Obama Claims He Does Not Need Congressional Approval For Next Iraq War

By: Thursday June 19, 2014 6:05 am

Barack Obama, who won the Democratic primaries and general election in 2008 thanks in large part to his opposition to the 2003 Iraq War, has now told Congress he can launch another war on Iraq without Congress’ approval. Instead, Congress would simply be briefed on what was happening, not asked for authority. Those who were hoping for change from the imperial presidency are out of luck.

 

Come Saturday Morning: This and That

By: Saturday June 14, 2014 6:59 am

Too many things happening this week, but I’ll point you to a few choice bits…

Come Saturday Morning: Newt, Mitch, and the Veterans Administration

By: Saturday May 17, 2014 6:45 am

If there’s one thing the Republicans are good at, it’s creating a big mess and dodging the blame for it.

The People of Kentucky Really Don’t Like Mitch McConnell

By: Friday February 7, 2014 11:35 am

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) is actually trailing in his re-election bid according to a new Bluegrass Poll conducted by SurveyUSA.

Latest Debt Limit Threats Are Pure Political Theater

By: Monday January 27, 2014 12:27 pm

Republican leaders have gotten themselves stuck in a weird rhetorical position. Some in their base are still convinced the debt limit is a great leverage point, but it was only ever useful because President Obama was trying to come up with a clever way to get Democrats to betray their base in a grand bargain. Now that Obama has taken a firm “no negotiation” position the debt limit is not actually useful for Republicans and the smarter Republicans leaders know this.

McConnell’s Plan to Fix the Senate Doesn’t Include Bringing Back Filibusters for Appointees

By: Thursday January 9, 2014 10:17 am

Senate Minority Mitch McConnell took to the Senate floor yesterday to talk about his plan to fix the Senate if Republicans won control. Noticeably absent was any plan to restore the ability to filibuster appointees.

Mitch McConnell Snaked $2.2 Billion in Pork for Ending Shutdown

By: Thursday October 17, 2013 10:13 am

The bill to reopen the federal government and raise the debt ceiling has some interesting provisions. For example, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell seems to have done quite well for himself by snaking $2.2 billion for a project in his state. Which should come in handy given that he is up for re-election in 2014.

The Republican Leadership, Not Ted Cruz, Is Really to Blame for This Mess

By: Friday September 20, 2013 8:20 am

While Sen. Cruz is at fault for championing an idiotic idea, it would never have become a problem if the rest of the party hadn’t acted like a bunch of cowards. If as soon as the idea was first floated the top Congressional Republicans had actively pointed out that the idea was stupid, unworkable, and likely to damage the party, they could have quickly put a stop to it.

Jeffrey Katzenberg Throws Hollywood Muscle, Money Into Kentucky Senate Race

By: Wednesday September 4, 2013 6:11 pm

Hollywood mega-mogul and major Democrat donor Jeffrey Katzenberg, the guy who dined with Obama the night he was last on The Tonight Show, wants to make it rain in Kentucky, hoping his efforts will produce clouds and curtains for the KY Republican Senator Mitch McConnell.

McConnell’s Pathetic Predicament on Obamacare Shutdown Threat

By: Wednesday August 14, 2013 10:20 am

This is a sad but remarkable statement about the state of the current Republican Party. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) publicly acknowledged that Republicans’ threat to shut down the government to stop the Affordable Care Act won’t actually prevent the law from being implemented, but he is afraid to actually oppose the plan.

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