A Misleading Moment of Celebration for a New Surveillance Program

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he morning after final passage of the USA Freedom Act, while some foes of mass surveillance were celebrating, Thomas Drake sounded decidedly glum. The new law, he told me, is “a new spy program.” It restarts some of the worst aspects of the Patriot Act and further codifies systematic violations of Fourth Amendment rights. Later […]

Open Letter to Congress: Skip Netanyahu’s Speech

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Marcy Winograd: Please consider vocally supporting the Congressional Black Caucus and President Obama by publicly committing to not attending Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s anticipated March 3, 2015, speech to Capitol Hill lawmakers.

Boehner-Netanyahu vs. Obama and Us

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Lila Garrett: It is tempting to rally with righteous indignation behind Obama because he is, after all, our democratically elected President. If he is brushed aside in a decision of this kind, our Constitution, the core of our democracy, is brushed aside with him.

Netanyahu’s Speech and the Politics of Iran Policy

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Gareth Porter: The current tensions over the Netanyahu speech is just the latest chapter in a long-running drama involving an Israeli strategy to use its political power in the US Congress to tilt US Iran policy in the direction Israel desires.

Did Boehner Pull a Boner?

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Ted Vaill: Boehner is desperate to hold onto his Speakership, and he is pandering to the Teabaggers and right wing Republicans in the House (25 of whom recently voted against him to be Speaker) any way he can.

The Great GOP Overreach

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Brent Budowsky: There is a GOP distemper in Washington, an overreaching of aggressive tactics against Democrats and an underachievement of success in governing. The result? Obama rises in favorability, Clinton rises against Republicans.

The False Allure of Gridlock

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Charles Hayes: When ideology becomes immersed in identity and fuses with the notion that we are right simply because of who we are, the process is no longer democratic.

Obama Saving Boehner’s Bacon?

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Barack Obama: Instead of doubling down on marginalizing Boehner’s unreasonableness to secure a House vote on immigration reform, the President threw him a life raft — and emboldened GOP House opposition to all of Obama’s domestic priorities.

Republican Impeachment Dreams

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Julie Driscoll: We’re witnessing much wailing, moaning, rending of garments and gnashing of teeth from the more insane of the right-wingers over what they deem (in their dreams) President Obama’s “impeachable offenses.”

Conservatives in 2013

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Carl Matthes: In 2012, conservatives lost the Presidency plus seats in the Senate and House. They see America changing and, wIthout a national leader, conservatives have splintered.

Cliff Notes

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John Peeler: Speaker Boehner’s debacle in failing to get his own caucus to support his “Plan B” is not only his failure, it shows the complete disarray of the congressional Republican Party.