David A.

Stories by David A. Graham

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    What Should Obama and Congress Do About Jobs?

    The atrocious jobs numbers released Friday have added new fuel to the already heated debate over what the government should be doing to help unemployed Americans. But for the time being, it remains mostly an academic spat among wonks. The fact is that any real progress on solutions for unemployment has screeched to a halt on Capitol Hill and won’t get back on track until at least next week.
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    Why Jihadists Love the World Cup

    You’d expect that jihadists—whose strict Islamist worldview proscribes music, women’s education, gambling, drinking, homosexuality, and the shaving of beards—would hate soccer. In fact, they are some of the sport’s most ardent fans.
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    John Boehner's Serious Suggestion on Retirement Ages and the Deficit

    House Minority Leader John Boehner is getting some attention today for an interview with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review—but much of the coverage is missing the point. While his statements on civil unrest and financial reform are splashier, his argument that the retirement age should be increased is a serious and important one.
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    Who Will Succeed Senator Byrd?

    The death of Sen. Robert Byrd signals the end of an era in Washington, where Byrd had served since 1953. But it will have even more serious effects in West Virginia, where he has dominated politics for decades. Although Democrats have a good chance at holding the seat, any new senator will lack Byrd's clout in Washington and lifetime job security at home.
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    Sen. Robert Byrd Dies at 92

    The senator was a looming figure in both the Senate--where his knowledge of parliamentary procedure is well-known, and where he served as president pro tempore of the Senate--and in West Virginia, where his prowess in procuring federal funds for his home state is legendary.
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    Why Obama Won’t Fire Richard Holbrooke

    Now that Stanley McChrystal is out, pundits and politicians—including eminent Republican Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Kit Bond—are clamoring for Richard Holbrooke’s head. But with Gen. David Petraeus in, the special envoy is probably stronger than before. Holbrooke and Petraeus seem to have a warm relationship that bodes well for both the diplomat and the whole Afghanistan team.
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    12 Secure Jobs for the Next Decade

    Despite the volatility in many sectors, there's still hope for job seekers across the spectrum of education and skills. NEWSWEEK consulted the Bureau of Labor Statistics and career counselors to predict the most stable professions for years to come.
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    How Much Did the RNC Lose on the Young Eagles Program?

    With the revelation that the RNC paid $103,000 to a staffer who resigned in April, the now-abolished Young Eagles program to encourage younger donors appears to be an even bigger money loser than previously thought—and another setback in the GOP's effort to garner youth support.
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    BP, White House Agree to $20 Billion Escrow Fund for Spill

    President Obama and BP executives emerged from a much-anticipated White House meeting today with a tentative deal to create a $20 billion escrow fund to pay for damage claims related to the weeks-old gulf oil spill.
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    Netanyahu Is Governing Like George W. Bush

    Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu has answered one crisis after another with Israel’s military—world opinion be damned. As Israel’s isolation deepens by the day, he’s governing like Bush 2.0.
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    Nikki Haley and Acceptable Racism

    South Carolina state Sen. Jake Knotts's racist comments about Nikki Haley point to a new trend of "acceptable racism"—targeting Middle Easterners and Muslims.
  • Is Colorado's Andrew Romanoff Another Sestak?

    Rushing to quell another potential PR hit, the White House last night admitted it had discussed an administration job with Andrew Romanoff, a Democrat who is challenging Sen. Michael Bennet, a White House favorite, for Colorado's Senate nomination.
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    Al and Tipper Gore Separating After 40 Years of Marriage

    Former vice president Al Gore and his wife, Tipper, have told friends they have decided to separate after 40 years of marriage, Politico reports. In an e-mail to friends, they wrote, "This is very much a mutual and mutually supportive decision that we have made together following a process of long and careful consideration. We ask for respect for our privacy and that of our family, and we do not intend to comment further."...
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    Sarah Palin Real-Estate Watch, Vol. III: Completing the Danged Fence

    Days after Sarah Palin promised to build a fence to block the prying eyes of a journalist who moved in next door, her fence is standing. But reporter Joe McGinniss's son says it's the Palin family's fault for irking the owner of the house next door to theirs.
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    The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America

    The biggest threat to American values and citizens isn’t terrorism per se, says Andrew McCarthy. It’s the tentacles of Islamism that are reaching into the heart of American society and politics. Mildly inflammatory, but not entirely original. But how about this? McCarthy claims a vast conspiracy is underway in which American leftists—chief among them President Obama—are in league with Islamists in an effort to destroy capitalism, curtail individual freedoms, and dispatch with traditional Western values.
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    Sarah Palin Not Psyched About Her New Neighbor

    More news on the Wasilla, Alaska, real-estate front: investigative journalist Joe McGinniss, a noted Palin basher, is renting the house next door to the former vice presidential candidate. McGinniss is reporting a book on Palin, tentatively titled Sarah Palin's Year of Living Dangerously, but he's written lots about her before. Not surprisingly, the former governor is not happy.
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    The Disappearing Biden Quote

