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.
|By: DSWright Thursday June 19, 2014 6:05 am|
|By: Deena Stryker Sunday June 15, 2014 6:59 am|
The award-winning foreign policy journalist Robin Wright published a portrait of Iranian nuclear negotiator Javad Zarif in the May 20th issue of The New Yorker that is a set piece for high-level yet misleading journalism. Wright has extensive experience covering the Middle East and has written or edited several books on the subject. However she illustrates what many progressive readers have noticed as a recent rightward tilt to both the New Yorker and The New York Review of Books, an example of the latter being Timothy Snyder’s slant on events in Ukraine.
|By: DSWright Monday April 21, 2014 12:05 pm|
Though President Obama noted wealth inequality as the defining issue of our time and said “I realize we are not going to resolve all of our political debates over the best ways to reduce inequality and increase upward mobility this year or next year or in the next five years”, less than a year later and the White House is bringing in the heirs to America’s great fortunes not to discuss help with bringing back a meaningful inheritance tax, but planning how those soon to be oligarchs want to shape the country. Talk about a mixed message.
|By: DSWright Thursday February 13, 2014 6:40 am|
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has now publicly opposed giving President Obama fast track authority on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). In a show of unity with other House Democrats Pelosi announced she would be opposing the current bill promoting TPP at a labor event.
|By: DSWright Friday December 13, 2013 6:42 am|
The Ryan-Murray budget deal to restore profligate military spending and cut the pension system is not winning many supporters. But not everyone is displeased with the Ryan-Murray budget deal. Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JPMorgan said he sent an email to Ryan and Murray profusely thanking them and that the deal is a sign of good things to come.
|By: DSWright Monday December 2, 2013 6:45 am|
Though House Speaker John Boehner initially voiced support for NSA programs of dubious constitutionality, it seems the ground is shifting underneath his feet as pressure builds within the House GOP Caucus to allow a vote on legislation to limit the NSA’s power to spy on Americans.
|By: Norman Solomon Monday September 9, 2013 5:45 am|
No matter how many times we’ve seen it before, the frenzy for launching a military attack on another country is — to the extent we’re not numb — profoundly upsetting. Tanked up with talking points in Washington, top officials drive policy while intoxicated with what Martin Luther King Jr. called “the madness of militarism,” and most media coverage becomes similarly unhinged. That’s where we are now.
|By: Norman Solomon Monday September 2, 2013 8:15 am|
Grassroots pressure has forced President Obama to seek approval from Congress for an attack on Syria. But Obama is hell-bent on ordering a missile assault on that country, and he has two very important aces in the hole.
The administration is about to launch a ferocious propaganda blitz that will engulf a wide range of U.S. media. And as a fallback, the president is reserving the option of attacking Syria no matter what Congress does.
|By: Jane Hamsher Saturday August 31, 2013 4:00 pm|
President Obama has said he will ask for Congressional authorization to attack Syria.
We know that Alan Grayson is firmly against going to war with Syria. Grijalva is also opposed. Justin Amash will lead the opposition from the Republican side.
Eliott Engle has a war boner on, and as head of the Foreign Relations Committee he can do a lot of damage. And the firmly anti-war Nancy Pelosi will undoubtedly whip her caucus in support of the President and his desire to wage an extremely unpopular war.
So where does your member of Congress stand? Let us know in the comments so we can start vote counting.
|By: DSWright Wednesday August 28, 2013 11:30 am|
During the drama over the so-called Amash Amendment General Keith Alexander, head of the NSA, went to Capitol Hill to lobby against the law. During the course of his lobbying members of Congress responded to his presentations with a reasonable question – can we see our own files? Alexander said no. According to David Sirota of NSFW Corp these exchanges are quite revealing as to how the NSA’s power works in Washington.