November 21, 2013 By changing the Senate rules to require a simple majority instead of a supermajority for most nominations, Democrats acted on a threat each party has aimed at the other for nearly a decade.
November 1, 2013 The Senate showdown over the first of three pending nominees for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit seems to be less about her ideology and more about President Obama's.
October 17, 2013 What we learned: Obama wasn't bluffing, the House GOP is ungovernable and Republicans blew a golden opportunity to direct attention to the botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act.
October 16, 2013 The two Democrats played the routine where one officer offers the suspect a cup of coffee and the other smacks it from the suspect's lips. Reid, of course, is the smacker.
October 15, 2013 Day 15 of the government shutdown had a promising beginning, marked by a bipartisan proposal from Senate leaders to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling. But those hopes were quickly dashed.
October 10, 2013 On Day 10 of the government shutdown, Speaker John Boehner proposed a six-week debt ceiling extension hours before a group of House GOP leaders were to sit down with the president at the White House. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid rejected the notion out of hand.
October 10, 2013 After Reid accused them of leading a two-pronged campaign against the ACA and for a government shutdown, the conservative billionaires accused the Senate majority leader of spreading "false information."
October 7, 2013 Speaker Boehner insists there aren't enough House votes to pass a spending bill that has no strings attached... A GOP congressman likened the Republican situation to how the Confederate Army stumbled into the Battle of Gettysburg... Which Boehner will we see this week?
October 2, 2013 The second day of the government shutdown found President Obama in talks with congressional leaders at the White House. Elsewhere, conservative activists were busy targeting House Republicans who appeared ready to break ranks.
October 1, 2013 Day 1 of the federal government shutdown, 2013 edition, was business as usual, at least when it came to each side trying to win the public relations fight.
October 1, 2013 Democrats appeared to have the initial public opinion advantage on the shutdown. A new Quinnipiac poll found 72 percent opposed to a government shutdown to stop the Affordable Care Act.
September 30, 2013 As a government shutdown looms, the fiscal battles pit against each other two old veterans of Washington's partisan-wars, Sen. Harry Reid and Speaker John Boehner... Don't call this gridlock ... The GOP civil war
September 26, 2013 Tea Party backed senators Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah got into a rhetorical fight with fellow Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, who accused them of grandstanding.
September 24, 2013 Six days before the federal government is due to shut down, Sen. Ted Cruz's fellow GOP colleagues indicated they weren't prepared to follow his lead in the anti-Obamacare fight.
July 23, 2013 My recent column on the use of words like "perky," "girlie" and "hottest" in referring to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand sparked thoughtful responses on how to write about women leaders. There were a couple of clubbings, too. The "Rule of Reversibility" might be a good place to start.