Jimmy Carter had a series of solar panels installed on the White House. Sometime during the next eight years, they came down and never went back up. Environmental activist Bill McKibben wants them put back up, and has scheduled a West Wing meeting to ask nicely.
Even though Rahm Emanuel has more than a month left to announce if he will leave to run for mayor of Chicago, speculation on who would replace him as Obama's chief of staff, should he go, is already swirling. Here is our short list.
The most powerful woman in American politics has kept her head down for most of the first 18 months of her tenure as secretary of state. She is also by far the most unscathed senior member of a badly battered administration. And the once defeated Democratic candidate may have the most promising political prospects of just about anyone in the administration.
Rahm Emanuel has never been shy about his ambition to be mayor of Chicago. He told me and a bunch of other people last year that he would run if Rich Daley decided not to seek a seventh term. With Daley now retiring next year, odds are good that Emanuel will run.
If Republicans take control of Congress, their chairman of the House oversight committee will be ready to attack the Obama administration, and he is unusually skilled at finding just which stories to push—the ones that will drive a news cycle, or six.
Controversial Internet evangelist Bill Keller launched his "9/11 Christian Center" on Sunday in response to what he calls the Park51 "victory mosque" near Ground Zero. He assailed Imam Feisal Rauf, Glenn Beck, Gandhi—and he condemned me to hell. But is it all just a publicity stunt?
In the aftermath of the BP oil spill, lawmakers have, understandably, focused on sweeping reforms of offshore-drilling protocols. But no matter how worried we are about the rigs, we can’t ignore our inland oil issues.
If President Obama has any sense, he'll do more than go to Ohio on Wednesday and give a speech about the economy. His expected proposal—to make permanent the research and development tax credit for business—is overdue, expensive ($100 billion over 10 years) and about as politically exciting as a vacation to Moldavia with your accountant....
People started jumping almost immediately. On the West Coast, where it was still dark when the first plane hit the North Tower, I woke up 15 minutes after impact. The live coverage had already shifted from shots of people waving shirts from windows to people stepping into air, a desperate effort to escape the inferno.
If you put everything on the table to balance the budget—health care, the tax code, military spending, farm subsidies, etc.—then raising the retirement age or otherwise cutting Social Security stops looking so good.
Vanity Fair’s profile of the ex-governor reminds us that even when it seems we’ve accepted that a woman can have a job and still love her children, some people still think it’s fair to judge a female public figure on the basis of what kind of parent—and wife—she is.
The past 24 hours have not been kind to Arizona leaders Gov. Jan Brewer and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. It started with Brewer, whose opening statement in last night’s debate with gubernatorial contenders was painful to watch.
It's become increasingly clear that politicians have decided that taking a hardline stance against illegal immigration is a winner this election season.
The irony is that the illegal-immigration problem appears to be receding in importance.
In a speech Wednesday, Christina Romer, who will leave her position as President Obama’s top economic adviser Friday, lamented that the recession has proved so hard to understand. Whoever inherits her position may feel the same sense of helplessness.
Environmentalists don’t usually get excited when the planet gets hurt. But the oil and gas platform that caught fire in the Gulf of Mexico may have given new hope to a struggling environmental movement.
Everyone got worked up about whether former senator Alan Simpson, who is co-chairing the president's deficit-reduction commission, was being offensive in his recent comments about Social Security when what really matters is that he was being inaccurate and nonsensical.
Vanity Fair has released not one, but two damning articles investigating the woman and the brand that is Sarah Palin. But even the magazine admits that the reporting will not damage a woman whose credibility seems "incidental," it says, to fact.
After a week of recounting ballots, Sen. Lisa Murkowski told supporters she saw no reasonable path to victory and left her state in the hands of a Tea Party candidate who makes both parties in Washington nervous.