The battle over President Obama’s trade deal has officially arrived

The Washington Post By David Nakamura and Mike DeBonis 11/5/15 The Obama administration released the full text of a 12-nation Pacific Rim free-trade accord on Thursday, launching what is expected to be a long and bruising fight to win final ratification in Congress for one of the president’s top priorities. A month after trade ministers reached agreement on the deal in Atlanta, the public will get its first look at the details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), an expansive pact that spans 30 chapters and hundreds of pages. After the … Continue reading

Amid revolt, Boehner steps aside to avoid ‘irreparable harm’ to Congress

IndyStar.com By Deirdre Shesgreen, USAToday 9/25/15 WASHINGTON — It took a visit from the pope, a brewing conservative rebellion, and a good night’s sleep for John Boehner — the son of a bartender and a devout Catholic from Cincinnati — to decide that Friday morning was the right moment for him to end his tumultuous five-year speakership and bring his 25-year career in Congress to a close. “This morning, I woke up and I said my prayers and I decided today’s the day I’m going to this,” Boehner told reporters in an … Continue reading

House, Senate leaders still lack plan to avoid shutdown

The only thing clear two weeks from the deadline is it will go down to the wire. Politico.com By Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer 9/17/15 The same Republicans who campaigned on doing away with legislative crises are careening toward government shutdown in less than two weeks with still no concrete plan to stop it. It’s not that Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) leadership team is hiding their best hand. They have no trick up their sleeve, no ace in the hole — pick your cliché. Nearly everyone in House and Senate … Continue reading

US Senate Dynamics: An alternate view to mainstream media and cable news

By Russ Phillips

Last month Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate, was the inaugural speaker of the series “Getting to the Point” at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate that had newly opened the previous month in Boston, MA. The series convenes individuals with diverse perspectives to discuss the current issues and challenges facing our community and government. McConnell has served 30 years in the Senate.

McConnell shared insights regarding historical functioning of the Senate and personal anecdotes.

Following McConnell’s remarks he then engaged in a Q & A with reporter Jackie Calmes with The New York Times.

I encourage you to check this out.