House passes $1.1 trillion spending bill

The bill passed the House last night, but finally there were some real signs of pushing back hard against the money interests in Congress..
Warren established herself as a leading figure in Congress…
And if it’s really the case that the last-minute provisions that were written by big banks and squeezed into this bill will allow them to gamble with other people’s money again, and gives them guarantees for their losses… it will be 2008 again in a very short time.. this is not political ideology, and it has to be stopped…Let’s see today how this is handled in the Senate..
Warren was recently let into the leadership and is not being quiet anymore..

And Obama looks bad and uninterested in all of this.. always avoiding conflict..

Congress managed to narrowly avoid another government shutdown crisis Thursday night when the House approved a $1.1 trillion spending package
to keep most government agencies operating through next summer.

The 219-to-206 vote came with less than three hours to go until government funding expired.
The result capped a long and acrimonious day in which House Democrats nearly upended the entire package, which was backed by President Obama. The showdown exposed some of the dynamics on Capitol Hill in which the most liberal Democrats replaced the most conservative Republicans as significant obstacles to passing difficult fiscal legislation.

Senators late Thursday approved a two-day extension of current funding in order to give them more time to work
through arcane procedural rules, pass the bill and cap the least productive congressional session in modern history.


Elizabeth Warren On New Leadership Position: ‘Nobody’s Clipping My Wings’

Let’s see how this all plays out.. and how her political skills are in navigating this whole thing.. It’s a big platform for her.. but it might also tie her into the establishment.. and other new political games…

In some ways she’s had the privilege of a persistent "one-note" line of attack against banks on behalf of families so far..
Now things will change..

WASHINGTON — Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) pushed back Thursday evening against the notion that her new Senate position means that she will be a "liberal liaison" between Democratic leaders and the party’s progressive base.

"I don’t quite understand it," said Warren of the oft-repeated, informal title that’s been used in media reports to describe her new leadership position.

Warren’s elevation was ratified Thursday during a more than three-hour, closed-door meeting, where Democrats elected their new Senate leaders for the next Congress. Warren’s role had not previously been disclosed to the caucus, having only been reported as a possibility by HuffPost the afternoon before. Before the meeting had ended, reporters were being told by sources outside Reid’s office that Warren would be a "liberal liaison," and would additionally hold a policy portfolio.

Grimes won’t be ‘bullied’ by Chuck Todd

Back to more “local” news..
MSNBC’s Chuck Todd got too sloppy on Morning Joe last week and learns the hard way that his words will carry a bit different weight as MTP moderator..

Chuck Todd keeps trying to get out of the Kentucky Senate race, but the Kentucky Senate race keeps pulling him back in.

On Wednesday, one day after Todd expressed “heartburn” over his “sloppy” remarks, Democratic hopeful Alison Lundergan Grimes suggested that the “Meet the Press” host had bullied her when he criticized her refusal to disclose whom she voted for in 2008.

“I’m not going to be bullied by Mitch McConnell or Chuck Todd,” the Kentucky Democrat said during a news conference on Wednesday.

(Todd said) in Friday’s edition of “Morning Joe”: “I really think she disqualified herself,” he says. “I really do.”

Battle for the Senate is a Toss Up

It still seems too close to call – but as they talked about on Meet the Press yesterday.. Hillary and other Democrats would love to run against a fully GOP controlled, but still dysfunctional and gridlocked Congress in 2016..

Just as some prominent election prognosticators seem ready to give Republicans the Senate, two forecasting models show the battle is essentially a toss up.

The Upshot now gives Republicans a 52% chance of winning control of the upper chamber, while Election Lab gives the GOP a 50% chance. The Votemaster also has the race as a toss up.

For comparison, FiveThirtyEight gives Republicans a 58% chance of taking the Senate.


At 11th hour, U.S. edges away from brink of debt crisis | Reuters

What a waste… all this damage for nothing.. and a new round early next year..

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announces a last-minute deal to avert a historic lapse in the government's borrowing ability, in this still image taken from video from the floor of the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington October 16, 2013. REUTERS-U.S. Senate TV-Handout

(Reuters) – U.S. Senate leaders announced a deal on Wednesday to end a political crisis that partially shut down the federal government and brought the world’s biggest economy close to a debt default that could have threatened global financial calamity.

The deal, however, offers only a temporary fix and does not resolve the fundamental issues of spending and deficits that divide Republicans and Democrats. It funds the government until January 15, so Americans face the possibility of another government shutdown early next year.

Senate Leaders Push Debt Deal With House Still in Doubt –

Who knows how this will end.. but it seems likely that the line of default will be crossed Thursday, if nothing else to hurt Obama.. also in part because it’s not a fixed deadline and one could argue about the "technicalities" of a default or not… but either way it’s a very sad development of US politics… that some donors dictates something that starts having the features of a "coup" of the US Government by private forces….

WASHINGTON — While Republican senators prepared to meet on Tuesday morning to hear from their leadership about a potential deal with Democrats that could reopen the government and lift the threat of an American default by raising the debt ceiling, House Republicans tempered their demands to scale back President Obama’s health care law, announcing that they would soon vote on a proposal meant to counteract a less conservative plan coming from the Senate.

Does Cory Booker Really Want to Go to Washington?

There might be a lot to this.. Booker is a great guy for doing things… an operative… and the slowness and diplomacy of the Senate could drive him nuts..


Jay Newton-Small says Cory Booker would have been better off running for governor than dealing with a gridlocked Congress.

"Booker’s claim to fame is the ancient art of retail politics, with a very modern social media twist. Snowed in during a blizzard? Just tweet him and he’ll come dig you out. (Maybe personally.) Pothole? Let him know; he’ll send a crew. Booker might even come and rescue you from a burning house… Senators don’t fix potholes.
Never mind flaming buildings-they rarely even kiss babies… Assuming Booker wins today and prevails against a weak GOP field in the October 16 special election, his prize will be a backbench seat in a hated institution where he’ll be expected to dim his wattage, at least in the short term. It’s almost enough to make a burning house sound like fun. But for now, it seems, Booker will have to settle for it."

Booker Headed for a Landslide

It looks like a lock… Senator Cory Booker (D) of New Jersey..


A new Quinnipiac poll in New Jersey finds Cory Booker (D) with a "seemingly unbeatable lead" in next week’s Democratic Senate primary, with 54% of likely Democratic primary voters, followed by Rep. Frank Pallone (D) at 17%, Rep. Rush Holt (D) at 15% and Sheila Oliver (D) at 5%.

In a general election matchup, Booker tops Steve Lonegan (R), 54% to 29%, among registered voters.

Said pollster Maurice Carroll: "Unless the sky falls, Newark Mayor Cory Booker can start looking for a Washington apartment."