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Wednesday, June 28, 2017
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Senate

Senate Health Care Bill Would Leave 22 Million Without Insurance

Republicans have targeted Obamacare since it was passed in 2010, viewing it as costly government intrusion and saying that individual insurance markets are collapsing. The legislation expanded health coverage to some 20 million Americans, through provisions such as mandating that individuals obtain health insurance and expanding Medicaid.

June 26, 2017
Danziger

Danziger: Defective At Birth

Jeff Danziger’s award-winning drawings are published by more than 600 newspapers and websites. He has been a cartoonist for the Rutland Herald, the New York Daily News and the Christian Science Monitor; his work has appeared in newspapers from theWall Street Journal to Le Monde and Izvestia. Represented by the Washington Post Writers Group, he is a recipient of the […]

June 22, 2017
health care

Big Pharma, Insurance Lobbies Behind GOP’s Secret Health Care Bill

IMAGE: Donald Trump (L) gives a thumbs up sign as he walks with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Capitol Hill in Washington, November 10, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

June 21, 2017
Trumpcare

#EndorseThis: Trevor Noah Dramatizes The Terrors Of Trumpcare

To Trevor Noah, the Senate Republicans’ insistence on hiding their Trumpcare bill is reminiscent of a teenage boy hiding to masturbate. “What are you doing in there?!” demands America, banging on the Senate door. “Nothing!” cries an excited Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as he finishes off Medicaid. It’s a raunchy metaphor, but the Republicans have […]

June 21, 2017
danziger

Danziger: Circling The Drain With Donald

Former FBI director Comey is reported to have a February 15 memo that records Trump’s attempt to have him kill the investigation of Michael Flynn. According to Danziger, this seems to have shocked Senate Republicans awake, just in time to circle the drain with their president.

May 16, 2017
Danziger

Danziger: Blood On The Tracks

To Danziger, failing president Donald Trump’s reported demand for a loyalty oath from the recalcitrant FBI director Comey, whom he later fired, could have dire implications for his Congressional rubber-stamps, Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan.

May 13, 2017
Danziger on McConnell and Putin

Danziger: Russian Dressing Down

Having spent the past many years doing maximum possible damage to American democracy, it’s easy to imagine — as Danziger does — that Mitch McConnell would resent the Kremlin butting in. That must be why he kept the Russian hacking a secret last year.

April 10, 2017
Trump, McConnell

Mitch McConnell Didn’t Just Steal A Supreme Court Seat

When history gathers the men who made the presidency of Donald Trump possible, lingering in a corner behind the blinding glare of Julian Assange and the massive 6’8” frame of James Comey will be Mitch McConnell, his corners mouth shaped into a smile that resembles a twisted mustache. McConnell will want you to believe that history […]

April 10, 2017
danziger on the nuclear option

Danziger: They Bombed The Senate To Save It

Like everyone else who isn’t a politician, Danziger is bemused by the Senate Republicans’ decision to further curtail the traditional filibuster — the “nuclear option” they piously profess to regret, because it will permanently diminish the institution. But extreme partisanship now trumps any such truly conservative qualms.

April 6, 2017
filibuster

Senate Republicans Rewrite Filibuster Rules To Ensure Gorsuch Confirmation

The rules change means nominees will need only a bare majority of votes to reach the high court, instead of the 60 required for cloture, or limiting the endless debate known as a filibuster.

The Senate’s rules revision, enacted through what many call the “nuclear option,” sets Gorsuch up for confirmation Friday. All 52 Senate Republicans will vote for the Colorado native, as will a handful of Democrats. The GOP lawmakers changed the rules following an earlier vote Thursday, in which 44 Democrats maintained their anti-Gorsuch filibuster.

April 6, 2017
Gorsuch filibuster

Senate Democrats Amass Support For Gorsuch Filibuster

  WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats on Monday amassed enough support to block a U.S. Senate confirmation vote on President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, but Republicans vowed to change the Senate rules to ensure the conservative judge gets the lifetime job. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 11-9 along party lines to send Gorsuch’s […]

April 3, 2017
McConnell

Republican-Friendly Audience To McConnell: ‘Do Your Job’

At one point, a frustrated audience member implored him: “Answer the question Mitch!” after he offered a curt answer to a woman asking about lost coal jobs in eastern Kentucky. As he began leaving the event, escorted by state and local law enforcement, a few in the crowd booed. Someone shouted “Do your job!”

