One Line Captures Everything Wrong With Congress

By: Friday September 5, 2014 7:42 am

Rarely does one line in a small article capture so much of what is wrong with Congress. From Politico: Senior House Republican leadership aides gave K Street lobbyists a peek at their September agenda, just days before lawmakers come back to Washington, according to several sources present. The lobbyists were briefed the same day Republican [...]

Greenwald Has “Peaked” Because a Politico Editor Says So

By: Friday September 5, 2014 6:32 am

In a new Politico Magazine article Michael Hirsh makes the bold claim that Glenn Greenwald’s stock is dropping fast, but without any actual proof. He starts his piece by with the bold line: For about a year, the global enterprise you might call Glenn Greenwald, Inc. has been taking off like a red-hot app. The [...]

McConnell Plans for 2015 to Be Even More Confrontational

By: Wednesday August 20, 2014 7:25 am

If you thought the recent Congressional term just didn’t have enough showdowns, big political confrontations and government shutdowns then you should be really excited for 2015. In an interview with Politico Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) promised very aggressive confrontations with President Obama if Republicans win control of the Senate, and possibly even another [...]

It Is Bittersweet That 90% of Congressional Staffers Are Unhappy With Exchange Coverage

By: Tuesday January 14, 2014 8:38 am

A special provision in the Affordable Care Act is forcing many Congressional staffers on to the D.C. exchange and many are not happy with the results. From Politico: Ninety percent of staffers surveyed for a report released Monday by the Congressional Management Foundation said they are concerned about benefit changes under the health care law, [...]

Congressional Vote on Syria Whip Count, Sept 6: What Happens When Nancy Pelosi Drops the Pimp Hand?

By: Friday September 6, 2013 6:48 am

As we begin Day 5 of our whip effort, the dynamics that will shape a final House vote are starting to become clear. This is where we stand

The Public Option “Alternatives” Are Proving to be Mostly Worthless

By: Monday June 24, 2013 8:17 am

When Democrats killed the public option several attempts were made to create face saving “alternatives.” Two alternatives actually made it into the Affordable Care Act, the CO-OP provision and “multi-state plans” overseen by the Office of Personal Management. As the law is set to be implemented it is growing abundantly clear neither will provide much [...]

Anyone Can Link Phone Numbers to Individuals

By: Tuesday June 18, 2013 8:00 am

One of the most bizarre defenses of the NSA program collecting Americans’ phone metadata is the claim it is not so bad because they are not actively linking the phone numbers to individuals. It appears to be a talking point because I have now seen it made several times. The most recent was by Sen. [...]

Holder in Damage Control Mode

By: Wednesday May 29, 2013 8:33 am

Attorney General Eric Holder is in full damage control mode following news that the Department of Justice aggressively investigated journalists. According to Politico, Holder is meeting with several bureau chiefs. Attorney General Eric Holder will hold meetings with several Washington bureau chiefs of national news organizations in the next two days as part of the [...]

Why I Love Saxby Chambliss’s Honesty on Gay Marriage

By: Thursday March 21, 2013 7:52 am

When asked by Politico if he had changed his opinion on same-sex marriage Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) simply responded, “I’m not gay. So I’m not going to marry one.” This should be forever remembered as the defining Zen kōan for the problem with the current GOP. In just two short sentences Chambliss some how magically [...]

GOP Wants to Take From Retirees to Pay for Military Spending

By: Thursday February 7, 2013 12:16 pm

If nothing is done, the sequestration cuts will take place in less than a month and roughly half the cuts come from the military. House Republicans want to cut Medicare and Social Security instead to pay for stopping the sequestration cuts. From Politico: GOP policy prescriptions to replace the massive spending cuts currently include: changing [...]