It is with great joy that I note the Senate passage and today’s signing by President Obama of a bill that should lead to the eventual repeal of “Don’t ask, don’t tell.” The policy was pure discrimination, and has no place in a fair and equal society. But the events of the last few days [...]
|By: Jon Walker Friday December 17, 2010 1:55 pm|
The House Democratic caucus is truly pathetic. They are, in fact, so pathetic that I’ve been forced to use a thesaurus to find new ways of describing their pathetic behavior: weak, impotent, pitiful, feeble and toothless. Last night, they again folded completely and passed the Senate’s version of the Obama-McConnell tax deal–as is–even though only [...]
|By: Jane Hamsher Friday December 17, 2010 9:09 am|
Women members of Congress contribute significantly to the DCCC’s coffers. But they don’t appear to be getting much for their money.
|By: Michael Whitney Wednesday December 15, 2010 4:23 am|
If a majority of Democrats won’t vote for the Obama-GOP tax plan, Speaker Pelosi must not bring it to the floor for a vote. So let’s find out where Democrats stand. We’re organizing an EMERGENCY whip count to call Democratic Members of Congress and find out where they stand on the Obama-GOP tax plan.
|By: Jane Hamsher Friday December 3, 2010 9:36 am|
It’s been clear for some time that President Obama made the political calculation that he does not want any of the Bush tax cuts to expire. He doesn’t want to be the guy in 2012 running for President on having “raised taxes during a time of recession.” But the President also doesn’t want the political [...]
|By: Jane Hamsher Thursday December 2, 2010 8:12 am|
Michael Bennet gets caught in a moment of rare honesty with an open mike in the Senate: “It’s all rigged. The whole conversation is rigged. The fact that we don’t get to a discussion before the break about what we’re going to do in the lame duck. It’s just rigged.” Of course it is. They [...]
|By: Jane Hamsher Tuesday November 30, 2010 9:39 am|
Nancy Pelosi dug her heels in last night and told her caucus that the President wants no extension of the Bush tax cuts beyond the $250,000 threshold. She’s also signaled that she’ll put it up for a vote on the suspension calendar, which means Republicans can’t make amendments or the motion to recommit. But it also means she’ll have to get 290 votes in order to pass it, and there’s no way she can bring enough Republicans on board to do that.
So it’s a purely symbolic vote that will fail. But she’s asking members to take it anyway, because she says that’s what the President wants.
|By: Jon Walker Monday November 8, 2010 9:30 am|
One of my strongest hopes is that everyone in the media, especially on the left, can simply stop pretending the new health reform law is some great progressive victory. It is not. It is a conservative, pro-corporate piece of legislation. From the CBS News: Obama: Well, partly because I couldn’t get the kind of cooperation [...]
|By: Jane Hamsher Tuesday July 20, 2010 8:49 am|
Leno gets a dig in at Jim Clyburn and his fellow members of Congress who see no problem with shoveling billions into bankrupt banks, and taking it out of the pockets of senior citizens (2:27): “Congress wants to vote to raise the retirement age to 70….They plan to vote to not let Americans retire until [...]
|By: Jane Hamsher Monday July 19, 2010 10:18 am|
Billy House and Humberto Sanchez at the National Journal report that Judd Gregg, Kent Conrad and other members of the Catfood Commission are salivating over the chance to push through “historic changes” to Social Security and Medicare in a lame duck Congress, when many members will not have to face electoral repercussions for their votes. [...]