New Jersey governor Chris Christie's George Washington Bridge scandal confirms the worst concerns about his leadership, and the soul of the GOP that until recently seemed ready to embrace him as its best hope for 2016.
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.
At CPAC, Sarah Palin mangled "Green Eggs and Ham" and declared that "Yes, we can" has become "No, we can't" under Obamacare. Here are a few things Obamacare can and will do that conservatives can't or won't.
It doesn't matter if they'll save money and get better coverage; they just know they're going to die. These people simply put their fingers in their ears and sing "lalalalala."
President Obama’s budget wasn’t actually dead on arrival last week. But Republicans knew it would speak to the hopes and dreams of everyday Americans. So they tried choking it.
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.
This week, the world watched as Ukrainians threw out their Russian-puppet president, and Russian president Vladimir Putin prepared to invade. Conservatives, naturally, have decided that it’s all President Obama’s fault.
Rep. Paul Ryan says that "the left" is offering Americans "a full stomach and an empty soul." The truth is that conservatives like Ryan are offering Americans empty stomachs and empty rhetoric.
In his latest attack on the poor, Rep. Paul Ryan repeats the old conservative trope that the “breakdown of the family” is the main cause of poverty. Ryan has it backwards.
Some date the advent of the tea party to 2007, when Ron Paul held a “tax day tea party” fundraiser to fill his campaign coffers. But the broader movement began five years ago last week — shortly after Barack Obama was sworn into office
According to the GOP, some Americans are sub-citizens who don’t deserve rights equal to those enjoyed by, well, the right-wing. Republicans think they’re right, and anyone who disagrees doesn’t deserve rights.
The economic actions and trends that have hollowed out the middle class and led to massive wealth concentration at the top 1 percent are not even mentioned in Ryan's "War on Poverty" report.
Dog whistle politics have served Republicans well. But with shifting demographics, they may become an albatross around the party’s neck. No issue reflects that dynamic as clearly as immigration reform.
It's election time, when the Republicans decide it's time to troll for votes among their lovely base by kicking the poor. Thus, Rep. Paul Ryan's back with a budget that re-brands the GOP's "War On the Poor" as "Poverty Reform."
When the week began, Arizona governor Jan Brewer thought she had all the time in the world to decide whether or not to veto Arizona’s “Gay Jim Crow” bill. By the middle of the week, Brewer learned differently. Conservatives lost it.
Arizona and Uganda are nine thousand miles apart, but they were side by side in the news this week, due to extremist anti-gay laws that spring from and are supported by the religious right.
Fix the Debt once boasted a budget of $40 million. Today, it’s shedding staff and going into hibernation, having failed to win any of their top priorities. Their demise proves that deep pockets don’t always prevail in Washington.
When Republican Rep. Dave Camp released a comprehensive tax reform plan, Republicans ran for the exits. They worry about the details that offend corporate lobbies. We should worry about the assumptions that offend common sense.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, before his attention-getting stunt outside the White House this week, offered up a 10-point agenda to "jump-start growth" that withers under the harsh light of reality.
Social welfare organizations are allowed to influence elections to a degree, but can’t make electoral politics their “primary focus.” The problem is that standard hasn’t been well defined.
Right wing ideologues are no long just preaching their beliefs and trying to persuade people to go along. They know they cannot allow facts and knowledge to be shared with the public or the results of their handiwork will be obvious to all.
It's been another rough week on the right. A high-profile GOP governor, and potential 2016 presidential contender could be brought low by a trove of scandalous emails. And it's not Chris Christie.
Even before Michael Dunn encountered Jordan Davis and his friends, he was primed to see young black men as dangerous “thugs” that should be eliminated, and to believe he had the absolute right to do so.
A show about rough Washington politics gets rough in real life, demanding that Maryland taxpayers fork over more subsidies or else it will move its filming operation to the state that will allow the biggest tax ripoff.
Here are five-plus examples of billionaires who use their money to try to get us to think what they want us to think in order to enact a right-wing economic agenda.
Clarence Thomas says that Americans are too sensitive about race. The killing of Jordan Davis, and a jury's failure to convict his killer, speaks volumes about the true state of America's racial sensitivity.
Another rural Georgia hospital is closing its doors as that state continues to block the Medicaid expansion. It's time for Republicans to expand Medicaid in every state, and stop playing politics with people's lives.
No pill’s gonna cure Republicans’ ill. They got a bad case of hating Barack Obama. So bad that they’re intent on taking health insurance from millions of Americans in an attempt to wound the President.
By a margin of one vote, a Republican filibuster blocked extension of aid to the long-term unemployed in the middle of the winter. Then the Senate adjourned for another vacation. This is a clear measure of who they are.
I knew about Christie's little "deal" some time ago, but apparently it's just now coming to the attention of the Washington press. It's a case of the Washington establishment falling in love with a man who's willing to slap liberals around.
Democrats and a few moderately-sane Republicans will formalize what everyone has known all along: It is illegitimate to put conditions on the vote to increase the debt ceiling.
Organized labor stands for everything the GOP hates: Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment insurance and the 40-hour work week. So the GOP denounces workers exercising concerted action, at the workplace and in Washington, D.C
There’s an underlying pattern to policy positions "freedom"-proclaiming conservatives are taking. Each would rob people of their freedom to choose their jobs, negotiate their salaries, or decide how they want to live.
In the words of Langston Hughes, “We, too, sing America.” We sing it in the varied tones of our many cultures. We sing it in with accents both regional and international, in every language we know — even if it drives right-wingers crazy.
Reagan’s economic legacy is one of failure, but in another way it could be argued that he was genuinely transformative: as the first celebrity politician for the modern corporate state.
A dominant conservative narrative is that government saps our freedom. But good government can increase our personal choices and make us more free – freer to pursue our own individual paths.
With the first ever “mass transit Super Bowl” in his state, Chris Christie had two jobs: Make the trains run on time, and bring home the bacon for New Jersey. What actually happened is a classic example of conservative failure.
Nothing drives conservatives around the bend like a speech from Barack Obama. So, thanks to the president’s State of the Union address on Tuesday, there’s no shortage of wingnuttery this week.
How Many Republicans does it take to respond to the State of the Union address? The flurry of GOP responses to the State of the union reflect both the party’s disarray and the growing distance between the GOP and the majority of Americans.