Domestic Affairs Archive
TLDR Upfront: With Cabinet nominations now solely a spectator sport after the elimination of the cabinet filibuster, and the ACA repeal via reconciliation largely baked in because it was *passed* with reconciliation - one may feel there is little legislative leverage points to apply to the administration.
Oh ye of little faith.
TLDR Up Front: For months the Dakota protest camp was on Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) land and USACE signaled it would not require them to leave. However on Sunday a smaller group set up a new camp on a private ranch impeding access on public highway - leading to a confrontation when police cleared
A few months ago I posted the defensive side of the policy questions - how do, or can, we proportionally respond to foreign cyber attacks?
TLDRUpFront: The trophic model of interactions between levels in an ecosystem is a useful analogy for understanding market function and dysfunction. And how removing the apex predator, which is risk in free markets, can lead to trophic collapse.
The Independent Commission on 9/11 is approved - though it hardly seems independent.
When reporting the news story of the police raids on Marion “Suge” Knights record label not only did good ol’ Lou mispronounce “Suge” as “Sew-gee” he then went on to say the record producer had formerly represented slain rapper “Tupac Shaker”. (1) Stick to the financial markets Lou. (1) http://www.cnn.com/2002/LAW/11/14/rap.murder.warrants/index.html
A proposal to curtail the power of the 'blue slip' indefinite delays, without even a filibuster, of judicial nominees.
Thirteen months after 9/11 it become clearer what President Bush was willing, and not willing, to do in the Global War on Terror.