Think Tank: Deficit Reduction Should Not Increase Poverty and Hardship

As President Obama and lawmakers of both parties continue to joust over continued federal deficit reduction, they must adhere to a principle that such reductions should not increase poverty or further erode the nation’s safety net, according to a group of analysts at a prominent Washington think tank. “If policymakers … Continue reading

Democrat Harry Reid Extols Rand Paul’s Talking Filibuster

There isn’t much on which Harry Reid and Rand Paul can agree, but after tea party Republican Paul spent 12 hours on the Senate floor filibustering President Obama’s nominee to head the CIA, the chamber’s top Democrat appreciates Paul’s willingness to step up to actually engage in a talking filibuster. … Continue reading

Nurses Union Slams Lew’s Opposition To Wall St. Tax

As the clock ticks down to the deep federal budget cuts known as the sequester kick in Friday, the nation’s new Treasury secretary is coming under fire for his opposition to a tax on financial transactions. In a statement reported by Bloomberg news, Lew escalated the Obama administration’s opposition to … Continue reading

Armed Services Dem Praises Hagel Vote

A Democratic member of the Senate Armed Services Committee is singing the praises of Tuesday’s vote to confirm Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense. After a lengthy filibuster mounted against Hagel by his fellow Republicans, the Senate voted to confirm the former Nebraska senator to head up the Pentagon on … Continue reading

W.H. Adviser: Boehner’s ‘Ass’ Talk ‘Not Helpful’

A top White House adviser slammed House Speaker John Boehner Tuesday shortly after the Republican demanded that the Senate to ‘get off their ass’ to approve a bill to avert the deep federal budget cuts coming this week known as the sequester. Democrats and Republicans have been tussling over how … Continue reading

DNC Mounts Full-Tweet Press On Sequester

Brad Woodhouse knows a thing or two about sports, so it should come as no surprise that the communications chief at the Democratic National Committee went for a “flood-the-zone” strategy of all-sequester-all-the-time Friday on Twitter as House Republicans remained away from the Capitol. By mid-day, Woodhouse had re-tweeted several sequester-related … Continue reading

On Eve Of Daytona, Gun Control Advocates Push Waltrip, NASCAR To End Silence

A car driven by race champion Michael Waltrip honoring the victims of the Newtown massacre qualified for this Sunday’s 55th running of the Daytona 500, a highly anticipated event watched by 13.5 million Americans every year. The car, fielded by the Swan Racing Company, is #26 in honor of the … Continue reading

Sanders, Boxer Move on Climate Change

While much of the current legislative debate revolves around gun control and the coming federal budget cuts known as the “sequester,” two top Senate progressives already are moving forward on climate change. Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) on Thursday introduced comprehensive legislation on climate change. Boxer is … Continue reading

President Gets High Marks For 2nd Term Agenda, Pollsters Find

The second term agenda which President Obama outlined Tuesday night in his State of the Union address—expressed through new policies for energy, pay equity, jobs, and education—was well-received by voters, a prominent Democratic polling organization finds. The president made impressive gains on his personal favorability and trust to move the … Continue reading

Kids Tell President What To Say In SOTU

The pundits may be getting the attention of what President Obama ought to talk about Tuesday night as he delivers his annual State of the Union address, the nation’s children also are weighing in. The children’s advocacy group  the Children’s Leadership Council (CLC) has put together an online video (“Hear … Continue reading