First BP said about 5,000 barrels of oil were leaking into the Gulf of Mexico each day. Then an independent panel revealed it was more likely to be between 12,000 and 19,000 barrels. Now a federal group revised that to as much as 30,000.
The Obama administration is quietly ratcheting up its campaign against national-security leaks with a series of moves that are surprising intelligence-community veterans. One recent example: a memo, signed by National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair before his departure last month, that will require Justice Department prosecutors to make quick decisions about charging federal employees suspected of disclosing classified info.
Last month marked the beginning of the end for the military's policy on gay servicemembers. But when will the ban be repealed, and how exactly will life change for gay soldiers currently serving, or for those wishing to serve?
The original stimulus bill from 2009 offered subsidies for laid-off workers to extend their health-insurance coverage under COBRA, which is normally quite expensive. The period in which laid-off workers are eligible for COBRA subsidies was extended several times, but not in the House or new Senate versions of the measure.
"Who Can You Trust?" is an ongoing look at some of the main players in the gulf oil-spill disaster. We analyze the media appearances and public statements of those covering, controlling, and combating the spill to determine who's spinning for personal advantage, who's playing to the crowd, and who (or what) we can truly count on.
It's hard to imagine that the immigration debate in Arizona could get more extreme, but it did this week when Arizona State Treasurer Dean Martin, a Republican candidate for governor, suggested Tuesday that the state could build tent cities to house what could be a vastly rising number of illegal immigrants arrested under the state's new immigration law.
Senators appear likely to slow-roll the confirmation of Pentagon official James Clapper as national intelligence director until the administration helps push through a stalled intelligence-authorization bill.
As mandated by the laws of punditry, the day after a big election is usually spent trying to reduce the previous evening's results into one easily digestible narrative. But last night's results from California—and from the rest of the country—defy easy categorization. Maybe that's for the best.
Election Day 2010 is five months away, so predicting the November bottom line is foolish. But as the primary season grinds on (Tuesday was the biggest day yet), you can get a sense of themes and trends likely to dominate the fall campaigns. Here are a few.
President Obama's stunning rise was said to be proof that our political system was still running as the Founders built it. But on the biggest primary day of the year, it doesn’t seem that way to dismayed voters across the country.
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.