Tim Fernholz is a former staff writer for the Prospect. His work has been published by Newsweek, The New Republic, The Nation, The Guardian, and The Daily Beast. He is also a Research Fellow at the New America Foundation.
While it does not urge a specific solution, Democrats said it demonstrates increased backing in the majority for a proposal, championed by Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and others, weaken the minority’s ability to tie the Senate calendar into parliamentary knots.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is going to formally ask President Obama to release convicted spy Jonathan Pollard. Read Spencer Ackerman, who knows about these things, for some context to this story, which includes, rather interestingly, the Center for American Progress' national security expert Larry Korb.
I must say, just two days from Christmas Eve, I am infected with the Christmas spirit. So is Washington, D.C.'s city council, which does its level best to make laws during the occasional periods when members of Congress aren't trying to impose their own views on the District's citizenry.
Here's a report from local blog DCist on the council's debate over imposing residency requirements on homeless people seeking to use the city's shelters. Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. noted that "as we approach Christmas, that there was someone we were celebrating that was homeless." Disputes followed.