The GOP's shutdown debacle exposed a three-way-split within the party: Tea Party amateurs, cooler-headed conservatives and Establishment players. What's odd about this split is that it doesn't involve much in the way of ideological differences.
The manufactured debt limit and shutdown crises are about to be put behind us. But the deal also launches a new round of House-Senate budget negotiations that are sure to be contentious. Democrats can't let Republicans run out the clock.
House Budget Chair Paul Ryan's Wall Street Journal oped, "Here's How We Can End This Stalemate," is being treated as an "olive branch." But it only amounts to a shift in demands, not any actual concessions.
Earlier today on MSNBC, I participated in a panel discussion, following an interview with GOP Rep. Sean Duffy. The congressman was in exceptional "up is down" mode"
The Tea Party tail wagging this dog seems to really believe that the country will rally to their side and force President Obama to junk his signature legislative achievement.
Progressives may be feeling pretty good these days. De Blasio ascendant. Summers thwarted. Republicans imploding over ObamaCare. Well, here's a jerk back into harsh reality.
President Obama is making it impossible for coal companies to build power plants that kill the planet. But he is also giving the coal industry plenty of money to build better power plants.
House Republicans are furious at Sen. Ted Cruz that he isn't going all out to repeal Obamacare in the Senate. That presumes Cruz is actually interested in repealing Obamacare.
Boehner pleads with a reporter for an idea to resolve the budget impasse that the Tea Party won't "shoot down." The answer is simple. Go around them. Work with the Democrats.
Carbon emissions are down. Oil consumption is down. Renewable energy consumption is up. America is projected to be energy independent by 2030. And yet there is more to do.
The unofficial end of summer is upon us, and the climate is leaving its mark. As of last week, 51 wildfires were still burning across the country. 97% of Texas is suffering from drought. And July was the hottest month ever.
The latest suggestion that Republicans will give up a shutdown threat in favor of a debt limit threat is just the latest example of Republicans flinching in the face of political reality.
The Obama administration is acting to block the merger of American Airlines-US Airways. And look who is interested in helping Big Government meddle with the affairs of the titans of industry...
The only way for Boehner to regain any leverage is to prove he can avoid a shutdown. The National Review suggests he is on his way toward that goal, noting that "there was disappointment" but no uproar.
Over at The Week today, I note that the Republicans enter into upcoming budget negotiations with a weak hand, because both parties know Republicans will blow their chances to win […]
"Climate Change Isn't an Environmental Issue. It Is a Fundamental Economic Challenge." Above is the first speech from Gina McCarthy since Republicans stood down from filibustering her nomination to head the EPA.
Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy On MSNBC earlier today, I joined MSNBC.com’s Benjy Sarlin and Amanda Terkel for a panel discussion on whether […]
President Obama in 2012 expressed hope that “when we’re successful in this election … the fever may break” and Republicans would stop relentlessly obstructing everything in sight. In May of […]
Republican leaders understand political reality well enough to grasp that they can’t survive as the anti-immigrant party. They insist they want to pass some sort of immigration reform, just nothing […]
Last week, Media Matters released a report showing that traditional media outlets typically do not put raw budget numbers in any sort of understandable context. In other words, the media […]
Yesterday on NBC’s Meet The Press, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was having a hard time understanding why the Majority Leader is ready to change the rules to prevent filibusters […]
When Speaker John Boehner said he would make any immigration reform bill adhere to the ridiculous “Hastert Rule,” barring any bill from the floor that doesn’t have the support of […]
The January deal on Senate rules forged by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell has actually held. It just wasn’t very ambitious in its scope. The deal was […]
The Senate immigration reform bill’s $46 billion “border surge” was supposed to bring more conservatives on board. While it helped get enough conservatives for a solid 68-vote majority in the […]
Over at TheWeek.com, I explain how Sen. Marco Rubio missed his moment to lead on immigration reform, as the final Senate deal got done without him and he was unable […]
At TheWeek.com today, I lay out “Boehner’s Dilemma” on immigration. If House Speaker John Boehner lets the Senate immigration bill pass the House with mostly Democratic votes, he risks a […]
The centerpiece of President Obama’s climate strategy is a planned package of Environmental Protection Agency rules that would cap carbon on all existing and future power plants, the biggest source […]
I’ve commemorated the 10-year anniversary of the formal beginning of the Howard Dean presidential campaign with an article at The Week, “4 ways Howard Dean changed American politics.” Dean helped […]
Before the end of the Barack Obama presidency, the EPA will place a cap on carbon pollution from all power plants. This is no longer a mystery. This is happening. […]
With the House Republican caucus still squabbling over what ransom they should demand for an increase in the debt limit, Speaker John Boehner issued his own threat yesterday. According to […]
The Senate is on the verge of preventing an initial filibuster of the bipartisan immigration reform bill, with several Republican votes in support of proceeding. Despite all the trumped up […]
The Center for American Progress, the most prominent left-leaning institution supportive of a “grand bargain” deficit reduction agreement that would include reducing Social Security benefits, today released a new report […]
I’m on record as not liking Gov. Chris Christie. Two years ago I deemed him the “biggest sham in American politics.” Now he has the opportunity to prove me wrong. […]
A new Congressional Budget Office report is making headlines for finding that the top 10 income and payroll tax “expenditures” – deductions, credits and other tax breaks – amount to […]
Republicans have been eager to blame the sequester on President Obama, and complain when certain cuts affect their districts. But beyond proposing robbing-Peter-to-pay-Paul solutions for things like protecting air traffic […]
Over at The Week, I make the argument that presidential scandal politics usually fail to lift the political prospects of the party outside the White House. No party has reaped […]