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Posted at 05:31 PM ET, 01/31/2013

PostScript: Milbank and LaPierre, like in the movies

Readers respond cinematically to Dana Milbank's column on the NRA's Wayne LaPierre

By Rachel Manteuffel  |  05:31 PM ET, 01/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:47 PM ET, 01/31/2013

Hagel and how confirmation should be used

No, the Senate isn't getting it right. A reminder of what the confirmation process can do, for senators and for effective government.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  01:47 PM ET, 01/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chuck Hagel, Confirmation hearings

Posted at 06:04 PM ET, 01/30/2013

Israel strikes a Syrian target and lays down a marker

Israel enters the fray with operation, but details remain murky.

By David Ignatius  |  06:04 PM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 01/30/2013

PostScript: Newtown parents and changing the debate

Readers respond to a murdered child's parents hoping for a worthy discussion of mass shootings.

By Rachel Manteuffel  |  04:30 PM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  PostScript

Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 01/30/2013

The GOP problem isn't getting elected, it's governing

Republicans should stop insulting large groups of Americans. But their problems are much worse than that.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  03:33 PM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  immigration, Republican Party, Republicans

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 01/29/2013

PostScript: Eugene Robinson and the GOP's explanations

Readers respond to Robinson's column about a lost Republican Party.

By Rachel Manteuffel  |  04:02 PM ET, 01/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  PostScript

Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 01/29/2013

Immigration remains tough, not doomed

With opposition largely symbolic, it's possible that unified GOP leadership support could mean it will happen anyway.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  03:06 PM ET, 01/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:56 PM ET, 01/28/2013

On immigration, Obama should opt for a persuasive vagueness

On Barack Obama, immigration reform, and what it reveals about the presidency.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:56 PM ET, 01/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, immigration

Posted at 04:39 PM ET, 01/28/2013

PostScript: Dionne and the economic conversation

Readers respond to Dionne's column on promoting growth

By Rachel Manteuffel  |  04:39 PM ET, 01/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  PostScript

Posted at 05:40 PM ET, 01/25/2013

Republicans prepare to boot away more elections

It seems to be starting up -- the inability of the Republican Party to nominate strong candidates for high office.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:40 PM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 01/25/2013

PostScript: Robinson and good questions

Readers respond to Robinson's column on better questions for Secretary Clinton

By Rachel Manteuffel  |  03:40 PM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 01/25/2013

Top picks to join the Nationals presidents race

There are so many options that deserve consideration.

By Stephen Stromberg  |  01:08 PM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 01/25/2013

Bobby Jindal breaks it down for the GOP

With its harsh rhetoric and policy positions, the Republican Party is like a restricted club in the minds of many people of color. It seems inhospitable to anyone not wealthy, white and male.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  10:56 AM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 01/25/2013

In defense of Obama's gum chewing

There's a reason some of us chomp -- so we don't inhale.

By E.J. Dionne Jr.  |  10:28 AM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/25/2013

Friday's p-Op quiz: It takes two

Who believes "[t]he first step in getting voters to like you is to demonstrate that you like them"?

By Jonathan Capehart  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 01/24/2013

The Reid reform package

There are two main types of obstruction in the Senate these days. Reform won't end the 60 vote Senate, but it will help with the other kind of reform.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  04:06 PM ET, 01/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  filibuster, Harry Reid, Senate

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 01/24/2013

PostScript: Milbank and Clinton bringing it

Readers respond to Milbank's coverage of Secretary Clinton's Benghazi testimony

By Rachel Manteuffel  |  04:02 PM ET, 01/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  PostScript

Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 01/24/2013

The Keystone XL oil pipeline distraction

The environmental movement needs to move on.

By Stephen Stromberg  |  01:09 PM ET, 01/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Environment, Keystone XL

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 01/24/2013

Good for Hillary

Sen. Ron Johnson's demeanor was befitting a first-term Tea Partyer who is deaf to anything other than his own sound and fury.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  12:35 PM ET, 01/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Benghazi, hillary clinton

Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 01/24/2013

There is just something about Hillary Clinton

For some reason the secretary of state has always driven otherwise sane individuals crazy.

