In this book, Daniel Byman explores global jihadism from its beginnings in 1979 to today, from the mujaheddin to the menacing Islamic State
Selecting singularly vivid iconography - the coat hanger - as in coat hanger abortion, CredoAction launched a campaign to persuade the 20 formerly pro-choice Democratic Congressmen who voted Yes on the Stupak Pitts Amendment to change their minds, by sending coat hangers to those Democratic House members who voted to restrict access to abortion in the healthcare bill along with their petition.
This morning House Democrats took to the floor to point out that it has now been 126 days, and Republicans have still not offered their healthcare reform proposal. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) said, "Rather than working with Democrats, Republicans are choosing to be the party of no and the status quo. No is not a solution."
According to the new Washington Post poll, the Republican Party has gained no ground on the Democrats on the generic congressional ballot. Those polled favor Democratic candidates 51%-39%. This represents no change from 2008 when Democrats led 52%-37%, and 2006 when Democrats led 51%-45%.
Two different amendments that would have added the public option to the Senate Finance Committee's heathcare reform bill were defeated today. Five Democrats joined the Republicans in voting against the Rockefeller amendment, Ben Nelson, Blanche Lincoln, Tom Carper, Kent Conrad, and Max Baucus. These five are Democrats in name only.
It appears that Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) will stop at nothing to kill healthcare reform. Nelson made his latest proposals while speaking to constituents yesterday. He wants to split the bill in half to pass a cost saving bill before the 2010 election, and pass expanded coverage, "at a later date." Nelson also claims that any bill that passes without 65 votes isn't legitimate.
With Democrats signaling willingness to compromise on the public option, health care reform is quickly morphing into health insurance reform, which is great for everyone who already has insurance, but what about those who don't?
President Obama is in Rome for an historic meeting with Pope Benedict XVI, and the President is doing what any sane, rational leader should do. He is open to hearing those he disagrees with. He is not running a theocracy. He knows what he stands for, but is willing to find a common thread of agreement. I dig.
Despite the fact that Gov. Ed Rendell has been in the media bellowing and warning Rep. Joe Sestak not to challenge Sen. Arlen Specter in next year's Pennsylvania U.S. Senate primary, a new poll released today by Susquehanna Polling & Research finds that 63% say that Specter should face a primary challenger.
After 12 Senate Democrats voted to block an amendment that would have rewritten the bankruptcy laws to allow judges to renegotiate mortgages with banks, Rep. Barney Frank went off, and called for those who side with the moneyed interests to be kicked out of the party.
At a press conference new Democrat Arlen Specter stated that he won't be an automatic 60th vote for the Democrats. He promised to maintain his independence, and cited his continued opposition of the Employee Free Choice Act as an example, but Specter announced that President Obama will campaign for his reelection in PA.
There is a fine line between the strength of the left's questioning of their officials (a good thing) and destabilizing reactionary anger (a bad thing). A recent example of this is the left railing at President Obama to prosecute the Bush administration and others for torture. Urging Obama to prosecute is tantamount to asking him to Bushify the Executive Office.
Rick Warren was on the Hugh Hewitt show today, where explained that the reason why he gave the invocation at President Obama's Inauguration. Warren said that he wants to have Christ like ministry, and that Jesus hung out questionable people like prostitutes and tax collectors. Apparently in his mind Democrats are the prostitutes and tax collectors of America.
Even though the unemployment rate rose from 8.1% to 8.4% over the past month last night the Senate passed a $250 billion amendment to slash the estate tax for multimillionaire estates. Ten Democrats joined with Republicans to add the amendment to the Obama budget. It is no shock that these 10 Dems are now trying to pretend like the vote didn't happen.
There is a new strategy afoot in the Democratic Party.
The conservative consensus is creative people can't change shit.
A new Gallup analysis of their 2008 polling data has found that not only has the electoral map sh
In regards to President Obama's new stimulus package, Ohio Republican House Minority Leader John
President Obama's Socialist views tend to surface in nearly every conversation.
With the news tonight that Caroline Kennedy has withdrawn her name from consideration to fill the Senate