U.S. Senate Former Reagan speechwriter and septuagenarian Jeff Bell will face incumbent New Jersey Senator Cory Booker in the fall after narrowly beating the closest of his three rivals for the Republican nomination, Rich Pezzullo, by fewer than 5,000 votes. House of Representatives, District 1 ... More >>
It was the winter of our discontent, 2009. A season of bank failures, massive layoffs and $5-a-gallon gasoline. Finally, a fractured country could at least agree on one thing: This had to change. So President Barack Obama set out to deactivate the next bomb awaiting the U.S. economy, the one tic ... More >>
In a welcome break from the endless coverage of Obamacare, the Senate Democratic leadership scuttled the filibuster rules Republicans had been using to hold up a ridiculous number of Obama appointments, and the Administration brokered a nuclear deal with Iran. The break is welcome because it gives ... More >>
President Obama's nomination of former U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense has been controversial, partly because of Hagel's icky gay-related remarks in 1998, not to mention his bad record on LGBT issues. Here are some statements that have come forth on the issue: Garden State Equal ... More >>
We know, we're sick of writing about Congress, too. Especially when it involves the inability to pass a relief package to disaster stricken areas we know all too well. Last week, we mentioned that a main problem of the fiscal cliff was its legislative contagion: because of the disaster it caused in ... More >>
Jim DeMint, one of the most ideologically pure and least effective legislators in the U.S. Senate, announced he would leave Congress to run the right-wing Heritage Foundation think tank; or, as the Foundation itself put it, "Jim DeMint to Lead the Battle of Ideas." It would seem to us that, compar ... More >>
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's got a busy day ahead of him in Washington D.C. -- which includes meetings with White House officials, the House speaker, and the Senate majority leader -- where he'll make the case for New York's need for a $42 billion appropriation to help the state recover from Hur ... More >>
Both Your Houses gets a revival
Well, this is a mess... Remember yesterday, when Barack Obama called on Congress to extend Bush-era tax cuts for families making up to $250,000? Remember how Obama made the politically risky move of describing the economy as disappointing under his watch, using that as proof the country needs tax ... More >>
Wendy Long, New York's Republican U.S. Senate candidate, has lots to say about your ladyparts. As we reported last week, Long is apparently against abortion in all cases and anti-birth control. Now, news has surfaced indicating that Long has put contraception in a patriotic context, saying in stu ... More >>
The U.S. Senate has just put the kibosh on K2. After a months-long effort to ban synthetic marijuana, spearheaded by the Empire State's very own Charles Schumer, the Senate voted today to ban the sale of fake bud.
In an unprecedented move, House Republicans had a filmmaker arrested yesterday after he showed up to a public congressional hearing. The House Subcommittee on Energy and Environment was meeting to discuss the controversial topic of hydraulic fracturing, colloquially known as "fracking." When Joshua ... More >>
Ever wonder why Congress seems so willing to help bail out the financial industry? Well, a 60 Minutes report on Sunday says that lawmakers purchased stock in companies while involved in debates on Capitol Hill about bills that would affect those companies. Conflict of interest? Just a teensy ... More >>
Last week the Congressional fight over America's debt ceiling became a full-blown hostage situation, with Republicans demanding, in exchange for what has been during previous Administrations a pro-forma procedure, major budget concessions from Democrats -- and getting them. At this writing, there s ... More >>
Sexting congressman Anthony Weiner said he'd call it quits from the House of Representatives back on Thursday, explaining that the "distraction [he] created" -- with his penis, mostly -- makes his work "impossible." Today came the official letter, addressed to New York Secretary of State Cesa ... More >>
The U.S. House of Representatives today voted 250 to 175 (almost straight down party lines) to repeal the ban on openly gay and lesbian soldiers in the U.S. military. This is the second time a repeal has been approved by the House. Previously it was repealed in connection with a defense spend ... More >>
Congratulations Rep. John Boehner of the Fightin' Ohio 8th! You're looking to be the next Speaker of the House. As such, we've decided to equip the American Political Media with 23 evergreen headlines in the inevitable event your already-emotional tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives g ... More >>
Finally, and in the dead of night, the House, then the Senate passed the Obama budget. The next step is a conference committee that will reconcile the two bills. Among the sticking points between the two houses are healthcare provisions and greenhouse gases. Republicans contributed not a single vot ... More >>
It's hard to imagine a dumber political move than David Paterson's decision to call a special election for the upstate congressional district vacated by new U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand than the date the governor picked for it, March 31. It's the day before a disaster state budget is due.And now, ... More >>
It's been cut from to $900 billion to $838 billion to $789 billion, but a version of Barack Obama's stimulus plan appears to have been agreed upon by negotiators from both houses of Congress. Senator Harry Reid told reporters "The differences between the House and Senate versions, we've resolved" in ... More >>
Here's news: the New York Post reports Caroline Kennedy is "withdrawing her name from consideration" for Hillary Clinton's Senate seat. We would speculate that her role in this decision was more passive than portrayed. Other sources say she bowed out because of her Uncle Ted's recent illness, but wh ... More >>
It's not just Democrats who get to contest a U.S. Senator. On the heels of Democratic machinations to keep Rod Blagojevich appointee Roland Burris from taking a Senate seat, Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas says that he will rebuff any attempt to seat Al Franken if Democrats attempt to seat h ... More >>
John Nirenberg would walk 500 miles. And it sounds like he would walk 500 more. But unlike the persistent pop tune by The Proclaimers, he refuses to be the man who falls down at Nancy Pelosi’s door. Nirenberg, a hearty New York City native and current resident of Brattelboro, Vermont, intends to ... More >>
"Do you support Congressional Democrats using filibusters and other tactics to block the most extreme Republican legislation or the worst of President Bush's judicial nominees?" So asks the 2006 New Directions Survey sent by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to targeted Democratic vote ... More >>
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New attorney general twists the rule of law to which he is 'deeply committed'
The House Republican leadership authorizes torture in our war against terrorism
Paul Wellstone's Lesson for the Overwhelmed Dems
The Return of the Thought Police
The Government Cannot Endorse Any or All Religions
Double-Playing 9-11 Errors
Spy Planes and Bibles and Talibs, Oh My!
Scared Congress Seeks Shelter in Nuclear Henhouse
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Assault Charges Hit President, Right Revives
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