Populist Left: A New Hot Ticket?

30 September 2013 |permalink | email article

After Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren spoke at a luncheon in Beverly Hills last month, women from the audience swarmed around her. many asking the same question: will you run for president? This month Warren’s fiery speech at the national… read full story

Cruz on Meet the Press

29 September 2013 |permalink | email article

My take on Ted Cruz’s much anticipated interview with David Gregory on Sunday was that he threw the irrepressible Republican senator from Texas a series of softballs without once challenging his credibility in defunding Obamacare. Any doubt that Cruz… read full story

Hispanics Cool to GOP, Poll Finds

29 September 2013 |permalink | email article

A new survey shows that Hispanics, the nation’s largest minority group, are increasingly hostile toward the Republican Party during the political battle over changing immigration law and lean surprisingly liberal on social issues like gay marriage. More than 6… read full story

Plutocrats Feeling Persecuted

27 September 2013 |permalink | email article

As Paul Krugman points out sometimes the wealthy talk as if they were characters in “Atlas Shrugged,” demanding nothing more from society than that the moochers leave them alone. But these men were speaking for, not against, redistribution from… read full story

House GOP Raises Stakes in Debt-Ceiling Fight

27 September 2013 |permalink | email article

If the Democrats muster 60 votes, Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader, will move to strip out House language that guts the health care law and pass a stopgap spending bill that finances the government through Nov.… read full story

Ted Cruz Ascending

26 September 2013 |permalink | email article

The freshman Republican senator talked for 21 hours and 19 minutes on the Senate floor this week to hope that the public would carry out his message to oppose President Obama’s healthcare law. Within the hour, he was Rush… read full story

Ted Cruz’s Campaign

24 September 2013 |permalink | email article

On Fox News last Sunday Chris Wallace’s demeanor and the bafflement of an entire nation was about what Cruz hoped to accomplish with his flawed campaign to defund Obamacare. There’s Cruz’s sickly look after Wallace recites derisive statements about… read full story

A Radical Whisper

23 September 2013 |permalink | email article

Frank Bruni, in a New York Times op-ed, said it wasn’t the particulars of Pope Francis’ groundbreaking message in an interview published last week that stopped him in his tracks, gave fresh hope to many embittered Catholics and caused… read full story

The Crazy Party

21 September 2013 |permalink | email article

Paul Krugman notes that the Republicans are approaching a political moment of truth where the elite has lost control of the Frankenstein-like monster it created. So now we get to witness the hilarious spectacle of Karl Rove in the… read full story

Another Insult to the Poor

20 September 2013 |permalink | email article

On Thursday House Republicans passed a bill that would drastically cut federal food stamps and throw 3.8 million Americans out of the program in 2014. This vote came two weeks after the Agriculture Department reported that 17.6 million households… read full story

Health Care Law: Live or Die GOP Issue

19 September 2013 |permalink | email article

The House leadership has now announced plans to make a series of demands of the White House in exchange for raising the debt ceiling in mid-October, threatening a government default if they don’t get they way. Eric Cantor, the… read full story

Boehner, Pressed 0n The Right, Yields

18 September 2013 |permalink | email article

The Speaker, after three years of cajoling, finessing and occasionally strong-arming his fitful conservative majority, Boehner waved the white flag on Wednesday, surrendering to demands from his right flank that he tie money to keep the government open after… read full story

Why Summers Struck Out

17 September 2013 |permalink | email article

Some presidential advisers, including those closest to President Obama, argued that Larry Summers brought crisis management experience and a working knowledge of financial markets that Janet L. Yellen lacks. So did Ben S. Bernanke when President George W. Bush… read full story

White House Warning: Debt Default

16 September 2013 |permalink | email article

This weekend the White House made clear that Congressional recalcitrance on raising the federal debt ceiling might hurt the economy at a stay-fragile time, warning in a call with reporters about the “unnecessary threatening of a default” this fall.… read full story

Summers Pulls Name From Fed Consideration

15 September 2013 |permalink | email article

Lawrence H. Summers, one of President Obama’s closest economic and a former Treasury secretary, on Sunday withdrew his name from consideration for the position of chairman of he Federal Reserve amid rising opposition from Obama’s own Democratic allies on… read full story

Yellen Backed For Fed Post

12 September 2013 |permalink | email article

Over 300 economists have signed an open letter to President Obama urging him to nominate Janet L. Yellen to be the next head of the Federal Reserve, citing her “consistently good judgement ” and her commitment to reducing unemployment.… read full story

Bill de Blasio: Luck and Strategy

11 September 2013 |permalink | email article

New York’s Public Advocate started out as a long shot in the battle to succeed Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. But when a commercial was finally shown to de Blasio and his wife, they seemed overwhelmed, instantly recognizing the power… read full story

Washington Words

10 September 2013 |permalink | email article

Ben Schoot and Mark Leibovich have compiled a glossary of “Inside the Beltway” vocabulary. Some samples.

Sherpa: A Graybeard who guides a nominee through a confirmation process..

Body Man:  A personal aide to a Principal.

Dog Whistle: Coded political… read full story

Our New Isolationism

09 September 2013 |permalink | email article

How does a president sell foreign involvement to a gun-shy public? Lynne Olson told me she was startled to hear Secretary of State John Kerry get into it because of Pearl Harbor. Congress in recent years has not won… read full story

Which Way Will 44 Go

08 September 2013 |permalink | email article

The president looked exhausted as he met with the press in St. Petersburg on Friday. The man elected because of his magical powers of persuastion had failed to persuade other world leaders the night before about a strike in… read full story

The Federal Reserve Nominaton

06 September 2013 |permalink | email article

In July, when it appeared that President Obama might nominate Lawrence Summers to be the next chairman of the Federal Reserve, several Democratic senators wrote a letter to the president in praise of Janet Yellen, the current Fed vice… read full story

Bill O’Reilly: Conservaties Wrong on Assad

05 September 2013 |permalink | email article

The Fox News host is supporting military action in Syria and slamming the Syrian dictator over distrust of President Obama. “America cannot let evil go unchecked.“O’Reilly said Assad is a war criminal” for using poison gas, and the U.S.… read full story

Summers or Yellen: Obama’s Error

03 September 2013 |permalink | email article

The odds increase that the President will name Summers to lead the Federal Reserve Board, a move that appears to be working against the central bank’s efforts to stimulate the economy. Some analysts believe that a Summers nomination could… read full story

Campaign Journalism: New Age of Twitter

02 September 2013 |permalink | email article

David Carr noted in the New York Times the death of the hallowed political reporter Jack Germond recently served as a vivid reminder that the hallowed day story—a totemic representation of How It Was—has given way to a mosaic… read full story

Box Obama Made For Congress

01 September 2013 |permalink | email article

After appearing to be rushing toward a military strike on Syria , President Obama decided Saturday that he wanted to pull back and seek Congressional approval first. After the terrible setback in the British Parliament a bigger reason have… read full story

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