Nearly 5 Million Will Cease to Get Unemployment Benefits in 2014 If Program Expires

4.9 million

Number of unemployed U.S. workers who will no longer receive unemployment benefits if the program expires, according to the Washington Post.

Nothing to Celebrate in D.C.

I’m happy to see Thanksgiving and Christmas come around so that we can have some real celebration away from this place because there’s nothing to celebrate around here.

— Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), quoted by The Hill.

Congressional Gridlock, Explained

59

Number of members of the 113th Congress who have voted with the majority of their party less than 90 percent of the time (20 Republicans and 39 Democrats). National Journal: “If you’re looking for a quick fact to explain congressional gridlock, it’s this.”

3 Things to Know About Florida Politics Now

Former Florida Republican Gov. Charlie Crist is running for governor in 2014 as a Democrat. The official announcement was made in Crist’s hometown of St. Petersburg, and puts an end, not to speculation that Crist would run, but to when the campaign would begin. It’s on. Alex Sink (D), former state chief financial officer, who […]

Is This How a Leader of Congress Should Speak to the President of the United States?

In a ‘negotiation’ meeting with the president, one GOP House Leader told the president: ‘I cannot even stand to look at you.’

— Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), on Facebook.

Majority Think Congress Would Be Better If We Fired All the Bums

4%

Of those surveyed in a new USA Today/Princeton Survey Research poll — equal to the margin of error — say Congress would be changed for the worse if nearly every member was replaced next year while 47% say it would work better. “Those findings are similar to the public’s views in previous years when voter dismay cost one side or the other control of the House. In 1994, when Democrats lost their majority, 40% said Congress would be better off if most members were replaced. In 2006, when Republicans lost control, 42% held that view.”

19 Organizations Spending $1 Million Per Month Lobbying Congress

19

Number of organizations spending $1 million per month on lobbying Congress during the most recent quarter, according to Roll Call’s Political Moneyline.

Good News, Bad News for Cruz

15 points

The rise in UNfavorability experienced by Sen. Ted Cruz (Tx-Tea) among Republicans who do not align themselves with the tea party, in a new Pew poll. In June, 16% were unfavorable to Cruz, while today, 31% are. The tea party itself also fell among Republicans, with only 27% of those who think of themselves as liberal or moderate Republicans approving of the movement, compared to 46% in June. The good news for Texanadian Cruz is that among the shrinking league of tea party members, his popularity rose from 47% to 74%.

To the Rest of the World, the U.S, Government Looks Insane and Weak

To the rest of the world, the United States looks insane right now. They’re dealing with real problems that their political systems are struggling to solve. The United States’ political system is creating fake problems that it may choose to leave unsolved…At best, the United States is slowing its recovery — and that of the rest of the world. At worst, it’s going to trigger another global crisis.

— Ezra Klein, in The Washington Post.

Cook: Where’s the Adult Behavior and Respect for Office?

Increasingly we are seeing more members, in both chambers and both parties, leadership as well as rank and file, who seem to have little sense of customs, traditions, and responsibilities of the institutions that they have been given the honor or privilege to serve. We are seeing more and more behavior and tactics that truly bring disgrace on the institution. Much of the same can be said about this White House as well …. There is nothing new about divided government; it has been the rule more than the exception for much of modern history. But how it is handled has changed — we aren’t seeing adult behavior from any of the three corners of this House-Senate-White House triumvirate.

— Pundit Charlie Cook.