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.
I am confident our federal government has learned its lessons from Obamacare's early problems. But the media, which employed so much alarmist coverage, I am not so sure.
When Speaker John Boehner really wants to get something done, he gets it done. Accounting gimmicks. Bending House procedural rules. He just did for doctors. What about the jobless?
Under the law, for 2014, we don't have a complete individual mandate. This year's penalty for being uninsured is relatively light. Not so next year, and even less so the year after that.
Why won't the professional conservative movement listen to these "instruments of self-government," these "laboratories of democracy," these "centers of innovation"?
High up on the Senate agenda is the bipartisan deal to restart unemployment insurance for the long-term unemployed, which had expired in January. But it's nowhere to be found on the House agenda. It's up to us to put it there.
After Paul Ryan executed a triple face-flop in his attempt to seize the debate on poverty, I thought conservatives could use a little advice. So I went over to the Daily Caller...
Climate science denial is limited to the far right. So why it is so hard for politicians to take action on global warming? Because the political middle doesn't think the climate crisis is imminent.
There are a number of live issues -- including minimum wage, unemployment insurance, transportation infrastructure investment and immigration reform -- that may need grassroots pressure to push Congress into action.
When Sen. Ted Cruz wanted to talk to the nation about health care, he read "Green Eggs and Ham." When 30 senators seized the Senate floor last night for an all-night talk-a-thon about climate change, they delivered the facts.
The home of the Super Bowl champions is also America's minimum wage champion, with the highest state minimum wage of $9.32. And it beats the national average for job growth.
Romney's complaint was that Obama wasn't supporting long-range missile defense systems over Russian objections. But Bush did support them, and the same thing happened.
If Republicans don't seem to know what they could propose, I'm happy to help out. Since anything that's going to create jobs will cost the Treasury money, the first thing to do is find a way to loosen those budget caps.