Republicans prove they can get thing done when they really want to by killing a requirement that lawmakers disclose lobbyist-paid trips. Meanwhile, issues like immigration reform and infrastructure languish.
Mississippi Republican Sen. Thad Cochran defeated primary challenger Chris McDaniel with the help of black Democrats, and the tea party exploded with rage. Now, to quote Nina Simone, “Everybody Knows About Mississippi, Goddam!”
As Washington wades into another debate over extending unemployment insurance benefits, millions of jobless Americans are waiting for our elected leaders to finally get around to focusing on jobs.
As the White House holds a Summit on Working Families today, here are five policies with broad popular support that could make a family-friendly economy a reality.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is back in the news, following prosecutors' allegations that Walker was at the center of a "criminal scheme" to bypass state election laws, by illegally coordinated spending between conservative groups and his campaign in 2012. Is the former GOP star in freefall?
The White House will hold a Summit on Working Families on Monday, and Republicans are trying to get in on the action with a fake agenda meant to distract us from their lack of real solutions.
While conservatives fret over breadwinner moms and caregiver dads, Democrats are working to create a more family-friendly economy, starting with a family-friendly workplace.
As House Minority Leader Eric Cantor exits stage right, it seems appropriate to recall some of his most memorable wingnut moments, and consider what we may be in for as David Bratt waits in the wings.
More than 3 million people have lost their emergency unemployment benefits since House Republicans allowed the program to expire. Witness Wednesdays is bringing some of those voices to Washington. Will the GOP listen?
Republicans can’t pass immigration reform, but they can take time out from obstructing anything that might remotely do the economy some good, to confer citizenship on a genocidal colonialist who’s been dead for over two hundred years.
The safe release of an American POW is usually a cause for celebration. But there will be no yellow ribbons on the right for Army Sgt. Bowe Berghdal, who was released after being held by the Taliban for five years.
Guns — their presence, and all it portends — are increasingly invading every corner of our every day lives. They have morphed into a form of symbolic speech that threatens to shoot down our political discourse.
Well, that didn’t take long. As Americans were still reeling from the latest gun massacre, right-wingers wasted no time blaming liberals, Hollywood, and gay marriage for all shooting rampages. As usually, the facts are decidedly against wingnuts.
At the New Populism Conference, Rev. William Barber reminded progressive populists that we must know why we fight, and what we're fighting for. We must not shrink from battle, when we have all we need to fight and win.
This week saw a number of right-wingers being pulled up short, one way or another, including some of the biggest names in wingnuttia. For each wingnut up to his tinfoil hat in trouble of his own making, we can only say, “It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.”
The rising American electorate that twice elected Barack Obama could be a deciding factor in 2014, if either party reaches out with a message that addresses concerns of its diverse constituencies and motivates them to vote.
This week, Karl Rove proved once again that his Bush-era nickname "Turd Blossom" was well earned. Just when you thought he couldn't sink any lower, Rove launched a laughably desperate attack on Hillary Clinton.
The cameras have gone, and America's attention has turned elsewhere, but Cliven Bundy and his supporters are trying to provoke a showdown with the federal government. Lawlessness is spreading from Bundy’s ranch like a cancer.
The conditions that made Ferguson, Mo., a powder keg waiting for a spark didn’t happen overnight, and a forum today made it clear that it will take more than putting cameras on cops to prevent the “next Ferguson."
Hillary Clinton's all-but-inevitable presidential candidacy in 2016 and Monica Lewinsky's return to the spotlight have led to recurrence of the right's derangement disorder of the '90s.
Right-wing lawlessness continues at Cliven Bundy's ranch, where supporters who were itching to shoot police officers and federal agents, nearly shot each other. Now citizens want the "militia" out. Can this thing end without bloodshed?
At what point do armed citizens consider themselves the law, based on little more than their numbers and their guns? The latest news from Bundy Ranch, raises this and many other questions,
Here’s a basic rule of thumb for wingnut rhetoric. If right-wingers have returned to flogging that dead horse called Benghazi, they’re fresh out of ideas again.
Cliven Bundy isn't the first conservative to defend slavery, but he may be one of the first condemned by fellow conservatives for doing so. Does this mean conservatives are ready to stop defending slavery?
This week, they don’t come any nuttier than Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, and the right-wing pundits and politicians who rushed to defend his range war against the federal government. Revolution was almost nigh, until Budy shot off his mouth.
Obamacare didn’t come with ”death panels," like conservatives claimed it would. So, Republican governors and state legislatures formed their own. Until the death of Charlene Dill, the victims of those death panels were invisible.
What do you call it when an anti-Semite and white supremacist goes on a shooting spree at not one, but two Jewish facilities, killing three people? If you’re the U.S. media you call it anything, but terrorism.
More than a decade after Leno and Letterman slugged it out to succeed Carson, and four years after Leno and O'Brien feuded, the late night TV wars are back. This time right-wingers are bringing the hostility and hilarity.
With the passage of Rep. Paul Ryan’s latest austerian budget, the GOP has spelled out very clearly what they want to do to America. It’s not a threat, but a promise that Americans must make sure Republicans never have the power to fulfill.
If he were alive today, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would demand that conservative governors and state legislatures stop endangering the lives and health of the vulnerable by refusing to expand Medicaid.
This was a make or break week for Obamacare, with the enrollment deadline looming and a major goal hanging in the balance. Obamacare made good on the goal of 7 million sign-ups, and broke right-wingers tenuous grip with reality.
As Obamacare achieved seven million signups, and record public support, Republicans were stuck with “ConsevraCare” alternatives, where the all features are bugs. No wonder they've entered the “truther" phase of their opposition.
The Republican 2016 presidential primary season opened with the "Sheldon Adelson Primary." A billionaire political boss doesn't wait for the official GOP primary season to start. He holds his own primary.
This week, they didn’t come any nuttier than Americans For Prosperity’s Jennifer Stefano, who clashed with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes. There was enough good news for Obamacare to drive right-wingers around the bend. Stephano didn't hold back.
Millions of Americans put off visiting the dentist because of the increasing cost of dental care. Last year, I became one of them. In pain, and in need of dental care, I was shocked to find out how little my dental insurance covered.
It's been a rough week for two of the GOP's leading lights. Tumultuous town halls showed that two of conservatism's biggest stars, Paul Ryan and Chris Christie, may be crashing to earth, and taking the GOP’s 2016 hopes with them.
March Madness is upon us, in more ways than one. We know that right-wingers will howl with outrage over anything President Obama does. So it's no surprise that conservatives are freaking out over President Obama's March Madness picks.
Today the Moral Mondays movement brought its brand of righteous progressivism to the Georgia state capitol, to demand accountability and better lives for Georgians.
This week Rep. Paul Ryan took the cake. After debuting his embarrassing copy-and-paste job on the war on poverty last week, Ryan outdid himself with a clumsy bit of dog whistle politics blaming black “inner city culture” for poverty.
Rep. Paul Ryan has become the latest right-winger to blame black poverty on "culture" and character. Just as he got it backwards on families and poverty, Paul Ryan gets it twisted on poverty and black black men.