On Face the Nation yesterday Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) called it inappropriate to have Eric Holder review the Department of Justice aggressive investigation of journalists. From Face the Nation:
|By: Jesse Lava Tuesday May 21, 2013 5:40 pm|
U.S. Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) says federal aid to his home state after the tornado should be offset by spending cuts elsewhere. We’ll see how well the ideological integrity holds up if offsets aren’t quickly found, but nevertheless, the question of how to fund disaster relief is increasingly urgent. It arose late last year when Superstorm Sandy ravaged the East Coast.
Though we cannot know whether man-made climate change was specifically responsible for either of those acts of nature, we do know federal spending to cope with extreme weather events has been rising. Indeed, from 2011 to 2013, the federal government has spent $136 billion on disaster relief.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday August 8, 2012 5:30 pm|
|By: David Dayen Tuesday July 31, 2012 6:45 am|
Senate Republicans believe that no more judicial nominees should be confirmed for the balance of the year until the elections, citing something called the Thurmond rule, which sets an arbitrary deadline for election-year confirmations. So the withheld enough votes to deny 60-vote confirmation of a judge so conservative he was acceptable to Oklahoma’s Senators.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday July 17, 2012 2:50 pm|
All the uncertainty around fiscal issues has convinced the group of Washington mandarins who have been trying to undermine the social safety net in service to reducing the deficit that this is the moment to strike. Practically everyone affiliated with a commission that could earn the appellation “cat food” over the past several years has joined forces, rock-supergroup style, with broad support from Georgetown to slightly east of Georgetown, to “fix the debt.”
|By: David Dayen Monday June 25, 2012 2:10 pm|
The passage of the STOCK Act was supposed, in the eyes of Congress, to end all the intense anger over Congressional insider trading. The system worked, in their eyes. A problem was identified and Congress worked to address it. Everyone goes home happy. Except that’s not what happened. In a continuing series, the Washington Post delivered the goods on a host of abuses by members of Congress, both within the confines of insider trading and also well beyond them.
|By: masaccio Sunday April 15, 2012 10:40 am|
The SEC is the Three Stooges of regulation.
|By: dakine01 Monday September 19, 2011 7:15 pm|
|By: David Dayen Friday September 16, 2011 6:11 am|
Last night, it didn’t look as if the Senate would be able to get the clean extension of both the FAA authorization and the surface transportation authorization before a deadline of today. Tom Coburn was holding up the bill in a fruitless crusade against bike paths. It’s a long story.
|By: David Dayen Thursday September 15, 2011 9:45 am|
The attempt to meet looming deadlines and avoid shutdowns of part (or all) of the government resembles the aftermath of a car wreck right now. It’s unclear whether the Senate can move the broken-down vehicles off the road in time to let the traffic move through.