehner from the Speakership.

Saudi, U.S. Relationship Becoming More Tense

The relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia has seen better days.

All Politics Is National?

Congressional elections have become “nationalized” to a far greater extent than they have ever been.

Good Government Reforms Gave Us Bad Government

Recent anti-corruption measures have contributed to making American government worse.

California Balances Budget While Expanding Aid to Poor

Jerry Brown’s second go-round as governor has been very, very good to the Golden State.

Romney, Republicans Demonstrate Hypocrisy In Opposition To Sequestration Cuts

In calling for the sequestration cuts to be delayed, Republicans are demonstrating their lack of seriousness on the issue of fiscal responsibility.

Republicans Clash In Mostly Lackluster Debate

Last night’s debate may have been the last one. It was also the least informative.

Romney Making A Comeback In Michigan?

The race appears to be tightening in The Wolverine State.

A Santorum Surge? Or, A Statistical Blip?

A new poll shows Santorum surging ahead of Mitt Romney nationally

Mitt Romney “Wins” Iowa By Eight Votes, Santorum A Very Close Second

It was a photo finish in the Hawkeye State.

Santorum Surging?

A new Iowa polls shows Rick Santorum gaining support. Or does it?

Remember That Ban On Earmarks? Apparently, Some Congressmen Don’t.

The much celebrated ban on earmarks isn’t stopping Congressmen from trying to earmark.

Rick Perry’s Not Really Flat Flat Tax Plan

Rick Perry’s tax plan isn’t very impressive.

Republican Congressman Takes on Grover Norquist

Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA) took to the floor yesterday to lambaste Grover Norquist and his influence over the GOP.

Obama Jobs Speech Tough On Rhetoric, Light On Substance

Not surprisingly, there was very little about the President’s jobs speech to write home about.

Tim Pawlenty: Michele Bachmann Hasn’t Really Accomplished Much In Congress

Tim Pawlenty took aim at Michele Bachmann yesterday but will he keep up the attack?

At Long Last, Congress Strips Funding For Second F-35 Engine

Thanks to the help of a group of Tea Party Freshman in the House. Congress has finally cut off funding for a second engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter that the Pentagon never wanted.

Americans Hate Taxes And The National Debt, Don’t Know What They Want To Cut

The American public still has a totally unrealistic view of what it will take to get the Federal Government’s fiscal house in order.

Bringing Home the Bacon: It’s What Congress Does

Earmarks or no, members of Congress are going to bring home the bacon to their districts. It is what their constituents want (and expect) them to do.

Republican Hypocrisy On Pork Barrel Spending

The incoming House Republicans aren’t making a good first impression.

Anti-Earmark Republicans Looking For Ways Around Earmark Ban

Just weeks after voting for a broad ban on earmarks, Republicans are looking for ways to get money to their districts without calling it an “earmark.”

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