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US President Barack Obama delivers an address to the nation from the Cabinet Room of the White House, on December 17, 2014, announcing plans to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba

Obama Seeks To Steal Republican Spotlight In Roadshow On Economy

Find out how the president hopes to steal the GOP’s thunder this week.

January 6, 2015
US President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference on December 19, 2014 in Washington

Obama Threatens To Veto More Bills Now That Republicans Control Congress

President Obama is ready for a fight with congressional Republicans.

December 29, 2014
Immigrant families rally at White House to demand reform- DC

Immigration, Impeachment, And Insanity On The Republican Right

Why Obama’s immigration order will serve conservative values — and why the GOP doesn’t care.

November 14, 2014
Blanco River

As Controversial EPA Water Rule Looms, GOP Prepares An Assault

The Republican attacks against environmental regulation are just getting started.

November 14, 2014
George W. Bush

Why Bush Rejected A Travel Ban In Avian Flu Pandemic

Did Republicans attack the Bush administration for rejecting an avian flu travel ban?

October 17, 2014
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What The Ebola Virus Is Trying To Teach Us

Hostility to federal and international agencies is proving very hazardous to our health.

October 8, 2014
Barack Obama

Newsmax Editor Urges GOP Leadership To ‘Embrace Obama’s Border Security Bill’

In this column, reprinted with permission from Newsmax, Christopher Ruddy, the conservative publication’s CEO and editor-in-chief, strongly suggests that congressional Republicans ought to cooperate with President Obama on border and immigration issues – and that their continuing recalcitrance may damage their party’s electoral prospects not only in November but long into the future.   With an estimated […]

July 16, 2014
Perry Obama

Borderline Behavior: GOP Demands Action, Blocks Solutions — And Always Complains

Listening to Republicans in Washington (and Texas and Arizona) scream about the “crisis” of migrant children arriving from Central America on our southern border, it is puzzling to realize that they don’t actually want to do anything to solve the problem. Nor do these hysterical politicians – led by that down-home diva Rick Perry, the […]

July 11, 2014
Paul Ryan

Lying Again? Scholars Detect Deception In Ryan’s Poverty Report

For the sake of America’s poor, a sincere conservative effort to improve the programs that serve them is very desirable – especially so long as Republicans control the House of Representatives, where they habitually yearn to cut or defund those same programs. For months Washington has eagerly awaited the latest version of “compassionate conservatism,” promised […]

March 4, 2014
Ted Cruz at white house

Hotels Count More Than Politics As GOP Weighs Sites For 2016 Convention

By David Lightman and Lindsay Wise, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Hotels, transportation and finances — not political considerations — will matter most to Republican officials choosing a 2016 national convention site, party leaders said Monday after hearing bids from cities across the country. Eight cities are vying to host the convention, which likely will […]

March 3, 2014
Final WaPo chart RS

Poll: Majority Of Americans Still Upset With Congress

Unsurprisingly, a Washington Post-ABC News poll released Wednesday finds that Americans continue to disapprove of the way Congress is doing — or not doing — its job. According to the poll, which surveyed registered voters across the nation, only 34 percent of respondents approve of congressional Democrats’ job performance. Just 11 percent approve “strongly.” But […]

January 15, 2014

Durbin Says American Jobs Act Can’t Pass Senate

Since his high profile September 8th address to Congress, President Obama has taken every available opportunity to implore legislators to pass the American Jobs Act. Economists from both sides of the aisle have argued that the bill would stave off a dreaded double-dip recession. The Congressional Budget Office gave a the bill a de facto […]

September 30, 2011

Congressional Republicans Plan To Slash UN Funding

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the Republican chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, introduced a bill today that would cut American contributions to the United Nations and punish any UN organizations that go along with next month’s planned UN vote on Palestinian statehood. The bill would abolish the compulsory fees that the U.S. currently pays the […]

August 31, 2011

The Balanced Budget Amendment: Good Politics, Bad Policy

Congressional Republicans are once again pushing for the enactment of a Balanced Budget Amendment. The Amendment, which was introduced by conservative Utah Senator Mike Lee, would require that revenues equal expenditures every year, and that they never exceed 18 percent of the gross domestic product. A two-thirds majority of Congress would be required to exceed […]

August 22, 2011
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Exclusive Bill Clinton Interview: I Would Use Constitutional Option To Raise Debt Ceiling And “Force The Courts To Stop Me”

Follow The National Memo Editor-in-Chief Joe Conason on Twitter: @joeconason Former President Bill Clinton says that he would invoke the so-called constitutional option to raise the nation’s debt ceiling “without hesitation, and force the courts to stop me” in order to prevent a default, should Congress and the President fail to achieve agreement before the […]

July 19, 2011