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  • Democrats’ path after Obamacare: down, down, down Nov 25, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Byron York: Are post-Obamacare Democrats as strongly opposed to changing the law as their colleagues who voted for it? Or are they possibly a little less personally invested in staving off challenges? It’s a question that will be tested in coming months.

  • The audacity of Greg Orman Oct 22, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Byron York: For many Republicans, the real problem with Independent U.S. Senate candidate Greg Orman is not that he is a cipher. It’s the suspicion that his entire campaign is a ruse.

  • Democrats now warming to filibuster Sep 11, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Byron York: For the first time in eight years, Democrats would find themselves in the minority. And you’ll never guess what some strategists close to Reid are talking about: Yes, Democrats are threatening to use the once-hated filibuster to stop Republican initiatives

  • Another government shutdown? Not gonna happen Sep 4, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Byron York: A few weeks ago Washington was buzzing with predictions that Republicans will impeach President Obama. More recently, Washington has been buzzing with predictions that Republicans will shut down the government. Both have come mostly from Democrats facing long odds in November’s midterms,

  • The more they learn about health care law, the less they like Aug 19, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Byron York: Democrats have long believed Obamacare would become more popular once it was fully in place and Americans got a chance to see it up close. So why is Obamacare less popular now than a few months ago? Because it is fully in place and Americans have had a chance to see it up close.

  • Angry impasse threatens border solution Jul 24, 2014 4:16 PM
    Columnist Byron York: After more than a year of contentious debate, could Congress be any more divided over the issue of immigration? The answer is yes.

  • Don’t let Congress decide what’s ‘reasonable’ Jul 3, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Byron York: While much of Washington grapples with international crises, chronic economic troubles and upcoming midterm elections, Senate Democrats are steadily pushing forward with what they hope will become the 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

  • Chicken plants and the immigration dilemma May 29, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Byron York: Haley Barbour, former governor of Mississippi, former head of the Republican National Committee, now a political fixer and influential voice in GOP circles, says he first became seriously interested in immigration policy after Hurricane Katrina. Thousands of homes in Mississippi were destroyed, “down to the slab,” Barbour said at a recent conference on immigration hosted by National Journal in Washington. Construction workers were overwhelmed; many were homeless themselves. And then, almost out of nowhere, came help.

  • Killing business on federal bases May 8, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Byron York: The fight over the minimum wage, which President Obama and Democrats hope to make a centerpiece of this year’s midterm elections, comes down to two simple arguments. Obama says low-income working Americans deserve a raise, while Republicans say raising the minimum wage would cost jobs. It was a mostly theoretical argument until Feb. 12, when Obama signed an executive order raising the minimum wage for employees of federal contractors to $10.10 an hour from $7.25.

  • Democrats in a jam over Obamacare Apr 2, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Byron York: When it comes to Obamacare, many Democrats take comfort in polls showing a small majority of voters, or at least a plurality, oppose repealing the Affordable Care Act. To them, that proves the Republicans’ do-away-with-it position is out of sync with voters as this November’s midterm elections approach.

  • Christie avoids hard truths in speech to conservatives Mar 13, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Byron York: Chris Christie began his much-awaited remarks at the Conservative Political Action Conference outside Washington recently with an anecdote that seemed to portend some tough talk for his fellow Republicans.

  • A GOP plan to repair Obamacare, not repeal it Feb 19, 2014 5:00 AM
    Columnist Byron York: There’s no doubt the vast majority of Republicans in Congress would repeal Obamacare if they could. Most GOP “alternative” bills begin with a clause to repeal the Affordable Care Act before proceeding to outline new policies to put in its place.

  • Does Obama finally own the economy? Jan 22, 2014 5:00 AM
    Columnist Byron York: For years, Republicans have marveled at President Obama’s success in blaming former President George W. Bush for the nation’s problems, particularly its economic problems. Now, as Obama begins his sixth year in office, that success may finally be coming to an end.

  • Whatever else happens, the issue still is jobs Jan 16, 2014 5:00 AM
    Columnist Byron York: There was a lot to talk about when House Speaker John Boehner appeared before reporters recently for the first time since the holiday break. There are continuing fights over Obamacare. Immigration reform. Appropriations bills. The debt ceiling. The Democratic push for the president’s “inequality agenda.”

  • GOP quietly builds an Obamacare alternative Dec 29, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Byron York: “The only alternative that Obamacare’s critics have is, well, ‘let’s just go back to the status quo,’” said President Obama recently, “because they sure haven’t presented an alternative.” It’s an argument Democrats make all the time — often, these days, to divert attention from the ongoing problems of their troubled national health care scheme.

  • Little talk of ‘affordable’ in PR push Dec 11, 2013 5:00 AM
    One striking thing about the new White House Obamacare promotion campaign is that so far it hasn’t had much to say about the central focus of Obamacare, which is helping Americans buy affordable health insurance.

  • ‘Affordable’ care depends on the size of your subsidy Nov 7, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Byron York: What does the word “affordable” in the Affordable Care Act mean? Many people might assume it means Obamacare will make health coverage less expensive. That’s certainly the impression President Obama gave when he promised his national health care scheme would “cut the average family’s premium by about $2,500 per year.”

  • IRS tax-credit scandal a bad omen for health care law Nov 5, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Byron York: It should go without saying that health care subsidies go only to people who actually qualify for them. But a new scandal within the IRS casts serious doubt on whether that will happen.

  • Written off for dead, immigration reform could still live Oct 24, 2013 12:42 PM
    Columnist Byron York: The Senate and House had not even settled the final details of ending the government shutdown before President Obama was on to his next priority. “We still need to pass a law to fix our broken immigration system,” Obama said on the night of Oct. 16 as Capitol Hill scrambled to end the standoff. In case anyone missed it, the next morning he declared: “We should finish the job of fixing our broken immigration system.”

  • Amid layoffs, businesses push immigration reform Oct 9, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Byron York: Recently the pharmaceutical giant Merck announced it will cut 8,500 jobs in an effort to remain competitive in a rapidly changing drug industry. Earlier this year, Merck announced plans to cut 7,500 jobs, bringing the total of workers let go to 16,000. At the same time, top Merck officials are urging Congress to loosen the nation’s immigration laws to allow more foreign workers into the United States.

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