Category: Congress

Reality Detachment Syndrome

In one sense, a prolonged debate about an appropriations bill for the Department of Homeland Security and the rules of the Senate doesn’t seem very interesting. But the silver lining here is the way that it really shines a light…

We Gave the Keys to Raving Drunks

If this dispute were not about the safety and security of our country and its citizens, the spectacle would make me laugh out loud. The Senate is scheduled on Monday to hold a fourth futile vote on getting cloture for…

Real Mature, Boehner

Speaker Boehner appeared this morning on Fox News Sunday with host Chris Wallace. He was challenged about his judgment in inviting Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before Congress without consulting or notifying the White House. What he said in response was…

GOP is Clueless About How to Fund DHS

Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma is the Deputy Majority Whip of the U.S. House of Representatives. He’s been on the floor of the House for the last hour insisting that the House Republicans have fully funded the Department of Homeland…

Al Franken Isn’t Joking Around

Perhaps Roll Call‘s Joannna Anderson doesn’t understand Senator Al Franken’s sense of humor, or perhaps she just can’t tell when Sen. Franken is saying something serious with a smile on his face. I doubt that the following exchange was meant…

DHS Tantrum Too Much for Washington Post

Fred Hiatt’s editorial board at the Washington Post frames the question this way, “How far will Republicans in Congress take their reckless flirtation with undermining government this time?” Of course, in this case, the undermining of government is in a…

Abortion Bluster Signifying Nothing

It’s very interesting to look at the diametrically opposed reactions on the left and the right to the failure of the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in the House of Representatives. There is one thing that both sides agree…

Being Smart Has Nothing to Do With It

Think Progress reports on a little brouhaha going on within the House Republican caucus. The GOP-controlled House will vote on a proposed 20-week abortion ban next Thursday — the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court case…

Who Regrets Slavery? Not Steve Scalise

I know that Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) doesn’t have “a racist bone in his body,” but it’s hard to reconcile that with his actions. The third-ranking member of the House Republican leadership didn’t just attend a neo-Nazi conference in 2002,…