Outcry Forces House Republicans to Back Down on Gutting Ethics Office

Outcry over the House Republicans shady bid late yesterday to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics has caused a reversal on the plan to gut it. The swift calls of outrage over the behind the scenes deal came hard and heavy from a bipartisan cadre of voices but most notably … Continue reading

Oversight? Who Needs it!

Oversight? Who needs it? Apparently the House Republicans think that the Office of Congressional Ethics is just some little tedious committee that can be simply tossed by the wayside, since they have control of the Executive and Legislative branches of the government. Today, in a big to make it harder for … Continue reading

Republicans Worry That Obama Will Appoint Garland to Supreme Court Bench

President Obama is known for playing his hand very close to the vest. We’ve seen a lot of the that in recent weeks as he finishes out his final days as president with a few stunning moves to protect the environment and in retaliation against the Russians for their hacking … Continue reading

Senators Embedded Within a Brain Fog

    by Walter Brasch   The U.S. Senate—under the leadership of Mitch McConnell who once said his primary mission was to see that the Senate didn’t agree with anything President Obama said or did, and to limit him to one term—continues to be one of the nation’s leading obstructionists. … Continue reading

The Slow-Learning Retired Admiral with a Ph.D.

by Walter Brasch Joe Sestak, a liberal Democrat with a commitment to social and economic justice, is a slow learner. It’s isn’t because he’s dumb—he graduated second in his class of 900 midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy, one of the most rigorous colleges in the country; a decade later, … Continue reading

What the Founding Fathers Feared

We forget the danger– even as the Right Wing begins to gin up their latest monstrous lie, to pretend that the Iraq was WAS justified–that somehow the instability in Iraq is all Obama’s fault (even though the withdrawal was negotiated and signed by lame duck Bush on his way out of the candy store with as much candy as he could carry) and that Bush’s hand-picked Iraq leader, Maliki, refused to allow any US troops to remain. Continue reading

Ted Cruz and Ayn Rand

Senator Cruz, however, continued: “Let me encourage any of you who have not read ‘Atlas Shrugged’ to go tomorrow and buy ‘‘Atlas Shrugged’’ and read it. What is interesting is in the last 3 years sales of ‘Atlas Shrugged’ have exploded, because we are living in the days of Ayn Rand,” adding, “I will share a few excerpts that are all fundamentally about liberty and the liberty that ObamaCare infringes.” Continue reading

America’s Real Traitors

by Walter Brasch The Tea Party wing of the Republican party thinks House speaker John Boehner is a rhino. Not the thick-skinned horned mammal that lives in Africa. This rhino is an R-I-N-O . . . Republican in Name Only. The Tea Party thinks Boehner, by sometimes listening to both … Continue reading

President Obama’s Moving Selma Speech

The “march is not over yet,” President Obama said in Selma today in one of the most moving speeches he has ever given. We have seen way too much evidence of late to believe that racism has been defeated. We need only look to Ferguson to see that evidence. Via … Continue reading

Secretary of State John Kerry’s Remarks on Departure of State Department Chief of Staff David Wade

Secretary of State John Kerry’s longtime, trusted aide, David Wade has stepped down from his position as Chief of Staff. David Wade has been aide to John Kerry in a variety of capacities since he joined Kerry’s Senate staff in 1997 as a speechwriter. From speechwriter, David Wade rose through … Continue reading