February 22, 2017
Gorsuch, Republicans, Senate, Democrats, Obstruction

The Supreme Court Wasn’t The Only Seat Stolen By Senate Republicans

Besides the open Supreme Court seat that Republicans refused to act on during Obama’s last year in office, there are currently 112 vacancies across the federal bench. Obama made 54 nominations to those seats that Republicans refused to confirm, including several dozen where they never held a final vote. In short, the GOP mounted a judicial coup.

February 21, 2017
Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell

In Congress, Republicans Are Starting To Fret

Until recently, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tolerated Trump’s turbulent debut because they agreed with the direction the White House was heading — or were confident they could nudge it in the desired one. But the newfound partnership is showing signs of serious strain.

February 18, 2017
Senate Majority Leader McConnell adjusts glasses while taking questions on the upcoming budget battleon Capitol Hill in Washington

Mitch McConnell’s Crime Of Passion Against Elizabeth Warren

There’s no question that the decision to silence Warren backfired — badly. The furor gained the Massachusetts senator far more attention than her otherwise routine speech would have if it hadn’t been interrupted. The result: The majority leader turned the confirmation vote on Sessions, a loss for the Democrats, into a vehicle they could use to rally their partisan base.

February 13, 2017
Time Travelers

Dear Time Travelers: Welcome To 2017

I first noticed this influx of visitors from the past — men, mostly — shortly after the election. Filling my email inbox. Trolling my Twitter and Facebook feeds. Offering one unsolicited directive after another about how women should be conducting themselves. Lately, I’m wondering whether time travel isn’t contagious. Spreads like a syndrome maybe.

February 10, 2017
Danziger knows who lost

Danziger: Nevertheless, She Persisted

When Mitch McConnell tangled with Elizabeth Warren over the Sessions nomination on the Senate floor, Danziger was watching (and saw the majority leader get smoked).

February 8, 2017
Warren

Try As They Might, Senate Republicans Cannot Silence Elizabeth Warren

Silenced on the Senate floor by Republican colleagues, Elizabeth Warren took her criticism of Trump’s attorney general nominee out to the hallway — and found much larger platform. The action prompted a tide of support on Facebook for Warren under a hashtag #LetLizSpeak after she went outside the chamber and read the letter in a video posted on the site that drew more than 5 million views.

February 8, 2017
Pence, Voter Fraud

Vice President Pence To Lead Voter Fraud Panel

President Donald Trump said in remarks broadcast on Sunday that he would put Vice President Mike Pence in charge of a commission to probe what he believes was voter fraud in last November’s election.

February 5, 2017
Democrats struggling to stem the tide

Can The Democrats Be As Stubborn As Mitch McConnell?

Can Democrats, who are more philosophically invested in showing that government can function, really bring themselves to replicate McConnell’s obstructionist methods? If Chuck Schumer and his Senate Democrats choose a path of obstructing President Trump’s agenda, they will have learned from the best.

February 3, 2017
Gorsuch, Republicans, Senate, Democrats, Obstruction

It’s Time For Outrageous Obstruction Against Gorsuch

Republicans have spent decades weaponizing the Supreme Court as a political tool and are on the brink of a payoff that Trump’s creditors never could have imagined. But they also did something dangerous: They proved there is no price for creative obstruction. Democrats need to understand they have the people on their side. And to keep them there, they have to be willing to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous obstruction. Our democracy depends on it.

February 3, 2017
Elaine Chao

Senate Approves Chao To Lead Transportation Department

The Senate voted 93 to 6 to confirm Elaine Chao as head of the U.S. Transportation Department, which overseas aviation, vehicle, train, and pipeline safety. Chao, a former U.S. labor secretary and deputy transportation secretary, will face key decisions on how to regulate the growing use of drones and automakers’ plans to offer self-driving cars.

January 31, 2017
Trump's supreme court pick

Democrats Gearing Up To Fight Trump’s Supreme Court Pick

Democrats remain furious over Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s refusal last year to allow the Senate to consider Democratic President Barack Obama’s nomination of appeals court Judge Merrick Garland for the vacant seat, an action with little precedent in U.S. history.

January 30, 2017
U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he walks on the South Lawn of the White House during his departure for Canada, in Washington, U.S. June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Obama’s Best (And Worst) Of Times

As the Barack Obama presidency dwindles down to the last day, there’s no silent amen. Donald Trump people are swarming the streets around Union Station. These Republicans seem to have come from the country to claim the country, what’s theirs. The barricades and bollards surround the beloved Capitol, the place looks like a police state. The citadel of democracy looks captured.

January 20, 2017