October 03, 2013

11 Bargaining Chips That Obama Can Offer the GOP
4:56 PM

“We're not going to be disrespected," Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.) told The Washington Examiner. "We have to get something out of this. And I don't know what that even is."Out of the kindness of our hearts, some suggested things to get out of this:

Seven Silly Quotes About the Washington of Yore

Among its many unhappy effects, the shutdown has sparked an overwhelming number of rhapsodies for Washington's halcyon, bipartisan past.

The Republicans Are Starting to Reek of Desperation
11:29 AM

House Republican leaders are starting to look pretty desperate.

Bad Code: Should Software Makers Pay? (Part 1)
9:50 AM

The joke goes that only two industries refer to their customers as “users.” But here's the real punch line: Drug users and software users are about equally likely to recover damages for whatever harms those wares cause them.

Here's How the Shutdown Standoff is Going to End
12:46 AM

The current thinking inside the alternate reality known as the House GOP is that Republicans will try to combine the fight on the continuing resolution (which would reopen the government) with the debt limit fight (which is necessary to avoid a defau

October 02, 2013

Shutdown Kabuki
A Tea Party circus at the WWII Memorial; no one at a children's cancer ward
7:10 PM

It wasn’t hard to pick out the Republican congressmen and aides at the World War II memorial on the Mall Wednesday. There, in wheelchairs and with canes, were the veterans who’d come to see the memorial in all its Albert Speer-inspired glory.

Who Are the 17 Republicans Willing to End the Shutdown?
4:45 PM

According to The Huffington Post, 17 Republican congressman have indicated their willingness to vote for a “clean continuing resolution.” Combined with 200 Democratic votes, those 17 House Republicans could end the government shutdown.So who are they

The Shutdown Standoff Is One of the Worst Crises in American History
Welcome to Weimar America
2:43 PM

Political philosophers from Aristotle to Locke have defined the nation-state as the highest form of political community....What is happening in America is that this social contract is being voided

Tom Clancy Is Dead, But His Frightening Political Worldview Is Alive and Well
12:00 PM

The easiest point to make about Tom Clancy, who died on Tuesday at the age of 66, is that he was a mediocre writer who penned books with noxious political messages. But he was more interesting than that, even if only as a totemic cultural figure.