By Richard Cohen  |  10:39 AM ET, 01/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 01/23/2013

PostScript: Privacy for socialites, too

Readers respond to Scott and Jill Kelley's oped about being on the periphery of scandal

By Rachel Manteuffel  |  05:00 PM ET, 01/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 01/23/2013

Now we can talk about spending without fear of default

Yes, there must be an open and vigorous debate over this nation's spending. But this conversation should held without the threat of default hanging over head.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  03:35 PM ET, 01/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 01/23/2013

Jill and Scott Kelley's 'boo-hoo' for privacy

The couple's op-ed shows how the desire to set the record straight can backfire.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  01:41 PM ET, 01/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  David Petraeus, Jill Kelley, Paula Broadwell, Scott Kelley

Posted at 09:54 AM ET, 01/23/2013

Republicans and the filibuster endgame

Harry Reid wants a deal, but if Republican senators are optimists, they may want significant Senate reform -- without their fingerprints.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  09:54 AM ET, 01/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:50 PM ET, 01/22/2013

Beyonce lip syncs for her life at the inauguration

Okay, so, when Beyonce started singing the Star Spangled Banner, I was impressed.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  04:50 PM ET, 01/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Inauguration

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 01/22/2013

PostScript: Milbank and the choir

Readers respond to Milbank's column on Obama's choir-preaching during his second inaugural address.

By Rachel Manteuffel  |  03:20 PM ET, 01/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  PostScript

Posted at 01:31 PM ET, 01/22/2013

The House's terrible idea

Giving legislators a personal stake in legislation looks an awful lot like quid-pro-quo corruption.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  01:31 PM ET, 01/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, Republicans

Posted at 05:45 PM ET, 01/21/2013

Obama's unapologetic inaugural address

Progressives will be looking back to this speech for many years, much as today's progressives look back to FDR's, and conservatives to Reagan's.

By E.J. Dionne Jr.  |  05:45 PM ET, 01/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Inauguration

Posted at 05:39 PM ET, 01/21/2013

In his second inaugural, Obama forgets the coin

After taking the oath of office, President Obama on Monday attempted to re-lay the familiar intellectual foundations for active government. But his second inaugural speech left those foundations incomplete and unsteady.

By Stephen Stromberg  |  05:39 PM ET, 01/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Inauguration

Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 01/21/2013

Obama makes gays 'feel more fully American'

At no point was President Obama's refrain of We the people in his second inaugural more powerful than when he invoked it to include lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  02:49 PM ET, 01/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, LGBT

Posted at 02:23 PM ET, 01/21/2013

'What will give real meaning to our creed'

Barack Obama preaches the liberal word -- and this time, offers nothing to his ideological foes.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  02:23 PM ET, 01/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 01/21/2013

When is an inauguration like a royal wedding?

The melding of pop culture and history that is Obama's second inaugural is missing from prime minister swearing-ins in Europe.

By Anne Applebaum  |  02:00 PM ET, 01/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 01/21/2013

A flat, partisan and pedestrian speech

In his second inaugural, the president's core message was: I won deal with it.

By David Ignatius  |  01:45 PM ET, 01/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 01/21/2013

Obama's inaugural address -- a sign of more to come?

It may have been the most unabashedly progressive speech he has given as president. To date, at least.

By Eugene Robinson  |  01:27 PM ET, 01/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, entitlements, Inauguration, Social Security

Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 01/21/2013

The historic serendipity of Obama and MLK

When it comes to President Obama and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the stars always seem to be aligned.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  11:57 AM ET, 01/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama

Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 01/21/2013

Tweeting the Inauguration

Live commentary on the swearing-in ceremony, President Obama's inaugural address, the parade and other events in the nation's capital today.

By Marisa Bellack  |  10:38 AM ET, 01/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Inauguration, Live Commentary, Live Tweets

Posted at 09:43 AM ET, 01/21/2013

On Inauguration Day, the triumph of the normal

Four years ago, the Metro trip to the inauguration of Barack Obama was a giant party. This year, the feeling on the train is more business-like.

By E.J. Dionne Jr.  |  09:43 AM ET, 01/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Inauguration

Posted at 03:29 PM ET, 01/18/2013

PostScript: Krauthammer and picking GOP battles

Readers respond to Krauthammer's column on a new focus for the GOP.

By Rachel Manteuffel  |  03:29 PM ET, 01/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  PostScript

Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 01/18/2013

GOP demand? A symbolic vote.

There's no real reason for the Senate to pass a budget resolution. At least no reason relevant to actual budgeting.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  03:13 PM ET, 01/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:19 PM ET, 01/18/2013

Conservatives try but can't quite let go of extremism

Underneath the gestures toward less brinksmanship, Republicans remain committed to the same extreme policies.

