The Repetition Compulsion for War — and How It Might Fail This Time

By: Monday September 9, 2013 5:45 am

No matter how many times we’ve seen it before, the frenzy for launching a military attack on another country is — to the extent we’re not numb — profoundly upsetting. Tanked up with talking points in Washington, top officials drive policy while intoxicated with what Martin Luther King Jr. called “the madness of militarism,” and most media coverage becomes similarly unhinged. That’s where we are now.

 

John Boehner Is Not Pining for the Fjords

By: Saturday June 22, 2013 9:00 am

Honest to God, the goings-on in DC are going to drive the Comedy Channel out of business. Either that, or they’ll make Jon Stewart president.

This past Thursday, the House voted down the latest version of the five-year farm bill, which includes not only subsidies and supports for those in the ag world, but also provides for the food stamp program and other food-related subsidies for the poor. Speaker John Boehner and his GOP leadership have been working for months to put together a bill, and when they brought it to the floor this past week, it failed. Spectacularly.

In the immortal words of John Cleese, John Boehner’s speakership has ceased to be.

Late Night: Booby Prizes

By: Thursday January 24, 2013 8:00 pm

I’ve often wondered what on earth it is that drives people to become Republicans.  Is it personal wealth and privilege?  Sometimes, undoubtedly.  Deep-seated bigotry?  That tends to play a role as well.  Stupidity?  Yes, but that only applies to voters, not the politicians themselves.

The likeliest answer, however, isn’t grounded in such subjective, and ultimately unknowable, value systems. 

A bit of inauguration enjoyment: Cantor agita; the First Lady throwing shade at Speaker Boehner

By: Tuesday January 22, 2013 7:35 am

Had to mention this choice moment during the inauguration…

Boehner Coup Was Called Off Morning Of Speaker Vote

By: Tuesday January 8, 2013 9:20 am

Rumblings of a Tea Party coup against Speaker Boehner seemed to be unfounded as he sailed to re-election. But now Roll Call is reporting that the plot was very much real and robust enough to force a second ballot:

Boehner Re-Elected Speaker

By: Thursday January 3, 2013 11:28 am

Two more years of tears.

VIDEO: Governor Christie Slams Boehner For Not Passing Sandy Relief

By: Wednesday January 2, 2013 12:45 pm

In a press conference today New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie slammed Speaker Boehner for failing to allow a vote on Hurricane Sandy Relief.

After issuing a joint press release with Governor Cuomo of New York, Christie went on the offensive against Boehner and the House Republicans.

Latest on the Fiscal Cliffage

By: Tuesday January 1, 2013 2:41 pm

The AP and other outlets were reporting that Eric Cantor would not support the Senate bill, but since then Cantor spokesman Doug Heye tweeted that “Majority Leader Cantor stands with @SpeakerBoehner. Speculation otherwise is silly, non-productive and untrue.”

Sunday Late Night: Why Did DiFi Reverse Course on Petraeus Resignation?

By: Sunday November 11, 2012 8:01 pm

Since Dianne Feinstein changed her mind about President Obama accepting the CIA Director’s resignation due to ‘additional complications,’ I wonder if she will tell us which particular ‘additional complications’ led her to reverse course? Was it simply that she looked silly criticizing a president of her own party, appearing out of touch on the intelligence loop? Was it that it was the CIA Director’s supervisor’s idea that he resign? Was it the involvement of partisan leadership of the opposite party in the other house? Or was it the involvement of a State Department employee at JSOC?

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