Bernie Sanders to Primary Obama? Don’t Make Me Laugh

By: Sunday July 31, 2011 9:05 am

Every time the Democrats do something to betray the promises of the 2008 election and bitchslap the people who believed in them, someone comes into the comments and says “will you support a primary for Obama NOW Jane?” I answered the question yesterday during the Democratic Irrelevance Senate Debt Ceiling Watch Party: It just seems [...]

Senate Rules Reform: Udall, Harkin, Merkley Remind Us Why Washington Doesn’t Take Liberals Seriously

By: Wednesday January 26, 2011 12:40 pm

With their total capitulation on Senate rules reform, Sen. Tom Udall (D-MN), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Tom Harkin (D-IA) again remind us why no one in Washington takes liberals seriously. . . and frankly why they shouldn’t. For months, Udall has been promoting the “Constitutional Option,” which would allow the senators to declare the first [...]

Jim DeMint Will Filibuster Obama-McConnell Tax Cut Deal

By: Tuesday December 7, 2010 10:30 pm

Jim DeMint (R-SC) tells Hugh Hewitt he will not vote for cloture on the Obama-McConnell tax cut deal: HH: Do you think a left-right coalition exists in either the Senate or the House to defeat the deal? JD: Well, I was kind of holding my fire to let the liberals blast this thing first. I [...]

Health Care Reform Reminder: Dems Could Still Pass Public Option Through Reconciliation

By: Tuesday December 7, 2010 5:45 am

When health care reform was passed, we were told by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) it was only a “starter home” that would be improved later. We were also offered vague promises from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) that we would get a vote on a public option in the months [...]

When it Comes to Taxing the Rich, President Obama Makes George W. Bush Look Like Bernie Sanders

By: Monday December 6, 2010 6:30 pm

When President Obama ran for office, I was foolish enough to believe he would end the extremely low tax rates on the rich, given that it was one of his most-repeated campaign promises, and one of the four points of his campaign’s fiscal plan. I had hoped he would begin to make our tax code [...]

Chris Hayes on Audit the Fed: “The Single Greatest Act of Bipartisanship Since Obama Took Office”

By: Tuesday May 11, 2010 8:33 pm

Subbing for Rachel Maddow Tuesday night, Chris Hayes on the passage of Audit the Fed: CHRIS HAYES:  Something truly remarkable happened in Washington today.  The United States Senate passed something, by the way of a 96 to 0 vote — 96 in favor, 0 against.  Which means Democrats and Republicans voted together, for the same [...]

Glenn Greenwald on the “Mindless Tribalism” of the Left

By: Monday May 10, 2010 9:00 am

Glenn Greenwald on the “mindless tribalism” that has deflated meaningful liberal advocacy with regard to Obama’s supreme court nominee: Perhaps most revealing of all: a new article in The Daily Caller reports on growing criticisms of Kagan among “liberal legal scholars and experts” (with a focus on the work I’ve been doing), and it quotes the progressive [...]

Sanders, Feingold, DeMint & Brownback Oppose Dodd, Support “Audit the Fed”

By: Tuesday April 27, 2010 8:52 am

Ryan Grim reports that a bipartisan group of Senators is backing an amendment that will restore the Grayson-Paul “audit the fed” language to the Senate Financial Reform bill after Chris Dodd gutted it. An amendment by Bernie Sanders would restore the teeth of the Paul-Grayson language, and he’s joined by Republicans John McCain (Ariz.), Jim [...]

Failed Private Insurance Middlemen: Like Tumors, You’ve Got to Shrink Them or Cut Them Out

By: Thursday April 8, 2010 4:17 pm

Want to see into the future? Look at the ongoing fight over premium increases for policies on the Massachusetts Connector (exchange), and the effort by the state regulator to control prices, and you’ll get a glimpse–because the health care plan just put into law would effectively replicate the Massachusetts health care system in every state. [...]

Budget Reconciliation Instructions: An Incredibly Important, Potentially Powerful Tool for Progressive Change

By: Monday March 29, 2010 11:34 am

With health care and student loan reform passed, one of the next tasks Congress will soon take up is the annual budget. The “budget resolution” is a non-binding resolution by Congress outlining how they plan to spend money. The budget resolution is not law (so doesn’t need to be signed by the President), and, as [...]