As BP makes its latest attempt to plug its gushing oil well, news photographers are complaining that their efforts to document the slow-motion disaster in the gulf are being blocked from the sites where the effects of the spill are most visible.
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.
When the GOP unveiled a new web site, 'America Speaking Out,' it promised to "change the way Congress works by proposing ideas for a new policy agenda." Visitors are invited to make their own suggestions in four broad categories. But all those visitors haven't been playing by the rules.
Last May, Iraq veteran Lt. Dan Choi publicly announced he was gay on The Rachel Maddow Show as a protest against the military’s "don’t ask, don’t tell" policy. In an open letter released exclusively to NEWSWEEK, Choi says he opposes the deal to end the policy because it "does only half of what was promised."
As the political wheel turns, the inevitable has happened: political pundits are debating whether President Obama has responded to the massive BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico with sufficient urgency. But why is an issue of lives losst and environmental degradation being reduced to a question of political calculation?
When the community board in lower Manhattan that controls the area near Ground Zero approved a plan to build a mosque and Islamic cultural center a few blocks from Ground Zero, the reaction was as you might expect.
Law-enforcement officers from cities in Arizona and a half dozen states met today with Attorney General Eric Holder in an hourlong, closed-door meeting to share their frustration with the new Arizona immigration law, saying it will make their jobs more difficult and even increase crime.
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.
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.
The notion that Rand Paul is a libertarian babe in Kentucky’s political woods is false. He long ago got help from Republican professionals—and is getting more as he tries to recover from his disastrous national debut.
The struggle over gays in the military offers an important lesson about Washington: when public opinion moves, politicians follow, even on the most seemingly toxic issues. And with the proper patient and, yes, political approach, "do overs" are possible....
Here at The Gaggle, we have been so caught up in reporting on Rand Paul that we've neglected to tell you about another anti-establishment Tea Party candidate who has the Republican nomination within his grasp....
An Arizona lawmaker has released a statement saying that the Obama administration will soon deploy up to 1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border. The decision is part of a bigger plan for securing the border.
David Kurtz at Talking Points Memo notes that a year ago, he wouldn't have considered South Carolina to be among the states with the craziest politics. That was before Mark Sanford's Appalachian adventure, Joe Wilson's outburst, and various other political wackiness. But after Monday's developments, Kurtz rightly decides the Palmetto State makes "a strong bid" for his top 5. Nikki Haley, the leading contender in the GOP race for governor, was blindsided by a blogger's accusation of inappropriate behavior.
Conservative and family-values organizations have launched into what may be a desperate and doomed campaign to turn back a breakthrough compromise on repealing "don't ask, don't tell," which has kept gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military for some 17 years. The Obama administration has publicly approved the compromise, and lawmakers could vote on the repeal as early as this week. But criticism is also coming from some leading advocates of repeal.
A key Capitol Hill Republican says retired Air Force Lt. Gen. James Clapper, the Defense Department's top intelligence official, would be the wrong person to replace outgoing National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, the panel's ranking minority member, tells Declassified that in his experience, Clapper is "not forthcoming, open, or transparent" in his dealings with congressional oversight committees.
The deep water of the ocean is the largest habitat on earth but it’s also the least understood, making the effects of this deep-sea spill without precedent. As a result, scientists say, the impacts of this spill are likely to go far beyond oiled birds and dead sea turtles.
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."...
This morning, Politico reported that Democrats are now seeking to finish FinReg by resurrecting "the House-Senate conference committee"--and that House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank, "even wants C-SPAN there to capture their decision making and expose members who vote with Wall Street."
For all the bad press, insults and calls of incompetence that BP has had to stomach over the past few weeks, there’s a stark reality floating through Washington: in managing the Gulf clean-up, there’s no alternative.
President Obama has agreed to a compromise between lawmakers and the Defense Department that will help pave the way for the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," the military's 17-year-old ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the armed forces.
Earlier today, I gently mocked Barney Frank's proposal to televise the FinReg conference committee meetings. My argument: given that the real negotiations will still take place behind closed doors, TV cameras will probably do more to boost partisanship than transparency:...
Last week, after BP had already dropped thousands of gallons of chemical dispersants onto the oil slick in the Gulf, the Environmental Protection Agency took a second look at the impact of the chemicals on marine life and in wetlands. It's response, in turn, was to politely require the company to transition to a less toxic alternative by the end of the weekend.
It's a tough year for senators named Bennet(t) from the Rocky Mountain West. First, Republican stalwart Bob Bennett of Utah was ousted by party activists at their state convention; now Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado lost at his party's nominating convention to former state House speaker Andrew Romanoff.
The Atlantic's Joshua Green offers the best explanation I've seen thus far as to how Rand Paul managed to win the Kentucky Republican senatorial primary, and then promptly started flailing on the national stage. Of course, I'm biased, because Green's explanation is one that asserts the importance of print journalism. He writes:...
"But Kagan took the anti-style offensive several steps further.... She sat hunched over. She sat with her legs ajar."
—Washington Post fashion columnist Robin Givhan on Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan. The Pulitzer Prize-winner previously created a media firestorm after discussing Hillary Clinton's cleavage in 2007.
By most accounts, National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair was blindsided last week when President Obama agreed to accept his resignation. According to one former senior U.S. official who recently talked to Blair about his tenure in the "Intelligence Czar" post, Blair spoke about his plan to stay in the job until the end of Obama's first presidential term. But Blair also acknowledged that in order to succeed as the nation’s spy supremo, he had to demonstrate that his office had some control, or at least influence, over the CIA and its director, Leon Panetta, who bested Blair in a couple of hard-fought turf fights.