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President Obama and Senate Democrats pushed through a raft of administration nominees this week after changing the chamber's rules, leaving Republicans to consider a dwindling array of tactics to check the president's power.
Can Mitch McConnell rescue the conservatives? The senior senator from Kentucky leads an increasingly irrelevant Republican minority in the Senate, but he is the key to bringing down the newly struck budget deal that gives Democrats all they want, and then some. The Republican leaders in the House have surrendered early, giving the Democrats a $65 billion spending card for letting them get home in time for Christmas. They still believe in Santa Claus.
Few things would dash the holiday spirits of deficit hawks more than a budget deal that abandons the sequester caps and funnels new revenue into federal coffers. Unfortunately, that's exactly what budget negotiators in Congress have presented.
The Senate confirmed Patricia Millett to the powerful federal appeals court in Washington, making her the first of President Obama's judicial picks to be approved since Democrats changed filibuster rules that potentially will usher in a new era of how nominees are confirmed.
With less than two weeks in session before the end of 2013, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he doesn't understand why the Senate is focusing on a string of non-emergency presidential nominations rather than must-pass legislation like a budget, defense policy bill and farm bill.
Chris Matthews reacted to the death of Nelson Mandela Thursday night by saying that the Republican Party is less patriotic than South Africa's white apartheid advocates.
President Obama on Tuesday not only put forward his pick to head a powerful financial regulatory panel, he also declared in no uncertain terms that the "army of lobbyists" who he says have teamed with Republicans to undermine Wall Street reform must not succeed.
Just when the din of liberal politics reaches epic proportions, along comes an event that clears the air. Such is the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition's "Friends of the Family Banquet" on Saturday evening, which is a formidable and straightforward force indeed, assembling at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.
Has America become hopelessly tacky thanks to reality TV, celebrity gossip, baby daddies, tattoos and trailer parks? Someone has at last sounded a tasteful alarm about a trend that has permeated just about everything, including politics.