Tag: u.s. politics


Peace through strength, and other lies

This column was inspired by one of Rupert Murdoch’s tweets on September 6: “Big military brings peace through strength.” A cliched tweet by Murdoch isn’t what most people would consider a news hook.

Poll: Donald Trump leads Republican field in Iowa

Billionaire Donald Trump now leads the crowded Republican presidential field in Iowa, according to a new poll from Public Policy Polling.

Congress, Farm Bureau demand answers from EPA

Army Corps of Engineers memoranda reveal dysfunction, secrecy and misconduct at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and a congressional committee and the American Farm Bureau Federation are calling on the EPA to abandon its controversial “Waters of the United States” rule.

Donald Trump divides the GOP: But Democrats have their own issues

The focus of those following the 2016 presidential race of late has been on how the Republican Party is coming apart at the seams trying to deal with Donald Trump.

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Tim Kaine statement on one-year anniversary of war against ISIL

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, released the following statement on the one year anniversary of the beginning of U.S. airstrikes against ISIL (August 8, 2014).

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Tim Kaine statement on announcement of formal U.S.-Cuba relations

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the President’s announcement of an agreement re-establishing formal diplomatic relations with Cuba.

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David Levine: Go Gridlock

The President is spinning his wheels rather than driving our country deeper into the morass he has so artfully deepened over the last six years. Getting stuck in gridlock is actually not all that bad when you are on your way to committing suicide.

W.R. Marshall: Republicans just don’t understand Republicanism

Like most Republicans, Thomas Hobbes did not believe in Republicanism. He was an absolutist; one guy in charge. (Although it has been argued that a single body like Cromwell’s Parliament qualified in an absolutist way as ‘one guy’.) What can’t be argued is Hobbes clearly thinks it is from here the Social Contract is formed–the rules by which we live together.

Goodlatte in position to block new gun control laws

Sixth District Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte will be the chair of the House Judiciary Committee when Congress reconvenes in January. That’s the same House Judiciary Committee that will have oversight over any gun-control measures to be considered by Congress in the wake of the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school that has sparked a new national debate on guns.

W.R. Marshall: Newtown, Connecticut

I waited a week…I still have nothing to say—there is nothing to say. I lie to my third grader so she can sleep, I can’t. A lie that says nothing bad happens here, there are no bad people here—the lie melts away as soon as it’s spoken; not because it’s a lie, but because a lie needs words, and there are no words.

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Webb: Conference report on defense bill supports troops, strategic posture overseas

Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) on Wednesday voiced strong support for the conference report of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013. The legislation was reported out of the Senate-House conference committee last night and is expected to pass both houses of Congress this week.

Nan Grogan Orrock: Reshaping Pentagon spending

With the campaigns over, our leaders must roll up their sleeves and get to work on the serious financial decisions facing the nation. Congress has known for more than a year that automatic budget cuts and tax increases loom in January, but they’ve left all the work to be done at the last minute. They need to hear from us that we expect them to make a balanced deal to preserve programs that strengthen our nation while making sensible budget cuts to programs that are wasteful or unnecessary.

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Warner welcomes progress on budget goals, accountability

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) released the following statement today after the Office of Management and Budget launched an improved performance.gov website, a key requirement of Sen. Warner’s 2010 Government Performance and Results Modernization Act signed into law by the President in January 2011.

W.R. Marshall: You gotta start somewhere … again

“I feel like everyone is always talking about politics and the economy but without ever really saying anything.” I didn’t say that, my good friend V said that. She’s young and bright, and like most of us, fed up…oh, and she’s right.

Bob Goodlatte: Ensuring a better America for future generations

If you’ve been watching the news lately, you’ve likely heard about the impending “fiscal cliff.” The so-called fiscal cliff is Washington-speak for significant tax increases and automatic spending cuts set to go into effect in 2013 if no other action is taken. As negotiations between Congress and the White House continue, it is clear that we cannot address the fiscal crisis and looming tax hikes without addressing the root of the problem – spending and debt.

Goodlatte announces senior staff for Judiciary Committee

Rep. Bob Goodlatte, incoming Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, announced on Friday his senior staff for the House Judiciary Committee.

Joseph Meyer: Small-business owners and Main Street–don’t forget about us

With voting in the Republican primaries around the corner and with unemployment still high, it has become evident that 2012 will be a big year for small-business owners. Both as a voting block and as the economic engine of America, small businesses will have a lot to say and a lot of power in the […]

Karen Jacob: Hard choices

I’ve lived in the heartland for more than two decades. And I can tell you that there’s nothing like a sultry July night at the local ballpark, rooting for the home team, eating hot dogs and quaffing beer, watching fireworks viewed from damp, warm infield grass. This time of year, the Midwest is awash in […]

The Rant | Two words: Sarah Palin

Any way you go talking about Sarah Palin you’re bound to PO somebody. AFP editor Chris Graham seems to have figured out a way to PO everybody, and shares it in today’s installment of The Rant. AFP Video. Length: 2:11.