One of the biggest signs that Ashley Judd is getting serious about challenging Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) next year is that it’s making some Democrats nervous. A few prominent local Democrats and national Democrats, including the Clintons, are working hard to find an alternative.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday March 20, 2013 12:10 pm|
|By: Pam Spaulding Friday March 8, 2013 6:53 am|
Considering Big Dog was the guy who signed the horror known as the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) into law, seeing this turn of events is welcome, it still leaves a bitter taste in the mouth. But it’s a different world than it was 17 years ago and there was almost zero political courage to stand up for the civil right of gays and lesbians to marry. Clinton, along with a lot of pols across the political spectrum, have finally seen the light on marriage equality to come out of the closet on the issue.
|By: CTuttle Sunday January 20, 2013 10:00 pm|
Twenty years later, we’ve seemed to have lost much of our electoral enthusiasm…!
|By: Jon Walker Friday December 7, 2012 2:05 pm|
One of the few justifications I’ve heard for focusing so much time on reducing the deficit at this moment, even though people are practically paying the federal government for the privilege of being able to loan it money, is that somehow we can “fix the problem forever.” The logic goes that if only we could get a grand bargain we would take all these issue off the table for over a generation. It could try to explain why, on a theoretical level, this logic is flawed; but fortunately I don’t need to. In just the past decade there have been two dramatic real world examples of why this idea is so silly. The problem is that a previously Congress can’t bind the decision of a future Congress, especially on the issue of deficit reduction.
|By: Steve Horn Sunday November 18, 2012 7:45 am|
The Tar Sands Blockade of TransCanada Corporation’s “Keystone XL South” continues in Texas, but former members of the Clinton and George W. Bush cabinets believe the northern half will soon be green-lighted by President Barack Obama.
In a Nov. 13 conference call led by the Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA), an oil and gas industry front group, CEA Counsel John Northington said he believes a “Keystone XL North” rubber stamp is in the works by the Obama Administration.
“I think the Keystone will be approved in fairly short order by the administration,” Northington said on the call.
|By: David Dayen Thursday November 8, 2012 11:39 am|
In case you were wondering what all those retiring and defeated lawmakers do with themselves once banished from Capitol Hill, I have a simple answer for you: they get paid.
|By: Swopa Friday October 19, 2012 8:00 pm|
It’s a common gibe that anyone running for President has to be a bit mental to want the job in the first place, much less suffer the indignities involved in pursuing it. Which may be why I find it odd when the candidates start diagnosing one another: Speaking today in Fairfax, Virginia, President Obama finally [...]
|By: David Dayen Monday October 15, 2012 12:32 pm|
The idea that you can generate “credibility” from the serious Beltway people by slashing the deficit is a chimera. They still caricature Democrats as tax and spend liberals, and in this case, the economy suffers as a result of the deficit reduction. What would help politically is a better economy, but the story of the economy is so confused, and Democratic partisans so unwilling to set the story right, that such a prospect seems very far away.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday September 25, 2012 3:08 pm|
The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence index shot up today, rising from 61.3 in August to 70.3 in September. This typically correlates with a brighter outlook for the economy, and could lead to stronger consumer spending. However, it may be worthwhile to ignore the Conference Board’s index in the last couple months of an election cycle.
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday September 24, 2012 5:00 pm|
David France’s bold, powerful, heart-wrenching documentary How to Survive a Plague follows the evolution of ACT UP NY and its Treatment Action Group (TAG), capturing the outrage, agony and activism that changed the social, political and medical fabric of the United States from the 1980s with the beginning of the AIDS crisis. Director/co-writer David France and Howard Gertler, one of the film’s producers, are our guests tonight.