Since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February SCOTUS has balanced on a too-even keel, with four sitting conservatives and four liberals, and has deadlocked twice. The court’s punting likely stemmed from justices’ desire to avoid another 4-4 deadlock, which is an unfavorable outcome that leaves the law undefined and resolves nothing.
Republicans hold a 54-46 majority in the Senate. But they are defending 24 seats in November compared with just 10 for Democrats — only a third of the Senate is up every two years — and they are in jeopardy of losing enough seats to lose control.
The quality of a lie is a direct reflection of the respect the liar has for the person being lied to. That will seem counterintuitive, but consider: You put effort into a lie, work to make it plausible, credible, believable, when you have regard for the recipient, when his good opinion matters or his discovery of the truth would be disastrous. That being the case, what does it suggest when you put as little effort into a lie as McConnell has?
Both Ryan and McConnell said they did not want to weigh in further on the presidential race, something they have declined to do for months.
Republican leaders rebuffed President Obama during a face-to-face meeting that failed to budge them from their vow to block any nominee he offers.
“I hope they’ll move quickly to debate and then confirm this nominee so that the court can continue to serve the American people at full strength.”
Spokesman: Obama’s vote to block Alito “symbolic,” contrasted to “Republicans’ reflexive opposition” to Obama nominating new justice to replace Scalia.
White House: “This is not the first time that Republicans have come out with a lot of bluster, only to have reality ultimately sink in.”
The Oval Office discussion was PresidentObama’s first formal face-to-face meeting with Paul Ryan as Speaker of the House.
He may be fond of saying there’s no education in the second kick of a mule, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is plotting another run at a functioning appropriations process in 2016.
What would forward-looking American corporations do if they really, truly, seriously wanted to stop climate change? They would do what they do whenever they want to influence any important policy change, of course.
The free trade deal faces objections from many sources in Congress, including Republicans worried about the impact on their home industries.
Senate Republicans initially will seek to pass a version of the spending bill that cuts off all federal funds to Planned Parenthood.
A Republican-backed measure to derail the Iran nuclear agreement was blocked in the U.S. Senate on Thursday, in a major foreign policy victory for President Obama.
The U.S. Senate is working to pass a three-month highway funding bill in the coming days as it finishes hammering out a longer-term blueprint for spending on the country’s roads, bridges and transit.
The stalemate over authorization for the nation’s highway program, which expires July 31, is not so much a traditional partisan divide, but rather a tussle between the House and Senate. Both chambers are controlled by Republicans, but they’ve taken different approaches to the problem.