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Dana Milbank And The Purity Trolls

Dana Milbank And The Purity Trolls

There is a line of thinking that the single-issue people take now-and-again wherein they wish for the worst possible outcome so that the masses swell up and a reform agenda—around whatever their single issue is—is swept into realization. And then a thousand years of benevolent Elves-riding-Unicorns overlords to rule us all happens and… and… well, [...]

New House Majority Leader Blames Harry Reid, Not Congress, For Dysfunction In Washington

House Republicans have blocked Senate bills, and the 113th Congress has gone down as the least productive in the history of polling.  But never mind all that fact-y stuff.  Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), the newly elected majority leader of the House of Representatives,is blaming Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) for all of Washington’s dysfunction. What [...]

Senate Democrats Go On Offensive With Plan To Expand Social Security

Senate Democrats Will Introduce Proposal To Expand Social Security Benefits (via http://crooksandliars.com) By John Amato June 10, 2014 11:33 am – Comments It appears that Duncan Black’s dirty hippy plan is starting to play itself out and Senate Democrats are getting on board with a plan to expand our Social Security benefits. It appears that [...]

When Satire Says What The Pundits Don’t

The Onion is the best printed source of “fake news” in America. It ranks with “The Daily Show” at showing our foibles as Americans in an entertaining way. Yesterday, the Onion published a funny headline. Only there was nothing funny about it. ‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens Think [...]

Democratic Senator: Time To Take Up Gun Control Again

Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal isn’t wasting time before urging the Senate to take up gun control measures. He spoke on Face the Nation. “A year and half ago it seemed like we were on the verge of, potentially, legislation that would stop the madness and end the insanity that has killed too many young people, [...]

Southern Democrats Suprisingly Competititve In Midterm Races

NBC News-Marist polls in Arkansas, Georgia and Kentucky show Southern Democrats are doing better than expected in races for the U.S. Senate. In Arkansas, with less than six months until Election Day 2014, incumbent Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., leads Republican challenger Tom Cotton by 11 points among registered voters, 51 percent to 40 percent. (That [...]

Here Come The Judges

Here Come The Judges

A few months ago, faced with Republican intransigence on confirming judges, Democrats altered the rules in the Senate preventing filibusters of judicial nominees.  Jonathan Bernstein points out that the payoff is coming now: This was a huge week for judicial nominations in the Senate. Nine judges were confirmed, including one at the appeals level. .  [...]

Sebelius For Senate?

Sebelius For Senate?

There is a push in that direction. In her darkest hour last fall, Kathleen Sebelius suffered one of the deepest cuts from an old family friend who accused her of “gross incompetence” over the rollout of the Affordable Care Act and demanded that she resign as secretary of health and human services. Now she is [...]

David Koch: 50-50 Chance Republicans Take Back Senate

David Koch says many Republicans want his support (ie, money), but he hasn’t decided yet who he likes best. He does think Republicans can be on the upswing. Koch was at Lincoln Center in New York for the premier of a play. Over dinner at the Youth America Grand Prix gala that followed the ballet [...]

Nate Silver Says Republicans Favored to Win Senate

Via Political Wire: Nate Silver: “We think the Republicans are now slight favorites to win at least six seats and capture the chamber… You’ll find that our characterization of the 36 races in most cases is very close to that issued by such forecasters as the Cook Political Report and Rothenberg Political Report. We’re looking [...]

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