Boehner and McCarthy ducking a fight with the Freedom Caucus on the basis of party unity is like refusing to get chemotherapy because you want your body to be united with your cancerous tumor.
On trade, every Democratic presidential nominee has for the past three decades campaigned one way and governed another. Why does this keep happening? The answer is not money.
The Republican candidates for president are all trying to cut taxes for the wealthy even more than George W. Bush did. Here's the scorecard of those candidates with specific proposals.
Proposing a handgun ban certainly wouldn't make it become law anytime soon, but it would refocus the debate on the actual source of most of our senseless gun deaths.
Speaker John Boehner has to reckon with the fact that winning the midterms did nothing to make his party more responsible and did nothing to advance his own policy goals.
Jeb is planting his flag on constantly moving ground. GDP has steadily grown throughout the Obama presidency after the stimulus sparked the recovery. If the recent strong quarters hold up, Bush's pledge will be exposed as decidedly empty.
But Boehner set his resignation date for October 30th, not September 30th. He's giving himself an extra month. That means he can try to pass still more things with the help of Democrats.
Some anti-abortion conservatives are one week from shutting down the government over Planned Parenthood funding. Yet they got no encouragement from the leader of the world's biggest anti-abortion institution.
The days of Republicans getting away with painting Democrats and liberals as incompatible with faith are behind us. And the risk of political embarrassment this week remains squarely with the GOP.
Now it is clear how narrow Scott Walker's base of support was, and how limited is the strategy of union-bashing. Republicans might want to consider appealing to union workers rather than bashing them.
Pope Francis arrives in America on Tuesday, meets with President Obama on Wednesday, addresses Congress on Thursday and the United Nations on Friday. But no one knows exactly what he wants to accomplish.
Hillary Clinton has four major accomplishments from her tenure as Secretary of State: the Libyan UN resolution, the New START treaty, renewing diplomatic ties with Myanmar and setting in motion the Iran Deal.
You might think that three hours is enough time for a presidential debate offer up ideas on how to grow the economy and create jobs. But this is a Republican debate.
Two year ago, Australian voters delivered a warning by replacing the ruling Labor Party with right-wing Liberal Party leader Tony Abbott, who pledged to repeal Labor's carbon tax. Today, Australia delivers another message.
Those watching the juvenile tactics on the House floor may ask themselves who they would rather handle our delicate foreign policy matters: those who accept reality or those who don't.
Republicans are already stuck trying to keep the government open through a slapdash "continuing resolution" instead of a negotiated budget. They can't earn an "A." Can they avoid shutdown and get a "C"?
The Iran deal will not be scuttled by Congress now that President Obama has secured the support of enough Senate Democrats to sustain any veto of any attempt to strip Obama of his authority to waive sanctions. It's a historic win for peace.
The more the Left agitates the Right over Planned Parenthood, the greater the likelihood that next year's budget will include more government spending and more stimulus for the economy.
The die-hard Trump fans who think he has magical abilities to transform Washington need only look at the last couple of celebrity blowhards who swept into office on a promise of radical change: Governors Ventura and Schwarzenegger.
Trump is not only the obstacle in Jeb's way. His anti-immigrant bigotry is a cancer on the Republican Party. Jeb seems to grasp more than most that the cancer needs to be removed
Republicans used to brag about their "deep bench" of governors, diligently solving problems in contrast to the dysfunction happening in Washington. No more. They've been eclipsed by Trump, Carson and Fiorina.
No one will vote for a candidate with no governing experience on the basis on a single issue. And it's not true that nothing good can happen until we enact his package of election reforms.
Characterizing the Republican field is not as simple as deeming them all climate science deniers. If you look closely – and squint real hard – you'll find slight differences that can give an optimist a glimmer of hope.
After the debacle of George W. Bush’s conservative economic policy and foreign policy, Republicans still have something to prove. They didn’t prove anything last night.
Fault lines are emerging in response to the administration's Clean Power Plan, the EPA rule designed to cut carbon emissions from power plants 32 percent by 2030. How can we make sense of it, and what should activists do next?
If you want a presidential candidate who supports a carbon tax you should vote for Bernie Sanders. If you want a presidential candidate that has thought through how to best communicate on climate, Hillary Clinton may be your best bet.
President Obama is working on a program to cap carbon emissions from power plants. As with Obamacare, states will have latitude how it is implemented. As with Obamacare, recalcitrant Obama-hating states will be hurting themselves.
Who said this? "I think that some of the people who are objecting the most and just refusing even to accede to the idea of ever getting any understanding ... down in their deepest thoughts, have accepted that war is inevitable."
Republicans have a bigger demographic challenge looming over them that winning over the Latino vote, one of which they are less cognizant and of which the solutions are less obvious.
While the ideological makeup of the Latino electorate is ever-so-slightly more liberal than the nation as a whole, the partisan breakdown is more than 3-to-1 Democratic: 58 percent Democratic versus 16 percent Republican.
Republicans in Congress may want to stop the international nuclear deal with Iran. They may prefer to provoke a war with Iran than break bread. But they can't. And it's their own fault.
Jeb's not wrong to focus on the problem of underemployment, and it does Democrats no good to mock him when he does. Where Jeb is vulnerable is that he offers no serious solution to the problem.
150 ago today, "The Nation" magazine was born. Today, "The Nation: A Biography (The First 150 Years)" is published. The author D.D. Guttenplan shares his thoughts on reading 150 years of history through the lens of the left.
Republicans who have complained that the Left wants to drum religious voices out of the "public square" while thundering against women's reproductive rights, suddenly want the Pope to stick to Sunday mass.
If the center of gravity moves from under the Republicans' feet, 2016 is going to be their 1988 – the last gasp before their ideological dead weight has to be thrown overboard.
Twenty years ago Pope John Paul II delivered an encyclical urging a "culture of life," which Republicans readily embraced. Today, Pope Francis delivers an encyclical on climate. Republicans may have a harder time with this one.
Walker is beginning to lose conservatives over his support for $250 million in taxpayer funds on a new basketball stadium benefiting the billionaire owners of the Milwaukee Bucks, who don't even live in the state.
Obama moves to protect the climate. The congressional GOP moves to block him, even urging states to break the law. But some Republicans are complicating the climate deniers' message.
Sen. Lindsey Graham told CNN: "Here’s a question you need to ask everybody running as a Republican: What is the environmental policy of the Republican Party? When I ask that question, I get a blank stare."