Why Should I Care What Marco Rubio Thinks About Immigration?

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?
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Why Immigration Reform May Blossom In The Spring

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 […]
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The GOP Is Held Together With Duct Tape

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.
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The Time To Push Immigration Reform Is Now

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.
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Desperate Paul Ryan Still Can’t Make a Concession

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.
Desperate Paul Ryan Still Can’t Make a Concession
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No, Republicans Have Not Compromised

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"
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The Monster They’ve Created

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.
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Climate Politics Will Be Brutal In 2014

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.
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The New EPA Power Plants Rules Are Not a War On Coal

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.
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Climate Summer 2013: America On Fire

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.
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Republicans Flinch Again

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.
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New EPA Chief Nails It

"Climate Change Isn't an Environmental Issue. It Is a Fundamental Economic Challenge." Above is the first speech from Gina McCarthy since Republicans stood down from filibustering her nomination to head the EPA.
New EPA Chief Nails It
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The Republican Fever Is Breaking (And Just In Time)

President Obama in 2012 expressed hope that “when we’re successful in this election … the fever may break” and Republicans would stop relentlessly obstructing everything in sight. In May of […]
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McConnell Explains Why McConnell Is Wrong

Yesterday on NBC’s Meet The Press, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was having a hard time understanding why the Majority Leader is ready to change the rules to prevent filibusters […]
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The Republican Chance To Govern Like Grown-Ups

The January deal on Senate rules forged by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell has actually held. It just wasn’t very ambitious in its scope. The deal was […]
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Will House Dysfunction Save Immigration Reform?

At TheWeek.com today, I lay out “Boehner’s Dilemma” on immigration. If House Speaker John Boehner lets the Senate immigration bill pass the House with mostly Democratic votes, he risks a […]
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10 Years Later: The Howard Dean Legacy

I’ve commemorated the 10-year anniversary of the formal beginning of the Howard Dean presidential campaign with an article at The Week, “4 ways Howard Dean changed American politics.” Dean helped […]
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Fact: Obama Will Cap Carbon

Before the end of the Barack Obama presidency, the EPA will place a cap on carbon pollution from all power plants. This is no longer a mystery. This is happening. […]
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One Step Closer To Ending The Underground Economy

The Senate is on the verge of preventing an initial filibuster of the bipartisan immigration reform bill, with several Republican votes in support of proceeding. Despite all the trumped up […]
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A Grand Exit From The Grand Bargain

The Center for American Progress, the most prominent left-leaning institution supportive of a “grand bargain” deficit reduction agreement that would include reducing Social Security benefits, today released a new report […]
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