Republicans Freaked Out That Obama’s Not Caving Anymore

By: Thursday October 3, 2013 3:00 pm

Greg Sargent’s reminding everyone of John Boehner’s promise never to allow a default on America’s debts (which means that there’s really no point in Democrats caving to any of his demands) must have set off the klaxons at GOP Messaging Central, because a few hours later Robert Costa was citing an unnamed source claiming that Boehner was reassuring his peeps by claiming that he was going to try to dangle the “Grand Bargain” in front of Obama’s eyes.



By: Friday March 2, 2012 1:30 am

I know it is just a few of the selective low-lights of the last day or so, but what a collection of advertisements for the Grand Ol’ Party.


By: Thursday December 22, 2011 1:30 am

Raising taxes on working people is not the only winning political strategy the Republicans in Congress are giving the average American this holiday season.

Coming soon, the Two-Percent solution

By: Friday August 5, 2011 1:30 am

I guess sometimes dreams really do come true.

Why Does the Washington Post Say “Changes” to Social Security When They Really Mean “Cuts”?

By: Monday July 11, 2011 6:32 am

Usually it is the politicians who use euphemisms to try to conceal the impact of their policies. However, the Washington Post decided to help them along in a front page article when it twice referred to Social Security “changes” that could be part of the budget agreement.

Of course “changes” don’t reduce the deficit unless they are cuts. President Obama and the congressional leadership were discussing plans to cut Social Security. These cuts are likely to be very unpopular, so it is likely that they would rather have the public not realize that they were debating cuts to Social Security.

Medicare Benefit Cuts, Tax Hikes Taken Off Table in Dwindling Debt Limit Talks

By: Wednesday June 15, 2011 3:30 am

Both sides played one of their cards in the battle over the debt limit and a deal on the nation’s budget deficit today. First, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told National Journal that there will be no tax increases in any deal that results in an increase in the debt limit. He also spelled out what the deal would look like in his perfect world, and even managed to offer some political advice to the President.

A Congress Unwilling to Exercise Its War Powers

By: Saturday June 4, 2011 7:00 pm

The Kucinich Resolution (H.R. Con. Res. 251) aimed to direct the president, pursuant to the War Powers Act, to remove all troops from Libya within fifteen days after the resolution was adopted. It was an attempt to force Congress to exercise the authority that it has under the Constitution to decide when and where troops are deployed for wars and whether or not wars should be launched.

Boehner Assigns Obama to Write Term Paper on Libya, Kucinich War Powers Resolution Fails 148-256

By: Friday June 3, 2011 11:33 am

Boehner’s resolution, which asserts that the President failed to meet its Constitutional responsibilities under the War Powers Act and “provide… a compelling rationale based upon United States national security interests for current United States military activities regarding Libya,” but then says that the President must write a term paper answering various questions about the mission within 2-3 weeks, did pass by a count of 268-145.

Tea Chair Bachmann: Budget Deal a “Disappointment”

By: Sunday April 10, 2011 8:02 am

Count among those disappointed in the budget deal that was forged oh-so-dramatically at the very last hour before government shutdown Michele Bachmann, chair of the House teabaggers.

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