Great history here: Sarah Kliff dives into old news clippings to document how uncertain people initially were that Medicare would succeed, and how hard it was to sell the elderly on the program. Major reform is hard. The same … Continue reading ?
Must read from Ron Brownstein on how GOP scandal overreach risks empowering the party’s extreme factions, setting the stage for failure to moderate on key issues, harming the party in future national elections. Steve Benen makes a good point: … Continue reading ?
Just in: Barack Obama gave a statement this evening on the IRS affair, saying that he “will not tolerate” misbehavior from any agency, and especially the IRS, and that the acting commissioner of the IRS, Steven Miller, has resigned. That’s … Continue reading ?
The IRS Inspector General report on the targeting of conservative groups is leaking out late this afternoon. Juliet Eilperin and Zachary Goldfarb report on the mistakes the IRS made, as well as on Eric Holder’s decision to begin a criminal investigation. … Continue reading ?
The Justice Department has obtained two months of phone records of Associated Press reporters and editors, as part of a major leak investigation. I concur with Atrios: It would be a good thing if conservatives and journalists made this … Continue reading ?
1. Carl Levin, chair of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, makes the call for further investigation of what happened with the IRS and Tea Party groups. That means it’s now bipartisan. 2. Liberal pundits, too, have been blasting the … Continue reading ?
Norman Ornstein has the last word on Green Lanternism. Devastatingly accurate. Francis Wilkinson on how the internet can’t be bought off by the NRA. Stephen Stromberg notes that Benghazi isn’t likely to damage Hillary Clinton heading into 2016 because the … Continue reading ?
1. Steve Benen notes another round of Republicans hitting “the president’s” Social Security cuts, and asks the key question: [W]hat’s stopping the president from simply walking away from the idea he doesn’t like anyway? At this point, Obama could hardly … Continue reading ?
1. Step right up, Delaware — marriage equality passes the state Senate there and will soon be signed into law. If you’re keeping count, that’s 11. 2. The Obama administration had a court date to explain its Plan B position to … Continue reading ?
Jennifer Rubin reports on a remarkable conference call in which conservative think tankers tore into the Heritage Foundation for its study supposedly showing immigration reform will sock the taxpayers with a multi-trillion-dollar bill. The mobilization among Republicans and conservatives against … Continue reading ?
The nonpartisan Congressional Research Service has released an important new report that details Barack Obama’s record on nominating judges during his first term. It’s no surprise: Republican obstruction against his selections was unprecedented. For example: President Obama is the only … Continue reading ?
Michael Tomasky keeps up the drumbeat: Yes, there’s something different and unprecedented about the radicalism of today’s GOP, and yes, it has effectively ceased to be a normal opposition party. Dems blast the RNC over that video blaming Obama … Continue reading ?
1. Brian Beutler explains what Barack Obama meant by “permission structure” — it’s all about finding ways for the Republican House to allow things to pass — things which sane Republicans actually want to pass — without Republican fingerprints on … Continue reading ?
1. No, not the showers! Well…Gabriel Arana lets you know whether gay guys are checking you — and NBA players — out in the locker room. Excellent. 2. Really good point by Kevin Drum about analyzing what Barack Obama says vs. … Continue reading ?
Excellent: Mother Jones rounds up all the supportive and encouraging reactions to Jason Collins’ coming out, from the sports world and beyond. Is it too optimistic to expect the fans will offer the same? Bill Clinton weighs in: I have known … Continue reading ?
1. Today’s big story in the liberal blogs was the FAA fix — or the FAA cave. Brian Buetler called it the way to “lose sequestration.” 2. Ezra Klein went further: he says flat-out that “The Democrats have lost on … Continue reading ?
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1. Here’s some late-breaking news: the Rhode Island Senate has just voted for marriage equality, the last major hurdle in that state. Final passage and an expected signature from Governor Lincoln Chafee could come in a matter of days, extending … Continue reading ?
Post-policy? No agenda? I have the goods on the House GOP — it turns out that of ten bills reserved for party priorities, nine of them are still empty. Great takedown of sloppy presidency analysis #1: Jonathan Chait … Continue reading ?
Andrew Rosenthal asks a good question: “What’s the difference between Timothy McVeigh and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev?” As he notes, the case for treating Tsarnaev as an “enemy combatant” is rooted in ethnicity and religion. Key Dzhokhar Tsarnaev quote from the criminal … Continue reading ?