The Week: Most Recent Politics Posts recent posts.en-usFri, 21 Nov 2014 06:23:00 -0500http://theweek.com Recent Politics Posts from THE WEEKFri, 21 Nov 2014 06:23:00 -0500Obama just kneecapped Jeb Bush and Chris Christie's 2016 prospects<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">President Obama on Thursday announced his much-anticipated executive action on immigration, and in doing so he lobbed a grenade squarely into the 2016 Republican primary race.</p><p class="p1">Obama's order will reshape how the feds prioritize deportations of undocumented workers, shielding an estimated five million of them from being kicked out of the country. "We shall not oppress a stranger for we know the heart of a stranger &mdash; we were strangers once, too," Obama said, quoting scripture.</p><p class="p1">By moving ahead solo before the new Congress is sworn in, Obama ensured Republicans will finally have to address immigration...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Fri, 21 Nov 2014 06:23:00 -0500It's official: The religious right is calling it quits<img src="" /></P><p>What a difference 10 years can make.</p><p>In the weeks following George W. Bush's re-election to the presidency in November 2004, with exit polls saying that the election had been decided by voters who were moved primarily by "moral values," the religious right felt giddy. Its push to get states to adopt referenda banning same-sex marriage had been wildly successful and helped to mobilize conservatives. With the greatest political champion the movement had ever known assured of four more years in the White House, the religious right began to dream of passing an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/damon-linker" ><span class="byline">Damon Linker</span></a>Fri, 21 Nov 2014 06:04:00 -0500Uber, and the growing threat of corporate surveillance<img src="" /></P><p>Since the Snowden leaks in mid-2013, there has been a roiling debate about potential abuse from the surveillance state. This eventually sparked a bill to reform the National Security Agency, which was recently filibustered in the Senate by terror-baiting demagogues.</p><p>But we're missing a big part of the story. With the spread of technology, especially GPS-enabled, always-on smartphones, corporations have effectively gained access to many of the same surveillance tools used by the NSA, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the National Reconnaissance Office. And it's easy to imagine cases in which...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/ryan-cooper" ><span class="byline">Ryan Cooper</span></a>Fri, 21 Nov 2014 06:03:00 -0500The GOP's best response to Obama's immigration move: Toothless griping<img src="" /></P><p>Helping immigrants in America has never been much of a political winner. While most Americans wouldn't be Americans if their forebears hadn't entered the U.S., the nation has always had a strong nativist streak. Time and again, the last group that entered the country en masse wants to shut the door on the next.</p><p>But welcoming in the tired, poor, "huddled masses yearning to breathe free," as Emma Lazarus memorably put it in <em>The New Colossus</em>, has also long been a part of America's self-identity. Politically, if not substantively, there's a difference between sitting on your hands while hardworking...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Thu, 20 Nov 2014 06:29:00 -0500Hillary Clinton needs to win big in 2016. Here's how she can do it.<img src="" /></P><p>Unless there is a recession in the next two years, Hillary Clinton, or whoever wins the next Democratic presidential primary, will likely be the odds-on favorite to take the White House in 2016. However, she may very well find it impossible to implement any sort of program, or indeed to govern at all.</p><p>As the era of Barack Obama has shown, any Democratic president will likely face an enraged, scorched-earth opposition campaign from Republicans in Congress, likely featuring repeated high-stakes hostage negotiations as Republicans shut down the government or threaten national default to extract policy...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/ryan-cooper" ><span class="byline">Ryan Cooper</span></a>Thu, 20 Nov 2014 06:07:00 -0500Why Republicans could win a shutdown battle with President Obama<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Last October, Republicans embarked on a fool's errand to stop ObamaCare with a government shutdown. They ended up sending their party's approval rating into a seeming death spiral.</p><p class="p1">Yet the GOP soon rebounded, helped along by the health care law's poor rollout. This month, Republicans pummeled Democrats in the midterms en route to their largest congressional majority since World War II.</p><p class="p1">Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), soon to be majority leader, has vowed that there will be no more government shutdowns. But with President Obama planning to move ahead unilaterally on immigration reform, Washington...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Wed, 19 Nov 2014 06:31:00 -0500The chilling irony of German austerity<img src="" /></P><p dir="ltr">The competition for which nation can have the worst post-2008 economic policy is a stiff one. The United States has literally left free money on the table for years. Argentina is monetizing its debt, and inflation is a serious problem as a result.</p><p dir="ltr">But the victor in these failure sweepstakes is undoubtedly Germany, with its till-death-do-us-part love of austerity and tight money. German political and economic pressure has created a continent-wide depression that is now worse than that of the 1930s. Though Germany has managed to avoid the worst of the crisis itself, it is also just barely staying...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/ryan-cooper" ><span class="byline">Ryan Cooper</span></a>Wed, 19 Nov 2014 06:08:00 -0500Why Hillary Clinton will struggle to rebuild the Obama coalition<img src="" /></P><p>In the wake of the disastrous midterms for Democrats, analysis of their prospects for the 2016 elections &mdash; and especially the outlook for Hillary Clinton &mdash; ranged from shrugs to panic. Some argued that the unique turnout models of midterms do not allow for any projections in a presidential cycle, while others talked about an electoral realignment. Neither extreme applies, but the elections show that the Democrats do have a big problem: it will not be easy for Hillary Clinton, should she choose to run, to rebuild the coalition that won two elections for President Obama.</p><p>First of all...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/edward-morrissey" ><span class="byline">Edward Morrissey</span></a>Tue, 18 Nov 2014 09:52:00 -0500On immigration, Obama is flirting with tyranny<img src="" /></P><p>A democracy dies by a thousand cuts. A particularly deep one may come later this week, administered by none other than Barack Obama.</p><p>As has been widely reported for months, the president plans to make "changes to the immigration enforcement system" that "could offer legal documents to as many as five million immigrants in the country illegally." And as <em>New York Times</em> columnist Ross Douthat has provocatively and persuasively explained &mdash; often in painstaking and illuminating exchanges with Obama's defenders &mdash; those changes would constitute an unprecedented and quite likely unconstitutional...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/damon-linker" ><span class="byline">Damon Linker</span></a>Tue, 18 Nov 2014 06:00:00 -0500Why the U.S. voted against Obama's economy<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>More than a week after the Republican election "wave" saw GOP capture the Senate, expand its majority in the House to levels not seen since the 1940s, expand its control of governorships, and attain a level of power within the state legislatures not seen since the 1920s, a big question is still being tossed around by pundits, political operatives and investors: What does it all mean?</p><p>Some believe the election was a repudiation of President Obama's leadership style as well as Democratic policies. Before the election, Obama himself had said his "policies are on the ballot," as numerous campaign...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Anthony MirhaydariMon, 17 Nov 2014 08:06:00 -0500