The Repetition Compulsion for War — and How It Might Fail This Time

By: 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.


Late Night: They Must Love Us Now

By: Thursday July 25, 2013 8:00 pm

As I watched the first tiny peep of congressional rebellion against the odious, authoritarian policies that have swamped America since The Day That Changed Everything narrowly defeated in the House yesterday, I was reminded of the endlessly repeated, tinny refrain of those dark days, “They hate us for our freedom.” According to such preschool logic, the “Patriot Act,” passed nearly unanimously a few weeks later, should have fixed that once and for all.

Democratic Leadership Vote to Continue Spying on Americans

By: Thursday July 25, 2013 6:40 am

In a close vote yesterday in the House, 205-2017, a bill to stop NSA spying on Americans and roll back the Patriot Act was defeated.

Hoyer Pushes Plan to Pass Obama Offer With Bipartisan Mix

By: Friday December 21, 2012 1:33 pm

So Democrats have reached the bargaining phase of the fiscal slope debacle. It’s hard to say whether they’re pushing this because they think they have an opportunity to avoid the austerity bomb or because they know they have no partner on the other side, but either way, the result is the Democratic leadership, at least in the House, taking control of a plan that would, among other things, cut Social Security benefits as well as benefits for any of the 50 federal programs with a cost of living adjustment or income-based eligibility standard, and begging John Boehner to work with them to pass it.

Pelosi to Speak to House Democrats Amid Rumors That She Will Step Down From Leadership

By: Tuesday November 13, 2012 8:10 am

Even though Democrats picked up at least 8 seats, they still came up 17 seats short or retaking the House. They face the prospect of an unfavorable map bedeviling them from returning to the majority, potentially for the next four cycles. So it’s only natural that Nancy Pelosi, who after all is 72, would consider stepping down.

Democrats Figuring Out How to Accept “Concessions” in Spending in Exchange for Inevitable Tax Hikes

By: Saturday September 22, 2012 6:00 pm

Republicans want to use the tax issue as a election tactic, and that’s really the substance of these remarks in the Washington Post claiming that taxes will go up if President Obama wins a second term. But there is some reality behind them.

Hoyer Backpedals on Raising Eligibility Ages

By: Friday March 9, 2012 9:50 am

Steny Hoyer, talking to reporters, categorically denied that he ever suggested an increase in age eligibility for federal benefits. But there is documented evidence to the contrary.

The Secret Austerity Society: Bipartisan Group Works on Grand Bargain

By: Sunday March 4, 2012 5:00 pm

Here we go again. Intransigence from Republicans basically kept us out of a grand bargain last year. Plenty of Democrats were willing to do it, the White House was more than willing to do it, and even John Boehner was willing to do it, at least on a conceptual level. But House Republicans wouldn’t betray [...]

Steny Hoyer’s Push to Ruin Everything

By: Monday February 27, 2012 3:33 pm

In the aftermath of a horribly bruising debt limit deal and the Occupy movement, the focus in Washington shifted away from deficits and back to the economy, jobs and income inequality. But as a reminder that social movements must be constant and vigilant, one powerful Democrat, in association with a DC lobbying group, wants to bring us right back to that moment last year when everybody hated politicians.

House GOP Walks Out on Attempt to Call Up Senate Payroll Tax Deal

By: Wednesday December 21, 2011 12:15 pm

During a pro forma session designed to block recess appointments (streams crossing), Steny Hoyer asks for unanimous consent to bring up the Senate two-month stopgap on the payroll tax, unemployment insurance and the doc fix. Instead of just objecting to UC, the presiding officer, in this case Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA), just ignores Hoyer and gavels down the session, walking away. This allows Hoyer to grandstand on CSPAN.

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