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David Waldman is a Contributing Editor blogging as Kagro X at DailyKos.com, the largest and most visited political blog in the world. A non-practicing attorney, a former Capitol Hill aide, his online work includes a comprehensive study of the Senate's "nuclear option," written at TheNextHurrah.com.
Does the emerging reconciliation strategy make sense?
Looking at the latest thinking on the procedural strategy for health care. Much of the discussion lately has focused on splitting the bill into two parts and sending just one through reconciliation. One complaint, though, is that moving two bills through the Senate is, well, twice as hard.
Friday, October 10, 2008(7 comments)
It won't stop. This is how they do things.
It's clearly the right thing to do to demand that John McCain and Sarah Palin's sick incitements to domestic terrorism must stop.
But it's not going to. This is how they do things.
The face of Republicanism repudiated?
Could it be that suddenly, the voters on what was supposed to be the explosive front of the Republican "permanent majority" realized that the idea all along was for the super-wealthy to grab all they could, and leave the wanna-bes -- who were voting their aspirations if not necessarily their reality -- out in the cold?
Friday, August 17, 2007(2 comments)
How Mueller's notes implicate Gonzo in obstruction
Who denied those clearances? The president himself, according to Gonzales.
But now, we no longer need the investigation. The question was whether or not DOJ personnel acted legally, ethically and in a professionally responsible manner in rendering "legal advice" to the president regarding these surveillance activities.
Mueller answers the question for us: No. They did not.
There is something fundamentally wrong here
The Congress is at the threshold of a major capitulation on FISA. There's no doubt that there are a lot of political (read: electoral) implications to this vote.
here's something deeper and even more troubling going on here. What's happening here is the ceding of the last remaining prerogatives of the legislative branch to the executive.
Monday, July 16, 2007(2 comments)
Bush, vetoes and oxygen
Bush has threatened to veto close to half the bills congress is working on. Pelosi et al say they won't impeach because they want to get work done, but it looks like Bush will be in the way, that they'll get little done while he's still there.
Saturday, July 7, 2007(2 comments)
White House set to defy subpoenas this week. Congress set to... ?
contempt of congress charges are prosecuted by-- the US attorney for the District of Columbia. Now, has an admin refused to prosecute its own before? Yes. Who was White House counsel then, in 1982? Fred Fielding-- same guy as today. And who helped direct Fielding's strategy then? John Roberts.