Bob Corker, Craven Moron

The reason is simple: Instead of requiring that Congress vote to affirmatively approve any Obama-Iran agreement before it can take effect, the Corker-Cardin bill allows the agreement to take effect unless it isdisapproved by Congress. … Bob Corker (R-TN)' chamber='senate' mcid='C001071' ], Reasonable Republican™, to relieve everyone of the stress of actually doing their jobs with respect to both enforcing the sanctions that are currently on the books and reviewing and approving any relief from those sanctions. … To the extent that Obama strikes a deal that undoes Congressionally-created sanctions, there is a constitutional process for that to occur as well - he can try to shepherd a bill through Congress that repeals the currently-extant sanction regime…

BREAKING. Trump Will Not Sign Resolution to Keep the Government Open

House Republicans now will attempt to add an amendment to the Senate measure that adds $5 billion — the amount Trump has demanded — for the construction of a border wall and other security measures, as well as additional funding to deal with recent natural disasters. … "The president informed us that he will not sign the bill that came over from the Senate last evening because of his legitimate concerns for border security," House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said. … President Trump has just told Republican House leaders that he will not sign the Senate's continuing resolution that would keep the federal government open until February 8 because it doesn't contain money for a border wall…

More GOP Failure Theater: We have to save Obamacare in order to destroy it

Ron Johnson faces a tough battle for reelection -- which will be a lot tougher if he keeps forgetting that someone has to vote for him and the GOP base that elected him is losing that motiviation -- and McConnell is probably spooked by reports, like this, predicting that the Democrats will take back the Senate. … These are the same people who still haul out polling from October 2013 to point out how shutting down the government hurt the GOP while expecting us to forget the really big poll that happened in November 2014 which said just the opposite. … "Among other things, that means a renewed effort to debate and vote on the many bills that passed the Republican-led House in recent years with bipartisan support, but were never even brought to a vote by the Democratic Senate majority," Boehner and McConnell wrote…

The GOP and Failure Theater

Millions lost their previous health care plans because those plans didn't meet Obamacare's requirements; others no longer have access to the doctors or hospitals they were accustomed to; millions spent weeks trying to purchase insurance on the flawed website rolled out by the administration; and many have seen their out-of-pocket health costs or premiums skyrocket. … GOP sources say Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough has raised red flags in response to queries about whether it's possible to use a special budgetary procedure to repeal the controversial law "root and branch," as Senate Majority Leader [mc_name name='Sen. … They are not trying to advance the conservative agenda; they are attempting to con conservatives into believing they have attempted to implement conservative policy, when in fact they were delivering their political deliverables to their Donor Class paymasters all along…

Failure Theater: Chuck Schumer edition

And a person familiar with Schumer's decision said the senator's allies blame the White House for leaking news from a private call Schumer made to President Barack Obama on Thursday afternoon and breaking a direct request the senator made to the president to give him until Friday to put word out about his decision. … MoveOn.org announced a "donor strike" after the New York Democrat's announcement that he opposes the Iran deal and compared him to Joseph I. Lieberman, while former senior White House aide Dan Pfeiffer warned the Democratic base wouldn't support Schumer for leader. … The decision by Senator Chuck Schumer of New York to oppose the Iran nuclear deal has rattled the Democratic bulwark around the accord, emboldened the deal's opponents in both parties, and set off a wave of condemnation from liberals for the man who hopes to lead Senate Democrats in the next Congress…

Paul Ryan embraces Failure Theater on the budget deal

But busting the caps to this degree with no real pay-fors, when you're not up against a government shutdown or a default, is now his legacy and the legacy of his tenure: a period of total surrender by Republican leadership on fiscal issues. … Of course, John Boehner promised that there would be no more backroom deals, and that you'd get at least three days of a public bill before voting – a shame that he would literally violate his Pledge to America on the way out the door. … Between this Boehner-Obama deal and the Ryan-Murray spending agreement of 2013 (the last time Congress revisited the discretionary spending caps), Congress has increased spending by a total of 143 billion dollars before 2021 (the period covered by the Budget Control Act) paid for with 98 billion in savings not realized until after 2021."…

Government Union Engages In Failure Theater Against the Government Shutdown

Because this is Trump and because the case is filed in DC, we can bet a federal judge is going to issue an injunction declaring that these people must be paid regardless of any appropriation by Congress. … The nation's largest union representing federal employees filed a lawsuit Monday afternoon against the government, seeking damages for the roughly 400,000 federal employees forced to work without pay during the partial government shutdown. … Be that as it may, in a struggle to appear vaguely relevant and to be a card-carrying member of the #Resistance, the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) has sued the Trump administration…

Failure Theater: Elizabeth Warren edition

In exchange for their support on a vote for the fast-track trade authority, Democrats will get separate votes on two related bills on currency manipulation and duty-free status to U.S. imports of goods from certain sub-Saharan African countries. … Mitch McConnell (R-KY)' chamber='senate' mcid='M000355' ], Republican of Kentucky and the majority leader, vowed to press forward with a vote Tuesday afternoon to begin debating legislation granting the president "fast track" negotiating authority to complete a major trade deal with 11 Pacific Rim nations. … A heated dispute over how to challenge China on currency policy has imperiled a trade bill that has become President Obama's top legislative priority, uniting even the president's top Democratic supporters against taking up the bill in the Senate…

