Ron Elving

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When Is A Filibuster Not Really a Filibuster? When It Looks Like A Filibuster

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Filibusters were once reserved for the gravest existential issues. Rand Paul's long hours Wednesday were about liberty, the Constitution and the need to stand out in a field of presidential hopefuls.


Who Is Clinton Confidant Sidney Blumenthal?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Emails from informal adviser Blumenthal to Hillary Clinton on U.S. policy in Libya have been subpoenaed by a House committee. He's no stranger to controversy, but Clinton says he's just an old friend.


Remembering A Former House Speaker Whose Fall Signaled New Era Of Polarization

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

The short line of Jim Wright's bio is that he made history as the first speaker of the House to resign under pressure, and his fall signaled the rise of a long era of partisan divide.


How Vietnam Put Picking Presidents In The Hands Of The People

Friday, May 01, 2015

After the Vietnam era, it's hard to see how either party could dial back on its commitment to letting the people - at least those active in party voting - be the deciders of presidential nominations.


Has The Senate Found It's More Fun To Be Functional?

Friday, April 24, 2015

If this Senate is getting some traction, it's not yet a threat to anyone's legislative hall of fame. Much higher hurdles loom, including highway funding, spending bills and the debt ceiling.


'Hillary Clinton' Is Back, But Will There Be A Return Of The Rodham?

Monday, April 13, 2015

The former first lady and secretary of state has staked out her own ground. But it's notable that as she runs to be the first female president, she has dropped the maiden name that was once a staple.


2016 Presidential Field Expands; Obama Returns From Americas Summit

Monday, April 13, 2015

Hillary Clinton has made it official: she's running for president in 2016. Sen. Marco Rubio is set to announce his presidential plans Monday. In Panama, leaders wrapped up the Summit of the Americas.


How Senate Democrats Will Choose Their Next Leader

Friday, March 27, 2015

Closed-door leadership elections are held on a given day, but really take place over years of interaction and commerce among caucus members. Ideology and issues are not the paramount concern.


Amazingly, Congress Actually Got Something Done

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The leaders and members must, in a word, compromise. And on this occasion, Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi did just that, with skill and savvy.


With Sen. Dan Coats' Retirement, One More Gone From The Old School

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

These days, flying with both the defense hawks who want more money for the Pentagon and the budget hawks who want to attack the deficit has become more difficult within the GOP.


5 Reasons Cruz Announced His Candidacy Early

Monday, March 23, 2015

Cruz has not been the buzz candidate so far in the GOP's 2016 discussions — nor the media's. In fact, he has seemed at times a bit of a faded rose, a skyrocket that has spent much of its sparkle.


A First For Joe: Biden Could Break Tie To Confirm Attorney General

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Vice presidents have cast 244 tiebreakers in the Senate, but if Biden rescues Loretta Lynch's bid, it will be the first time it has been used for a Cabinet nomination.


Hillary Clinton Renews Tradition Of Trial By News Conference

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A key factor in controversies affecting presidential candidates has been the manner in which the media handled the story — and the manner in which the candidate handled the media.


Wild Day In Madison Likely To Be Another Win For Gov. Walker

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The latest protests in Madison could reinforce Walker's law-and-order image, at least with Wisconsinites who voted for him — and Iowa Republicans who will be voting for president early next year.


Failed Keystone Veto Override Marks Another Win For Veto Pen

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Since the beginning of the republic, regular presidential vetoes have been overridden only 7 percent of the time, and that percentage falls to 4 percent if you include the sneakier "pocket veto."


6 Years On, Is The Tea Party Here To Stay?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Disillusionment with Wall Street, big political parties, big deficits and big government in general began even under Republican George W. Bush, but it took a hard turn after the election of 2008.

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Why Congress Doesn't Really Worry About What Most Americans Think

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Polls show Americans are largely in favor of authorizing further actions against the Islamic State. Yet there is one group of Americans that is having far more trouble deciding how it feels: Congress.


Honoring Presidents Day Reminds Us 2016 Isn't That Far Away

Monday, February 16, 2015

On this holiday, we look ahead to who might enter the 2016 presidential race. Is Democrat Hillary Clinton going to run, and what Republicans might decide to enter the race?


Why Convention Sites Don't Make Very Good Swing State Strategy

Friday, February 13, 2015

The idea that convention cities are decided with an eye toward winning the host city's state is popular to the point of being irresistible. But it doesn't fare well against the facts.


In White House Memory, A-U-M-F Translates To B-U-S-H

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Surely it is not a welcome thought for the current White House that it is going to Congress for the Authorization for the Use of Military Force " ... just like President Bush."