Frank James

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Gas Exports Debate Makes Better Domestic Politics Than Geopolitics

Monday, March 10, 2014

Russia's intervention in Ukraine has sparked another debate over the Obama administration's energy policy.

Russia is a major provider of natural gas to Western Europe. That's caused some U.S. policymakers — largely but not exclusively congressional Republicans — to call on the Obama administration to clear the way for increased ...


CPAC's Conservative-Libertarian Split Could Be Hard To Bridge

Friday, March 07, 2014

If any two issues illustrate how difficult it could be for the part of the Republican Party represented by the social and national security conservatives to bridge their differences with libertarians, same-sex marriage and National Security Agency intelligence are good candidates

Discussions at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference got ...


3 Lessons From Obama's Failed Justice Department Nomination

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Now that the smoke has cleared from Debo Adegbile's failed nomination Wednesday to head the Justice Department's civil rights division, there are some lessons to draw from that Democratic debacle.

Why was it a disaster? Seven Democrats defected from their party to vote against Obama's nominee. The nomination had been ...


CPAC 2014: Reading The Tea (Party) Leaves

Thursday, March 06, 2014

The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the annual gathering of conservatives which is part pep rally, part trade show, part revival meeting and part political cattle call, rolls into Washington this week.

As the 2014 version gets underway, one of the major questions hanging over the event is this: how ...


Bill Clinton, Party-Builder In Chief

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

President Obama may be the standard bearer of the Democratic Party, but his unpopularity in some parts of the country means there are certain places on the campaign trail where it's best for him to stay away.

Enter former President Clinton, who can go where Obama fears to tread.

The ...


Ukraine Is The Latest Overseas Crisis To Blur DC's Partisan Lines

Monday, March 03, 2014

To the list of political issues with which we began this mid-term election year, which had the Affordable Care Act and the economy at the top, we can now add Russia's involvement in Ukraine.

But while the domestic issues divide along fairly clear blue and red lines, the political question ...


Hillary Clinton's Political Acumen And Other Tidbits From New Docs

Friday, February 28, 2014

Did we learn anything new about Hillary Clinton from the documents released Friday by the Clinton Presidential Library? Was there anything that could matter if she decides to run for president?

The answer so far appears to be no. That said, there were still aspects of the documents that ...


Clintons Provide Firepower Behind DNC 'Voter Expansion Project'

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Democrats believe they've discovered a way to play more offense against Republican efforts that have had the effect of making it harder for many voters — especially young, senior and minority citizens — to cast their ballots.

Their answer: a new initiative, announced by the Democratic National Committee at its ...


Pentagon Cuts Promise Political Pain

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Cutting defense spending in Washington is about as popular as proposing Social Security cuts. In other words, not very.

Which explains why, following Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's announcement Monday that the Obama administration's new budget would propose shrinking the Army, closing bases and ditching weapons systems, the responses from


Obama And Boehner Relationship Anything But Solid

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

If more were actually getting done in Washington, there probably would be much less attention focused on how few times President Obama and Speaker John Boehner have met face-to-face, and on their "relationship."

But Congress is testing new lows in terms of legislative productivity, which leaves plenty of time for ...


The Lessons Of John Dingell's Departure

Monday, February 24, 2014

Nearly every news account Monday of Rep. John Dingell's retirement announcement made mention of his amazing longevity — the Michigan Democrat is the longest-serving member in the history of Congress.

While his durability is the stuff of legend, it's also remarkable that an accomplished, heavyweight legislator like Dingell stayed so ...


FCC Won't Ask Journalists To Explain Themselves After All

Friday, February 21, 2014

It may not be in full retreat, but the Federal Communications Commission certainly seemed to be in a major strategic withdrawal from a plan that has caused a political firestorm: a study that would have asked journalists and media owners how they decide what is and isn't news.

Conservative ...


Obama Buoys Democrats By Dropping Social Security Cut Idea

Thursday, February 20, 2014

For a political party already facing a difficult midterm election the way the Democrats are, the fewer internally divisive issues the better.

And few items were more divisive among Democrats than President Obama's previous proposal to reduce Social Security entitlement spending by using a less generous formula to calculate cost-of-living ...


How A Remote Alaska Road Became A Political Wedge Issue

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Judging from an attack by one of his Republican opponents, you could easily draw the conclusion that Democratic Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska opposes a road that would serve as a lifeline to the remote Aleutian village of King Cove. But you would be wrong.

Begich, who is counted among ...


Democrats Seek Cure For GOP Obamacare Attacks

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

House Democrats know they can run but can't hide from Republican attacks on the Affordable Care Act.

So they've decided on a four-pronged counter message as they try to withstand the GOP pummeling.

  • Embrace the parts of the law that are broadly popular like the ban on insurance companies ...


Authors Of New Hillary Clinton Book: She Never Stopped Running

Friday, February 14, 2014

For HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton, their new book about Hillary Clinton's time as the nation's secretary of state, political reporters Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes gained unusual access to Hillaryworld.

In fact, for the just-released volume — 440 pages including the index — they ...


Rand Paul's NSA Lawsuit Helps Him Lay Claim To A Big Issue

Thursday, February 13, 2014

By filing his lawsuit against the Obama administration, including the National Security Agency, over the intelligence agency's collection of phone call data, Sen. Rand Paul now has ownership of a major issue in a way no other potential 2016 presidential candidate can lay claim.

Paul was there early, and ...


Debt Ceiling Vote Relied On GOP's 'Tough Vote' Caucus

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Within the House Republican Conference, an unofficial "tough vote" caucus is taking shape.

Its members are the ones who tend to cast the unpleasant, politically painful, bite-the-bullet votes — like this week's debt ceiling vote. Other fiscal votes that fit the pattern include last year's fiscal cliff deal or ...


Debt Ceiling Standoff? Not This Time

Monday, February 10, 2014

When the federal government hits its debt ceiling at the end of the month, don't expect another big red-on-blue confrontation.

The appetite in the House Republican conference for that kind of debt-defying standoff isn't what it was last fall when the nation was hit by the double whammy of the ...


House Republicans May Get To Immigration, Just Not Now

Friday, February 07, 2014

In politics, it always comes down to timing. And right now, it appears the timing just isn't right for congressional Republicans to take up an immigration overhaul.

If you read between the lines, that's what Speaker John Boehner was saying when he talked earlier in the week about how "difficult" ...