    Most Democrats—like, say, the Richard Blumenthal for Senate campaign—probably cringed when they read a blog post this morning in The Hill, with comments Vice President Joe Biden made about Blumenthal. Not so the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, oddly.
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    How 9/11 Affected Birthrate

    Scientists have long known that stress can depress the male-to-female birth ratio, but the study in BMC Public Health zones in on miscarriage, rather than several other potential factors, as the culprit for the 9/11 drop. To make the analysis, researchers compiled data on fetal death from 1996 to 2002, for a total of some 156,000 fetal deaths of both genders. in September 2001, the rate of male fetal deaths increased by 12 percent over September 2000.
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    What Is Sarah Palin Building, and What Does It Mean?

    Experienced New York Times Alaska hand William Yardley has an intriguing dispatch from Wasilla in this morning's newspaper. He writes about the Palin family's relationship to the small town where Sarah Palin got her start as mayor, and draws a mixed portrait: Palin is frequently on the road and isn't seen around town the way she used to be, but her husband Todd also tells the reporter that his family doesn't intend to move anywhere: "Where else would we go? Alaska is our home."...
  • Financial Reform Moves Through. What Now?

    And it's done: the Senate last night passed sweeping financial reform after months of debate, paving the way for the president to sign a major overhaul by July 4. ...
  • Tensions Flare Over Sinking of South Korean Ship

    When a South Korean warship sank near the marine border between North and South Korea in late March, it caused increased friction between the two countries, which remain formally at war, but the issue faded. The release on Thursday of a report accusing North Korea of sinking the ship has reignited the spat. ...
  • Rand Paul's Race Comments Roil Kentucky Contest

    Newly minted GOP Senate candidate Rand Paul has already stepped into his first crisis of the campaign, only one day after winning the Kentucky primary. Comments he made about federal civil-rights legislation and segregation during two interviews with national media outlets have earned Paul a barrage of criticism....
  • The Conservative Backlash Against Rand Paul

    On a rough night for conservatives, Rand Paul's victory in the Kentucky Senate primary was a rare bright spot. The opthalmologist and son of Rep. Ron Paul is one of the highest profile wins yet for the Tea Party, a constituency he trumpeted last night: "I have a message from the Tea Party. A message that is loud and clear and does not mince words: We have come to take our government back." Fox News's Sean Hannity, chatting with Sarah Palin, termed it a "Randslide." Of course, Paul's triumph is bad news for the GOP establishment. Mainstream pick Trey Grayson, who got walloped, was hand-chosen and backed by major establishment figures—from Mitch McConnell to Dick Cheney. ...
  • Will State Pension Funds Need a $1 Trillion Bailout?

    The federal government could face another economic disaster and massive bailouts within a decade if it doesn't force state pension funds to revamp their operations soon, an economist says. ...
  • Mark Souder's Loss Is Richard Blumenthal's Gain

    With two big scandals battling it out today, who's the biggest loser in today's news cycle? In one corner, there's Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut attorney general and Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, who was revealed to have been exaggerating (at best) his military service record. In the other corner is Rep. Mark Souder, Republican of Indiana, a family-values politician who cheated on his wife with a staffer, and will resign effective Friday. Here's today's scorecard:...
  • Blanche Lincoln Turned Away From Polls

    Memo to Sen. Blanche Lincoln: In a close race, every vote counts. Make sure yours makes it into the tally. Talking Points Memo reports that Lincoln, who's trying to reach 50 percent in today's Arkansas Democratic primary to avoid a runoff with Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, has been turned away from the polls because she previously requested an absentee ballot. It was apparently a belt-and-suspenders move, just in case she couldn't be at home for the vote, and Lincoln's campaign says she never mailed the absentee ballot. Instead, she'll be filling out an absentee ballot.
  • Indiana Rep. Souder to Resign Due to Affair

    Rep. Mark Souder, an Indiana Republican, will resign this morning in Ft. Wayne, effective Friday, because of an affair with a female staffer. According to Politico, Souder told House Minority Leader John Boehner of the affair on Sunday. Fox News reports that Souder was absent from D.C. most of last week and missed several votes. "I sinned against God, my wife and my family by having a mutual relationship with a part-time member of my staff," Souder said in a statement this morning. A former aide to Dan Coats, who is now running for Senate in Indiana, Souder has been elected to eight terms, coming to Congress in the 1994 Republican revolution. He has been reliably conservative, opposing abortion and emphasizing the importance of religion. But Souder was hammered in a tough primary over his votes for the Troubled Asset Relief Program and the "Cash for Clunkers" program, although he ultimately won. Although few details are available so far, Souder's case seems...