Category: Congress

Will Dems Throw a Real Fit This Week?

This week, we’ll begin the contentious process of holding hearings on President-Elect Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees. This would be an unusually charged political environment based on the identities of Trump’s picks alone, but it will be even more so because…

Why the GOP Can’t Repeal Obamacare

I’ve written about this many times over the years, but let’s go over it again. There are many reasons why the Republican Party has developed as a skeptic of federal power, but the most important is that they spent most…

Playing Footsie With Trump

Here’s an interesting theory. Did Democratic senators Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota disingenuously encourage speculation that they might join the Trump administration in order to win points with their constituents? With West Virginia Sen.…

Challenge Forces Pelosi to Offer Reforms

I probably shouldn’t make any more election predictions this year, but it doesn’t seem likely that Tim Ryan will succeed in dethroning Nancy Pelosi as the leader of the House Democrats when they hold their leadership elections on Wednesday. Nonetheless,…

Will the GOP Explode the Deficit for Trump?

How is this supposed to work? In an interview published Friday, Trump’s designated chief White House strategist suggested that the incoming president would pay little heed to Republican orthodoxy on fiscal matters. “Like [Andrew] Jackson’s populism, we’re going to build an…