Whispers of Race Persist

31 October 2013 |permalink | email article

John Harwood wrote in The New York Times last week President Obama sought to turn attention from health care to immigration—in other words, from one racially divisive issue to another. Whites tend to hold negative views of Obamacare, while… read full story

Remembering Reagan’s Advice

30 October 2013 |permalink | email article

Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, the leader of Iraq, is meeting with President Obama in the White House on Friday. Iraq, he insists, has matured into a country with democratic institutions that are bound by a Constitution. He says “while we… read full story

Get Beyond Politics

29 October 2013 |permalink | email article

A New York Times editorial noted the talk in Washington has focused on how, after the shutdown debacle, Republicans and Democrats might exploit immigration for political advantage. But last week, the genuine immigration crisis intruded, as if from another… read full story

Camelot’s Court: Inside JFK White House

27 October 2013 |permalink | email article

It is tempting, as Evan Thomas in his review of Robert Dallek’s latest book on JFK notes, that there is nothing really new here. But Dallek, whose “An Unfinished Life (9003),” was the first to expose the severity of… read full story

Finding GOP Grown-Ups

25 October 2013 |permalink | email article

Leaders of the Republican Party are said to be restocking their ranks, Sen.Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) told The New York Times, to restore the public’s trust. “You’ve got to have adults running the thing.” Hatch and other establishment senators believe… read full story

Biggest Economy Killer: U.S. Government

24 October 2013 |permalink | email article

Steven Rattner, a longtime Wall Street executive who served as a lead auto adviser in the Obama administration, suggests that the government shutdown and debt ceiling inflicted a toll on the American economy, but that cost is only a… read full story

Francis and a New Order

23 October 2013 |permalink | email article

The Pope, who has made humility and modesty his hallmark, sent a swift and clear message to Roman Catholics around the world Wednesday that he wants all representatives of the church to do the same. He suspended a German… read full story

Sharp Words From Business

22 October 2013 |permalink | email article

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donahue had some specific suggestions for Ted Cruz, the Tea Party’s newest star, on Monday. Donahue said he didn’t know Cruz, but watching the Texas senator from the perspective of someone who… read full story

DeMint Rules

21 October 2013 |permalink | email article

A weak John Boehner’s sorry reality is that he is no longer the real leader of the Republican Party. The true leader is the former senator isn’t just the head of the right’s premier thank tank—he’s now running the… read full story

Colbert at Al Smith Dinner

20 October 2013 |permalink | email article

The comedian took the dais on Thursday for his keynote speech at the Al Smith white-tie charity dinner, the annual gathering of New York’s Roman Catholic elite and didn’t spare any politicians.. “I have great respect for Cardinal Dolan… read full story

Examining the Crux of Ted Cruz

19 October 2013 |permalink | email article

Kathleen Parker, the Washington Post opinion writer, makes a strong case for outing Ted Cruz.The only person who loves Cruz more than Ted Cruz is Barack Obama. It is the White House and Democrats, not Republicans, who have advanced… read full story

Shutdown: Months to Assess Damage in Detail

19 October 2013 |permalink | email article

It will cost the U.S. economy several billion dollars, according to estimates by economic research firms. But the affiliated damage will be far greater, economists said, while eroding confidence. “The three weeks of government shutdown will cost the economy… read full story

GOP: New Round of Soul-Searching

18 October 2013 |permalink | email article

Washington Post reporter Karen Tumulty asked a key question: “What will it take to save the Republicans from the self-destructive impluses of the tea party movement.” Former Senate majority leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) advised “I do thinkl we need… read full story

The Republican Surrender

17 October 2013 |permalink | email article

“We fought the good fight. We just didn’t win,” Speaker John Boehner said. The New York Times Editorial Board noted that he failed to grasp the destruction his battle caused. The result: It has hurt federal employees and needy… read full story

Ending the Crisis?

15 October 2013 |permalink | email article

The hope was that the Senate would reach a deal on Tuesday but would only go into effect if weak Speaker John Boehner allowed it to go to a vote in the House. That didn’t happen because Boehner continues… read full story

Nation’s Fate in Boehner’s Hands

14 October 2013 |permalink | email article

It looks like Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell are within a breath’s hair of a deal to reopen the government and extend the debt limit for several months.If they ink it on Tuesday, they can probably pass it before… read full story

For the GOP, moving rightward

13 October 2013 |permalink | email article

As Doyle McManus reported in the Los Angeles Times the Republican Party is at war with itself. The most important actors aren’t Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and the tea party members of the House who brought us to the… read full story

New Peril Engulfs GOP Brand

12 October 2013 |permalink | email article

A new poll from NBC News and the Wall Street Journal indicates that the Republicans share a far larger share of the blame for a government shutdown than President Obama. Just 24 percent of Americans viewed the GOP favorably,… read full story

Netanyahu Observed

12 October 2013 |permalink | email article

“Netanyahu is most comfortable predicting disaster, scaring people into doing something. The problem is now he’s lost momentum. His message is clear, his message is the same, but everyone else’s perspective has changed. It’s like you’re the only one… read full story

Kochs, Other Conservatives Split On Health Law Strategy

11 October 2013 |permalink | email article

Under attack for the government shutdown, some of the most vocal elements of the Conservative Party are publicly splintering, a sign of growing concerns that the defeat of among even hard-core conservatives that the defeat-health-care-at-any-cost may have backfired. The… read full story

Obama Not Buying GOP Deal Yet

10 October 2013 |permalink | email article

In a meeting at the White House Thursday afternoon the President rejected a proposal from politically besieged GOP leaders to extend the nation’s borrowing authority for six weeks because it could not also reopen the government. Yet both parties… read full story

Yellen: First Woman To Head Federal Reserve

09 October 2013 |permalink | email article

President Obama’s clear first choice to succeed Ben S. Bernanke as Fed chair was Lawrence H. Summers, a former adviser. But Summers dropped out of the running on Sept.5 in the face of opposition by Democratic senators after an… read full story

Showing Language and History More Respect

08 October 2013 |permalink | email article

Frank Bruni opines in The New York Times that the methodical extermination of millions of Jews by a brutal regime intent on world domination would resist appropriation as an all-purpose metaphor.You mind think, of all things, genocide might be… read full story

Conservatives Focus on Killing Budget as Health Care Law Weapon

06 October 2013 |permalink | email article

Soon after President Obama started a second term, a loose-knit coalition of conservative activists led by former Reagan Attorney General Edwin Meese III gathered in Washington to plot strategy.Their push was to repeal Obama’s health care law which was… read full story

Boehner’s False Pledge

04 October 2013 |permalink | email article

The Speaker has privately told Republican lawmakers anxious about the fallout from the government shutdown that he would not allow a potentially more crippling federal fallout as the atmosphere on Capitol Hill turned increasingly tense on Thursday. His comments,… read full story

Obama to Republicans: Get Real

02 October 2013 |permalink | email article

The President showed defiance and admonished House Republicans on Tuesday to quit fighting his three-year-old health care law and “to reopen the the government.” It was a show of defiance that reflected Democrats’ confidence that conservatives have overreached after… read full story

Dishonesty of Voter ID Laws

01 October 2013 |permalink | email article

The Justice Department on Monday sued North Carolina over the state’s restrictive new voting law, which requires photo identification for in-person voting and cuts back on early voting and same-day registration—all of which will disproportionately affect black voters. The… read full story

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