Category Archives: National Politics

Democrats Top Focus in the Midterms Should be Governor’s Races

Let’s face it, Democrats have had a pretty rough go of it lately. Ever since President Obama’s route in 2008, the party has suffered devastating losses in three of the four elections since. In 2009, Democrats had the White House, a majority in the House with 257 seats under party control, 58 seats in the Senate that later became 60 due… Read more »

Another Wave Of Anti-Semitic Threats, Including My Kid’s School

Initially, it was a wave of threats to various Jewish organizations around the country. This weekend, it was the desecration of a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia. And this morning, it was a series of 17 bomb threats to Jewish community centers and at least two schools, including Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, where my son is a… Read more »

Puzder Goes Down

In the first high profile failure of one of Trump’s swamp denizens, Labor nominee Andrew Puzder has withdrawn his nomination in the face of growing bipartisan opposition. Andrew Puzder, President Trump’s choice to serve as the next labor secretary, has withdrawn his nomination amidst growing resistance from Republicans and Democrats in the Senate. “After careful consideration and discussions with my family,… Read more »

Van Hollen, Other Senators Seek Independent Probe Of Trump/Russia Ties

Senator Chris Van Hollen, as part of a group of 11 Democratic senators, has written to new AG Jeff “See No Evil” Sessions seeking an independent special prosecutor to investigate both the contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia, as well as efforts to cover it up. Here’s Van Hollen’s press release: And here’s the full text of the letter… Read more »

Dan Rather: Next Best Thing To Watergate

I haven’t been able to keep up with all of the blockbuster stories spilling out of the White House in the past several days, and the increasingly desperate attempts by Congresssional Republicans to pretend it isn’t happening. My jaw has been on the floor more than once today. But here’s something to sum up where we are and where I… Read more »

Raskin Speech

Congressman Jamie Raskin gave a speech at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church in Kensington tonight on “The Future of American Democracy in the Age of Trump.” Timely topic, hmmmmm? The main auditorium is completely full and I’m told that another large crowd is listening to the talk in another room. The total crowd is estimated at well over 500 people…. Read more »

A Tale Of Two Houses

Back in high school, we all learned that there are two houses of Congress. One of them, the House of Representatives, is the “people’s house,” with members elected every two years and with the understanding that the “passions of the day” are more likely to show up in the House. The Senate, on the other hand, is a more deliberative… Read more »

BREAKING: 9th Circuit Rules Against Trump Executive Order [UPDATED W/Link To Court Opinion And Trump Response]

[UPDATE: The full text of 9th Circuit opinion can be found here. It’s a beatdown on every single argument advanced by the government. Here’s a taste: The Government does not merely argue that courts owe substantial deference to the immigration and national security policy determinations of the political branches—an uncontroversial principle that is well-grounded in our jurisprudence.  Instead, the Government has… Read more »

Lindsey Graham: Silencing Warren Was “Long Overdue”

Lindsey Graham, often mentioned as a Republican who might ultimately break ranks with Donald Trump, thinks that silencing Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren was “long overdue.” Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham says the silencing of Sen. Elizabeth Warren on the Senate floor Tuesday was “long overdue.” The South Carolina senator appeared on the Mike Gallagher Show Wednesday, where he said Warren reading… Read more »

“She Was Warned. She Was Given An Explanation. Nevertheless, She Persisted.”

[Trigger warning for graphic photo of domestic violence below] And in the end, she got what was coming to her, right, Senator McConnell? I did domestic violence cases for over a decade and a half. They’re awful, terrible, heartbreaking things, and I can’t tell you how many men I listened to explain their violent and abusive behavior in pretty much… Read more »