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on Jan 21, 2015 - 11:18 AM ET
Obama, State of the Union 2015

President Obama makes a declaration. Democrats burst into applause as Republicans sit dourly, as if someone just made a bad joke at a funeral. This was the formula for almost all of Obama’s State of the Union speech—except when the president called for the authority to rush the Trans-Pacific Partnership through Congress.

“As we speak, China wants to write the rules for the world’s fastest-growing region. That would put our workers and our...

Barack Obama, US Politics, Economy
on Jan 15, 2015 - 16:14 PM ET
Representative Chris van Hollen

Over at U.S. News & World Report, Pat Garofalo has a very interesting piece up that asks “Are Democrats Trolling the Left?” This question deserves some serious consideration, because the answer could tell us a huge amount about American politics over the next several years.

In recent weeks, had...

US Politics, Government, Parties
on Jan 7, 2015 - 14:50 PM ET

If you want to understand the coming intra-party battles on economic issues between progressive Democrats and their moderate colleagues—which will no doubt bleed into the 2016 Democratic presidential primary—Senator Elizabeth Warren’s keynote speech to an AFL-CIO conference on Wednesday might be your best blueprint.

First, let’s note the political moment: President Obama is visiting an auto manufacturing plant in Detroit this week, where he...

Economy, Politics
on Jan 6, 2015 - 12:18 PM ET
Ted Yoho

House Speaker John Boehner faces a minor rebellion Tuesday from restive conservatives who feel Boehner is (somehow) too moderate and too willing to compromise with President Obama. Representatives Louie Gohmert and Ted Yoho have emerged as the preferred House Speakers for the far-right members of...

on Dec 22, 2014 - 11:48 AM ET

During his opening remarks at Friday’s year-ending press conference at the White House, President Obama declared that “in less than two weeks, after more than thirteen years, our combat mission in Afghanistan will be over.”

No reporter followed up with Obama on that statement—nor with any questions about Afghanistan—but they really should have. One month ago, the New York Times ...

on Dec 17, 2014 - 16:32 PM ET
Marco Rubio

President Barack Obama announced a new era in US relations with Cuba Wednesday morning in which diplomatic ties will be reopened, along with a US embassy in Havana, while business and travel restrictions are eased.

These changes can be accomplished by executive...