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Congressional Republicans Are NOT Retreating. They Are Simply Advancing in Reverse. And Don’t Anyone Dare Claim Otherwise.

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Those who carefully peruse this op-ed by Paul Ryan will find upon careful reading–or via the Ctrl-F option–that the word “Obamacare” is not used once by Ryan. In writing on how Republicans and the Obama administration can come to some sort of agreement that will get the government open again, Ryan proposes the following: Here are just a few ideas to get the conversation started. We could ask the better off to pay higher premiums for Medicare. We could reform Medigap plans to encourage efficiency and reduce costs. And we could ask federal employees to contribute more to their own…

Democrats Should Hold the Gorsuch Nomination Hostage

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Judge Neil Gorsuch is a genuinely outstanding jurist, who would be a superb addition to the United States Supreme Court. All Americans can and should be deeply proud that his intellect, his devotion to scholarship, and his fidelity to original public meaning jurisprudence has brought him to this extraordinary moment in his career and his life. I greatly respect his ability, his jurisprudential philosophy, and his character, which by all accounts is beyond reproach. I suppose this sounds as though I am putting aside my Never-Trumpism for a moment and supporting the Trump administration in its nomination of Judge Gorsuch.…

Donald Trump Is Not as Bad as We Thought He Would Be. He’s Worse. Far Worse.

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Since Donald Trump’s inauguration as president, the following has occurred in the United States of America: Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington had to file a complaint “to notify the new president that he was officially in violation of his lease for the Trump International Hotel down the street from the White House. The lease that one of Trump’s company’s, Trump Old Post Office LLC, signed with the government states that no ‘elected official’ of the U.S. government can share in the lease or derive benefit from it.” Trump heard a sermon from Robert Jeffress, a Trumpkin pastor who tried to invoke God to…

So Much for Expecting Enlightenment on Trade Policy

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I had harbored some hope that politicians would behave like adults when it came to addressing the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. As noted in my previous post, the benefits of free trade are clear and overwhelming, the American public appears more ready to accept and support trade deals, and there is bipartisan cooperation between congressional Republicans and the Obama administration to ensure that the president will have fast-track authority with which to push through a trade deal. Unfortunately, those congressional Democrats decided to stand in the way by “voting to hold up consideration of ‘fast track’ trade authority unless related measures are…

Obstructionists

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I write this blog post to condemn and denounce a faction of Congress that seems bound and determined to prevent the passage and implementation of a host of Obama administration policy initiatives. It seems like on a regular basis, this particular faction–which of course is substantially represented in Congress–tries to throw a plethora of monkey wrenches into just about any Obama administration proposal. Frankly, the whole thing is unseemly and appalling; doesn’t this group of representatives and senators have anything better to do than to reflexively oppose the president and his policies? The faction I am condemning and denouncing is,…

An Out-of-Touch President

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Let’s just make sure that we all understand what is going on here: The Democrats received a historic beating in the 2014 midterms, they have a depleted political talent pool as a consequence, the plight of House Democrats is real and horrible, and President Obama’s reply to all of this is “Don’t worry, be happy.” For anyone expecting postelection contrition at the White House or vows to change course after a disastrous election for Democrats, President Barack Obama had one message Wednesday: Think again. A day after Democrats lost control of the Senate and suffered big losses in House and…

Once Again, House Republicans Show that They Are Not MENSA Material

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Charles Krauthammer is absolute right, comme d’habitude: Charles Krauthammer is slamming the GOP for what he called a “ridiculous” contradiction after tabling legislation to tackle the border crisis within 24 hours after moving forward with a lawsuit against the president. “It is ridiculous to sue the president on a Wednesday because he oversteps the law, as he has done a dozen times illegally and unconstitutionally, and then on a Thursday say that he should overstep the law, contradict the law that passed in 2008 and deal with this [the border] himself,” Krauthammer said Thursday on Fox News’ “Special Report.” But…

Will Republicans Impeach Barack Obama?

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No, though you might be forgiven for thinking otherwise. A few congressional Republicans had attacks of the stupids (quelle surprise) and decided to intimate that impeachment may be in the cards. In response, Democrats decided to engage in epic bouts of nutpicking, in order to fire up their supporters in advance of the 2014 midterm elections by claiming that Democratic midterm victories were needed to stop a certain Republican march towards impeachment proceedings. This is all so incredibly ridiculous that it hardly merits discussion, but to the extent that readers are actually interested, let me point you to Nate Silver–no right-wing shill,…

Democrats Want to Go Back to 1998

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And Republicans should not let them. Quoting Byron York: Dissatisfaction with Barack Obama will play a role in November. A president’s job approval rating is a key factor in midterm results, and Obama’s now stands at just under 42 percent in the RealClearPolitics average of polls. But voters know why they’re unhappy with the president. They’d be more likely to vote for Republicans if they felt GOP candidates had a clear plan to address the problems, especially the economic woes, that still beset millions of Americans. Exactly right. Of course, given the ratiocination skills–or lack thereof–of key segments of the…

How the Bowe Bergdahl Story Became Politicized

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It wasn’t Republicans who did it: President Obama complained yesterday that Sergeant Bergdahl is “not a political football.”   That should be true, but unfortunately President Obama is responsible for kicking off the football game by announcing the Taliban-Bergdahl swap in a Rose Garden appearance, rather than leaving the announcement to Secretary Hagel and Chairman Dempsey.  The White House should not be surprised now that Republicans have been equally political in their response. Obama’s Bergdahl announcement reflects a consistently counterproductive pattern by the Administration of politicizing both the opening and closure of Guantanamo, an issue I have written about periodically here at Lawfare.   For example, the…