No Month Left at the End of the Money

While President Bush continues to spread sunny optimism about the economy, we keep hearing discordant news from places where the sun doesn’t shine. “U.S. consumers continue to be under difficult […]
Isaiah J. Poole

How I Spent My August Recess: Rep. Dent Edition

Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Penn., is considered by the White House to be vulnerable for defeat in 2008. He’s only in his second term, representing a swing district — both Al […]
Bill Scher

How I Spent My August Recess: Sen. Chambliss Edition

Several congressional conservatives are continuing to spend their August recess spreading misinformation to justify their votes against children’s health insurance. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., is a notable member of the […]
Bill Scher

China & India: Following Our Lead … And Our Money

As I’ve noted before, conservatives like to use China’s and India’s increasing carbon pollution as an excuse to do nothing on global warming, Of course, all they’re doing is following […]
Bill Scher

Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

After actually asking a Watchdog question last month, the Sunday show hosts return to their traditional pattern, as the Watchdog goes 0-for-3. On Face The Nation, Gov. Mike Huckabee was […]
Bill Scher

Weekend Watchdog

Every Friday in our Weekend Watchdog feature, we post suggested questions for scheduled Sunday guests. You can add your own questions in the comment thread. We’ll also include contact information […]
Bill Scher

Pelosi’s Challenge In New Orleans

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to lead a House delegation to New Orleans and the Mississippi coast starting Sunday in an effort that should draw fresh attention to what remains […]
Isaiah J. Poole

A Global Warming Bill We Can Work With

Last month, a bipartisan global warming bill from Sens. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., and Arlen Specter, R-Penn., was uniformly rejected by environmental organizations, because it kept down the cost for creating […]
Bill Scher

Dingell Fizzle

Last month, I remarked that Rep. John Dingell’s attempt to undermine progress on global warming with a disingenuous carbon tax proposal was “more likely to fizzle out than spark intra-party […]
Bill Scher

Kids, Keep Your Sicky Hands Off The Nice CEO’s Money

Yesterday, President Bush told reporters he’s considering more tax cuts for those who need it most — corporations, of course — while reiterating his plans to veto more health insurance […]
Bill Scher

How I Spent My August Recess

Congressional conservatives are spending their August recess in an interesting way: telling their constituents about their hard work … to keep health insurance away from kids. Well, they’re not quite […]
Bill Scher

HHS Hacks Plant Lies in Letters

Four regional directors of the Department of Health and Human Services signed their names on copycat letters sent to editorial pages across the country, spreading misinformation about opposing children’s health […]
Bill Scher

Progressive Energy Bill Faces Veto Threat

Prospects for a stronger energy bill brightened Saturday, as the House passed a version requiring 15% of our electricity to come from renewable sources, and funding more renewable energy by […]
Bill Scher

Block And Blame Republicans

There is a telling graphic inside Friday’s New York Times that puts into perspective the Republican Party’s summer theme song, “Do-Nothing Congress.” It bears remembering as just one example of […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Caught on Tape! – The Plot to Bury Progress

The following was emailed to Campaign for America’s Future supporters by our Director of Online Communications Ian Mishalove. No progress on ending the war. No progress on new energy. No […]
Bill Scher

Challenging The Right’s Obstruction Strategy

“The strategy of being obstructionist can work or fail … and so far it’s working for us.”   —Senate Minority Whip Trent Lott, R-Miss.    Roll Call, April 18 A partisan minority […]
Robert Borosage

Feel The Compassion

Later today, the Senate is expected to snuff out a filibuster and approve more health insurance for kids. But the bill is not likely get the 67 votes needed to […]
Bill Scher

Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

The five-week long streak is over! A Watchdog question was actually asked on the Sunday shows yesterday. On ABC’s This Week, George Stephanopoulos asked Sen. Chuck Schumer, if the Justice […]
Bill Scher

Weekend Watchdog

Every Friday in our Weekend Watchdog feature, we post suggested questions for scheduled Sunday guests. You can add your own questions in the comment thread. We’ll also include contact information […]
Bill Scher

Routine Hypocrisy

When the McClatchy Newspapers reported that the conservative minority in the Senate may triple the number of filibusters, Republicans tried to spread the blame. McClatchy reported: Republicans also say that […]
Bill Scher

What Would Jesus Smoke?

