In what's become something of a sick annual tradition, members of Congress attached a multitude of riders to this must-pass piece of legislation in an attempt to sneak through deeply unpopular things they could never justify introducing or voting for on their own.
Republicans in Congress have, once again, successfully painted themselves into a corner. Even though they've done exactly this previously (in exactly the same way), they now have absolutely no idea how to get out of this dilemma (which they created for themselves).
In this edition of Drinking and Talking, HuffPost's Sam Stein and Jen Bendery sit down with White House Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer. They discuss the ups and downs of 2014, and what Obama hopes to accomplish in the next two years.
In honor of Christmas Eve, and the recent CRomnibus spending bill, a parody of "A Visit from St. Nicholas" ...
Beyond recklessly rolling back the financial protections of Dodd-Frank, Congress tacked on several other policy changes to the spending bill that threaten the lives and livelihoods of working families.
Two Is Not Enough: Why the Campaign Against D.C.'s Marijuana Legalization Initiative Failed So Badly
Prohibition and the modern Drug War, banning these drugs causes many more problems than it solves. Once people consider marijuana laws through the lens of tobacco and alcohol policy, it's obvious that when it comes to drugs that are regulated instead of criminalized, two is not enough.
The negotiations over Cromnibus show why Americans don't trust the government in Washington. While no sensible citizen wants the Federal government to shut down, most of us are sick of special-interest giveaways. Someone has to stop them.
The campaign finance deregulation policy rider to the spending legislation signed by the president is a final recognition by politicians of both parties that nothing will be done to prevent or even slow down the seemingly unstoppable march toward even more money in American politics.
President Obama has stated repeatedly that dealing with the climate crisis is a top priority for his remaining time in office. Nice rhetoric, but by signing this bill he is taking a step major step backwards in that process.