Folks who have been awake during the last six months recall that the Republicans opposed raising marginal tax rates on the wealthy as the highest principle of politics and economics. That is why it should have been a huge news story when they proposed a plan that would do exactly this, but only for the less wealthy who fall in that esteemed group they call “job creators.” Remarkably the Post article that reported on this change totally ignored this break with Republican theology.
|By: Dean Baker Monday November 26, 2012 6:15 am|
|By: David Dayen Thursday September 20, 2012 10:30 am|
An official with the National Counterterrorism Center officially described the September 11 assault on the US consulate in Benghazi, which killed four Americans including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, as a terrorist attack, though he hedged by saying it was an “unplanned” one.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday April 17, 2012 7:15 am|
To the surprise of absolutely no one, Senate Republicans blocked consideration of the Buffett rule last night with a filibuster. The bill would have set a millionaire’s minimum effective tax rate at 30%, with a phase-in between $1 million and $2 million and an exemption for charitable donations. But Senate Republicans wouldn’t let it get onto the floor for debate.
|By: David Dayen Monday February 13, 2012 2:20 pm|
We know that the US Conference of Catholic Bishops has rejected the new compromise policy on birth control access, and that the Republican leadership agrees with them. But does that mean they have a chance to shift policy legislatively? The chances of that took a severe blow today, when Maine Republican Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins came out in favor of the Obama Administration’s new rules.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday September 13, 2011 7:20 am|
The Senate Homeland Security Committee, chaired by Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), is holding a major hearing on whether the United States is safer ten years after the September 11th attacks. Homeland Security Department Janet Napolitano, FBI Director Robert Mueller and National Counterterrorism Center Director Matthew Olsen will be testifying before the committee.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday July 19, 2011 11:16 am|
The Gang of 6 announces they have reached a deal, and the President is praising it.
|By: David Dayen Thursday April 28, 2011 7:13 pm|
Republicans are getting worried that corporations might have to admit that they give money to Republicans. Much like the Chamber of Commerce is worried that corporations might have to admit that they give money to the Chamber of Commerce. They are all just very ashamed of themselves, I guess. So they’re trying to stop the Obama Administration from delivering an executive order that would force government contractors to disclose their political donations.
So, like all good conservatives looking for a legal patina for their theories, they’ve turned to John Yoo.
|By: David Dayen Monday April 25, 2011 9:30 am|
The thing Republicans smartly did was to propose and pass the Ryan budget in the House in a week; because the health care bill took months to get off the ground, conservative activists were able to have plenty of time to mount a counter-offensive. The thing Republicans did not do so smartly was pass a bill that ended Medicare without having the Senate or the Presidency; now, that bill will linger, and continue to be a ripe subject for criticism.
|By: David Dayen Thursday December 16, 2010 6:55 am|
The House passage of the standalone bill that would effect a legislative repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell leads to the worst words in the English language: “The bill now moves to the Senate.” But there’s some reason for optimism. It sure looks like the votes are there to get this done. But that doesn’t always mean everything in the Senate.
|By: David Dayen Thursday December 9, 2010 4:15 pm|
Senate leadership has planned a vote on a free-standing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell legislative repeal, unencumbered by the defense authorization bill, to come to the floor sometime in the lame duck session, perhaps next week. Joe Lieberman and Susan Collins are co-sponsoring the bill, which will have the same language as what was in the defense authorization bill. Harry Reid will co-sponsor as well, and they will use Rule 14 to bypass the Senate Armed Services Committee and bring it directly to the floor.