By James Downie  |  01:19 PM ET, 01/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Congress, debt ceiling, Republican Party

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/18/2013

Friday's p-Op quiz: Guns and Te'o

This was an amazing week. Justice Clarence Thomas apparently spoke in open court for the first time since Feb. 22, 2006. And we learned that Notre Dame's Manti Te'o had a fake girlfriend.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 01/18/2013

A petition to 'stop white genocide'?

Yes, this may be the most racist White House petition ever.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  07:00 AM ET, 01/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:51 PM ET, 01/17/2013

Always leave the president's kids alone

The lives of a president's children, particularly minor children, should be out of bounds for public discussion.

By E.J. Dionne Jr.  |  04:51 PM ET, 01/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, gun control, nra

Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 01/17/2013

NRA 'jeopardized the security of the first family'

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex.) says the NRA ad mentioning the first daughters is reckless and irresponsible.:

By Jonathan Capehart  |  04:20 PM ET, 01/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, nra

Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 01/17/2013

PostScript: Dionne and aggressive moderation

Readers respond to Dionne's column on fighting with moderation

By Rachel Manteuffel  |  03:05 PM ET, 01/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:10 PM ET, 01/17/2013

When is a roll a roll?

No, House Republicans weren't necessarily defeated on two recent votes. They seem to have produced exactly the outcome they wanted.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  02:10 PM ET, 01/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:28 PM ET, 01/16/2013

The key remaining question on Senate reform

Are Democrats sending their senators back to Washington with an urgent interest in filibuster reform?

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:28 PM ET, 01/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  filibuster, Senate

Posted at 04:08 PM ET, 01/16/2013

Nonsense from Gun Owners of America

Andrea Mitchell's interview with Erich Pratt of Gun Owners of America was a revealing look at the fevered thinking within the gun-rights movement.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  04:08 PM ET, 01/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gun control, Guns

Posted at 03:09 PM ET, 01/16/2013

What's the position on climate change?

A molecule of hope that the Obama administration's climate change message might be getting more responsible.

By Stephen Stromberg  |  03:09 PM ET, 01/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 01/16/2013

How gun control is another front in the far right's war on science

Obama’s call for research counters an impulse that has perverted our broader political debate.

By James Downie  |  02:20 PM ET, 01/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, gun control, Joe Biden, nra

Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 01/16/2013

Three strikes for the NRA

Strike three came this morning when the NRA released an ad that pulled President Obama's two daughters into the national gun debate.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  11:44 AM ET, 01/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gun control, nra

Posted at 05:32 PM ET, 01/15/2013

Don't forget the women already in Obama's binder

While I get all this talk of Obama needing his own binders of women, I also see how it completely ignores the powerful women who are already there.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  05:32 PM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama

Posted at 04:31 PM ET, 01/15/2013

The House should spend money to defend DOMA

Liberals are wrong to beat up on House Republicans for spending money to defend the law.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  04:31 PM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, Republicans, Same-sex marriage

Posted at 03:37 PM ET, 01/15/2013

PostScript: Milbank and Obama's taunt mode

Readers respond to Milbank's article with ways out of the Republicans' trap

By Rachel Manteuffel  |  03:37 PM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Sonoma

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 01/15/2013

Cory Booker's next act

If Booker runs for the Senate and wins, he would take a seat first offered to him in 2005.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  11:02 AM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cory Booker

Posted at 03:52 PM ET, 01/14/2013

PostScript: Flu over the cuckoo's nest

Readers respond to the editorial on the flu and vaccines

By Rachel Manteuffel  |  03:52 PM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  PostScript

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 01/14/2013

Obama revives the 'McConnell Provision'

President Obama appeared to hand the GOP a way out of a position that will lead to the destruction of the full faith and credit of the United States.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  02:55 PM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling

Posted at 11:08 AM ET, 01/14/2013

Transparency is not the problem with filibusters

Reformers should focus on the fact that it takes 60 votes to do anything.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  11:08 AM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  filibuster, Senate

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 01/14/2013

The GOP better listen to Colin Powell

He spoke truth to the Republican establishment when he said that there is a dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the party.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  07:00 AM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Colin Powell, Republicans

