It looks like Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans have backed down on their obstruction of judicial confirmations. But it’s a little unclear; what we know is that McConnell and Harry Reid reached a deal that will allow the judges to get a vote. However, the JOBS Act, the financial market IPO deregulation bill which McConnell sought prior to the judicial issues, will get a vote first, and it’s not clear all the GOP Senators are on board.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday March 14, 2012 12:15 pm|
|By: David Dayen Monday March 12, 2012 2:55 pm|
We heard that Harry Reid would make a last stand to deal with the crisis in the federal judiciary, and now we’re getting it. Today, Reid announced he would spend the next two weeks seeking to confirm 17 federal judges who received unanimous or near-unanimous votes out of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
|By: Phoenix Woman Sunday February 26, 2012 12:40 pm|
Nearly three years after Lanny Davis — who was in the pay of the golpistas, or coup leaders — talked his old friend Hillary Clinton into talking President Obama into backing the right-wing corporate coup in Honduras (and with archconservative Jim DeMint backing up Davis), we are starting to see some truth creep into the US establishment media about the murderous cauldron of hell Honduras has become as the golpistas work to slaughter all democratic opposition.
|By: Blue Texan Sunday August 28, 2011 11:30 am|
Like a bunch of happy pigs rolling around in the mud, conservatives are really reveling in their anti-government fanaticism this week. After Marco Rubio (R-FL) explained how the Great Society and New Deal made the United States a nation of weaklings, Ron Paul (R-TX) declared that we don’t need FEMA and that things were like, way better in 1900. But amidst all this crazy, one particularly wingnutty remark stands out.
|By: Bill Egnor Monday June 13, 2011 8:05 am|
The crux of this dispute: Was Boeing’s decision to build their new plant in South Carolina just a case of the company wanting to be assured that there would be less union activity, and thus less chance that strikes would delay the production of the 787’s? Or was it done to weaken the power of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, the union representing 25,000 Boeing workers?
|By: masaccio Sunday June 5, 2011 10:40 am|
The demands of financial capital are bashing the brains out of the US economy, with the assistance of the Zombie Party.
|By: David Dayen Thursday May 26, 2011 4:42 pm|
Whether you think this is a kabuki dance or not (and I’m pretty certain the debt limit will be increased), it’s pretty clear that Republicans want to play out the string on this, and won’t stop until Wall Street makes some tangible signal to raise borrowing costs or come close to a meltdown. We are headed for the kind of moment we saw with TARP, where lawmakers agree to something under extreme pressure. As Digby says, that doesn’t usually go well.
|By: Eli Friday May 6, 2011 6:01 pm|
Jim DeMint’s position on the Mitt Romney/Barack Obama health care plan has, er, shifted a teeny tiny wee bit.
|By: Blue Texan Tuesday May 3, 2011 10:30 am|
Watching the right’s rhetorical acrobatics over the past few days has been really quite amusing. Check out this strained exchange between Hugh Hewitt and Jim DeMint (T-SC).
|By: David Dayen Thursday December 16, 2010 4:15 pm|
The votes for cloture exist. It’s just a matter of finding the time on the Senate calendar, where DADT repeal competes with the START treaty and a host of other bills. The wrangling over the omnibus or some other government funding measure will loom large as well.