Why Hagel Wiil Be Confirmed

15 February 2013 |permalink | email article

Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked a vote to confirm Sen. Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense, arguing that Democrats were trying to rush a choice that they think needed more time to consider. In a 58-to-40 vote that broke… read full story

Obama vs. Rubio: New Tea Party Star

13 February 2013 |permalink | email article

Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night vowed to lift the economy for the middle class, calling on Congress to seek a higher minimum wage and aggressive action on immigrants, climate and guns. Speaking to a divided Congress,… read full story

Rubio’s First Big Test

12 February 2013 |permalink | email article

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Shultz told reporters in a Monday conference call that Republicans—Marco Rubio specifically, and the majority of both Senate and House Republicans—that we should turn Medicare into a voucher program—that Medicare is not a program that’s… read full story

Tea Party: ‘Suicide Conservatives’

11 February 2013 |permalink | email article

Charles M. Blow, the New York Times columnist, said there used to be a political truism: Democrats fall in love, while Republicans fall in line.” It’s no longer true. Democrats have learned to fall in love and fall in… read full story

Rubio Gets The Call

08 February 2013 |permalink | email article

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, will deliver the Republican response to the president’s State of the Union address on Feb. 12. It’s now clear that the nation is in the midst of a Rubio moment, raising intense speculation about a… read full story

India, China and Egypt

07 February 2013 |permalink | email article

In New Delhi, Thomas L. Friedman is comparing India without someone asking you to compare it to China. This visit is no exception, but I think it is more revealing to widen the aperture and compare India, China and… read full story

A Filibuster That Failed

06 February 2013 |permalink | email article

The filibuster against the nomination of Chuck Hagel has blown up despite the frantic one-man effort by Sen. Lindsay Graham to convince President Obama that he is wrong for the job as secretary of defense. Notably, Graham’s buddy, Sen.… read full story

Too Far Right To Win?

05 February 2013 |permalink | email article

The biggest donors in the Republican Party are speaking out and recruiting a new group of seasoned candidates and protect Senate incumbents from far-right conservatives and Tea Party enthusiasts who Republican leaders fret could complicate the party’s effort to… read full story

Hagel Confirmation

04 February 2013 |permalink | email article

Amy Davidson, writing in The New Yorker, asked Sen. Joe Manchin (D. West Virginia) to describe how Chuck Hagel ended up in Vietnam after joining the infantry in 1967. He was assigned to a select and secret team that… read full story

Destroying Chuck Hagel

01 February 2013 |permalink | email article

President Obama’s nominee for secretary of defense came under bizarre attack from conservative Republicans at his Senate confirmation, notably from his old friend, Senator John McCain, the Arizona Republican who is still smoldering about their break over the Iraq… read full story

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