14 Nov 2014

Get Ready for Legislative Jenga

The chances the Republican controlled Congress and President Obama will proactively reach some big legislative deals seem remote. Republicans have almost no incentive to compromise with Obama, and the President’s decision to move forward with executive actions indicates he finally realizes deal making is unlikely. This means that one of

13 Nov 2014

LIVESTREAM: Walmart Workers in Los Angeles Hold First-Ever Sit-Down Strike

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream Sign our petition to Walmart demanding an end to unfair labor practices. Today, Walmart workers in Los Angeles escalated the fight for fair wages and treatment, holding the first-ever sit-down strike at a Walmart store. Workers entered the store this morning and refused to

13 Nov 2014

Remembering Obama’s Biggest Broken Health Care Promise

Since there has been a lot of media focus on Jonathan Gruber’s recently uncovered remarks about the American voters, I want to put it in the proper historic context. During the 2008 election a major attack line from candidate Obama was pointing out that John McCain planned to tax employer-provided health

13 Nov 2014

Health Care Reform Was Not About the Economy for Voters

Charlie Cook made the rather unconventional point that Democrats suffered from President Obama’s rather poor handling economy in 2009, but Jonathan Bernstein took issue with this assessment. Bernstein’s defense of Obama I think is worth mentioning mainly because he is accidentally highlighting what was Democrats’ big problem. From Bloomberg View:

12 Nov 2014

FDL Joins Coalition to Deliver Over 500,000 Signatures to Congress Against Fast Track Trade Authority

With President Obama and other heads of state meeting in Asia this month – a coalition of of labor, environmental and consumer groups delivered more than a half million petition signatures and letters to congressional leaders last week opposing Fast Track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Nearly 5000 Firedoglake activists

12 Nov 2014

Why Republicans Have No Incentives to Make Deals with Obama

I’m very skeptical that any significant legislative deals will be reached between congressional Republicans and President Obama over the next two years because Republican members have almost no incentive to compromise. In the house most seats have been gerrymandered to be very safe for one party or the other. As

11 Nov 2014

Jonathan Gruber Admits the Plan to Sell Obamacare Was a Long Con

Jonathan Gruber was a chief paid advisor on the Affordable Care Act, a fact he often neglected to mention when he was pretending to be an outside expert during media interviews. He would make hyperbolic statements praising how incredible the law would be that the White House would then use

10 Nov 2014

It Is the Policy, Not the Messaging

I found this section from Noam Scheiber’s look at Valarie Jarrett’s role in the Obama White House perfectly highlights the administration’s biggest political problems. From the New Republic: Valerie Jarrett is not above keeping a shit list—or as hers was titled, a “least constructive” list. One progressive activist recalls Jarrett

10 Nov 2014

President Obama Failed

Under President Obama’s tenure, the Republican party has just won control of the Senate, their largest majority in the House in decades, and a historic level of control over state legislatures. Given that the Republican brand is still pretty bad, our elections have become heavily nationalized, and the exit polls

07 Nov 2014

Obamacare Going Back Before the Supreme Court

In an unusual move the Supreme Court decided to take up King v. Burwell even though there is technically no split in the lower courts. At the heart of the case is an effort to stop exchange subsidies from going out to states where the exchanges were set up by