Pressure Mounts For Moderate Republicans To Support the DREAM Act

By: Sunday September 19, 2010 1:15 pm

Senator George LeMieux (R-FL) is starting to feel the heat of pro-migrant voters, specifically Latino voters. Saturday, Univision aired a debate in which current Florida governor and U.S. Senate nominee Charlie Crist came out in support of the DREAM Act. Thursday, Representative Kendrick Meek (D-FL), and also a nominee for U.S. Senate, hand delivered a letter to LeMieux.


Lugar, Unaware of Modern Republican Party, Predicts Bipartisan Support for New START

By: Saturday August 28, 2010 4:00 pm

What planet is Lugar on? Currently, Republicans would rather lose Russian nuclear base inspections than ratify this treaty, and they’re using it to gain leverage for pork-barrel spending on nuclear weapons “modernization,” which has basically nothing to do with this treaty. If it wasn’t that, they’d hold it hostage for maintaining Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, or more sanctions on Iran, or giving the “state of Jesus” statehood, or any of a thousand other ideas.

Biden Hedges on July 2011 Afghanistan “Withdrawal” Date

By: Monday July 19, 2010 6:55 am

Joe Biden played down expectations for the celebrated July 2011 “inflection point” in Afghanistan by lowering the bar on the number of troops that may leave the country in the first phase to an almost comical number. You get the sense that these guys are petrified to be left with no wars to fight and no toughness to display.

Reid Confirms: Energy and Climate Bill Dropping Climate Piece

By: Tuesday June 8, 2010 12:45 pm

As I’ve said repeatedly, you can envision a bill that includes a good renewable energy standard and an energy efficiency piece, along with tough standards in reaction to the BP oil tragedy, as a step forward. But the Bingaman bill which passed the Natural Resources Committee last year is not that bill. It’s a sad moment when Dick Lugar has the best option for an energy bill in the Senate.

In with Immigration, Out with Climate Change?

By: Thursday April 22, 2010 7:00 am

At this stage of the legislative calendar, the immigration reform and climate change bills are a zero-sum game. If immigration moves up, something else must move down, and that would be the climate bill. John Kerry, Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman plan to drop their version of a bill next week, but they’ve already lost two key Republicans, who have split off to try and push their own scaled-back bill.

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