Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Wed, 10/16/2013 - 17:13
The two men most responsible for the shutdown debacle ran up the white flag today. Both come out of this big losers in stature and influence.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has spent weeks pressing for the shutdown showdown; after failing to get his Senate colleagues to follow his lead, he turned to his fellow Tea Party followers and ultra-conservatives in the House. And they followed him toward the cliff, putting partisan politics above the national interest.
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Wed, 09/25/2013 - 20:46
As their 41st attempt to repeal Obamacare died in the Senate today, House Republicans unveiled their 42d tilt at that windmill.
The Senate stripped from legislation needed to fund the government when the new fiscal year begins October 1 the House provision to defund the Affordable Care Act. If the House tries to tack it back on when the bill goes back there in the next several days for final passage the likely result is a government shutdown that many in the GOP feel -- and the polls affirm -- would be disastrous for their party.
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Mon, 09/23/2013 - 20:51
In the Virginia governor's race, the Republican ticket is balanced between the far right and the extreme right.
It had been widely assumed the Virginia GOP couldn’t pick anyone more conservative than Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, an anti-abortion crusader who had proposed intrusive exams for women who want to terminate their pregnancy; wants to reinstate Virginia's unconstitutional anti-sodomy laws and has subpoenaed the research papers of scientists who had the audacity to claim humans are responsible for global warming.
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Sun, 09/22/2013 - 16:32
Since the latest iteration of Israeli-Palestinian peace began, several Palestinians and two Israeli soldiers were killed, and on each side politicians quickly declared the deaths as proof that the other side isn't really interested in making peace.
Really? Or are they just looking for excuses to scuttle the talks?
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Sat, 09/21/2013 - 23:47
If there ever was such a breed as compassionate conservative it appears to be extinct. If you needed any evidence just look at what the House of Representatives did this week.
By a narrow 217-210 it voted to eviscerate the food stamp program by cutting nearly $40 billion from this valuable food assistance program for the needy. The Congressional Budget Office estimated 3.8 million Americans will lose their benefits as a result.
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Fri, 09/13/2013 - 13:45
Secretary of State John Kerry is flying to Jerusalem Sunday to personally brief Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his meetings in Geneva this week with his Russian counterpart about removing Syria's chemical weapons.
You can expect him to reassure the Israeli leader of President Obama’s continued commitment to making sure Iran does not get a nuclear weapon. Many Israelis see Obama’s confrontation with Syria as an indicator of American resolve to stand up to Iran on the nuclear issue.