While it is unlikely to ever happen, I think the grand bargain Washington actually needs is eliminating the filibuster in exchange for an end to lifetime appointments for federal judges
|By: Jon Walker Friday May 31, 2013 1:03 pm|
|By: DSWright Monday May 20, 2013 6:40 am|
The CEO of the Associated Press said the government’s unprecedented actions to seize phone records of reporters from the news organization was both unconstitutional and has had a chilling effect on sources.
|By: DSWright Monday April 22, 2013 6:40 am|
A joint statement by Senators John McCain, Kelly Ayotte, Lindsey Graham, and Representative Peter King calls for a man accused of participating in the Boston Marathon Bombing, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, to be charged and handled as an enemy combatant and outside the constitution despite Tsarnaev being a U.S. citizen.
|By: DSWright Thursday March 7, 2013 9:05 am|
It was a simple question. Can the President kill noncombatant American citizens on American soil without due process? No answer was given so Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky decided to filibuster. The filibuster would last over 12 hours as Senators from both sides of the aisle would join in.
|By: DSWright Thursday February 7, 2013 6:05 am|
Just ahead of today’s CIA director confirmation hearing President Obama has ordered the release of memos that were written by his administration to justify the killing of American citizens without due process.
|By: David Dayen Friday December 21, 2012 12:51 pm|
If there’s going to be reform to the Senate’s rules, it’s going to have to come from the Senate itself. That’s the implication of a ruling in federal court today throwing out a Constitutional challenge to the filibuster.
|By: brasch Saturday November 24, 2012 6:40 pm|
A white Ford F-250 pick-up rumbled through town, a Confederate rebel flag on a pole behind the cab; on the rear bumper were a pro-life and three Anti-Obama stickers, two of which could not be revealed in a family newspaper.
It wasn’t a lone wolf protest; several cars, trucks, and homes in the area sport similar flags and messages.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday October 19, 2012 4:13 pm|
In his effort to appear on as many morning and late night shows before Election Day, President Barack Obama appeared on “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart last night. Stewart talked to him about his record, his first debate performance, whether his candidacy’s strength is that he is not as bad as GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, what he would like to do in his second term and his administration’s response to the attack in Benghazi. He was also directly asked about the continuation of national security policies that were the hallmark of the administration of President George W. Bush.
|By: Peterr Saturday October 13, 2012 9:00 am|
Religiously speaking, the answers given at the VP debate by Paul Ryan and Joe Biden to the question of how their personal faith relates to their work as politicians were striking. The difference between the two candidates — and the parties and platforms they stand for — could not have been starker. Ryan spoke with absolute certainty that he/his party/his church are absolutely correct when it comes to banning abortion, while Biden expressed both his own personal beliefs alongside respect for those who hold other views and the concomitant right to act on their religious views.
But while abortion was the specific example Martha Raddatz used to frame her question, it is hardly the only one. The editors of the Jesuit magazine “America” pose another very good question themselves, that deserves an answer from both Obama and Romney. If no one brings it up at the town hall-style debate next week, I’d love to see Bob Schieffer ask it at the foreign policy debate that follows.
|By: David Dayen Saturday September 15, 2012 9:00 am|
Don’t expect yesterday’s Dane County court ruling overturning sections of Wisconsin’s anti-union law to remain operative for long.