Peter Orszag is reportedly stepping down as director of the Office of Management and Budget. His tenure may be remembered for tabloid headlines, but he also deserves credit for making health-care reform possible.
Although he spent more than half an hour laying out his story before a federal court in New York on Monday as he said he was pleading guilty to his failed attempt to set off a car bomb in Times Square, Faisal Shahzad left some important questions unanswered. How did he hook up with the Pakistani Taliban? Who imbued him with such a burning hatred of America?
Reports that the White House budget director plans to leave the Obama cabinet have triggered a scramble to replace him at a time of widespread concern about America's sluggish economy and $1.6 trillion deficit.
Officers have been complaining about the politicians back in Washington for as long as anyone can remember, but they generally do it privately. But while Gen. Stanley McChrystal was foolish to be so unguarded around Rolling Stone, it’s better to have a commander who feels compelled to speak the truth than one who just tells his civilian bosses what they wish to hear.
A Rolling Stone profile includes insults against Vice President Joe Biden, Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, special envoy Richard Holbrooke, and President Barack Obama himself. National security adviser James L. Jones is referred to as a "clown."
Within the gay-rights movement this year, there have been gains both large and small: hospital visitation rights, the passage of hate-crime legislation, congressional votes that could repeal the military ban on openly gay soldiers. So why are so many activists concerned?
As upset as certain military officers have been with the White House—and as much as they like McChrystal's can-do spirit—this was a seriously can't-do moment. No one can quite believe that McChrystal would be so stupid as to give this interview, which McChrystal himself this morning conceded in a statement was "bad judgment."
With solicitor general Elena Kagan's Supreme Court confirmation hearing due to start June 28, left-leaning skeptics worry that she may be more deferential to presidential war powers—at the expense of civil liberties—than retiring Justice John Paul Stevens.
Our Demosthenes seems to regard the rule of strategic reticence as irrelevant to him. The rule: Do not speak unless you can improve the silence. He did not do that with his Oval Office speech. In it, to the surprise of no one who has been paying attention the last 17 months, he discerned in the oily waters of the Gulf of Mexico a reason for a large and permanent increase in government taxation and supervision of American life on shore. The oil spill validates his passion for energy—or is it climate change?—legislation.
The BP spill is a failure not just of technology but ideology. That oil flows into the ocean from the deregulatory tide of the last 30 years. President Obama is right to compare the fiasco to 9/11. If he can frame the message more memorably than he did in his Oval Office address, Obama may yet use the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history to speed the transition to a green economy, just as George W. Bush used terrorism to refashion foreign policy. To do so, “deregulation”—once a Reaganite call to arms—must be transformed into an epithet. If the president can’t put the antigovernment, Tea Party types in their place now, when will he? The legacy of the American progressive tradition is on the line.
Do political candidates still need the press? Based on what’s going on in Kentucky, where I began my career, I’m no longer sure. After saying a few weeks ago that a part of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was an overreach, Rand Paul is sticking to safe, controlled venues. A public meeting of Republicans in Louisville was not one of them—two top reporters showed up.
President Obama wants $50 billion in emergency state aid to avoid “massive layoffs of teachers, police, and firefighters.” But many states have already been forced into an uncomfortable choice: shed jobs (about 45,000 have been lost so far this year) or embrace the private sector like never before.
In case you missed it—which is unlikely if you are reading this—President Obama gave an Oval Office speech last Tuesday on the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Though the remarks were hardly the stuff of legend—Lincoln’s ghost need not fear that the Address to the Nation of June 15, 2010, will replace Gettysburg in the American imagination—neither were they as bad as many commentators decided they were.
The Pentagon’s main spy outfit, the Defense Intelligence Agency, is building a new database which will consolidate in one system “human intelligence” information on groups and individuals – potentially including Americans -- collected by DIA operatives in United States and abroad.
Some signs this week of a sea-change in political attitudes to sex trafficking within U.S. borders. In New York, convicted sex workers who are victims of commercial sex trafficking will soon have their criminal record wiped clean. A State Department report, meanwhile, has acknowledged the severity of human trafficking within U.S. borders.
Until recently, the Obama administration had been coy about whether it mount a legal challenge Arizona’s much-debated immigration law. Now that Secretary of State Hilary Clinton’s perhaps-unintentional confirmation of a pending lawsuit has made the rounds, the cat appears to be out of the bag.
Ronnie Lee Gardner, a convicted murderer who opted to be put to death by firing squad, was strapped to a chair at a prison in Draper, Utah, and shot with .30 caliber bullets just after midnight. Here's how it happened.
In an interview with Britain's Sky News, BP chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg revealed that CEO Tony Hayward, reviled by many, will hand over day-to-day dealings with the gulf oil spill to managing director Bob Dudley.
Earlier this month, the Federal Reserve released an immense report detailing evidence of the nation’s ongoing economic recovery. The collective net worth of American households and non-profits rose $6.3 trillion since the first quarter of 2009 (generally considered the low point of the Great Recession). And the value of household real-estate grew by well over $800 billion. But we are still billions of dollars down from where we were when the economy collapsed in late 2007. And for many Americans, the recovery has not yet begun—least of all for poor communities of color....