The Government Shutdown From A to Z: A Handy, Half-Serious Glossary
October 15, 2013
We’re in Week Three of the government shutdown, speeding toward the October 17 debt ceiling deadline. The stalemate continues, and the Smithsonian's still closed. We know the two parties are talking, but what are they actually saying?
The Last Days of the GOP
October 10, 2013
I once wrote about lobbying, and this week I called some Republicans I used to talk to (and some that they recommended I talk to) about the effect the shutdown is having on the Republican Party in Washington.
Isaac Chotiner: There are these faceless Republicans on the Hill, this Tea Party Caucus, and we see them saying crazy things in the newspaper. But who are they? I was just wondering how much interaction you had with them when you were in Congress.
To Understand the Budget Debate, You Need to Understand the Sequester. Here's a Quick Primer.
September 29, 2013
Someday, these budget wars are going to end.
Meet the Congressman Who is Leading Us to a Credit Default
September 27, 2013
As House Republicans once again march us toward the precipice, they are being led by one Tom Graves, a member from Georgia.
The Republican Party's Wacko Birds are Also Its Policy Wonks
September 23, 2013
Frank Rich has a somewhat surprising essay in New York magazine in which he makes the case that Rand Paul has been an important and valuable presence in the Senate.
Republicans Only Have As Much Leverage As Obama Gives Them
August 23, 2013
“House Republicans have no idea how they’re going to lift the debt ceiling this fall,” Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan report in Politico.
The Obamacare Opposition Has Finally Caught Its Own Tail
August 20, 2013
It's time to pop the champagne and blow the kazoos: the war on Obamacare has officially reached its point of reductio ad absurdum.
Sean Trende's "missing white voter thesis" has elicited a lot of commentary about what path the Republican Party should take going forward. Simplistically put, should the G.O.P.
Obstructing Obama Isn't in the House GOP's Self-Interest
July 30, 2013
When we last left the House Republicans, they were balking at bipartisan immigration reform while laboring to cut domestic spending to Neanderthal levels, not merely the Eisenhower-era levels of the sequester.