To get House conservatives to capitulate on temporarily suspending the debt limit without securing any spending cuts, Boehner made a stunning pledge: the upcoming House budget would eliminate the deficit […]
Here’s a “Washington insider” story that could affect every family in the country. Congressional newspaper The Hill reported Wednesday that Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., was considering using a special parliamentary maneuver to […]
A report in The Hill newspaper last night suggested that Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) may be floating a proposal that includes cuts to Social Security and Medicare. If Sen. Schumer's proposal was accurately reported, the senator could not be more wrong.
Better than nothing, but still not much.
When Republicans get going on with their crazy, Democrats are learning to just say, "Please proceed." The public takes care of the rest.
It was hard for a progressive not to get a chocolate high from President Obama's inauguration speech.
The election is over, but right-wingers are back at it with another big, out-of-context lie. This time they are claiming that Hillary Clinton said something that she did not say. […]
In his review of Jared Diamond’s new book, David Brooks is appropriately horrified by the stories of tribal women who were left to die rather than be cared for by […]
When you hear anyone from the big multinationals or Wall Street using the word “reform,” watch out! The way they use the word, it means give them more and We, […]
When it comes to beating back extremists, I'm all in favor of living to fight another day, so the idea of kicking the can down the road on some horrible debt deal never seems like the worst thing that could happen.
Given what happened in July 2011 when they decided to do the opposite (you remember the anything-but-super committee, right?), we should all be happy House Republicans have agreed that this […]
Holding America hostage is no way to negotiate a budget.
Four years ago, my husband and I opted to watch Barack Obama’s inauguration from home. The very likely reality of spending most of the day outdoors, standing in the cold, […]
The President gave a terrific speech. But if great speeches could heal our economic wounds, if they could repair the ever-increasing gap between the rich and the rest of us, […]
The strong reaction to President Obama’s extended remarks on the climate suggests that he wasn’t doing anything on the matter and suddenly feels liberated to do so. Not so. As […]
Senators, before you vote today on the “make them talk” proposal, go ask members of the public what a filibuster is. The public thinks a filibuster is senators talking all […]
Oddly, the top international cyclist – Lance Armstrong – and the top international retailer –Wal-Mart – revealed last week that they have much in common. No, not doping. It’s their […]
Before the election reporters and pundits were saying that not so many people would turn out this time, that it would be close at best. But on election day it […]
How do unequal societies solve the problems — like traffic congestion — that make us miserable? They come up with solutions that make life easier for rich people. Politicians and […]
President Barack Obama won a tactical victory on New Year’s weekend by forcing Republicans to raise taxes on the top 1 percent, but he has far bigger challenges to address—and […]