Biden’s Admission on the 14th Amendment Actually a BFD

By: Tuesday August 2, 2011 1:30 pm

The bombshell dropped alongside the debt limit deal yesterday, aside from Gabrielle Giffords’ return to Congress, was Joe Biden telling a group of House Democrats that the President was prepared to “invoke the 14th Amendment” in the event of the debt limit failing to pass. I’m not sure entirely what he means by that, but there are enormous implications.


First Post-Bin Laden Vote on Afghanistan War Coming on Defense Authorization Bill

By: Friday May 13, 2011 8:04 am

The last time Congress voted on withdrawal from Afghanistan was on March 17, and withdrawal got 93 votes, including 8 from Republicans. Since then, Osama bin Laden has been killed in a counter-terrorism mission in Pakistan, taking some of the rationale for war away. Several members in both parties have since questioned the mission in Afghanistan and whether the pace of withdrawal could be accelerated.

Reid to Introduce Clean CR at Current Levels as Government Shutdown Looms

By: Tuesday February 22, 2011 1:20 pm

We know what Republicans want out of a continuing resolution – deep cuts and policy changes that would block just about the entire Obama agenda of the first two years. Now we know precisely what Democrats want, at least in the short term. Harry Reid will introduce a “clean” continuing resolution next week that will freeze government funding at 2010 levels for 30 days. There’s this conceit in calling reductions from Obama’s 2011 budget request “cuts,” but that budget never got adopted. So while Reid calls this $41 billion in cuts, it’s really just a freeze at the current levels.

What’s Up in Congress: Government Shutdown Appears Likely

By: Saturday February 19, 2011 7:00 pm

But here’s what was interesting. The Senate is now off for a week. When they come back it’ll be February 28. The continuing resolution to fund the government expires on March 4. So naturally, the Senate will next take up – a patent reform bill. And in the meantime, Reid is raising the pressure on John Boehner’s statement yesterday that he would not go for a short-term continuing resolution, which means a government shutdown, essentially.

House Democrats Want No More Food Stamp Cuts in Child Nutrition Bill

By: Wednesday August 11, 2010 6:55 am

House progressives, angered by the continued chipping away of the federal food stamp program as a pay-for in various bills, are taking a stand with the child nutrition bill, which the Senate passed before leaving for their August recess. That bill paid for increases to the federal school lunch program with food stamp cuts, essentially cutting a child’s dinner to pay for their lunch.

As Insurers Game the Medical Loss Ratio, Key Members of Congress Weigh Steps to Fight Back

By: Tuesday July 27, 2010 5:21 pm

I was able to ask Franken about this in a one-on-one interview at Netroots Nation. He said this was an example of the need to stay vigilant in the implementation process on bills of this nature. “I mean, I like to call what we passed ‘The Health and Human Services Secretary Shall … Act of 2010,’” Franken said, pointing to all the parts of the bill that need to be clarified by that federal agency. However, Franken seemed confident that pressure on the insurers would aid in reducing the amount of reclassification in the system. “It’s not like the medical loss ratio hasn’t been computed before,” Franken said. “I have full confidence that Kathleen Sebelius can get this right.”

Talk of Senate Rules Reform Hangs Over Netroots Nation

By: Saturday July 24, 2010 7:52 am

Amid the frustration of a sidelined policy agenda despite large majorities in both houses of Congress, attendees and policymakers at Netroots Nation turned to procedural reform as a way to break the deadlock and bring some accountability back to the legislative branch.

Students in California March Today, I Stand with Them

By: Thursday March 4, 2010 2:25 pm

Students at public universities in California are planning a series of demonstrations across the state protesting tuition hikes today. While a few isolated incidents in recent weeks have provided fodder for some in the media to dismiss their concerns, the students’ cause is incredibly important. If we continue to yearly raise tuition in California far beyond inflation, we threaten to derail all that has enabled my home state to prosper in decades past.

California Can’t Help Itself

By: Tuesday November 24, 2009 4:35 pm

Indulge me for a minute while I talk California state politics. I swear there’s a lesson for everyone… John Garamendi, the state’s Lieutenant Governor, won election to Congress earlier this month. Arnold Schwarzenegger has the opportunity to appoint a replacement, who must then be confirmed by the Senate. He named that replacement last night on [...]

CA-10: National Media’s Forgotten Race Proves Victory for Progressives

By: Tuesday November 3, 2009 2:40 pm

[Ed. Note: Dave Dayen has more on the CA-10 race.] You’re forgiven for not knowing that the gubernatorial elections in New Jersey and Virginia, as well as the clusterFOX Congressional race in NY-23 and referenda on stripping same-sex marriage rights in Maine (NO!) and Washington (YES!) are not the only elections today: even the Washington [...]

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