Brent Budowsky: The necessary brinkmanship of recent days was Reid’s finest hour as majority leader, and the agreements that resulted might ultimately be viewed as a major inflection point in the way official Washington conducts itself.
Brent Budowsky: If Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis (D) runs for governor in 2014 and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro (D) runs for United States senator in 2014 and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton runs for president in 2016, you read it here first: Texas goes blue in either 2014 or 2016.
Brent Budowsky: Democrats should not be trapped into defending the healthcare status quo. They should champion the most effective and popular aspects of the law, and champion more aggressively than ever the more progressive (and popular) reforms that should have been included.
Brent Budowsky: With the panicked and insulting reaction of Gov. Rick Perry (R) to Wendy’s iconic filibuster, and Wendy’s cool and classy rebuttal, we have learned something new in the hours since her filibuster.
Brent Budowsky: Imagine if the next president is a woman who breaks through the glass ceiling in America, once and for all, and slams shut the revolving door of special interest ownership of the government of America, in ways that are real and true and honest.
Brent Budowsky: I suggest Texas Democrats put the Lone Star State at the forefront of key races in 2014 by supporting and potentially drafting State Sen. Wendy Davis to run for governor of Texas and end the arrogant, far-right and crony capitalist era of Texas GOP rule.
Brent Budowsky: Ironic that when the final legacy of President Obama is written, it will include his championing of a surveillance state of a kind that that his predecessor, President George W. Bush, established over the objection at that time of Barack Obama.
Brent Budowsky: Say what you want about any other issues, but on this matter Drudge, Paul and Sanders are on the side of Jefferson, Madison and Ben Franklin, who said we have a republic, if we can keep it.
Brent Budowsky: Kennedy fused eloquent words, visions of courage and plans of action. The power of his greatness was that he created outwardly mobile concentric circles of shared ambitions to reach for greatness. Can Obama still do that?
Brent Budowsky: Texas Republicans are using a special session of the Texas legislature to launch an aggressive attack against voting rights that will backfire and ignite a wave of Hispanic voter turnout that will propel Democrats in Texas and nationally.
Brent Budowsky: Let’s escalate the effort to eliminate the backlog of benefits due to wounded warriors and disabled vets by devoting whatever resources are necessary to complete this mission, and enlisting a major business leader.
Carole Bartolotto: The problem with concluding that GMOs are safe is that the argument for their safety rests solely on animal studies. These studies are offered as evidence that the debate over GMOs is over. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Margaret Flowers, M.D.: The refinery and export terminal may depress tourism, an important local industry. And the increase in cancer, disease and early deaths from the toxins released by the plant will place a financial burden on local families.