Since Obama’s same-sex marriage announcement last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer and Illinois Governor Pat Quinn have all endorsed marriage equality. But perhaps the most interesting angle came from South Carolina Representative James Clyburn, who had managed to get to May 2012 without ever expressing an opinion on marriage equality; he not only endorsed it, but leapfrogged Obama by rejecting the President’s state’s rights approach to the issue.
|By: David Dayen Monday May 14, 2012 2:50 pm|
|By: Blue Texan Thursday September 29, 2011 10:30 am|
As I noted the other day, Maxine Waters (D-CA) didn’t care for the President’s strange tirade at the Congressional Black Caucus’ award dinner — and as it turns out, neither did James Clyburn.
|By: David Dayen Friday August 26, 2011 8:00 am|
James Clyburn (D-SC), a member of the Catfood Commission II, rejected increasing the Social Security retirement age yesterday, calling it an idea devised by “people who work in air conditioned offices” and unnecessarily punitive to laborers.
This is a reversal for Clyburn.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday August 17, 2011 8:59 am|
If this is the best they’ve got, this childish “If you like high taxes rates so much, why don’t you marry them?” argument, they don’t have much at all. Hilariously, some flak at Heritage tries the idea that Buffett “downplays the role taxation plays in investment decisions.” Because what would Warren Buffett know about investment decisions?
|By: David Dayen Thursday August 11, 2011 4:40 pm|
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi made her selections for the Super Congress with the choices of Nancy Pelosi, Nancy Pelosi, and Nancy Pelosi.
“My appointees: @Clyburn @RepBecerra @ChrisVanHollen They’ll focus on economic growth & job creation–which reduces deficit/”
|By: Teddy Partridge Sunday July 31, 2011 8:01 pm|
There is now a deal, and Speaker Boehner needs Democratic votes to pass it because of his unruly and recalcitrant TeaParty membership, members of the Progressive Caucus must stop the deal. By stopping the deal at the last minute, the House Progressive Caucus forces President Obama to use his constitutional authority to ignore an illegal law that questions America’s public debt: the debt ceiling.
Kill the deal. Fourteen-four or Bust!
|By: Jon Walker Friday July 29, 2011 12:17 pm|
With only four days left until the August 2nd deadline and no deal in hand, more and more of the top Congressional Democrats have been coming out in support of the President using the 14th Amendment to ignore the debt ceiling. Yesterday the House’s second ranking Democrat Steny Hoyer (D-MD) came out strongly in favor of this tactic.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday July 27, 2011 11:30 am|
For weeks the White House has downplayed this as an option, but it is hard to believe Rep. Clyburn would make a public statement like this without the tacit approval of President Obama.
|By: David Dayen Saturday May 28, 2011 5:00 pm|
Now that Mitch McConnell has thrown down the gauntlet and demanded a cut to Medicare as a condition for an increase in the debt limit, Democrats have the choice of negotiating with hostage-takers, or holding firm and allowing the pressure to build on their opponents. All of the leading contributors to the GOP don’t want a debt default. They can and will do the work – indeed already have been doing it – of forcing the Republicans to act. It hasn’t yet worked, but the pressure hasn’t yet risen.
|By: Teddy Partridge Saturday November 13, 2010 7:00 pm|
By inventing a new post of “assistant leader” for James Clyburn of South Carolina, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has headed off a leadership fight that threatened the unity of her caucus just as it became drastically smaller.