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.
Yes, Republicans are furiously obstructing all they can, and this Congress may be end up being one of the least productive in history. But don't throw in the towel on immigration or minimum wage.
Last month, Republicans called offsetting the cost of extended unemployment insurance by extending the sequester a "gimmick." Now Republicans have voted to use that exact same gimmick to pay for something else.
Throughout the immigration debate, Republicans have run phony excuses for delay, Democrats keep stripping them away, and the process keeps moving forward. How many more excuses do Republicans have?
Republicans today ended all doubt: They do not want to help the long-term unemployed. Given a bill that would help for a mere three extra months without adding to the deficit, Republicans filibustered it.
There are truly no more excuses: Either Republicans vote for long-term unemployment aid today, or they expose their callous disregard for the long-term unemployed.
25 years ago, Kirk Cameron took to the big screen and spoke common sense about contraception reducing abortions. Today, a new report proves the case. Republicans should embrace it.
Nearly every president since the minimum wage was established has signed into law a minimum wage increase, even when a conservative Congress loathed a Democratic president -- such as in 1949 and 1996.
"Climate change is a fact," said President Obama at the State of the Union. While that was directly lobbed at climate deniers, it was also implicitly aimed at those environmentalists who have been critical of his support for natural gas.
Nine years ago, Huckabee thought that the government should ensure that everyone had access to contraception. Then Barack Obama became President. Meet the new Uncle Sugar, same as the old Uncle Sugar.
Three decades ago the divestment movement help bring down apartheid. Today a new generation of activists is using divestment to bring down fossil fuel companies wrecking the climate.
John Podesta wrote the book on advancing policy through executive action, and now he's inside the White House. Will his climate plan now go in effect, and is it enough?
The legislation can still get bogged down, lose momentum, then eventually get pushed aside as other pressing matters inevitably arise ... if the politicians think the public doesn't care.
"60 Minutes" suggests that Obama's clean energy investments are a taxpayer waste, yet ignores how we've massively increased our clean energy capacity in just five years.
The good news: The Secretary of State is eyeing a global climate treaty next year. The bad news: combined with the EPA's push to cap carbon, it may hurt this year.
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.