Obama administration vacancies grow thanks to Republican Senate

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

House Tea Partiers to the World: Burn, Baby, Burn…

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 Pope’s Visit Couldn’t Come at a More Critical Time in American Politics

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

Congress Passes First Major Rollback Of Post-9/11 Surveillance

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

Antonin Scalia lives in a fairy-tale world: His delusional Obamacare theories will make people die

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

Paul Ryan Went On Fox News To Defend Amtrak Safety Funding. It Didn’t Go Well.

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.

James Dobson: Gay Marriage Will Lead To Civil War

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

Ted Cruz is Trying and Failing to Weasel Out of His Obamacare Duplicity

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