October 17, 2013

Unlawfully Detained by the U.S. Government? Don't Bother Suing.
7:57 AM

Last Monday, on the same day as the opening of the new Supreme Court term, the federal appeals court in San Francisco threw out a damages suit by a former Guantánamo detainee who alleged that his detention and his treatment while detained had been un

Republicans Lost the Standoff, But They Won't Lose the House. Unless...
6:30 AM

The shutdown is over, but it lasted more than long enough to inflict significant damage to the Republican brand. A plurality of voters blamed the GOP for the shutdown, poll after poll shows the GOP’s favorability rating near record lows.

The Debt Ceiling Vote Shows That GOP Division Won't Die
12:53 AM

The choreography of the last few weeks—the tea-party triggered impasse, the Senate compromise, and the eventual capitulation of the House GOP—must have felt familiar to anyone with memory of last winter’s fiscal cliff fight.

How Obama, Reid, and Pelosi Stopped Republican Extortion
Three reasons the Democrats won
12:47 AM

It’s over. The Senate voted yes. The House voted yes. President Obama signed the bill and, on Thursday, the federal government is open for business again.

October 16, 2013

The Shrinking Club for Growth
11:14 PM

If you look at which Republicans voted for the Senate bill to end the shutdown and raise the debt ceiling, you can see which Republicans fear that they could lose their seats to Democrats in November and also which ones have their heads screwed onto

Netanyahu Sure Looks Like He's Getting Ready to Divide Jerusalem
8:00 PM

The Israeli Prime Minister has stopped mentioning Jerusalem. This could be huge for peace.

At John Boehner's Breakfast Joint, Few People Eat and Tell
5:42 PM

According to Wednesday’s Washington Examiner, the rift in the Republican Party is even apparent in where they eat, with establishment moderates and Tea Party conservatives dining at different spots.

Obama Beat the Hostage-Takers. Now He Has to Fight the Fiscal Scolds.
The fecklessness of Washington's professional budget alarmists
5:35 PM

Obama successfully beat back the hostage takers. He should do the same to the deficit scolds.

Is Anonymous's Rape Vigilantism a Public Good?
4:39 PM

It only took a few hours of Anonymous's "OpMaryville Twitterstorm" Tuesday for the action to elicit a response: Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder and House Speaker Tim Jones called for state Attorney General Chris Koster to reopen the case of

Threatening Not to Raise the Debt Ceiling Is a National Security Issue, Too
2:07 PM

If a body other than the Congress of the United States were actively contemplating a step that would, by the accounts of virtually all economists, tank the U.S.