Turning Pretty Words Like “Bipartisanship” Into Action

By: Saturday November 10, 2012 9:00 am

With the election over, let the haggling begin. I’m not talking about the back-and-forth over the Fiscal Hillock (h/t Jackdawracy at Calculated Risk). I’m talking about nominations. Judicial nominations in particular.

Consideration of dozens of nominees have been stalled in the Senate, and dozens more vacancies lack nominees. Everyone who follows these things knew that any action this summer, as the election was getting into full swing, was not going to happen. Well, the election is over . . . and still the nominees wait. The judicial emergencies continue, and justice is increasingly delayed for thousands as dockets around the country continue to build.

Both Obama and the GOP need to demonstrate that they can do more than simply talk about working with one another; moving forward on these judicial nominations would be a good place to turn their pretty words into action.


Poll: Arizona Senate Race Surprisingly Close

By: Wednesday September 12, 2012 10:00 am

The open Senate race in Arizona may be turning into a surprisingly competitive contest. The seat was left open when Republican Jon Kyl decided to retire, but most viewed it as a likely hold for Republicans given the leanings of the state. But a new PPP poll of likely voters for the League of Conservation Voters finds that the race is effectively tied.

Payroll Tax Cut Big Question Mark as Congress Returns

By: Monday November 28, 2011 10:30 am

The main way that the US can insulate itself from the crisis in Europe is through continuing the fiscal state of emergency in the country, as the only ballast for growth. Unfortunately, we have a dysfunctional Congress, so the only way to realistically do this is to not slip backwards and turn fiscal policy negative by allowing several measures to expire at the end of 2012.

All Major Initiatives for 2011 Come Crashing Down

By: Monday October 3, 2011 3:20 pm

I guess I’ve been remiss in writing about the American Jobs Act (AJA), but then I haven’t written anything about Libyan admission into the United Nations, either, which is a policy I’m sure somebody somewhere agrees with, but which also isn’t going to happen.

The OTHER Policy from the American Jobs Act

By: Friday September 9, 2011 8:02 am

If the American Jobs Act were just the bill described last night – one that would create millions of jobs and serve many of the country’s needs – that would be fine. But it’s not just that bill. The President was quick to address the idea that the bill would be “fully paid for,” and that he would lay out those items next week. Originally, the plan was to include the pay-fors in last night’s speech. The President was informed that this would not be a great idea and would substantially deflate progressives who generally liked the speech. So those items will come out “a week from Monday,” on September 19, according to the speech. But the President couldn’t help himself, and in one overlooked portion of the speech, he laid out what amounts to the grand bargain.

Republicans Choose Their Interchangeable Parts for Catfood Commission II

By: Wednesday August 10, 2011 10:00 am

There were no real surprises among the choices made by John Boehner and Mitch McConnell for the Catfood Commission II. It’s perhaps interesting to note that Paul Ryan didn’t make the cut, but I guess Boehner figured that he’s toxic and therefore not a good face to put on the committee. Instead, Boehner picked two heads of other committees with jurisdiction over health programs and taxes, and made the chair a member of the original Catfood Commission as well as the House Leadership.

Going Big: Obama Reportedly Seeking $4T Deal, Major Entitlement Cuts, Tax Changes

By: Thursday July 7, 2011 8:15 am

The discussions over pairing an increase in the debt limit with austerity budgeting took a turn into the stratosphere this morning, with a series of articles detailing President Obama’s offer, to be presented to Congressional leaders today, of a broader deficit reduction plan than previously discussed, with major cuts to all areas of government and a repeal of the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2%. This is the grand bargain, the “something big” deal that the President has clearly favored since perhaps before he entered office, when he set up a fiscal responsibility summit and invited Pete Peterson to keynote it.

Protesting Too Much? Right Attacks AZ Sheriff for His Comments on Vitriol and Bigotry

By: Monday January 10, 2011 6:09 am

There’s an old Bill Cosby routine, called “Shop”, on the album Why Is There Air? that is quite apposite to the events of the past two days. In it, Cosby describes how his junior-high-school shop teacher tricked the guilty party into tacitly confessing to having put a bullet in the shop class furnace — and without directly accusing the kid or even so much as saying his name. With the right-wing attacks on Pima County, Arizona Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, we’re seeing something rather similar play out.

Senators from Both Parties Move to Kill Wasteful Ethanol Subsidies

By: Tuesday November 30, 2010 2:35 pm

A statement from individuals across the ideological spectrum that there is simply no place in our federal budget for wasteful, ineffective spending that is basically just corporate welfare. This is what good trans-partisanship looks like. And it is remarkably rare.

Kyl Seeks Big Earmark Three Days After GOP Earmark Ban

By: Wednesday November 24, 2010 11:50 am

I’m surprised it took three whole days for Senate Republicans to break their earmark pledge.

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