Democratic Party

Elizabeth Warren Sounds Like a Senate Candidate

Writing on Massachusetts liberal blog BlueMassGroup:

I left Washington, but I don’t plan to stop fighting for middle class families. I spent years working against special interests and have the battle scars to show it – and I have no intention of stopping now. It is time for me to think hard about what role I can play next to help …

Earth to the Left: Obama Is Into You

There was a telling confrontation at last week’s Netroots Nation gathering of progressive activists, interrupting a panel discussion on “What to Do When the President Is Just Not That Into You.” A bisexual volunteer for …

The New DNC Chair Unveils a Tougher Tone

Vowing to help assemble “the most robust, aggressive presidential campaign in history,” Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the new chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, lashed Barack Obama’s Republican opponents in terms the …

Who Is Kathy Hochul?

With everyone declaring Democrats’ victory in NY-26 a simple indictment of Republicans’ Medicare plans (with the requisite special election caveats), it’s worth remembering that by most accounts, victor Kathy Hochul was the better all-around candidate. So, who is the congresswoman-elect?

Could Democrats Retake the House?

Updated: May 10, 2011, 2 p.m. E.T.

Six months after suffering a shellacking in November’s midterm elections, Democrats believe they can pick up the 25 seats they need to snatch back the House. Mapping out a path to 2012 may be …

From Abu Ghraib to the U.S. Senate?

Thompson flags that Democrats may have recruited retired Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, the U.S. commander who left Iraq in wake of the prison abuse scandal, to run in Texas. They might be hoping he can be a Jim Webb-style candidate for Texas, and recent demographic changes there help their cause. But the Lone Star State remains much redder …

Maybe It Really Is About Abortion…

The pro-life Susan B. Anthony List and Rep. Jim Jordan, head of the Republican Study Committee, just held a conference call in which Jordan said the fight is all about abortion. “The country’s broke. The vast majority of Americans, whether they’re pro-life or not, don’t want their tax dollars being spent to take the life of …

Is This Really All About Abortion?

This morning Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called the networks together and gave them an update on the negotiations (as I type this Reid is starting another press conference in the Senate). He said the issues have narrowed to one: abortion. Reid said House Speaker John Boehner is pushing a rider that would make Title X into block …

Boehner’s Choice

John Boehner has a decision to make. And in some ways it’s akin to choosing between his children. By midnight tonight the government will shut down unless an agreement can be reached between the Speaker and President Obama. Whatever Boehner decides will have long-reaching implications for his Speakership.

Ideally, Boehner would have …

Riders on the (Shutdown) Storm

The budget debate is far from over, but the good news is that they’re still talking: Senate majority leader Harry Reid and House Speaker John Boehner are heading back to the White House at 1 p.m. on Thursday. But the morning’s gloomy prognostications don’t bode well for the chances of averting a government shutdown.

If you listen to …

Pick Your Own Ending: Shutdown Version

President Obama and Speaker Boehner talked this morning by phone – always a good sign that the lines of communications remain open. Though, the fact that the discussion lasted all of three minutes is a tad troubling. As the government lurches towards a possible shutdown, I thought it would be useful to outline the choices facing the …

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