Attribution: none DAILY KOS In the final year of President Obama’s term in office, he’s facing a challenge that most lame-duck presidents deal with: an executive branch not running on full steam because staff are heading for the exits to secure new positions. The problem for this president, however, is made far worse than any… More Obama administration vacancies grow thanks to Republican Senate
GETTY THE HUFFINGTON POST WASHINGTON — The priority of Congress after the deadly shooting at a Planned Parenthood in Colorado over Thanksgiving weekend should be to fix the nation’s mental health system, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) argued Tuesday. Speaking to reporters after meeting with his members, Ryan offered his condolences to the families of the… More ‘WE CAN DO MORE,’ BUT….
MOTHER JONES Chaos, chaos, and chaos. Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s withdrawal from the speaker’s racehas caused disarray—that is, greater disarray—within the House GOP conference. Hours after McCarthy’s announcement, there was no word of what comes next. Who might jump in? Would a caretaker candidate emerge? How long could Speaker John Boehner stay in the job? And,… More House Tea Partiers to the World: Burn, Baby, Burn…
THE HUFFINGTON POST HOUSE ON FIRE – MCCARTHY OUT… RYAN IN?… TOTAL CHAOS… The Frontrunner Falls… Reps ‘Audibly Crying’…McCarthy On GOP: ‘Sometimes You Have To Hit Rock Bottom’…Newt Volunteers!…
IDENTITIES.MIC Pope Francis’ six-day tour of the eastern United States could not have come at a more critical moment. He has metwith President Barack Obama at the White House, addressed a joint session of Congress and will preside over massive audiences across three cities. Millions of Americans are watching the pope as he delivers a message of equality… More The Pope’s Visit Couldn’t Come at a More Critical Time in American Politics
TPM NEWS WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has sent legislation to the president reviving and remaking a disputed post-9/11 surveillance program two days after letting it temporarily expire. The vote in the Senate Tuesday was 67-32. The House already has passed the bill, and President Barack Obama plans to sign it quickly. The legislation will phase… More Congress Passes First Major Rollback Of Post-9/11 Surveillance
SALON “Intellectual” justice thinks Congress will fix ACA. Really? If exchanges fall apart, people will lose coverage By now the nine justices on the Supreme Court have reached their decision on the King v. Burwell lawsuit. It remains a secret until the court hands down its opinion in June. The plaintiffs are four Virginia residents who have… More Antonin Scalia lives in a fairy-tale world: His delusional Obamacare theories will make people die
THINK PROGRESS At least seven people died and 200 were injured in Tuesday’s Amtrak train crash in Philadelphia — even though technology exists that could have prevented the tragedy. A day after his Republican colleagues on the House Appropriations Committee voted along party lines to cut about one-fifth of Amtrak’s budget, House Ways and Means… More Paul Ryan Went On Fox News To Defend Amtrak Safety Funding. It Didn’t Go Well.
Probably not, Mr. Dobson… Right Wing Watch James Dobson, the founder of the Religious Right behemoth Focus on the Family, warned in a recent conference call with fellow anti-gay activists that a Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality could lead to a full-blown civil war. After Janet Porter, the creator of a new… More James Dobson: Gay Marriage Will Lead To Civil War
Note: As other GOP Presidential candidates announce their intention to run, TFC will have less news on Ted Cruz. Sen. Ted Cruz was the first candidate to announce his intention to run for the presidency, hence the incessant coverage from all news outlets… Daily Banter Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is a master at what Al Franken… More Ted Cruz is Trying and Failing to Weasel Out of His Obamacare Duplicity