Syria Watch, Sept 12 – Let’s Ask Kissinger, He Knows Everything

By: Thursday September 12, 2013 8:37 am

Ben Cardin, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, said a vote could happen in the Senate “as early as next week” on a backdoor AUMF being crafted by John McCain’s “Gang of 8.” It would give the President the authorization to take military action if certain conditions are not met. (Don’t sleep yet.) Since members of Congress are still declaring their support/opposition to the use of military force in Congress, we’re going to keep tracking them. We’ll be updating this post with Syria news throughout the day.

Congressional Vote on #Syria Whip Count, Sept 10 – Who Was For It Before They Were Against It?

By: Tuesday September 10, 2013 7:20 am

As we begin Day 9 of our whip count, the House Armed Services Committee is holding hearings that we’ll be liveblogging, where John Kerry will testify. And members of Congress are coming out of the closet and expressing their opposition to military action in Syria, now that it’s pretty much universally accepted that there will not be a vote.

How Are “Unbelievably Small” Strikes Going to Serve as a Deterrent?

By: Monday September 9, 2013 8:57 am

Apparently the message the Obama administration wants to send the world is: don’t use chemical weapons or you may face an “unbelievably small” strike by the United States. This is basically Obama’s grand plan to stop the spread of chemical weapons around the world. Secretary of State John Kerry said any strike on Syria will [...]

Why the Rush to Action in Syria?

By: Friday August 30, 2013 10:57 am

One of the more disturbing aspects of the many serious issues regarding President Obama potentially bombing Syria is the incredibly rush to take action. We see it with the push for an incredibly quick vote in the UK on the issue. There is no immediate danger to Americans or American interests. Our allies are not [...]

Kerry Steps up Rhetoric on Syria, Likely Indicating Military Action

By: Monday August 26, 2013 12:37 pm

The overwhelming impression from Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent speech sounds like we got ourselves another war in the Middle East. Kerry used the most forceful and direct rhetoric to date from the administration, leaving little doubt that military action in Syria will soon be taken. The administration now believes the Assad regime has used [...]

None of Sen. Reid’s Super Committee Picks Will Face the Voters in 2012

By: Wednesday August 10, 2011 7:17 am

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is the first congressional leader to pick his three members for Catfood Commission II. From Politico: In the first of what will be a closely watched selection process for a powerful new deficit panel, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced he will appoint Democratic Sens. Patty Murray (Wash.), Max Baucus [...]

Biologic Exclusivity: Drug Makers Seek to Boost Their Immunity to the Free Market

By: Monday January 17, 2011 11:25 am

[ed. note: This is another post in Firedoglake’s semi-regular series exposing and exploring ways in which the federal government spends vast sums or forsakes vital revenue in a perpetual, profligate and pathetic quest to assure corporate America that the elected representatives of we the people are really, truly, madly, deeply “business friendly.” With each story, [...]

The Pro-Offshore Drilling Party Vs. the Pro-Offshore Drilling Party

By: Wednesday May 26, 2010 1:59 pm

With the BP oil spill becoming possibly the worst ecological disaster in US history, why are Dems like Jon Kerry still supporting offshore drilling?

The High Price of Snowe

By: Monday October 5, 2009 11:32 am

The public option has gotten most of the attention as of late, but sacrificing it is only the tip of the iceberg for Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME). Snowe is not just on the wrong side of the issue on the public option, she is demanding several incredibly bad provisions ans policies be part of a [...]

John Kerry, you said what?

By: Thursday June 25, 2009 12:24 pm

Ryan Grim at the Huffington Post is reporting that in a closed door meeting of the Senate Finance Committee, John Kerry proposed including a ten-year trigger in the healthcare bill.  In a closed-door meeting of Senate Finance Committee Democratic members and their staff Wednesday evening, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) suggested that the committee bill include [...]

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