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The many ways Senate Republicans can block Obama’s Supreme Court nominee

February 24, 2016

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speaks at an event sponsored by the Federalist Society at the New York Athletic Club in New York October 13, 2014. REUTERS/Darren Ornitz (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW)

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speaks at an event sponsored by the Federalist Society in New York, October 13, 2014. REUTERS/Darren Ornitz (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW)

from The Great Debate:

The Supreme Court wasn’t designed for this political heat

February 17, 2016

U.S. President Ronald Reagan speaks with Supreme Court Justice nominee Antonin Scalia (R) in the White House Oval Office in Washington, DC in a July 7, 1986 file photo courtesy of the Ronald Reagan Library. Conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has died, setting up a major political showdown between President Barack Obama and the Republican-controlled Senate over who will replace him just months before a presidential election. REUTERS/Bill Fitz-Patrick/White House/Courtesy Ronald Reagan Library/Handout via Reuters   ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

President Ronald Reagan speaks with Supreme Court Justice nominee Antonin Scalia (R) in the White House Oval Office in Washington, July 7, 1986. REUTERS/White House/Bill Fitz-Patrick/Courtesy Ronald Reagan Library/Handout

from The Great Debate:

How Antonin Scalia’s death reshapes the 2016 election

February 16, 2016

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia testifies before a House Judiciary Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee hearing on “The Administrative Conference of the United States”  on Capitol Hill in Washington May 20, 2010.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia testifies before a House Judiciary Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 20, 2010. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

from The Great Debate:

Party politics: Two small tents, with most Americans on the outside

April 5, 2015

Reid stands with Schumer as he addresses reporters in Washington

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) (R) stands with Senator Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) after a White House meeting in Washington, October 10, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

from Stories I’d like to see:

Bottom line on climate change: It’s costing you money

November 18, 2014

Participants wearing masks during a hazy day at the Beijing International Marathon in front of Tiananmen Square, in Beijing

This column by Martin Wolf in the Financial Times last week is a story I’m glad I saw. It prompted me to think about how to make reporting on a subject I usually find boring a lot more compelling.

from The Great Debate:

Every political landslide carries the seeds of its own destruction

November 7, 2014

U.S. Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell holds a news conference after he was re-elected to a sixth term to the U.S. Senate at the University of Louisville in Louisville

You can't govern the United States from Capitol Hill. Republicans learned that after they took over Congress in 1994. House Speaker Newt Gingrich claimed a mandate to enforce his “Contract with America.”  What he had was a mandate to make deals with President Bill Clinton.

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A quick guide to the smartest midterm election analysis

November 5, 2014

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell addresses supporters with his wife Elaine Chao at his midterm election night rally in Louisville

Early Election Night, there was a lot of parsing of the term “wave election.” It sure quacks like one. The Washington Post had no trouble declaring a GOP wave well before midnight Tuesday. (The piece posted at 11:33 p.m., but pulls together too many stats to have been written on the spot.)

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Why Republicans may not win the Senate after all

September 29, 2014

 Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks at the Faith & Freedom Coalition "Road to Majority" reception in Washington

Establishment Republicans should keep the champagne on ice until after the midterm elections. Too many are already popping corks, pronouncing their strategy of “crushing” the Tea Party during the primaries as a crucial step in their successful takeover of the Senate.

from Stories I’d like to see:

What we don’t know about Qatar and what we don’t know about key Senate races

August 5, 2014

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry walks with Qatari Crown Prince Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in Doha

1. Inside Qatar:  the terrorists’ benefactor and America’s friend

As the war in Gaza continues, we keep hearing that one pipeline for negotiations with Hamas goes through Qatar, the tiny, oil-rich kingdom in the Gulf that has friendly relations with Hamas. In fact, Qatar hosts the leaders of Hamas and provides financial support.

from The Great Debate:

How far right can Republicans go?

May 21, 2014

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks to supporters during a campaign stop at the Lexington Airport in Lexington, Kentucky

The line between the Republican establishment and the Tea Party has blurred.  That spells trouble for the GOP in the long run.  Possibly this year, more likely in 2016.