Republican Party

Republicans are Scorpions, Democrats are Frogs (and What this Means for the Fiscal Talks)
December 23, 2012

How the fiscal cliff negotiations resemble the (slightly altered) tale of the scorpion and the frog.

Tim Scott's Rise Is Because of His Talent, Not His Race
December 22, 2012

The new senator from South Carolina has a knack for being everything to everyone.

Plan B Dies, Prepare to Go Over the Cliff
December 21, 2012

Obama's hand looks better by the day.

The Captive of San Clemente
December 21, 2012

THAT FAINT CLANKING SOUND, arriving through the open window of his home office: Was it coming from the courtyard? Was it being made by the pulley they’d attached to the house’s outside wall? Christ, it couldn’t be, thought Nixon, looking at his new digital watch: 6:15 p.m. No, they still had the round-the-clock nurse with them, and she wouldn’t be letting Pat get up from her long afternoon nap for another 15 minutes, when he’d join her for a glass of fruit juice and dinner off the TV trays. He heard the clanking again and realized it was just the halyard hitting the flagpole.

How One Woman Made Budget Scolding Chic
December 21, 2012

IN SEPTEMBER of 2011, a fortyish budget connoisseur named Maya MacGuineas was feeling demoralized. She couldn’t believe that Congress and the president had nearly let the country default on its debt rather than reach a major deficit-cutting deal the previous summer. So she did what she had become unofficially famous for in the wonk circles of Washington: She threw a glamorous dinner party. MacGuineas’s friend, Virginia Senator Mark Warner, agreed to open his Alexandria estate to a coterie of bold-faced names.

In Fiscal Talks, It's Groundhog Day
December 20, 2012

Yes, the House Republican caucus is still crazy.

Are Democrats Reverting to Wimps?
December 19, 2012

In negotiations over the fiscal cliff and the filibuster, Democrats revert to their natural state: wimpy.

Everybody Was Freaking Out Over the Fiscal Cliff Tuesday. Here's Why.
December 18, 2012

Boehner opts for Plan B. Maybe it's time for Plan C.

The GOP Better Listen to Bobby Jindal on Birth Control
December 18, 2012

The Louisiana governor has made his position known. Will Republicans come around?

Why Obama Should Lead From Behind on Gun Control
December 18, 2012

Obama has been ripped before for "leading from behind." But here, it's the right strategy.

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