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 01/11/2013

The debt limit is bad law

It's a lousy bargaining chip and doesn't even do what it intends.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  04:30 PM ET, 01/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, debt ceiling

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/11/2013

Friday's p-Op quiz: Genetic 'malfunction'

I'm still trying to come to terms with what this week was all about.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  p-Op Quiz

Posted at 06:12 PM ET, 01/10/2013

Pushing forward on gun violence prevention

What's maddening about a major societal change is that it requires a series of big events to bring about the incremental change to advance a particular cause.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  06:12 PM ET, 01/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Connecticut shooting, gun control, Newtown

Posted at 05:12 PM ET, 01/10/2013

Paul Ryan and "running" for president

It's the "invisible primary" season, where very little can be taken at face value

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:12 PM ET, 01/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2016 election, Paul Ryan

Posted at 04:47 PM ET, 01/10/2013

PostScript: Marcus and the white-guy cabinet

Readers respond to Marcus's discomfort at white guys replacing women and minorities in Obama's cabinet

By Rachel Manteuffel  |  04:47 PM ET, 01/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  obama cabinet, PostScript, Susan Rice

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 01/10/2013

Louie Giglio out from Inaugural: Good

President Obama should not have to share the stage with an unrepentant bigot.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  12:20 PM ET, 01/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Inauguration, LGBT

Posted at 05:20 PM ET, 01/09/2013

The most urgent need for Senate reform

Executive branch nominations are broken. Perhaps the current wave of Republican knee-jerk opposition to Barack Obama's cabinet picks will lead to a fix.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:20 PM ET, 01/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:18 PM ET, 01/09/2013

Watching 'Zero Dark Thirty' wasn't torture

Maybe I've seen too many action movies where the good guys do things to the bad guys.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  04:18 PM ET, 01/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obama bin Laden, Torture

Posted at 03:44 PM ET, 01/09/2013

PostScript: Milbank on Christie the savior

Readers respond to Milbank's cry of Christie, eleison!

By Rachel Manteuffel  |  03:44 PM ET, 01/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  PostScript

Posted at 09:39 AM ET, 01/09/2013

Washington National Cathedral: Great place for a gay wedding

Weddings are special events. Weddings at the National Cathedral are a whole different affair.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  09:39 AM ET, 01/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Same-sex marriage

Posted at 05:11 PM ET, 01/08/2013

Don't make just one platinum coin

One idea to keep the government running without stoking inflation.

By Stephen Stromberg  |  05:11 PM ET, 01/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, budget

Posted at 04:36 PM ET, 01/08/2013

Making a presidency work

Picking good staff -- especially the White House chief of staff -- is more important than whether the president plays golf with congressional leaders

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  04:36 PM ET, 01/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 01/08/2013

PostScript: Gerson and Les Haterables

Readers respond to Michael Gerson's tears at the movies.

By Rachel Manteuffel  |  03:40 PM ET, 01/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  PostScript

Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 01/08/2013

How Obama should open debt-ceiling negotiations

Using Paul Ryan's budget as leverage would be a strong opening bid.

By James Downie  |  03:13 PM ET, 01/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, debt ceiling, Paul Ryan

Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 01/08/2013

The debt-ceiling drama in 5 charts

Fasten your seat belts, folks. The extraordinary measures Treasury is using to keep the U.S. from crashing through its $16.4 trillion debt ceiling could run out as early as Feb. 15. That's in 38 days.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  02:49 PM ET, 01/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling

Posted at 09:31 AM ET, 01/08/2013

'Openly' in support of Hagel's apology

Times change. People change. And on issues of civil rights when both change, folks should be given the space to make amends for being on the wrong side of history.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  09:31 AM ET, 01/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chuck Hagel

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 01/07/2013

PostScript: Dionne and the deficit bogeyman

Readers of the column discuss what action to take on the deficit.

By Rachel Manteuffel  |  03:35 PM ET, 01/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  PostScript

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 01/07/2013

The Hagel nomination and Senate reform

Why returning to simple-majority confirmation for executive branch nominations would work for everyone.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  03:23 PM ET, 01/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chuck Hagel

Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 01/07/2013

In negotiating ploy, Mitch McConnell tries to take taxes off the table

Skillful negotiating can begin with taking an utterly unrealistic opening stand and making it seem like you're not. In advance of this year's approaching budget battles, Mitch McConnell tried that strategy on Sunday.

