Personal Democracy Forum co-founder Micah Sifry spent some time Friday listening closely to President Obama's remarks in Ohio and noticed a subtle difference in the chief executive's rhetoric. It's the difference between "Yes, we can" and "Yes, I can," which Sifry explained in a post on PDF's Tech President site. Read More
If Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, Democrat, hangs on to win the special election next week for Ted Kennedy's old Senate seat, she will have to thank the cadre of elite K Street lobbyists who hosted a high-powered, high-dollar fundraiser for her Tuesday night on Capitol Hill. Read More
My friend Micah Sifry scolds me - quite diplomatically, I must say - for taking him at his word when he wrote in an important Dec. Read More
Once a highly vocal critic of the Bush-era USA PATRIOT Act, President Obama has quietly reversed his position. In September, the president urged Congress to reauthorize the counterterrorism law, angering the American Civil Liberties Union and other left-wing groups who were none too happy when the administration argued in court that a lawsuit on the CIA’s “extraordinary rendition” program should be thrown out on the grounds that state secrets would be revealed. Read More
President Obama's nomination of Wisconsin's Louis Butler for the U.S. District Court of Western Wisconsin drew little attention when it was first announced earlier this year, and the Senate Judiciary Committee's 12-7 vote on straight-party lines to recommend the nomination to the full Senate came with little notice. Read More
In the two major policy initiatives of the president and the majority party -- universal health insurance and a limit on carbon emissions -- details do not matter.
In the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid is producing the legislative equivalent of a hobo stew as he tries to wring out the final few votes for the president's health plan. Whatever ideas Democrats have had on health care over the last 30 years are going in the pot. Read More
Harry Reid is tired of waiting. For months now, the Senate majority leader has wanted to confirm one of President Obama's judicial nominees, David Hamilton, who is up for a spot on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. But Reid says minority Republicans, who object to Hamilton's record as a judge on the lower federal district court, have used parliamentary tactics to slow the process down. Read More
White House visitor logs, dumped at 4:30 last Friday -- a time when they'd get little notice over the Halloween weekend -- provide striking insights into how President Obama, despite his anti-lobbyist rhetoric, works closely with the K Street players who represent the industry giants that he's subsidizing and regulating. Read More
Medicare and Medicaid, the federal government's health insurance programs for the elderly and poor, play a big role in the health care reform proposals being considered on Capitol Hill. President Obama and Democrats in Congress hope to cut Medicare spending by nearly a half-trillion dollars over the next decade, and reform plans call for a big expansion of Medicaid during the same period. Read More
Are you, by chance, a conservative? A Republican? Did you vote for John McCain last November, as well as the GOP candidate in your local congressional race?
If your answer to these question is yes, then you are very, very strange -- and perhaps not even fully American. At the very least, you're not one of the rest of us. Read More