Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s proposal to regulate assault weapons was considered Wednesday in the U.S. Senate, where it failed, as did proposals to expand background checks. During the debate over the assault weapons ban, Feinstein made the case for a single federal standard. Read More
White House officials just aren't getting cooperation from the calendar. President Obama expected Libya to wrap up in days or weeks. Not happening. He hoped to leave Congress on the sidelines. Not happening.
Now the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is moving to mark-up a resolution of support. It’s slated for Thursday, but the chairman, John Kerry, D-MA, worries he will lose control of the measure. At this point, it’s tough to predict what the measure is going to look like. Read More
Jeff Bingaman, the five-term Democratic senator from New Mexico, entered “legacy time” Tuesday. That’s the traditional home stretch when conniving politicians magically morph into noble statesmen just before they retire. Read More
Indiana's Sen. Richard Lugar is almost certainly the most vulnerable Republican incumbent facing re-election in 2012, and not merely because he's been in the Senate since 1977 and ranks third on the Senate's seniority list, trailing only Democrats Daniel Inouye of Hawaii and Patrick Leahy of Vermont. Read More
Iowa's Tom Harkin took to the Senate floor at the close of the 111th Congress to lament a retiring colleague. "I will lose a kindred spirit and a fellow progressive populist, Byron Dorgan," Harkin intoned about the senior senator from North Dakota. Read More
Democrats appear to be in disarray heading into tomorrow’s long-awaited showdown over the Senate filibuster. Unable to unify his caucus on a specific set of rule changes, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is likely to delay the matter until the end of January. Read More
Sometimes in Washington, D.C., the irony is laughable. A new coalition formed to fight the filibuster and eliminate secret holds in the Senate is hiding behind the veil of secrecy. I’m not making this up. Read More
It's being billed as a key test of the Tea Party movement's insurrection against the GOP Establishment. And, the principals couldn't be more colorfully cast. Today Kentucky U.S. Senate Republican primary pits Rand Paul, son and political acolyte of U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), the "libertarian-ish" surprise sensation of Election 2008, against the Secretary of the Bluegrass State, Trey Grayson, dutiful Kentucky Grand Old Party stalwart, with U.S. Read More
This is about the time Barack Obama becomes bored with his job.
He's in his second year as president, and he's discovered that even with all the powers of office, he can't do everything he wants to do, like remake America. Doing stuff is hard. In the past, prosaic work has held little appeal for Obama, and it's prompted him to think about moving on. Read More