| Oct 2, 2013
Last week, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and his Republicans declared that they had two clear goals in this fall's battle over federal spending: no government shutdown, and no implementation of Obamacare.
As of Tuesday, the GOP had failed on...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 8:18 AM
The federal government has shut down. And it's the Republicans' fault — period.
Let's stipulate that most congressional Republicans are truly worried about federal spending and the national debt and honestly believe the Affordable Care Act is...
| Sep 14, 2013
There was the lawsuit, a legal pursuit led by two Florida attorneys general that made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court before the justices certified Obamacare as the law of the land.
Undaunted, the state of Florida went on a tear. It turned down...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 5:50 AM
Why do I feel like I'm living in a clown show?
Republicans think the president will really sign a bill that defunds Obamacare?
Really? And you're going to crash our economy and the world's economy to prove your point? And you're going to take the most...
| Dec 4, 2013
Is it too early to speculate? The 2016 political season will be here before you know it, and it's not hard to see how the run-up to that election already is having an impact on politics and policies in Washington.
Amid all the talk — and there's...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 3:54 PM
I read an Associated Press story the other day about blind people being granted gun permits in Iowa. These would allow the visually impaired to purchase guns and carry them in public.
I'm all about people with disabilities achieving their dreams, but...
| Sep 17, 2013
| 2:32 PM
As every legislative craftsman knows, the trick in giving your bill a name is, first, come up with a title that yields a catchy acronym. Second, make sure the title doesn't explain what the bill does.
Hence, the Inform Act.
The name certainly is...
| Sep 24, 2013
Ted Cruz is no Joe McCarthy, as so many liberals bizarrely claim. But he might be the conservative Barack Obama.
It says something about today's political climate that both liberals and conservatives may find that latter comparison more offensive....
| Sep 22, 2013
"The American people don't want the government shut down, and they don't want Obamacare. The House has listened to the American people."
That's what Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said at the GOP's victory rally Friday after the House voted to pass...
| Sep 23, 2013
| 11:58 AM
Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona likes President Barack Obama, voted to give him the authority to strike Syria, supported the comprehensive immigration legislation favored by the White House, and works comfortably with members of the opposing party.
| Sep 22, 2013
| 5:00 AM
The GOP's attempt to de-fund the "Affordable Care Act" (aka "Obamacare") is somewhat complicated, but I will attempt to bring it together for you.
We begin with the fact of universal Republican opposition to the law. Not one Republican supported...