Citing nothing except "substantial evidence," a team of Australian researchers is claiming that President Obama may be exaggerating how many Twitter followers he has. Who says investigative journalism is dead?
The medical-marijuana market, which is legal in 14 states and under consideration in at least 12 others, may benefit sick people. But it has proved a headache for regulators. Unlicensed dispensaries, crooked doctors, and fake medical-need cases have plagued early adopters like Colorado and California.
President Obama has called for a “national mission” to end America’s dependence on oil. Perhaps the biggest hurdle, however, isn’t national will—a majority of Americans now back an energy overhaul—so much as finding a workable template. Could Hawaii fill the void? The archipelago is more than twice as oil-dependent as the U.S. at large, drawing about 90 percent of its energy from imported crude. And because of the exorbitant transport costs, it also has the highest gas and electricity rates in the country—and some of the most ambitious plans for keeping them down.
The American health-care industry is often accused of placing profits over people’s care. But the profit motive may help alleviate at least one perennial issue: slow service in the emergency room. Patients sit for an average of 37 minutes—twice the federally recommended goal—before seeing a physician, according to a 2009 report by the Government Accountability Office. But while most industry experts predict longer delays as millions of newly insured people join the market, some hospitals are solving the problem—slashing wait times in an effort to win the new business.
I’ve stopped reading news about John McCain for the same reason I tune out the daily updates on Afghanistan and the BP oil spill: it’s too damned depressing. Well into the 2008 primary season, McCain showed glimmers of his old gutsy, independent spirit. Since losing to Barack Obama, however, he’s turned into the kind of party hack he once lived to mess with.
It’s begun. With merely four months until the elections, we’re starting to see the articles outlining the angry divisions between the president’s counselors. The fight apparently pits the political team, which wants the president to turn his attention to the political problem of deficits, against the economic team, which wants him to keep focusing on economic stimulus.
President Obama gets accused of a lot of things, but it would be tough to argue that his administration’s constitutional challenge of Arizona’s anti-illegal-immigration law was poll-driven. Because even though you might not know it from some of the media coverage, Arizona’s new law is really, really popular.
The prospect of the November elections becoming a replay of 1994 has Democrats running scared everywhere except, apparently, at the White House, where the famous Obama cool keeps everyone’s emotions in check. Sure, losses are expected in the first midterm of a new president, but let’s not lose too much sleep over it.
Yesterday, Massachusetts federal district Judge Joseph Tauro declared that gay men and women recognized as married by their individual states should have access to the same federal benefits as heterosexual married couples. In doing so, he declared Article III of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman, unconstitutional. The controversial decision posits the question for both supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage of how best to support their cases and what the rulings, now under review by the Obama administration, will bring in the long term.
Determining an oil spill’s toll on wildlife is never an easy feat—and the challenging conditions of the current gulf spill make it all the more complicated. While most of the animals collected alive have been visibly covered in oil, the majority of those that have been found dead have had no oil visible on their bodies, making the cause of death difficult to ascertain.
Most of the children of the Russian spies who are being deported from the United States as part of a spy-swap deal with Moscow are expected to leave the country and be reunited with their parents, according to government officials.
With the 2010 congressional midterm elections looming, analysts say the House of Representatives could change hands. If so, Ohio Republican John Boehner would replace Democrat Nancy Pelosi of California as speaker of the House. The two lawmakers should face each other in a series of debates to discuss their positions on core issues. Because each is despised by the other party, these debates would be major partisan moments in the best sense—a chance to test their contrasting ideas for governing unfiltered.
"Hardball" host Chris Matthews has a theory about Barack Obama: he is running his presidency as though there is no tomorrow—that is, no second term. So far in his presidency Obama has been tackling, even seeking out, sweeping, controversial challenges: the stimulus, the auto bailout, health-care reform, a new arms-control treaty with Russia. So, is he in a hurry because he figures there may be no second term?
Whether the White House wins or loses its lawsuit against Arizona, the court action is a win for the Obama administration in at least one respect: it undermines criticism that the president has done nothing when it comes to immigration reform.
The White House was eager to proclaim this morning that Elena Kagan had passed her test. Late last week and over the weekend, at least 17 editorial boards around the country wrote glowingly of her credentials—excerpts of which administration officials sent around to reporters to drive the narrative in their favor.