House Republicans to Force Senate to Hold 'Pro Forma' Sessions to Prevent Recess Appointments

In a move which will surprise approximately no one who's been paying even the slightest bit of attention since 2006, when the Democrats re-took control of congress, the House GOP signaled yesterday that it would use a parliamentary procedure which prevents either house of congress from going into a recess longer than three days without the consent of the other house.How can House Republicans...

PolitiFact Points Out Unprecedented GOP Obstruction of Cordray Nomination

There's been a fair amount of forensics done lately on some of the "ratings" made by PolitiFact and other fact-checking agencies. Some of the criticism has been very accurate and illuminating, some of it is partisan nonsense designed to reduce the public value of facts to the level of opinions (after all, if opinions are as valid as facts, then the GOP is on much firmer debate ground).And indeed,...

Cordray Nomination Frozen But Not Dead – Will Obama Act?

Dave Dayen at FireDogLake says everything that needs to be said about the Cordray nomination as it currently stands: Describing the blockade of Richard Cordray to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as a form of nullification sounds accurate to me. Cordray is almost an afterthought to this issue. Republicans disagree with the concept of a federal agency that looks out for consumers. So...