MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, who has said some controversial things about Obamacare, also said he isn't the author of the law. But folks like him – not legislators – are just the sorts of people who do write laws.
Why is 'Grubered' a new favorite buzzword for conservatives? Jonathan Gruber's video remarks appear to signal that Democrats knew that President Obama's signature health-care law was terrible all along.
The Founders imagined Congress as a place were legislators could assemble and collectively shape the bills that would become law. That's not happening anymore. A few powerful people control the process.
When politicians say 'the only poll that matters is on Election Day,' they're telling you their candidate is behind. So we're hearing that a lot with Sen. Mary Landrieu ahead of Saturday's runoff election.
The Obama administration took some fire Tuesday for choosing a soap opera producer (and successful fundraiser) as ambassador to Hungary. But the president’s record has been consistent with those of his recent predecessors.
There is nothing hindering Republicans from pursuing a response to Obama’s executive order. But they need non-filibusterable, must-pass legislation as leverage to force the president to accept their terms.
House Republicans don't want committee chairs bothered by the pursuit of higher office. But Paul Ryan wants to be chairman of perhaps the most important House committee – and perhaps run for president.
One way to address the threat of a hostile reaction to a likely decision not to indict the white police officer that shot an unarmed black teen devolving into another round of violent protests would be to open up the process as soon as possible.
Democrats failed to convince their own partisans that the economy was, in fact, performing well. Democrats’ attempts to localize their races and distance themselves from the president also put distance between them and a solid national economy.
Any move to defund Obama's executive order will fail in the Senate or produce a government shutdown that will be taken as a sign that Republicans can't govern. So, file a lawsuit, be smart, and win in 2016.
If one were to isolate one primary reason for why Obama's governing majorities dissipated so quickly, it is probably the president's decision to pursue health-care reform, despite strong Republican opposition and lukewarm public support.
Republicans could follow Ted Cruz's advice and respond to any presidential exercise of executive action by blocking spending bills, likely precipitating a government shutdown, if the White House does not back down.
Political history favors Republicans. Demographic change favors Democrats. But the economy and election-shaping surprises – such as the Iranian hostage crisis or Hurricane Katrina – could have more to do with the outcome in 2016.