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Posts in category “Congress”

Ted Cruz and America’s “Nakba”

Avenging the the Iran hostage crisis is the latest excuse for sabotaging negotiations.

Posted April 9th, 2014

Catching On to the Pyrrhic Victory of a GOP Senate

And here you thought I was being all #slatepitch-y: In February, I …

Posted April 9th, 2014

CIA-Senate Feud Risks Partisan Impasse

Senator Dianne Feinstein, chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, forged a reputation …

Posted March 19th, 2014

Pricing the Cost of a Congressman

Campaign donations always carry the whiff of something unsavory, but, aside from …

Posted March 17th, 2014

For GOP, Congress Is a Pair of Cement Shoes

When I said, in December, that we were “probably at peak Republican,” …

Posted March 17th, 2014

CIA May Have Spied on Congress’s Torture Probe

Late last night, McClatchy reported that the CIA inspector general has asked …

Posted March 5th, 2014

Protecting the Constitution from Executive Order

President Barack Obama has made it absolutely clear that he will rule …

Posted February 26th, 2014

Is the Tea Party’s Dream an Illusion?

“There is no education in the second kick of a mule,” said …

Posted February 14th, 2014

Why Obama Shouldn’t Fear a GOP Senate, Ctd.

I was pleased to see Howard Kurtz respond to my post on …

Posted February 13th, 2014

Why Obama Shouldn’t Fear a GOP Senate Takeover

Conventional wisdom says the Obama administration is effectively toast if Republicans capture …

Posted February 7th, 2014

Lobbyists, Private Goods, and the Public Good

Last summer I tried to tease out the complications of adopting libertarian-populist …

Posted January 30th, 2014

For One Night, a Family-Friendly GOP

While President Obama famous labored over all the drafts of his  one …

Posted January 29th, 2014

Obama’s SOTU 2014: ‘Opportunity’ Still Knocking

This president is the keeper of a shriveling post-WWII economic consensus.

Posted January 29th, 2014

Congress Sends Guns to Syria in Secret Vote

This can only end well. Last night Reuters reported that Congress recently …

Posted January 28th, 2014

The Least Interesting Approximation of You

If a friend or a first date sidles up to you and …

Posted January 27th, 2014

North Carolina’s Lessons for Unemployment and the GOP

Republicans reflexively against extending benefits need only look South.

Posted January 17th, 2014

Why Congress Is Held in Contempt

“I’ve got a pen,” said President Obama early this week. ”I can use …

Posted January 17th, 2014