The Phoniness of Republican Moderation

Three days into the new administration, here is all you need to know about whether Republicans will indeed stand up to Donald Trump: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 11-10 along party lines to recommend Rex Tillerson’s confirmation as secretary of state. The 11 included Marco Rubio, the former and … Continue reading

The Times Tries Our Souls

For those who suffer from the delusion that Donald Trump is unusual among Republicans in his disregard for the truth, The New York Times did a public service to all Americans Sunday morning. As part of its Sunday Review, it published a commentary on the Obama administration by a Republican. … Continue reading

Jason Chaffetz: Portrait of a Latter-Day Coward

Christianity and politics have a long and rocky relationship in our Democracy. The Founders were more than a bit twitchy about overt displays of religion and when they assured the Separation of Church and State in the Constitution, they meant it with every fiber of their being. Let us not … Continue reading

The Great Ethics Evasion

We all need to lean on Congress, and especially the Senate, to turn up the heat on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is trying to shove cabinet appointments down the country’s throat without adequate ethics/background checks. The Ethics Committee has filed a formal complaint that many of Trump’s cabinet picks … Continue reading

No Clowning Around for Schumer

As Los Angelenos rioted after the acquittal of policemen caught on camera beating him, Rodney King asked, “Can we all get along?” When it comes to working with the incoming Trump administration, the answer for Democrats is a stark and obvious no—unless you’re a clown. As Charles Schumer, the new … Continue reading

Celebrities Urge Congress to Obstruct Trump

A group of Hollywood celebrities who banded together before the election in support of Hillary Clinton, have re-grouped for the purpose of being Against Trump… From Variety: Humanity for Progress, the successor to the group Humanity for Hillary, unveiled a video directed by Liz Garbus and featuring Sally Field, Jeffrey … Continue reading

Senate Budget Committee Introduces First Attempt at Repealing Obamacare

This happened today as the new 115th Congress started off with a bang… The new Congress was sworn in on Tuesday, and the first thing it did was prepare to repeal Obamacare. Senate Budget Committee Chair Michael Enzi (R-WY) introduced a budget resolutionTuesday that includes “reconciliation instructions” that enable Congress … Continue reading

The First Longest Day

The new Congress is in session, and House Republicans already have backed down on their plan to gut the power of the Office of Congressional Ethics. What have we learned so far? While it remains indispensable for understanding whatever is going on in the world, The New York Times already … Continue reading