If confirmed, Yellen, who currently serves as vice chair of the Federal Reserve, would be the first female chair of the United States’ central banking system.
House Speaker John Boehner, like New York’s George Michaels during the state’s 1970 abortion vote, has the opportunity to do the right thing, even if it costs him his speakership. But will he do it?
Here’s a little bit more about the Texas senator who recently announced that she will run for governor of the state.
Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis officially announced that she will run for Texas governor Thursday, following weeks of speculation among Democrats and progressives in Texas who’ve been rooting for the Fort Worth native to make a run for statewide office ever since her news-making 13-hour filibuster of Texas’ omnibus anti-abortion bill this summer.
On Monday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) spoke on the Senate floor about the importance of the birth control benefit in the health-care law and urged “those legislators who cannot cope with the reality of our democracy to get out of the way, so that those of us in both parties who understand that the American people sent us here to work for them can get back to work solving real problems faced by the American people.”
With only two days left in the fiscal year, Rep. Louise Slaughter called on House Republicans to stop holding the American people hostage to demands on health-care reform. Republicans have refused to fund the government unless the Affordable Care Act—a law that is set to deliver health benefits to 30 million more Americans—is delayed or dismantled.
Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis is preparing to announce a run for governor next week, according to news outlets that have spoken with anonymous, high-ranking Democratic sources.
Kasie Hunt, NBC News political producer, talks with Rachel Maddow about whether there is any practical consequence to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) faux-filibustering the funding of the Affordable Care Act.
To bring attention to National Voter Registration Day, which was on Tuesday, September 24, the New York Civil Liberties Union’s Teen Activist Project took to New York City streets to ask New Yorkers whether they would sign a pledge not to vote. According to the NYCLU, many people who are eligible to vote—for various reasons—do not. In fact, only 28 percent of registered voters cast a ballot in the 2009 NYC mayoral election—that’s down 65 percent from 1953.
Sam Brownback made a commitment in 2011: to serve the state of Kansas as its governor. It was a commitment to all who live in the state, rich and poor alike. But many of Brownback’s promises to the state’s poor residents have been broken.