The Nuclear Option Catch-22 for Republicans

By: Saturday November 22, 2014 12:30 pm

The problem is there is no way for Republicans to undo the Democrats’ rule change without validating what Democrats did.

 

Will Tom Cotton Be the New Face of Surveillance Reform Opposition in the Senate?

By: Tuesday November 4, 2014 3:17 pm

House Republican Tom Cotton looks set to defeat Democratic incumbent Mark Pryor in Arkansas and take over his seat in the United States Senate. If this happens, it is a distinct possibility that Cotton will become one of the most vocal opponents of any efforts to reform surveillance and constrain the National Security Agency or any other government agency’s power.

What to Watch for Tonight in the Federal Elections

By: Tuesday November 4, 2014 2:35 pm

Watching the returns of the federal election this evening is going to be very simple. There is almost no chance of the Republicans losing the House so the important fights are in the Senate.

Democrats’ Very Difficult Path for Retaining Control of the Senate

By: Monday November 3, 2014 9:16 am

The Republicans are set to take the Senate this year. To understand why, you need to only look at how difficult it will be for Democrats to retain control at this point.

A Prediction About Election Predictions

By: Tuesday October 28, 2014 2:00 pm

A week out from the election I have a prediction about the professional election predictors. They are going to be very accurate because our federal elections have become extremely predictable. If you know absolutely nothing about the Senate races except for the result of the 2012 Presidential election, you could end up predicting between 80-97 percent of all Senate races correctly this year.

Based on just this information, you would predict the Republicans would end up with 51 seats.

NSA Claims Notifications to Congress About Authorized Leaks of Intelligence Are ‘Top Secret’

By: Thursday October 9, 2014 12:24 pm

Whether the White House or any agency in the executive branch has made “authorized disclosures” of “national intelligence” and reported these disclosures to Congress is considered top secret information, according to the National Security Agency (NSA).

We Should Create Two New Partisan Budget Offices

By: Tuesday October 7, 2014 9:20 am

A new concern among some Liberal commentators is that if Republicans win control of the Senate they will change how the Congressional Budget Office works to make its results more pro-Republicans. Mainly it is fear they will have it adopt a form of “dynamic scoring” which assumes tax cuts almost always spurs growth.

Control of Senate Might Not Be Determined for Months

By: Friday October 3, 2014 11:17 am

This election control of the United States Senate hangs in the balance, but there is a good chance we won’t know which party ends up in control until possibly next year.

Pentagon, DHS Award Grants to Police Without Considering if Agencies Have Record of Violating Rights

By: Tuesday September 9, 2014 4:05 pm

A United States Senate committee held a hearing in the aftermath of what happened with militarized policing in Ferguson, Missouri, in order to examine federal grant programs for state and local law enforcement. At the hearing, two of the heads of three major grant programs admitted they do not examine whether a law enforcement organization is under investigation for depriving citizens of their constitutional rights before awarding grants, which may include military-grade equipment.

The Pentagon has a 1033 program, which gives away surplus military equipment to state and local law enforcement for free.

An Ebb Election, Not a Wave Election

By: Friday September 5, 2014 4:53 pm

Almost all the Democratic seats Republicans are expected to pick up this year are true red states: Montana, South Dakota, West Virginia, Arkansas, and Louisiana. States easily won by George W. Bush in 2004, John McCain in 2008, and Mitt Romney in 2012. States Republicans should have held all along.

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