How Many Times Do We Have to Tell You Not to Count on Moderate Republicans To Save Us

Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court is a disaster moving slowly but inexorably towards us like the steamroller in Austin Powers. This morning, Ed Kilgore convincingly argued in New York that liberals’ great hope for stopping that disaster, moderate Republican Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski,…

Susan Collins Says She Won’t Support a Supreme Court Nominee Who Opposes Roe v. Wade

Sen. Susan Collins of Maine will be a key vote for the confirmation of an eventual nominee to the Supreme Court selected by President Donald Trump. A lot is at stake with the nomination, and Collins, who likes to position herself as a so-called “moderate” Republican, isn’t exactly someone you can count on to do the…

Trump Is Torpedoing the Senate Immigration Deal That Was Tailored to Please Him 

The Senate’s bipartisan immigration deal is falling apart because the president wants it to. By late Wednesday, a coalition of 17 senators—eight Republicans, eight Democrats, and one independent—reached consensus on a bill that would create a path to citizenship for 1.8 million undocumented immigrants who came to the…

Remember That Time the Democrats Delayed a Major Vote for an Incoming Senator?

Here’s a funny old thing: Doug Jones’ victory last night means there will be one fewer Republican in the Senate, which could—should—mean one less vote for the massive handout to donors that is the GOP tax bill. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Luther Strange, the interim senator currently occupying the…

These Republicans Are Not Happy With Trump's Decision to End Obamacare Subsidies

President Trump’s decision to end the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance subsides effectively destabilized an already volatile market and threatened to revoke access to affordable health care from millions of Americans. While a majority of Republicans lauded Trump’s executive order, a predictable few broke with…

Senator Susan Collins Puts the Final Nail in the Coffin on Republican Effort to Repeal Obamacare

Less than a day after Senate Republicans released a revised version of Graham-Cassidy tailored to senators who had withheld support of the bill, Senator Susan Collins of Maine announced she would continue to oppose the legislation on Monday. With Collins’ “no” vote, the Republican effort to repeal Obamacare has…

The Republicans Have Won the Healthcare Battle for Now—but They Haven't Won the War

In a dizzying turn of events, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell managed to push through a motion to proceed with a debate on healthcare on Tuesday afternoon, as 51 Republicans—including Vice President Mike Pence, who cast the tie-breaking vote—voted in favor of a bill that doesn’t yet exist after halting the…