By Stephen Stromberg  |  10:17 AM ET, 01/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:24 AM ET, 01/07/2013

Toomey's 'prioritization' scheme won't work

Sen. Toomey's idea to temporarily shut down the government over the debt ceiling made no sense in 2011 and still makes no sense in 2013.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  09:24 AM ET, 01/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, debt ceiling, economy, Pat Toomey

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 01/07/2013

What the debt ceiling is -- and isn't

Republicans are spending an awful lot of time conflating the absolute need to raise the debt ceiling with the absolute need to get the nation's voracious spending under control.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  07:00 AM ET, 01/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:03 PM ET, 01/04/2013

The obvious filibuster compromise

More amendments and fewer filibusters -- that's how to get the Senate working again.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:03 PM ET, 01/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  filibuster, Senate

Posted at 05:15 PM ET, 01/04/2013

Nancy Pelosi won't 'duck' gun violence

The massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., is what's driving this new push to get something done on gun violence prevention.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  05:15 PM ET, 01/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Connecticut shooting, gun control, Guns, Nancy Pelosi, Newtown, nra

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/04/2013

Friday's p-Op quiz: Cliff diving

We bid adieu to 2012 this week as well as the 112th Congress. The former went by just fine. The final moments of the latter was a mess.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 01/03/2013

A Katrina echo in Sandy anger

"[W]hen a disaster comes that is not what you expect, you expect a human reaction, not a political reaction," said Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco in 2007.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  03:50 PM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Christie, health care, Hurricane Sandy, John Boehner, Republicans

Posted at 03:26 PM ET, 01/03/2013

House Republicans remain determined to ignore women

Letting the Violence Against Women Act expire is just the latest outrage against half of America.

By James Downie  |  03:26 PM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Eric Cantor, House of Representatives, Joe Biden, Republican Party, Women's rights

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 01/03/2013

Peter King is less angry today about Sandy vote

But will John Boehner get King's support in the election for House Speaker?

By Dana Milbank  |  10:44 AM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Hurricane Sandy, Peter King, Republicans

Posted at 07:56 AM ET, 01/03/2013

A new Cold War?

Unless U.S. policy toward post-Soviet Russia changes, we risk plunging into a new Cold War.

By Katrina vanden Heuvel  |  07:56 AM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  adoptions, Russia, Vladimir Putin

Posted at 05:58 PM ET, 01/02/2013

PostScript: Parker on character assassination

Readers respond to Parker's column on insinuations about Hillary Clinton

By Rachel Manteuffel  |  05:58 PM ET, 01/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  PostScript

Posted at 05:10 PM ET, 01/02/2013

Moving to Senate reform

Even if they can't solve the 60 vote Senate, perhaps reform this year can make some progress

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:10 PM ET, 01/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  filibuster, Senate

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 01/02/2013

Chris Christie rips the House GOP and Boehner

In unsparing and blunt language, Gov. Chris Christie lowered the boom on Washington for its inaction to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  03:00 PM ET, 01/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Christie, Hurricane Sandy, John Boehner, Republicans

Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 01/02/2013

5 truths about the 'fiscal cliff' deal

Why the deal isn't good for either liberals or conservatives, plus the one thing that will determine its legacy.

By James Downie  |  02:27 PM ET, 01/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, debt, fiscal cliff, John Boehner, medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, taxes

Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 01/02/2013

House GOP dilemma: Politics versus governing

The split in the Republican leadership is fascinating.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  02:11 PM ET, 01/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, fiscal cliff, John Boehner, Republicans

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 01/02/2013

Boehner makes enemies of Christie and King

The House speaker is the focus of opprobrium usually reserved for Democrats.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  01:08 PM ET, 01/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Christie, Hurricane Sandy, John Boehner, Peter King

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 01/02/2013

Peter King accuses House Republicans of putting a "knife in the back of New Yorkers and New Jerseyans"

Nothing any Democrat says about the failure to vote on assistance to the victims of Hurricane Sandy can be as powerful as the words of a loyal Republican.

By E.J. Dionne Jr.  |  12:07 PM ET, 01/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  House Republicans, Hurricane Sandy, Peter King

Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 01/01/2013

Where are Hillary Clinton's critics now?

Will the right-wing commentators who mocked the secretary of state’s fall acknowledge their offense?

By Colbert I. King  |  11:10 AM ET, 01/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  hillary clinton, Republicans

 

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