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Sequestration’s self-inflicted wounds

By Leon Panetta, Published: September 2 Washington Post Leon Panetta was director of central intelligence from 2009 to 2011 and secretary of defense from 2011 to 2013. He was a Democratic representative from California from 1977 to 1994. In my last days as defense secretary earlier this year, I made one final effort on Capitol […]

Governors vent about aging infrastructure, Washington gridlock

By Jason Stein of the Journal Sentinel Aug. 3, 2013 A bipartisan group of governors vented Saturday about the challenges of rebuilding the nation’s aging infrastructure in a time of tight budgets and partisan paralysis in Congress. The meeting’s most memorable moments were lighter, with Govs. Scott Walker of Wisconsin and Jay Nixon of Missouri […]

Majority annoyed with D.C. gridlock

By David Lightmanand Lesley Clark McClatchy Washington Bureau July 27, 2013 11:23:00 PM WASHINGTON — Americans are eager for Washington to act on a host of issues they care deeply about, but instead they’ve just witnessed another week of sharp rhetoric and political finger-pointing. There was the one-hour and six-minute speech from President Barack Obama […]

Carving Up the Country

By CHARLES M. BLOW Published: July 26, 2013 NYTimes Our 50 states seem to be united in name only. In fact, we seem to be increasingly becoming two countries under one flag: Liberal Land — coastal, urban and multicultural — separated by Conservative Country — Southern and Western, rural and racially homogeneous. (Other parts of […]

No Relief in Sight from Senate Gridlock

By Shar Adams, Epoch Times | July 23, 2013 WASHINGTON—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had a win when he reached a compromise with Senate Republicans on executive nominations last week. The new comity is likely be short-lived, however. A polarized Congress remains and important business, including major spending bills, promises further gridlock. “The fundamental dynamic […]

Has the G.O.P. Gone Off the Deep End?

THOMAS B. EDSALL July 17, 2013, 11:34 pm NYTimes Thomas Doherty, patronage czar and political enforcer for former New York Governor George Pataki, reached the breaking point last week when he read that House Republicans were preparing to “slow walk” the Senate immigration bill to death. Doherty turned to Twitter: If Senate Immigration bill gets […]

D.C.’s Pit of Despair

By FRANK BRUNI Published: July 15, 2013 NYTimes There are countless oddities in the way Washington works, but few as mystifying as lawmakers’ definition of the word “friend.” In other, saner walks of life, it means someone you yearn to see. In the Senate, it can also mean someone you yearn to see under the […]

Is our way the only way?

Saturday, July 13, 2013 2:59 AM Roshana Ariel Salina.com I’ve often wondered why my son and his friends enjoy living in China. Kris has been there since 2001 and runs a popular restaurant with his friends in Kunming, a city of 6 million. Part of the answer to my wondering was answered in a fascinating […]

Democrats Poised to Limit Filibusters, Angering G.O.P.

By JEREMY W. PETERS Published: July 11, 2013 NYTimes WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday moved toward imposing historic limits on how the filibuster can be used as Senator Harry Reid, the majority leader, set in motion a series of votes on Obama administration nominees that could force a long-festering fight with Republicans to a […]

Pass the Bill!

By DAVID BROOKS Published: July 11, 2013 NYTimes It’s beginning to look as though we’re not going to get an immigration reform law this year. House Republicans are moving in a direction that will probably be unacceptable to the Senate majority and the White House. Conservative commentators like my friends Bill Kristol and Rich Lowry […]