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.
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.