No doubt there are legitimate arguments against funding children’s health insurance by raising taxes on harmful products like tobacco. But this isn’t one of them. (From CQ, sub. req’d): Kentucky […]
Bill Scher

Wrong On The Right

The corporate wing of the Democratic Party – the Democratic Leadership Council—will meet in its “National Conversation” this weekend in Nashville. The press is already noting that while all of […]
Robert Borosage

The Evidence Points To Rove

A long-standing Weekend Watchdog question is why Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., hadn’t exercised his authority to issue a subpoena to Karl Rove and other White House officials and their role […]
Bill Scher

Another Step Towards a Carbon Cap?

Two weeks ago, a bipartisan global warming bill was roundly criticized for making it too easy for industries to keep creating carbon pollution. This week, another bipartisan effort was announced, […]
Bill Scher

Proudly Blocking Children’s Health Care

Republican leaders apparently like to lose. Top GOP senators Mitch McConnell and Trent Lott are opposing the bipartisan deal to cover more kids with health insurance, siding with President Bush […]
Bill Scher

Reversing The Slide

Washington Monthly’s Kevin Drum, looking at filibuster stats from McClatchy Newspapers showing conservatives taking obstruction to new heights, writes: …the number of filibusters has been relatively steady since 1986 — […]
Bill Scher

An Overdue Pay Raise

With all of the talk about the conservative obstructionism in Congress that is keeping important bills from becoming law, Tuesday brings something worth celebrating: The federal minimum wage, which had […]
Isaiah J. Poole

How To Lose An Election

Last week, President Bush pledged to veto a bipartisan Senate bill that would cover three to four million more kids with health insurance. Does that mean children will be left […]
Bill Scher

Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

It’s another 0-for-3 Sunday for the Watchdog, as the Sunday shows fail to recognize who is impeding bipartisan sentiment to end the Iraq occupation. On CBS’ Face The Nation, Bob […]
Bill Scher

Weekend Watchdog

Every Friday in our Weekend Watchdog feature, we post suggested questions for scheduled Sunday guests. You can add your own questions in the comment thread. We’ll also include contact information […]
Bill Scher

The Ideas Primary Comes To YearlyKos

Back in March, Campaign for America’s Future Co-Director Robert Borosage lamented the state of the presidential campaign in his piece for The Nation, “When’s the Idea Primary?” He concluded: Activists, […]
Bill Scher

Energy Bill Update

During the past few days, there have been some positive developments as the House continues to put together its energy bill. While Senate conservatives previously blocked consideration of increased renewable […]
Bill Scher

For Our Next Obstruction…

…let’s deny kids health insurance! This time, the obstruction may not come from the Senate conservatives, but from Mr. Lame Duck himself, President Bush. Today, the Senate Finance Committee passed […]
Bill Scher

One Night of Pressure Removes One Obstruction

An attempt to break the conservative minority filibuster of a proposal to effectively end the Iraq occupation fell short today. A majority of 53 senators, including four Republicans and one […]
Bill Scher

Conservatives Block Vote on Ending The War

Minutes ago, Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid asked for unanimous consent to move to a vote on the Levin-Reed amendment to effectively end the occupation. Sen. Minority Whip Trent Lott […]
Bill Scher

Whatever Happened to “Extraordinary Circumstances”?

I’ll say this for Sen. John McCain. He thinks ahead. During today’s Senate floor debate, Sen. Carl Levin urged McCain and his fellow conservatives to refrain from filibustering his Iraq […]
Bill Scher

Reid’s Bold Move

When you’re Senate Majority Leader, everyone’s fighting for your ear. Today, the netroots have Harry Reid’s ear, instead of the punditocracy. This blog has long been calling for Senate leaders […]
Bill Scher

Moore To CNN: “I Ain’t Ever Going Away”

On Saturday, Micheal Moore posted an open letter to CNN, blasting the network: “still no apology, no retraction, no correction of your glaring mistakes.” Warning CNN that “I ain’t ever […]
Bill Scher

Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

Surge advocates were not held to account on the Sunday shows yesterday, as called for by the Watchdog. On NBC’s Meet The Press, Sen. Lindsey Graham was not reminded by […]
Bill Scher
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