In 1994, Newt Gingrich unified the House candidates around the "Contract With America" platform, but the Senate Republicans weren't on board and most legislation died there. Now, there isn't a Contract to unify one house, let alone two.
Three Republican Senators up for re-election this year voted for the bipartisan immigration reform bill despised by the anti-immigrant right-wing. And as of last night's victory by Sen. Lamar Alexander all three won their primaries.
The story of the 2014 Republican primaries is the failure of the Tea Party to punish Republicans who show openness to immigration reform. Unfortunately, it's a story that hasn't been told.
Sen. Rand Paul's immigration proposal is an incoherent mess that can't stand real scrutiny. When faced with an undocumented immigrant who's life is on the line, Paul decided to flee the scene.
Here are the Republicans who taken the risk of angering their Latino constituents and voting to make the young undocumenteds known as "DREAMers" newly susceptible to deportation.
Restrictive voter ID laws failed to stop Barack Obama's re-election. In North Carolina, will they fail to stop Sen. Kay Hagan's re-election too?
People should pay attention to what Sen. Elizabeth Warren is saying on the 2014 campaign trail regarding policy matters, how she is saying it, which candidates are following her lead, and gauging how well her message works.
Boehner's attempts to blame Obama's lack of trustworthiness for the failure of passing immigration reform were completely phony. He trusts Obama just fine. It's the anti-immigrant bigots in his party whom he doesn't trust.
Boehner's proposed solution to the influx of unaccompanied Central American immigrants renders inoperative his excuses for not passing comprehensive immigration reform.
Democrats need a net gain of 17 seats to take back the House. Here are 16 competitive Republican-held seats where the Latino population is significant enough to influence the outcome of the election.
Instead he appears to be spending his time working on building bipartisan support for climate legislation that would help coal have a future in a world that inevitably will cap its carbon emissions.
Mississippi, one of the most conservative states in the nation, has shown us why the right-wing Tea Party is incapable of winning. Because at the end of the day, most people want their government to do the things that they pay it to do.
On immigration reform, President Barack Obama retains the upper hand. House Republicans have five weeks to accept reality and pass legislation, or ignore it and give Obama another chance to lead, like with climate and minimum wage.
What keeps Democrats unified is not rigid political homogeneousness or leader worship, but a tolerance for differences of opinion and an acceptance of political pragmatism
Robert Murray of coal company Murray Energy ranted about global warming while six of his employees were dying because of his unsafe mine. Now he's fighting the EPA's climate regulations. Do you want to be on his side?
Speaker Boehner can succumb to the panic, bury reform and let Obama and the Democrats get all the glory from the Latino community. Or he can look at the numbers.
Imagine how different this week would have been if utility companies across the nation were telling local TV networks and newspapers that their bills were going to double because of Obama's climate rules. That's not happening.
With the EPA out strong with a creative rule designed to avoid negative economic impact, and with sharp prebuttals against attacks about lost jobs and higher bills, Republicans may want to take heed before overplaying their hand.
House Speaker John Boehner once questioned the credibility of groups that "come out and criticize an agreement they've never seen." So you have to wonder about those groups prematurely attacking EPA's climate rules.
Once Obama proposes his climate regulations, we won't be debating the science. We will be debating whether prices will spike or jobs will be lost. And a party can lose it all over that. Ask Australia's Labor Party.
Grover Norquist visited Laura Ingraham's radio show, then chastised her and her allies because "they throw around ‘amnesty’ in criticizing every single reform that we’re looking at." The left is united and the right is divided.
As progressives gather in Washington on May 22 for the New Populism Conference, to shape and organize around a populist agenda, it's worth discussing if and how populism can be harnessed to save the planet.
Yesterday, right-wing conservatives including Grover Norquist and Tea Party Express co-founder Sal Russo ratcheted up the pressure on House Republicans to pass reform that includes legal status for the undocumented.
Four years ago, Joe Manchin got elected to the U.S. Senate after pinning to a tree the House "cap and trade" bill, and shooting it. Today, he is suggesting legislation to protect the climate and help coal ... just like the bill he shot.
If President Obama wants to duck climate politics before the midterms, he has a funny way of showing it. The EPA is planning to formally propose it's biggest set of climate rules covering existing power plants "within weeks."
Two months ago, Republican congresswoman Renee Ellmers went on Laura Ingraham's national right-wing radio show and called her "small-minded" and "ignorant" on immigration. Yesterday, she beat her anti-immigration primary rival by 18 points.
Today's National Climate Assessment report drives home the myriad of ways we all would be impacted if we refuse to protect climate. Here are just some of the charts that will prompt you to act.
With a new wave of populism rising, Campaign for America's Future has announced that tickets are on sale for "The New Populism Conference," convening May 22 and featuring Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
24 years ago, a Republican president raised taxes on the wealthy, and on gas consumption. Yesterday, he was given a "Profile in Courage" award. Will any of today's Republicans think about following in his footsteps?
During a 90-minute lecture defending his economic record, Bill Clinton admitted that is welfare reform is not working well in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. Will other mea culpas be forthcoming?
Today is no time to be silent. Call the Senate at 202-517-2321. Even if our phone calls don't produce a breakthrough today, we know it is possible wear enough Republicans down.
In state after state, fossil fuel interests are trying to repeal renewable energy mandates, impose fees on solar power customers and block the EPA from cutting carbon emissions from power plants. And they keep losing.
Yesterday Speaker John Boehner, right after acknowledging the video camera in the room, proceeded to blast Republicans afraid to vote on immigration. This does not make Boehner a hypocrite.
Pessimism is of no value here. There are active efforts underway to set the stage for immigration reform action in the summer, and they should be supported, not dismissed.
While there is a lot left to do to avert a climate crisis, we should take heart that we are presently on right path, and know that it is possible to stay on it.
Paul says "We can't be the party of the plutocrats and the rich people." Then he pretends Reagan was the last president to create jobs. But there was this guy named Bill Clinton...
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will finish her five-year tenure having implemented the biggest expansion of health insurance in 50 years. What should we learn from her success story?
Republicans are suddenly talking about compromises in order to pass the Senate's extended unemployment insurance bill. They are feeling the pressure. Give them some more by calling Boehner at (513) 285-9008.
Campaign for America's Future has set up a special phone number - (513) 285-9008 - that will connect you directly to the Speaker, so you can demand he allow a vote on the Senate bill.
Even in a conservative fantasy world, where you can cut, cut, cut to your heart's content, the budget still doesn't balance unless you cheat. You can look at that mathematical reality the Palin way, or the sane way.