Lew Nomination Finds Opponents On Left And Right

By: Friday January 11, 2013 6:36 am

When President Obama announced Jack Lew’s nomination for Treasury Secretary he promised Lew would help bring people together, I doubt this is what he meant.


Nomination Advice for President Obama

By: Friday December 14, 2012 6:35 am

Scene: the Oval Office

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA and CHIEF OF STAFF JACK LEW are seated on the sofas facing one another, with a single sheet of paper in front of LEW on the coffee table between them. Neither looks happy.

The Party Line – August 5, 2011: Japan Worries About More Radiation, US Officials Worry About Red Tape

By: Friday August 5, 2011 3:17 pm

News this week out of Japan that workers at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant have detected extremely high levels of radiation in and around reactor 1. The first incident, on August 1, pinned the Geiger counter at 10 sieverts (1000 rem)—yes, that’s as high as the device could measure, so that number is a minimum—and was taken at the base of a ventilation stack. The second reading, the following day, clocked in at five sieverts per hour inside the reactor building.

I have yet to read an explanation for the discovery of the second reading, but the initial, sky-high measurement on Monday has me and many others scratching heads. A thousand rem is not some little ho-hum number. A half-hour of exposure at that level is fatal in a matter of days, I am told. Where did that radiation come from?

Senate Will Stay in Pro Forma Session, Blocking Recess Appointments

By: Friday May 27, 2011 6:50 am

So this is entirely on the Senate to fail to come up with an adjournment motion. Jeff Sessions planned to block unanimous consent. And while seeking cloture would have had them sitting around a couple days, Democrats may have figured they couldn’t get 7 Republicans to agree to adjourn. Or maybe Harry Reid just wanted to go home. So Reid never even made the motion.

Surprise! Secret Holds Not Banned

By: Monday May 16, 2011 1:15 pm

If you’re like me, you believed that the Senate rules reform effort devolved into nothingness. Only a few things were accomplished on the periphery. . . or, not.

Late Night: SJC Republicans to Obama, “C’mon, Shake on It!”

By: Monday May 10, 2010 8:00 pm

It’s official: Senator Jeff “Beauregard” Sessions can’t play poker for shit.

Dems Urge Holder to Stay Strong on 9/11 Trial

By: Wednesday April 14, 2010 2:20 pm

Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee today urged Attorney General Eric Holder to stick to his initial determination that the alleged 9/11 plotters should be tried in civilian court, and not bow to partisan politics on what should be a legal determination.

The 390 Terrorists Convicted in Civilian Courts

By: Friday March 26, 2010 4:20 pm

The Department of Justice has just sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee answering early questions about how many terrorists have been convicted or plead guilty in civilian courts. Between those convicted of terrorism-related crimes (150) and individuals with ties to international terrorism convicted of other crimes (like obstruction or perjury–the total here is 240), 390 people have been sent to prison using our civilian courts. Not on this list? Right-wing American terrorists like Scott Roeder.

What? More Obstruction From Senate Republicans? Unpossible!

By: Wednesday March 24, 2010 8:36 am

You’re not going to believe this, but Senate Republicans don’t like an Obama appointment and say he’s beyond the mainstream. I know, it’s crazy.

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