Republican activists seem to be gleeful that the Supreme Court is hearing a case now that could dismantle a big part of Obamacare by taking away subsidies from people who buy insurance through state-based exchanges set up by the federal government (as a result of those states' refusal to do so). Though I still believe there is little chance they will prevail, if they do, the dream-come-true can - and will - quickly turn into a nightmare for the GOP as they are forced to deal with 7.5 million Americans - mostly white and mostly southern - lose their health insurance at the stroke of a pen.Read More
Both Reuters and TPM are reporting that House Speaker John Boehner has surrendered the epic battle he promised last year to fight President Obama "tooth and nail" on his executive actions on immigration - a battle to which the funding of the Department of Homeland Security he has thus far held hostage.
Wingbats are upset, of course, but the injury to the GOP here is of course entirely self-inflicted, not that that makes it any less fun to watch. Democrats played their card incredibly well, knowing that Republicans would never actually shut down DHS. So they called Boehner's bluff as Democratic senators blocked any attempt to "conference" anything but a clean funding bill.
In his speech to Congress, Netanyahu argued strongly against a deal being negotiated with Iran to rein in its nuclear ambitions. The speech had a distinct ring of desperation however, and his constant appeal to "world powers" is a window to President Obama's powerful global leadership.Read More
Barack Obama vetoed the Keystone pipeline. So where are the waves of liberal apologies pouring him for doubting him on this? Or anything else? Everything else?Read More
The media narrative on John Boehner has remained the same for a very long time: poor fella. He's trying you see, but the uber conservatives in the House just won't let him compromise. Bullshit. It's time to change the narrative and recognize Boehner for the unflinching servant to the ultra right wing in this country he has been. It's time to stop terming him a victim and start exposing him for willingly endangering American security and American progress.Read More
The latest Brian William fiasco is just a small indication of a much larger problem with the American media landscape.Read More
"I have no more campaigns to run. I know, because I won both of them." This was the instant classic jetting all over social media (and other media) in the aftermath of the president's State of the Union address as he burned the GOP. But there's a deeper message in that zinger: Obama warned the GOP not to mess with him.Read More
Mitch McConnell started off the Republican propaganda campaign the other day to claim credit for the improving economy under President Obama. But in poll after poll, Americans are crediting the president. Though it's often true that the sitting president bears more than his share of blame or credit for contemporary economic condition, every single positive economic indicator today can be tied to specific Obama policies.Read More
Republicans and the media are having proverbial orgasms over the symbolism of the absence of a "more visible" American representative at the Paris solidarity rally than the US ambassador to France. A "journalist" went even so far as saying that he is ashamed to be an American because of it, while high ranking GOP officials - who themselves refused to go to the march - representing the party that had the word 'french' officially removed from Congressional cafeteria menu items because France wouldn't go along with George Bush's war of lies beat the drums. Disgusting.Read More
December concluded a surging year for jobs - creating 252,000 jobs in that month alone and reducing the unemployment rate to 5.6%. At the rate of current job growth, a full employment economy is possible within a year. But we didn't get here by accident. We got here because a president refused to give into the cynics and the special interests and never stopped working for the American people. This recovery is, in every sense of the phrase, the Obama Recovery.Read More
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, the rate of US (non-medicare eligble) adults without health insurance has fallen to historic new lows, the lowest since Gallup began tracking. The lion's share of the benefits went to low income adults and minorities, who needed the law the most.Read More
As oil keeps falling and gas prices ease up, it's great news for the American economy and consumers: it puts $60 billion extra in pockets of consumers to spend elsewhere. What's good for America, though, is turning out to be bad news for the secessionist homeland of Texas: economists say Texas' oil-dependent economy may be headed for a recession. How "drill, baby, drill" came back to bite Texas and big oil in the ass has a lot to do with President Obama's energy policies.Read More
When pundits were writing the obituary of the Obama presidency after the Democrats' loss in November's midterms, they badly misjudged this president's tenacity. Not only is Obama not ready to go quietly into the good night, he is well positioned in the last two years in office to do what he has always been about: make big changes and expose the right wing. Let us see why.Read More
Mike Huckabee is running for president, again. Except this isn't 1999, and America has moved on from believing that religious bigots and dominionists make good presidents. A view from the corner of political and religious independence.Read More
Join me on a personal journey on President Obama's new outreach to Cuba.Read More