Newly revealed internal safety investigations carried out by BP indicate an alarming pattern of neglect and a culture skewed towards silencing whistleblowers. The reports were turned up in an investigation by ProPublica and The Washington Post.
Presumed 2012 presidential hopefuls are watching election results closely, to see if their endorsements mattered. Backing a winner could pay big dividends going forward, but picking a loser could tarnish one's star power.
In less than a week, federal authorities have announced arrests in two investigations involving American citizens who allegedly sought to involve themselves with violent jihadist groups. One common factor between the otherwise unrelated cases: suspects in both cases allegedly fell under the influence of Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born radical cleric who is believed to be hiding in Yemen and who reportedly has been targeted for death by the Obama administration....
Choking is one of the most brutal forms of assault. But the majority of states treat it as a misdemeanor, no worse than public intoxication or vandalism, with little or no jail time and bail set at $30. It’s considered a felony only if the attacker leaves “visible injuries.” But since that usually doesn’t happen, law--enforcement researchers report, countless thugs never really pay for their actions. Now this loophole is closing, spurred by an unusually public incident in New York.
It's a sad end to a wonderful career, but perhaps not too surprising for a woman who was increasingly partisan in her golden years. Helen Thomas, who turns 90 on Aug. 4, announced her sudden retirement Monday following a firestorm of controversy over some ill-chosen remarks about Israel, which found their way onto YouTube.
President Obama's nomination of Pentagon intelligence chief James Clapper as intelligence czar could reignite the Bush-era debate over how and why U.S. agencies overstated Saddam Hussein's weapons-of-mass-destruction arsenal before the March 2003 invasion of Iraq.
The Great Recession has brought more bad luck. According to a recent report by the American Gaming Association, casinos—a supposedly recession-proof sin business—shed revenue in 2008 and ’09. That’s the first two-year decline since the industry went national in 1978, and it hit the traditional gambling hubs hardest. Nevada suffered the steepest plunge in state history (more than 10 percent last year), while New Jersey slid about 13 percent, as more than a third of Atlantic City’s casinos declared bankruptcy.
It's a good idea for Obama to pledge a path to citizenship: it respects the idea of "two worlds"—giving Latino voters a sense that they are valued for who they are, not who they have to become, which a new study shows is very important to them.
Artur Davis was supposed to be the Deep South’s first elected black governor. He had arrived at Harvard Law School in 1990—months after Barack Obama was elected president of the law review. And many, in Alabama and elsewhere, thought his political gifts rivaled those of the president himself.
It's day 46 of the gulf oil spill. As many as 800,000 gallons a day of crude oil are still filling the Gulf of Mexico. And these new, shocking images of oil-drenched birds in Louisiana are likely to characterize the spill for some time.
Rather than naming yet another commission to examine what happened in the Gulf of Mexico, the president needs to do something more visibly demonstrative to address the problems caused by the catastrophe.
A drama that played out last week in Detroit is that rarest of public moments: one in which everyone involved acted with grace, giving the country an example not only of sportsmanship but of how to conduct oneself in politics, in business, in journalism, and in daily life. Can BP's CEO and those most directly engaged in the spill and its implications move forward with the same candor and clarity?
As a benefit of lagging behind our allies, we already know the basics of a successful transition. Rather than a deliberative transition, our allies' experience suggests the shift should be done quickly. Rather than surveying soldiers' attitudes on gay service, the repeal of DADT should be done top-down and authoritatively. Above all, our review of the issue should be placed in the context of broader personnel concerns such as diversity and sexual harassment.
From the no-nonsense tone to the rolled-up sleeves, Obama looked and sounded the part of the engaged chief executive, so the pundits who all but ordered him to the gulf should be satisfied. But his implied threat of punitive action is beginning to have a familiar ring—too familiar.
Everyone says that the Democratic Party is going to lose scores of congressional seats in November’s midterm elections—even the Democrats themselves. But behind the scenes, the party is doing everything it can to ensure that its losses aren’t nearly as bad as the pundits expect. Will the plan work?
Most political pundits have been quick to blame the oil disaster on Obama. Within a couple of days conservatives began calling it "Obama's Katrina," referencing his predecessor's response to the 2005 disaster. But Friday morning, Obama found an unusual supporter—former First Lady Laura Bush.
President Obama has named Pentagon intel chief James Clapper, a retired Air Force lieutenant general, as the new director of national intelligence. However, Clapper's nomination faces potentially serious political problems on Capitol Hill.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said she was particularly upset by opponents of the state's controversial immigration law calling her a Nazi because her father had died fighting in World War II. It seems that's not completely true.
Rules issued by the Obama administration on Wednesday expanding gay rights and protecting air travelers show that the president can make a difference in people's lives, no matter what happens in Congress.