Today, the Senate voted for immigration reform by a seemingly overwhelming margin: 68-32. That might seem like a “B.F.D.” It's not. We’ve been here before: In 2006, the Senate voted for immigration reform by a 62-32 margin. The House killed it.
As a Long-Term Political Issue, Gay Marriage Will Be More Like Abortion than Integration
June 27, 2013
Why same-sex unions will continue to polarize
Markey Wins. No Surprise.
June 26, 2013
Despite occasional fears of a close race, Democrat Ed Markey defeated Republican Gabrielle Gomez by 10 points in last night’s special election. The results aren't a surprise, since non-partisan polls showed Markey up by a similar margin.
Unfair Voting Restrictions are a Nationwide Problem Now
June 25, 2013
Today, the Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, which identifies the areas covered by federal preclearance under Section 5.
If you were hoping for any one issue to dominate the political conversation this week, then your timing was off. Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled on affirmative action; today, it ruled on the Voting Rights Act.
The GOP Congress Is Endangering The GOP Rebrand
June 20, 2013
Earlier this week, Speaker John Boehner apparently suggested to House Republicans that he wouldn’t move an immigration bill without the support of half of House Republicans—the so-called Hastert Rule.
Prepare to Forget About the NSA
June 18, 2013
The president’s approval rating has dipped, probably because of the NSA surveillance revelations or the accumulated effect of supposed or actual scandals.
Explaining the Global Warming Hiatus
June 18, 2013
Its a climate-change mystery: As global warming has plateaued, scientists are more certain than ever about the long term trend. But where did the heat go?
Stop Talking About Derechos
June 13, 2013
When a line of thunderstorms plowed through the D.C. area this morning, Bill Burton, co-founder of the Obama-aligned Super PAC “Priorities USA,” tweeted that a derecho was "moving in." He wasn’t alone.
Not Everyone Loves the NSA's Snooping
June 11, 2013
The National Security Agency’s secret surveillance programs have proven extremely controversial, but the jury is out on whether they're popular.