Juliet Eilperin drops this vial of nitroglycerin into her latest Washington Post piece: … according to several people familiar with his private remarks at the home of clean-tech entrepreneur Vinod Khosla, Obama expressed concerns about the political pain involved, saying that “dial testing” of his State of the Union speech showed that the favorability ratings [...]
The deadline draws closer by the hour. In New York, the band of good-government reformers, labor unions, enviros, community organizers, religious leaders, and more have until Thursday night, when the current legislative session ends,...Show More Summary
In two previous pieces (here and here), I discussed the phenomena of scandal narratives in American politics, first stressing how such narratives reflect a right/left divide—emphasizing mythos (the construction of meaning) on the conservative...Show More Summary
House Republicans appear to be coalescing around an attempt to kill immigration reform. But they're not getting any help from this CBO study, requested by arch-immigration reform for Sen. Jeff Sessions. It shows that rather than ballooning the deficit the...
Pfc. Bradley Manning, who is on trial at Fort Meade for releasing United States government information to WikiLeaks, does not face any conspiracy charges. However, this morning there were arguments on a motion that related to defense...Show More Summary
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated on Tuesday that passage of the Senate’s comprehensive immigration bill, known as S.744, would decrease federal budget deficits by $197 billion over a ten year period between 2014 to 2023. It also estimates that 10.4 million undocumented immigrants would be legalized. Between 2024 and 2033, the CBO estimates that [...]
Today's edition of quick hits: Afghanistan: "U.S.-led troops handed complete control of security to Afghanistan authorities Tuesday -- an act of faith in country's fledgling police and army in the face of near-constant insurgent attacks."
Mitch lets the cat out of the bag: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Tuesday starkly warned Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) not to eliminate the filibuster on presidential nominations, threatening to end the 60-voteShow More Summary
House Oversight Committee Chair Darrell Issa (R-CA) says he is "deeply disappointed" that Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) decided to release the full unedited interviews from the IRS investigation. These supplement the bits and pieces selectively leaked to the press...
In a milestone for the global fight against the AIDS epidemic, this month will mark the one millionth HIV-free baby born to a mother who suffers from the virus. On Tuesday, Secretary of State John Kerry credited much of the progress toward preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission to the significant work that the U.S. President’s Plan [...]
Wondering if the NSA is monitoring America's phone calls? The agency's chief supplied an answer, over and over again. Full-size version....
Sometimes it's hard to tell which Republicans in Congress fear more: immigration reform passing, or immigration reform not passing. They need to help pass reform to show America's Latino voters that, all evidence to the contrary notwithstanding, the Republican party doesn't actually hate them. Show More Summary
Kirsten Gibson is an intern for ThinkProgress. The Seattle City Council unanimously passed a far-reaching Climate Action Plan Monday, with the ultimate goal of reaching zero net emissions by 2050. The ambitious plan, crafted by city officials and community members, provides a long-term vision for reducing the city’s greenhouse gas emissions while building vibrant, prosperous [...]
Displaying a remarkable lack of self-awareness, Rush Limbaugh tried to convince a caller that "it's a pretty safe bet" that liberals always lie and conservatives never do -- an assertion he backed up with a series of his own lies onShow More Summary
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the ranking member on the House Oversight Committee, has seen the same interview transcripts as Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), documenting the interviews investigators conducted with IRS officials in Cincinnati. And with that in mind, C …
Once an international superpower, Russia is quickly gaining a new reputation as the world’s leading exporter of homophobia. The country’s lower chamber of parliament today passed a bill that would prohibit gay couples who are legally married in their own country from adopting any children from Russia. The measure passed without a single dissenting vote. [...]
Conservative commentator James Taranto, in an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal on Monday night, detailed a set of allegations of sexual assault in the military before concluding that they amounted to a “he-said/she-said dispute” that only revealed “a political campaign against sexual assault in the military that shows signs of becoming an effort to [...]
The House plans to vote this week on a farm bill that cuts nearly $21 billion from food stamps, and several members who support the cuts have benefited significantly from the various forms of farm subsidies provided by the same legislation. The ten Republicans in question have collected about $6.7 million in federal farm money [...]