I have given a lot of thought of late about what is ailing our dysfunctional political system, and have come to the conclusion that it boils down to one significant thing: Ideology. Read more
Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) got in a reporter's face and reportedly threatened him after President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night.
While another deep freeze engulfs the country, a deeper freeze permeates US diplomacy, as critics cast a chill on negotiations with Iran and create slippery conditions for Syria talks.
The weather shut down DC, but even if it hadn't, the GOP has effectively shut down congress closing down work on jobs, immigration, guns through distractions, deceptions and detours.
As icy roads snarl traffic as bad as Christie could, the President is caught in his own series of jams, gummed up over revelations of NSA wrongdoing, and road-raging to ram through a bad trade deal.
Americans know the current Polar Vortex will pass. Yet the Washington Polar Vortex has no end in site.
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We survived a year of stalemate and shutdowns, shouting matches, sideshows and sh*t-storms, and somehow, despite setbacks and silliness, millions of Americans begin the new year insured.
We made it through bogus budget battles, callous compromises, cave-ins and calls for cuts, to a new year that starts with new rhetoric: a President, Pope & nation talking about inequality.
We stumbled through saber-rattling with Syria, and slogged through Snowden's NSA surprises to a January that finds us in fewer wars than a year before and fresh force for reforms in our intelligence operations.
2013 was a year we endured. Will 2014 see more Americans insured, our privacy ensured and our safety net assured? We can hope and work, but we can never be sure.
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What will happen in 2014? Will the Tea Party finally gasp its last breath in the midterm elections? Will the GOP find its conscious? Will President Obama be vindicated in health care reform and other policies and positions? What will the next wave of big stories be? Really, I don’t know, but here are my best guesses:
Firstly, I think the midterm elections will be a Saturday night-Sunday morning moment for the GOP. Hung over and still slightly drunk from the intoxication of hatred and fear served up by the Tea Party for five years, the GOP will swear off the hard stuff. The county I live in happens to be an eerily accurate reflection of the national political mood, being deeply purple, and in 2013 our off year elections showed a renewed interest in the middle way. The local Tea Party lost a noticeable amount of ground in city and county races. I think in 2014, we will see this trend out nationally. Read more
President Obama’s National Security Agency task force offered some major reforms for the beleaguered National Security Agency (NSA). Download the full report now.
Do you think these recommendations will help?
As the world marks the passing of a historic figure, a man who united through words and action, some critics decided that the real story is who the American President shook hands with.
As the world reflects on how apartheid ended, how a nation sought to heal, the global community's role and the lessons we could learn for today's challenges, a few lash out at Newt Gingrich for words of sympathy.
As the world remembers an aging, beloved leader who emerged from prison with a message of peace, too many of us forget the real struggle that came before: fierce, hard, at times violent and unapologetically radical.
Now - and onward - the world misses Nelson Mandela. Let's not also miss the point of his life and his impact.
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Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Tuesday compared President Obama’s handshake with Cuban leader Raul Castro to Neville Chamberlain shaking hands with Adolph Hitler.
The Republican party today is so ideologically driven, they completely dismiss the Constitution of the United States when they try to implement Legislation, or they disagree with the rights of the American people. Today's GOP seems to disagree with every main stream social view that most Americans agreed upon in the 2012 election which the U. S. Constitution upholds.
Much of the obstruction we see from the Republican< party today is a correlation of hatred for a President of color, and the fact that American voters won't support their many out of touch ideas that prove again and again to be wrong for the country by a large margin of American's. Voting or otherwise.
Democrats have always been mostly bipartisan and keeping inline with the U. S. Constitution when they're the minority in Congress so the people's business can go on. The Democratic party is ardent about this.
We don't see this kind of reasoning with the Republican party today. The Media has a responsibility to call out these Republicans who inconceivably ignore the U. S. Constitution for their ideological purposes, but at the same time say they're standing on U. S. Constitution principals.
This Thanksgiving, I reflect on our nation. There is reason to despair, or course. Some dire work is still undone. For example, nearly a year after the Sandy Hook horror, we still have no coherent national plan of action to restrict gun ownership. Also, our Congress is still embarrassingly dysfunctional, as the Republicans recently shut down the government in protest of millions of Americans getting access to health insurance. There is also a lack of meaningful citizen action on climate change, which could be the nullifying factor for all human endeavor a few generations out. Read more
150 years ago, Lincoln extolled the importance of a government of, by and for the people. Today, the Gettysburg Address would be criticized by cable news for being too short to take seriously.
50 years ago, we lost Kennedy, who had exhorted us to ask what we could do for our country. Today, such a call would be met with derision, obstruction, filibuster and called "socialism."
We honor the President who preserved our union while Congress tries a new form of nullification. We remember a man who championed voting rights while we experience new forms of voter suppression.
As a country, we mark these moments of our history, with news stories, ceremonies and TV specials.
Maybe we should mark them by learning from them: remembering that America has been at its most inspirational when leaders call for united action in the face of crisis and when we face grave moments with renewed national purpose.
If we can revitalize the meaning, not just recall the words, then a government of the people, by the people for the people, shall not perish from this Earth. Read more
Politics today is all about messaging. So I took a quick look at the Twitter account for Democratic and Republican leaders in the House and Senate. What I found will not surprise you. Republicans are focused on the ACA rollout and the report that people are being drop from their insufficient healthcare plans. While Democrats are focused on everything from Women's Rights to debt reduction.
While the President mentions healthcare in his tweet today. He also mention's how low the debt is currently vs. 2009. The Democrats are currently searching for a winning message, while the Republicans think they have found one.