House Republicans were caught on the horns of a dilemma. If they didn’t pass a bill that effectively repealed and replaced Obamacare, they would either look ineffectual or in defiance of their conservative base. But to pass a bill with no Democratic support in a narrowly divided House, they would need support of the vast majority of the conservative Freedom Caucus,...
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Finishing Amie Parnes and Jonathan Allen’s engrossing book, Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign, listening to Clinton offering her perspective on why she lost to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, and watching FBI Director James Comey testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the same week leaves a decidedly mixed view of the last election.
The bitter partisanship that has enveloped Capitol Hill, the White House, Washington, and the country is deeply troubling, and it’s getting worse. Today, collegiality and cooperation between the parties is more the exception than the rule. An example of the exception was the unveiling last week of the portrait of former House Energy and Commerce Committee...
In Texas, when people talk loudly and promise a lot but deliver little, they are said to be “all hat and no cattle.” On the eve of President Trump’s first 100 days, that’s a pretty apt description of his first few months in office. The first-100-day yardstick may be artificial and arbitrary, but his corral is pretty empty, at least legislatively. Although a little over two...
It is absolutely true that there is nothing special about a new president’s first 100 days. It is an arbitrary and artificial construct, a metric set up long ago that is now codified, like marathons being 26.2 miles. Just as Kim Kardashian is famous for being famous, the first 100 days is important because it is important. NPR senior editor and longtime...
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Some on the left say the Democrats’ path to a House majority next year is to nominate passionate liberals who can tap into the energy and excitement that Bernie Sanders generated last year. Moderates say the path is down the middle, nominating pragmatists whom swing voters won’t find threatening. Still others suggest that Democrats nominate veterans, women, and other nonpoliticians who can tap...Read more »
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