Whatever America’s problems with the legislative branch—and given the institution’s 21 percent favorable rating, there are clearly many—no one can call the 111th Congress a "do-nothing Congress." But is it working? Not really.
Outspoken parish president Billy Nungesser isn’t about to sit idly by as oil destroys the land and livelihood of his fellow Louisiana residents. BP, the Coast Guard, and the government can either get on board or get out of the way.
Despite what some raving pundits have claimed, immigrants aren't responsible for a violent crime wave in the Southwest. In fact, cities with large immigrant populations are actually safer places to live.
It was what gay advocates and opponents to the military’s law banning openly gay soldiers had been anxiously waiting: by early evening Thursday Congress was taking action to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. ...
On the same day that engineers are completing the top-kill procedure to stem the flow of oil from the Gulf of Mexico seabed, Washington is executing a top-kill procedure of its own at the Minerals Management Service. Elizabeth Birnbaum, head of the agency that oversees drilling for oil and natural gas, was asked to resign from her post this morning by the Obama administration.
One of the longest serving members in congressional history—and an unlikely civil-rights advocate—has thrown his support behind the effort to repeal "don’t ask, don’t tell," which is expected to come to crucial votes in both the House and Senate shortly.
Apparently seeking to breathe new life into the bogged-down effort to close the terrorist-detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, national-security adviser Gen. James Jones sent a letter to Congress reaffirming the administration’s desire to transfer detainees to a prison in Thomson, Ill.
BP officials hope their “top kill” works, choking off a catastrophically leaky oil well with an injection of heavy mud. Meanwhile, President Obama’s own “top kill” is under way, as he tries to control political damage from the disaster.
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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.