Joe Biden–Negotiator in Chief–Receives a Fond Farewell

Americans are more divided than in any time in recent memory. A recent Pew poll found that Republicans and Democrats don’t just feel contempt for the opposing party, they’re actively afraid of them. The poll found that 45 percent of Republicans now say that Democrats “policies are so misguided that they threaten the nation’s wellbeing,”…
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Trump’s Recent Actions Show Democrats Have Been Fighting a Fiction

As with most presidential elections, the most recent one left about half of Americans pleased, and another half displeased. Of course, those moderate adjectives fail to do justice to the response of some anti-Trumpers, who absolutely melted down on November 9th. Institutions of higher learning were especially distraught. Princeton issued a statement offering to “hold…
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Republicans’ Simple, Powerful Message: “We Got the Senate Working Again”

Almost immediately after losing his Senate majority, Sen. Harry Reid began devising a strategy to get it back. Being from Nevada, Reid opted to gamble on what he considered a sure bet – that the more conservative House majority would go frustrated by the moderate Senate’s inability to ram through their priorities. Dysfunction, he seemed…
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Four Resolutions for a Republican New Year

The gifts have been unwrapped, the tree has been untrimmed, and the decorations have all been put away. It’s now time to move away from Christmas lists and begin thinking about New Year’s resolutions. It’s a time for admitting hard truths and identifying things that need fixing, but it’s also an opportunity to start with…
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Senate Democrats Vote to Repeal Key Pieces of Obamacare

Senator Mitch McConnell has long been stuck in a tricky position on Obamacare. Two years ago he was the leader of the minority, which could do little but demand votes on amendments to repeal the disastrous law. Last year, when Republicans ascended to the majority, he still faced Senate rules that would require 60 votes…
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Republicans’ Unprecedented Success in State Races is Likely to Continue

Democrats like to argue that Republicans are doomed to demographic extinction, the result of the rapid rise of minority populations and the tendency for young voters to skew leftward. Actually, they’ve been arguing this for over a decade now, which in and of itself tends to undermine the narrative. Nevertheless, it has prompted a welcome…
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Now in the Minority, Harry Reid Suddenly Is in the Mood to Negotiate

Harry Reid has some nerve. Not that we didn’t already know that, but now that he’s been knocked from his perch as Majority Leader, where he squeezed notions of democracy with an iron fist, he’s taken to casting stones at GOP Senate leadership over the operation of the chamber. Take a look at this passage…
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Democrats Were For Troop Funding Before They Were Against It

The defense authorization bill is typically one of the few pieces of legislation immune from political grandstanding. Members of both parties recognize that there are better places to pick a political fight than a bill that funds our troops. As Fawn Johnson writes for National Journal: The bill is widely considered one of the most…
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The Senate’s Iran Bill is Flawed, But the Best Fix is a New President

another piece of bipartisan legislation appears ready to cross the finish line after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell moved on Tuesday to end debate. The bill, which is the result of furious negotiations between Bob Corker, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman, and Ben Cardin, the committee’s ranking Democrat, would give Congress a month to…
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Under Republican Leadership Congress is Actually Working Again

By the end of 2014 Americans were fed up with Congress. A Gallup poll from last fall showed that nearly four in five Americans disapproved of the way Congress was handling its job, which the poll showed was “less about what Congress is doing than about what it isn’t doing; putting aside partisan bickering and…
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