No doubt 2013 was a grind. Yet despite the headwinds from the fractious GOP House and the major distraction of the Snowden leaks, Obama secured significant policy achievements and battled naysayers to keep historic initiatives on track.
Megyn Kelly's declaration on Fox News that "Santa just is white," is more than wrong. Introducing kids to non-white Santas is a great way to begin breaking down racial stereotypes. See how it worked for these first-graders.
If you are a liberal, you hate the Murray-Ryan deal for effectively keeping the sequester. If you are a conservative, you hate it for making it kindler and gentler.
China in 2012 took the lead in the global clean energy race. But a new report offers a roadmap for a U.S. resurgence in renewable energy that does not require us to emulate China's top-down economic approach.
Let's see .... Nothing ... and some more nothing ... nothing over here ... oh, here's a little something ... but that's like 30 years old ... didn't really work before ... still looking ...
Back in March, the Republican National Committee released an "autopsy" of its 2012 losses, which included 11 recommendations for how the party should change its image. Let's see how that's going.
Obamacare's 834 problem, giving erroneous enrollment forms to insurance companies is unlikely to be a fatal flaw. Social Security had a very similar problem in its beginning days.
The Supreme Court will rule next year if corporations can ignore parts of the Affordable Care Act on religious grounds. But f a corporation take away your contraception coverage, your vaccines and your psychiatric therapy may be next.
There may not be any immigration votes in the House this year. But President Obama's speech practically guarantees there will be House immigration votes next year.
The air is filled with Republicans claiming Democrats will rue the day they ended the filibuster for lower-level federal judicial appointments. They'll appoint a slew of Scalia clones, repeal Obamacare, junk the EPA.
Senate Republicans have been daring Democrats to do away with the filibuster for judicial nominations. They might want to look at this chart before double-daring them.
If your main goal is to repeal laws and not pass them, and then you have a draft a positive agenda for your next campaign, here's what ends up on that sheet of paper...
What we see is a politician who does not believe in paying public workers what they worth, but instead wants them to work more for less compensation. He has a fundamental disgust for public investments while eagerly offering the "candy" of tax cuts.
It's not only that Obamacare hasn't killed anybody. Bush made government dumber, and we got Katrina. Obama, by taking on health care, will make government smarter.
Obamacare early enrollment is low? Tell it to the 13 million eligible for food stamps, and the 7 million children eligible for welfare, who are not getting desperately needed aid granted by law.
Tonight at 6:30 PM in Washington, DC progressives inlcuding Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Van Jones and Rep. Donna Edwards will gather to honor grassroots champions, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, Leo Gerard and Marge
Panic today will be defused and forgotten tomorrow. We will not only be pleased with the final result, but we will also be better conditioned to tolerate a degree of initial imperfection, knowing that government has the capacity to work through it.
One week from today, progressives will gather in Washington for the Celebrating America's Future 2013 Awards Gala to honor, among other champions, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II with the Paul Wellstone Citizen Leadership Award.
We scrutinized Rubio's hemming and hawing the last time around on the presumption that he had the singular power to shape Sen legislation and attract conservative support. But the final bill blew up that notion. Why give him the time of day now?
Politico headlined today that “House GOP plans no immigration vote in 2013″. However, the story itself is more equivocal, noting that “the dynamics could change. Some, including Majority Leader Eric […]
Liberal opinion journalists providing context is just as critical to the sustainability of liberalism and public-sector workers delivering effective government.
An early glitch in the collection of Social Security wage problems stoked a panic that millions wouldn't get their checks. Like most problems with new programs, it got fixed.
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.