Category Archives: Congress

Bracket Buster

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It’s March Madness week. The president has a pen, he’s filling out his bracket, and he doesn’t need Congressional approval. Here’s a cool bracket from FiveThirtyEight. You can roll over any team and it will give that teams chance of winning any game right up to the championship.

Half Baked Near Treachery

150313-half-baked-near-treacheryForty-six Republican senators have signed a letter written by freshman Senator Tom Cotton to the leaders of Iran. The letter explains that the nuclear deal President Obama is negotiating is non-binding and won’t survive after he leaves office.

For that breech of etiquette foreign policy expert Leslie Gelb, in a Daily Beast column, says “Republicans hate Obama more than a nuclear Iran”. He calls the letter an act of “near treachery”. (On the other hand, in January he demanded that Obama fire his staff and meet with Senate leaders.)

Fellow foreign policy expert, David Ignatius, says the Senators’ letter is “Grossly irresponsible”.

Michael Gerson thinks the letter is a “half baked” scheme brought on by Obama cutting the Senate out of the process.

Mark Thiessen says it’s not a big deal because it’s all happened before – and he was part of it.

Carl M. Cannon thinks calling the Senators  traitors is “beyond Orwellian”.

And Molly Hemingway, in The Federalist, complete with a photo of veteran Tom Cotton holding a kitten while on military duty, calls the whole over-reaction a “media smear”.

Amnesty

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Senate Democrats filibustered a bill that would withhold funding from Homeland Security until the president pulls back his executive order on amnesty for illegal immigrants. Not gonna happen.

Besides, a federal judge in Texas already suspended the Obama order. Republicans must have got the news yesterday. Mitch McConnell caved.

State of the Union

150122-state of the unionDespite being shellacked in the mid-term elections President Obama was defiant in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday. That was in contrast to Bill Clinton’s conciliatory tone after losing Congress in the 1994 midterms. In his 1995 State of the Union Bubba proclaimed the end of Big Guv.

David Frum in The Atlantic thinks Obama’s peevishness is directed at Hillary.

Veto Proof

150109-vetoIn an interview with NPR President Obama had this to say about losing the Senate in the midterm elections:

I haven’t used the veto pen very often since I’ve been in office, partly because legislation that I objected to was typically blocked in the Senate even after the House took over — Republicans took over the House.

Now I suspect there are going to be some times where I’ve got to pull that pen out.

Within the first hour of the new session of the 114th Congress he threatened to veto the Keystone pipeline bill. He also threatened to veto bills on immigration and regulations.