Mitch McConnell says he will fight really, really hard this time

That presupposes that none of their staff briefed their senators on what was in the legislation, that nobody read a 68-page bill, and that senators would vote for a bill, much less co-sponsor it without reading it, and knowing what's in it," Cornyn said. … Cornyn earlier told reporters he did not think it was possible Democrats didn't know about the anti-abortion provision, which represents a change from current law in applying the Hyde amendment to something other than an appropriations bill. … After weeks of Democrats questioning his unwillingness to schedule the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be attorney general, the Senate majority leader announced at a press conference Tuesday that the Senate will vote to confirm her next week…

Senator John Barrasso wins Tony Award for Failure Theater

But a repeal bill would almost certainly earn some Democratic support in the Senate -- NFIB's Austin said her group has already been in touch with moderates like Joe Manchin (D-WV) and [mc_name name='Sen. … The Obama administration has already softened the mandate on its own, delaying it for a year and allowing medium-sized companies to avoid any penalties until 2016 at the behest of the business community. … But the difference between this and other legislative paths that Republicans might take -- pushing for full repeal or repealing something more crucial to the law's foundation like the individual mandate -- is that a repeal of the employer mandate might be something the White House could actually stomach…

@BobCorker stunned that he is betrayed by Obama

The seven-page draft, seen by Reuters, states that the seven previous U.N. resolutions onIran will be terminated when the International Atomic Energy Agency submits a report verifying Iran has implemented certain nuclear-related measures. … The deal reached on Tuesday in Vienna with Iran was negotiated by Germany, the European Union and the five permanent, veto-wielding members of the Security Council - the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France. … The United States on Wednesday circulated a draft resolution to the U.N. Security Council that would endorse the Iran nuclear deal but retain an arms embargo and ban on ballistic missile technology, said diplomats ahead of a likely vote next week…

Failure Theater: Foreign Policy guru edition

It also ensures they get invited to the right parties -- I don't know if Petraeus's probation allows him to attend parties so maybe that isn't a concern of all of them -- and they don't have to publicly take a stand that might get them blacklisted by the State Department. … The rest of the list includes former Democratic Senators and Representatives, some of the city's top think tankers, a range of former diplomats who served under Republican presidents, and Olli Heinonen, a multi-decade veteran of the IAEA and arguably the world's single most careful analyst on verification and monitoring issues. … Even when the former Obama officials didn't have Iran as part of their portfolio - David Makovsky was part of Kerry's Middle East peace process push and Norman Eisen was ambassador to the Czech Republic - these are veteran diplomats who were serving in the administration until just very recently…

The Curtain Rises Today on Act 2 of the Planned Parenthood GOP Failure Theater

They think you won't be able to see through their charade and notice that money has to ultimately be affirmatively appropriated by Congress on a regular basis, and that as long as they are in control of the purse strings, no bill can go through with additional funding for Planned Parenthood without their consent. … So just keep this in mind as you watch the curtain rise on this particular act of the charade, and as people are praising some for voting for the bill and criticizing others for voting against it: the people who are putting on this act think you are stupid. … Act 2 then inevitably involves a promise from McConnell and the rest of his crack leadership team to do something "reasonable" to address the problem that doesn't risk any political damage to the GOP (but also doesn't stand any chance in hell of actually addressing the problem)…

Adam Schiff Has a New Public Relations Stunt to Encourage #TheResistance

It seems to me, that if "obstruction of justice" were the goal, that a president would simply order a pardon and completely avoid a paper trail. … I suppose, that if the executive agreed to give the files to Congress, Congress could send a criminal referral to Justice...you know, just like it did with Eric Holder. … Secondly, there is no way this passes the Congress or that any president, even Elizabeth Warren, signs it into law because it implies that the presidential pardon power is not plenary…

More Failure Theater from the GOP

Bob Corker (R-TN)' chamber='senate' mcid='C001071' ] can even contemplate that the votes can be put together to override an Obama veto of a bill requiring Congressional oversight shows that Corker is either a complete moron (and this is by no means a wild flight of imagination) or that he thinks the Democrats would be happy to see America nuked by Iran because someone was all meany-pants to Barack Obama (again, based on what we've seen of the Democrats this is very likely true). … Bob Corker (R-TN)' chamber='senate' mcid='C001071' ] said he was approached to sign the letter by Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas, but he concluded it might set back his ultimate goal: veto-proof support for a bill he has sponsored requiring a congressional vote to approve or reject an Iran deal. … With Republicans needing significant Democratic support to achieve their goal of derailing the talks — or at least altering the emerging deal — some senators said Cotton's effort could backfire by injecting excessive partisanship into the debate over how best to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran…