Stormy Monday, 6/10/13

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One glorious June afternoon in 1990, I was thrilled to be part of a huge crowd assembled outdoors to hear Nelson Mandela speak about freedom and justice, just four months after his release from what was then called Victor Verster Prison. His condition is currently described as “serious but stable” as he fights a lung infection. Please join me in sending good vibes to a very great human being.

A vote is expected early this week on S.954, the Senate’s farm bill, which will cut SNAP benefits by $400 million a year, a reduction already approved by 28 members of the Democratic majority. The Republican House majority is pressing for even larger cuts.

After weathering some asinine posturing by House Republicans on Thursday and some transparently timed bleating from Senators Cornyn and Rubio on Friday, the comprehensive immigration bill crafted by the bipartisan so-called Gang of Eight is expected to move to the Senate floor this week. Over the rest of the month, 100 eager contestants – including New Jersey Republican Jeffrey Chiesa, newly appointed by Chris Christie as a placeholder for the seat of the late Frank Lautenberg until an October special election – will each whip up a rhetorical soufflé from equal parts high-minded boilerplate and stale constituent catnip. Tasty!

Friday, Vermont’s Patrick Leahy, a good man who seems strangely unaware that stalling is what Republicans reflexively do whenever Democrats are in the majority, urged Republicans to stop stalling the bill. Continue reading Stormy Monday, 6/10/13

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Sunday Talks, 9/23/12

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“Meet the Press” will feature Gov. Deval Patrick (D-MA), and Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), and the political roundtable includes Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Dee Dee Myers, Joe Scarborough, Bay Buchanan and David Brooks in an episode . . . → Read More: Sunday Talks, 9/23/12

Sunday Talks, 7/29/12

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In an unusual twist, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor appear on this Sunday’s television talks shows — Scalia on “Fox News Sunday” and O’Connor on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

CBS . . . → Read More: Sunday Talks, 7/29/12

Sunday Talks, 7/15/12

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House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), a potential Romney vice presidential choice, is on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” along with Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter and senior Romney campaign adviser Kevin Madden.

On ABC, . . . → Read More: Sunday Talks, 7/15/12

Sunday Talks, 5/6/12

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With President Barack Obama formally launching his reelection campaign this weekend, Vice President Joe Biden headlines this Sunday’s television talk shows with an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Afterward, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), a key . . . → Read More: Sunday Talks, 5/6/12