"I'm in a weaker position when the House can't act" said the Senate Minority Leader in a blunt new interview.
It's hardly news that campaigns are composed of hired guns, many of whom don't love, and sometimes don't even like, the people they work for.
What Harry Reid means by the nuclear option.
A Senate Democratic staffer e-mails with an interesting -- and off-message -- theory.
Why does a Senate majority rarely push filibuster reform? The minority can make the aftermath hellish.
He's right. It does not seem like that right now.
As some Republicans see it, they've broken the White House's hardline position on taxes and the debt ceiling. These fiscal cliff negotiations are going better than they possibly could have imagined.
It's long past time to get rid of the debt ceiling, and the McConnell-Obama plan is as good a way as any to do it. It gives lawmakers more than a chance to avoid the fiscal cliff. It gives them a chance to end America's flirtations with fiscal suicide.
Harry Reid's proposed filibuster reforms are quite modest. If they pass wholesale, the 60-vote supermajority requirement will remain unchanged. So why's McConnell so steamed? I've asked Senate staff this question, and I've gotten, in general, three answers.
Contrary to popular belief, both Simpson-Bowles and Domenici-Rivlin are heavy on tax increases, moreso than Ryan's budget.
The Washington Post is reporting that Senator John Kerry is being seriously considered to head the Department of Defense. I cannot, for the life of me, understand why.
By driving Arlen Specter out of the Republican Party and pushing pure conservatives over more electable Republican candidates, the Tea Party gave Senate Democrats the majorities they needed to pass and protect the key accomplishments of Obama's presidency.
In endorsement after endorsement, the basic argument is that President Obama hasn't been able to persuade House or Senate Republicans to work with him. If Obama is re-elected, it's a safe bet that they'll continue to refuse to work with him. So vote Romney!
One funny thing about the Senate's vote last night to extend the Bush tax cuts for income under $250,000: it was a vote of the Senate. Usually, taxing and spending bills originate in the House because of the "origination clause" in Article I of the Constitution. So Republicans think the bill's Senate origins mean it cannot become law.