Byers Beware: The Fallacy of the False Analogy

We all remember that the GOP has claimed “media bias” as their eternal excuse for criminality, political debauchery and generalized cruelty ever since Tricky Dick lied self-pityingly that the media wouldn’t “have Nixon to kick around anymore” in 1962. 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. Too often, Republican senators filibuster only by threat of cloture vote, or the procedural need to reach 60 votes just to put a bill to a final vote, says Reid, Senate majority leader. On the same day that Paul, Kentucky’s junior senator, chattered away hour after hour to filibuster Obama’s nominee to lead the CIA, Reid complained other Republicans “hid behind a cloture vote – a filibuster by another term … 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 to avert the budget cuts set to start Friday that were enacted as a sort of “doomsday device” as part of the budget battle of 2011. “We have moved a bill in the House twice. We should not have to move a third bill before the Senate gets off their ass and begins to do something,” Boehner says. White House adviser David Plouffe was quick to respond via Twitter. “Boehner … Continue reading

Remembering 9/11

President Obama and many other Washington politicians took time out from the hard-fought campaign season to observe the eleventh anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The president and first lady Michelle Obama began the day with a moment of silence on the South Lawn just after 8:45 a.m., around the time the first plane hit the north tower of the World Trade Center. From there, they traveled to the Pentagon, where the President spoke at a memorial service in honor of those who died there, as well as in New York and Pennsylvania. “This anniversary allows us to renew our faith that even the darkest night gives way to a brighter dawn. Today, we can come here to the … Continue reading

Harry Reid Knocks Romney In Tax Speech

The top Senate Democrat went after Mitt Romney by name Thursday, as Democrats continue to paint the presumptive GOP presidential nominee as out-of-touch with average Americans at a time when questions continue to surface regarding Romney’s time as a wealthy financier. In remarks on the Senate floor, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada invoked Romney’s name as he contrasted the tax policies of President Obama and other Democrats with those of Republicans. Reid cited a new report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) that found that in 2009 rates fell to their lowest level in more than 30 years. “Much of that decline is thanks to President Obama – who has consistently fought to lower taxes for middle-class … Continue reading

The GOP ‘War On Women’ Isn’t Over, Reid Reminds Voters

With a new poll may may have women once again moving toward Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, the Senate’s Democratic majority leader is reminding female voters that the GOP hasn’t ended its “war on women.” Although President Obama had opened up a huge 19-point advantage among women just weeks ago in the midst of the debates over birth control and other women’s issues, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that gap has shrunk to just 7 percent. The “war on women” has been a potent rallying cry to attract more women voters to the Democratic side. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada took to the Senate floor Wednesday to remind voters about the earlier Republican battles against women’s health care … Continue reading

J.P. Morgan Loss Continues To Reverberate In Washington

The massive $2 billion loss reported last week by the nation’s largest bank continues to roil Capitol Hill. The loss, by JPMorgan Chase, not only has renewed calls for stricter financial regulation — but now the calls of conflict-of-interest on the part of JPMorgan Chase chief Jamie Dimon are growing louder. At issue is Dimon’s dual role at the Federal Reserve. Democrat Elizabeth Warren, a candidate for Senate from Massachusetts and a former Obama administration financial consumer advocate, first called on Dimon to resign his post at the Fed. Now the issue has jumped from the campaign trail to the Senate floor, where Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) says he is readying new legislation. “It is an obvious conflict of interest for Jamie … Continue reading

Kerry Blasts Romney on Iran

Kerry swipes Romney again today over Iran foreign policy… I have little interest in inserting myself, as a former nominee of my party, into this presidential campaign season. But as the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which has a vital role in issues of national security, I feel compelled to respond to the ways that, in pursuit of the Republican nomination, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has put himself front and center in debates that have serious consequences. And on “CBS This Morning” today, Senator John Kerry, the 2004 Democratic nominee for president,  said that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the Republican front-runner for nomination, was “‘behaving like a irresponsible candidate’ in criticizing the president’s Iran policy.” Senator Kerry, chairman of the … Continue reading