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Speaker Boehner’s Raid on the Treasury Enabled the Supreme Court to Strike Down DOMA

John BoehnerUsing funds appropriated for congressional operations to fight court battles on behalf of the Defense of Marriage Act turned out to be a bad deal for taxpayers and DOMA supporters alike.

By Scott Lilly | Thursday, June 27, 2013

Will Turkey’s Ruling Party Learn from the Debacle at Gezi Park?

Turkish protestsPrime Minister Erdoğan should either redirect his policies toward building cohesion or turn the reins of power over to someone who can.

By Scott Lilly | Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Whack-a-Mole Budgeting

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International AirportThe Federal Aviation Administration “fix” demonstrates how clueless Congress remains about the mischief it has created.

By Scott Lilly | Friday, April 26, 2013

K Street: Then and Now

Los Angeles International AirportAirlines for America CEO Nick Calio’s recent lawsuit against the Federal Aviation Administration demonstrates that lobbyists today aren’t as invested in the details as they used to be.

By Scott Lilly | Thursday, April 25, 2013

Sequestration and the Failure of the Fourth Estate

Air traffic control tower at Chicago's Midway International AirportReporting that says that the blame for the sequester is to be shared is probably not wrong. But among those who should be at the forefront of sharing that blame are the nation's newspapers and broadcasters.

By Scott Lilly | Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Sequestration May Do Little to Reduce the Deficit

American AirlinesThe billions of dollars in savings promised by the sequester could turn out to be no more than a pipe dream.

By Scott Lilly | Friday, February 22, 2013

House Republicans Still Haven’t Learned Lessons from Their 1995 Government Shutdown

Closure sign at the Lincoln Memorial due to government shutdownFacing three potential fiscal crises in the next 10 weeks, House Republicans and the president would do well to look back at the 1995 government shutdown for compromise ideas and lessons learned.

By Scott Lilly | Thursday, January 17, 2013

The ‘Debt Limit’: Time to End 95 Years of False Labeling

John Boehner, Eric Cantor, and Paul RyanWhat we now call “debt limit legislation” should be called “deadbeat legislation.”

By Scott Lilly | Thursday, December 13, 2012

Speaker Boehner’s ‘Mandate’ on Taxes

John Boehner at a press conferenceThe election sends a clear signal to congressional Republicans: Don’t push the country over the fiscal cliff in order to protect the tax cuts for millionaires.

By Scott Lilly | Friday, November 9, 2012

House Republicans Persist in Putting Our Foreign Service Officers at Risk

A Libyan military guard stands in front of one of the U.S. Consulate's burnt out buildings in Benghazi, Libya.The Obama administration’s requests for more overseas security funding for embassies and consulates have been repeatedly rebuffed by conservatives in Congress, led by House Republicans.

By Scott Lilly | Monday, October 22, 2012

McGovern ahead of his time

Scott Lilly discusses the political career and history of George McGovern, a former U.S. senator who passed away this weekend.

By Scott Lilly | Monday, October 22, 2012

McGovern Ahead of His Time

Former Sen. George McGovernAn article originally published on CNN discusses the political career and history of former Sen. George McGovern.

By Scott Lilly | Monday, October 22, 2012

Rep. West Forgets His Own Press Releases on Sequestration

A mid-September outbreak of amnesia seems to plague Capitol Hill. That outbreak appears to coincide with a growing awareness of the myriad of unpleasant consequences that will occuras a result of the across-the-board cuts enacted by Congress a little more than a year ago. To date, the victim of this scourge who appears to have […]

By Scott Lilly | Friday, September 21, 2012

Romney Needs the 47 Percent

Gov. Mitt RomneyIn Virginia and elsewhere, many counties that supported Sen. McCain in 2008 rely heavily on government assistance and pay less in federal taxes, yet Gov. Romney seems to say he’ll ignore them.

By Scott Lilly | Thursday, September 20, 2012

Diplomats, National Security, and the House Budget

Kenya embassy bombingDozens of foreign service officers working abroad have died in the line of duty, yet the House of Representatives repeatedly cut funding for the most basic security measures.

By Scott Lilly | Tuesday, September 18, 2012