The ‘Obama refuses to lead’ crowd falls silent

President Barack Obama speaks at an event on Oct. 2, 2014 in Evanston, Ill.

The ‘Obama refuses to lead’ crowd falls silent | MSNBC >by Steve Benen |12/17/14 04:56 PM | RePost: 12/20/2014 9:27:20 AM| Kevin Drum pauses today to take stock of the recent actions from President Lame Duck. So how have things been going for our bored, exhausted, and disengaged president? He’s been acting pretty enthusiastic, energized, and absorbed with his job, I’d say. It’s funny, in a way, to think about […]

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Bipartisan FOIA reforms – Dead

Committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-OH) (R) cuts ranking member Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) off during a hearing of the House Oversight and Government

House scuttles bipartisan FOIA reforms | MSNBC >by Steve Benen |12/12/14 11:25 AM—Updated 12/12/14 01:57 PM | RePost: 12/13/2014 112:46:40 AM| The deeply divided House of Representatives doesn’t have too many unanimous votes, but earlier this year, the “FOIA Oversight and Implementation Ac” sailed through the chamber without a single opponent. The fact that its chief co-sponsors in the House were Reps. Darrell Issa R-Calif. and Elijah Cummings D-Md. – two […]

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The Comeback Kid? President Obama

U.S. President Barack Obama smiles during remarks at the White House Tribal Nations Conference in Washington

The Comeback Kid? | MSNBC >by: Steve Benen | 12/05/14 03:09 PM |12/06/2014 5:08:25 AM| Exactly one month ago today, President Obama, at least on a surface level, looked like he was in a very discouraging place. A day earlier, the Republican Party had not only scored a series of big wins in the 2014 midterms, the White House was confronted with the realization that the GOP would dominate control […]

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Examine: Alabama congressman perceives a Democratic ‘war on whites’

Alabama congressman perceives a Democratic ‘war on whites’ >by Steve Benen |08/05/14 08:00 AM—Updated 08/05/14 08:09 AM| Weeks in Review posted 08/07/2014| Re-Post 09/01/2014 5:43:53 AM| Ordinarily we might expect to hear talk of a “war on whites” from those on the radical fringes of American society. When the phrase comes from a sitting member of Congress, the rhetoric is far more alarming. Sam Levine reported yesterday: Rep. Mo Brooks […]

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Exposed: The House GOP’s immigration plan: ‘Deport ‘em all’

The House GOP’s immigration plan: ‘Deport ‘em all’   >by Steve Benen | 08/04/14 08:00 AM—Updated 08/04/14 09:02 AM | Re-Post 08/05/2014 | For two years, House Republicans have been under pressure to tackle legislation related to immigration. Late Friday night, the wait ended – the GOP majority finally held votes on the issue. They just weren’t the vote the American mainstream had in mind. Early in July, many congressional […]

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Exposed: Florida’s Yoho connects voting rights, property ownership

Florida’s Yoho connects voting rights, property ownership >by Steve Benen | 05/21/14 11:32 AM | Re-Post | Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) has already made quite a name for himself after just 17 months in Congress, but yesterday, Right Wing Watch published arguably the most striking quote yet for the Tea Party congressman’s greatest-hits list. Recently unearthed footage of Rep. Ted Yoho speaking at Berean Baptist Church in Ocala, Florida, during […]

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