October 02, 2013

Liberals May Be in Danger of Finding GOP Politicians Not Guilty
8:13 AM

Today is the day that Salon’s excellent columnist Alex Pareene and The New York Times’ Tom Friedman-y columnist Tom Friedman agree. The subject: The government shutdown, and who or what is to blame.

Conservatives Have Already Lost Control of the Shutdown Narrative
12:00 AM

It’s no secret why Republicans are facing a PR debacle over the shutdown they triggered.

October 01, 2013

More Partisanship: What We Need to Fix Congress
Stronger political parties would have avoided this week's shutdown
8:00 PM

Stronger political parties, acting in their own interest, could avoid this week's self-inflicted wounds.

No Measly Shutdown Can Keep Congress from Sucking Up to Wall Street
8:00 PM

Just because the government has shut down doesn’t mean Congress will cease its central function of making Americans’ lives miserable.

You Can't Sabotage Obamacare and Then Whine About Its Glitches
4:22 PM

For several years now, health care policy reporters have been diligently tracking the challenges that were emerging for the Obama administration as it set about implementing the Affordable Care Act.

Meet Charlie Dent, One of Two Moderately Sane House Republicans
4:20 PM

In the end, the great moderate Republican revolt to stop Tea Partiers from shuttering the government numbered just two members of the House.

The Last Government Shutdown Was Nothing Compared to 2013

It's been 17 years since the last government shutdown. Here's what The New Republic wrote after it ended in January, 1996: 

United Democrats Stand, Divided Republicans Fall
4:16 PM

A little while ago, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid arrived at an event on Capitol Hill and got a huge applause from some fellow Democrats. That probably doesn’t seem surprising. Reid has always been popular with members of his caucus.

Two Russians Walk Into a Parliamentary Crisis...
3:34 PM

This is what Yeltsin did to Russia's parliament when they were being stubborn. 

7 Rules for Presidents Dabbling in Pop Culture
2:32 PM

Whether it is Jimmy Carter watching more than four hundred movies in the White House cinema or Barack Obama telling people that the flamboyant killer Omar on HBO’s “The Wire” is his favorite character, presidents have long engaged with pop culture.