Debt-Limit Extortion Time (Again)

If any further proof was required that the harmful, ridiculous debt-limit fights we seem to be having every six or eight months now are nothing more than extortion on the part of petulant Republicans, Mitch McConnell provided it in spades today. He took to the airwaves of FOX News Sunday to give the audience a fantasy wish-list of Republican goals that he might try to extract from the President...

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,...

About Freaking Time

Dems finally have moment of clarity: At the same time, Democrats say the apparently unbridgeable health care divide has convinced them that Republicans are dedicated solely to blocking legislative proposals for political purposes. Several said they now realized that they would have to rely strictly on their own caucus to advance such defining issues as climate change in 2010. “We have crossed...