November 22, 2013 |
It's no surprise that Republicans in the Senate are unhappy with the Democrats' historic decision Thursday to eliminate the filibuster for most confirmations of presidential nominees. But if the GOP were to retaliate by finding other ways to slow or sabotage action on nominations or legislation, it would be not only irresponsible but self-defeating. Even Republicans who in the past have cooperated with Democrats are warning that Majority Leader Harry Reid's decision to trigger the so-called nuclear option will poison the atmosphere in the Senate and replace collegiality with the sort of hyper-polarization that has paralyzed the House.
November 22, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - After pushing through one of the most significant rule changes in Senate history, Majority Leader Harry Reid struck a solemn tone: "This is not a time for celebration. " But behind closed doors in a room off the Senate floor, some of the newer Democratic senators couldn't help themselves, gathering for a quick party to congratulate one another. They were the ones largely responsible for pushing the veteran Nevada lawmaker to pull the trigger on ending filibusters against most presidential nominations.
November 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Democrats made a historic change to Senate rules Thursday, ending the minority party's ability to use filibusters to block most presidential nominations and, in the process, virtually guaranteeing that the rest of President Obama's term will be dominated by executive actions and court battles rather than legislation. In changing the long-standing rules with a near party-line vote in the middle of the session, Democrats brushed aside a century of congressional tradition and further embittered relations between the parties on an already deadlocked Capitol Hill.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO - Two members of the City Council will advance to a runoff early next year in the special election to find a mayoral replacement for the disgraced Bob Filner. After a polite campaign and turnout that was lower than predicted, Councilman Kevin Faulconer, a Republican, was the top vote-getter Tuesday, with Councilman David Alvarez nosing out former Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, a fellow Democrat, for the second spot. A runoff will pit Faulconer's support from the city's business leadership and arguably its most popular public figure, former Mayor Jerry Sanders, against Alvarez's endorsement by the city's labor unions and the Sierra Club.
November 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Top congressional Democrats on Sunday stood by President Obama and the flawed rollout of the government's healthcare website, expressing confidence the problems would be fixed and the issue would not drag down the party in next year's mid-term elections. “I don't think you can tell what will happen next year, but I will tell you this -- Democrats stand tall in support of the Affordable Care Act,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) said on NBC's “Meet the Press.” Pelosi downplayed the defection of 39 House Democrats on Friday who voted to help pass a Republican bill, opposed by the White House, to address the millions of people facing cancellation of their health insurance policies.
November 15, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama's botched rollout of his healthcare law has driven a wedge between the White House and its allies on Capitol Hill as more than three dozen House Democrats voted Friday to pass a Republican-backed change to the law that the administration warned would only make matters worse. Unhappy with Obama's inability to resolve the website enrollment problems and increasingly worried about the 2014 election, a small but steady number of Democratic lawmakers are distancing themselves from a president they once enthusiastically supported on the healthcare issue.