Senate Democrats may be in the minority, but they still have tools and means to slow down, if not outright thwart, presidential cabinet nominees.
One aspect of the partial government shutdown that's tended to be forgotten is how it's a result of Congress failing to get one of its most important constitutional responsibilities done on time.
We've long argued the federal government has a deep and disturbing spending problem. Little did we imagine that spending included preparing for attacks from outer space.
With the partial government shutdown now more than a month old, official Washington increasingly wonder whether and how things will get back to normal. But as we have written before, shutdowns can be instructive, if we remove the hysteria from them.
New polling data from Rasmussen Reports finds that most people believe the government actively spies on reporters and political opponents:
Conservatives have dreamed of draining the DC swamp for decades. But their efforts -- even today -- are frustrated by the powerful financial allure for politicians to remain in DC long after their days in office are through. What do those ex-officeholders do? They search for lucrative jobs lobbying their former colleagues.
Newly-minted Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made a bit of a slash when she called for raising the top federal tax rate to 70 percent. It would apply, we are assured, only to the "super wealthy," and would help the government pay for a "Green New Deal."
The partial government shutdown has generated a number of headlines about those workers who are feeling the pinch from not getting their federal paychecks. We sympathize with those folks – they are caught in the middle of a policy fight.
President Trump made his case to the nation for the construction of a border barrier. Much of what the president said was not new, and some of his themes echoed statements he made as a candidate for the GOP nomination.
Democrats are now in charge of the House of Representatives for the first time in eight years. What are they doing with this new responsibility?