Here’s a little secret. Some Republican senators, and perhaps many of them, are going to end up being thankful for the “nuclear option,” by which the Senate voted to eliminate the use of the filibuster for presidential nominees within the executive branch and the lower courts.
Twenty-five years ago, it took the specter of a deranged dictator sending agents to the U.S. with plastic guns to get Congress to pass a law banning undetectable weapons. Now that law is about to expire, and though the dictator is dead, the threat is more real than ever.
All politics is not local. So it’s no surprise that tea leaves are much in demand today as political prognosticators seek meaning -- and no small amount of affirmation -- in off-year election results in Virginia, New Jersey and elsewhere. The fate of the Tea Party, President Barack Obama’s health-care reform law, immigration reform, abortion rights and much more were all on the line yesterday. Or so we are told.
Voters in Colorado today will decide an unprecedented effort to recall state senators who backed the toughest gun-control laws in a decade, as firearm advocates look to punish lawmakers who embraced the measures after two of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history.