Lisa Murkowski sleepwalked to defeat in the Alaska Senate primary in part because she took her Tea Party–backed opponent, Joe Miller, too lightly. But the challenge of trying to win as a write-in candidate is clearly causing her to dig deep and discover her own Mama Grizzly.
Earlier this week we examined Lisa Murkowski's chances as a write-in candidate for the Alaska Senate race (conclusion: it's a long shot). Now comes word that Mike Castle is toying with a similar tactic in Delaware. And it's not hard to see why: his chances look somewhat better.
Alaska's GOP senator faces huge hurdles with her defiant write-in candidacy.
Seems someone forgot to break the news to the folks at Nettleton Middle School in Mississippi that segregation is over. It took until today for the school board to overturn a policy allocating student leadership positions on the basis of race.
Her mother may be a fixture on Fox, but Bristol Palin seems more interested in the fox trot. If today's breathless reports are correct, America's most famous teenage parent is set to become a contestant on the new season of "Dancing With the Stars."
When it comes to Alvin Greene, the Gaggle isn't sure whether to laugh, cry, or look away. The hapless Democratic candidate for South Carolina's Senate seat, who emerged from anonymity to victory in the June primary, is facing a felony charge for showing computer pornography to a college student. Now he has been filmed deflecting a foot-in-the-door interview attempt on his property.
Robert Gates has long looked forward to the day when he would be relieved of his duties as secretary of defense. Gates's family has been thought to eagerly await the time that the veteran of six presidential administrations could step down. He has decided to retire finally in 2011.
The Blago saga rolls on. Today, a U.S. district judge has ordered jurors in the corruption trial of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich to resume deliberations after they reached agreement on just two of 24 counts against him, Associated Press reports.
Is the Obama administration tone deaf? With Gulf Coast residents reeling from the oil spill and the economy still in the doldrums (another 131,000 jobs lost in July), the visuals of Michelle Obama's summer holiday in Spain are undeniably unhelpful for Democrats.
Brinkmanship is making for a testy summer in East Asia. In recent years, China has been building up its naval fleet, enabling it to maintain control over trade routes. Now, its activities are provoking pushback from neighbors, and attempts to contain the rising superpower appear to be entering a new phase.
Australia has long been a leading indicator for what is to come in U.S. politics. Its former prime minister John Howard, a staunch conservative who would later enthusiastically back the Iraq War, was elected five years before George W. Bush entered the White House. Then their electorates soured on them and veered left.
The ball is now firmly back with Senate Republicans. Having failed to demagogue Kagan to the country at large, will they attempt a filibuster, as Jeff Sessions, their ranking member on the Judiciary Committee, has threatened? Such a course appears doomed, given that Kagan has the support of Lindsey Graham, as well as all 59 Senate Democrats.
Republicans were likely to delay his confirmation so they could probe his views on health-care rationing.
When your party no longer occupies the White House and represents the minority in Congress, it's probably a good thing to embrace new voices and ideas. Let a thousand flowers bloom and all that. But with most of the Capitol focused on Elena Kagan's confirmation hearings, it's been a scrappy few days for Republicans nonetheless.
Fetuses at 24 weeks or less do not feel pain and exist in a state of "sedation" even afterward, according to a new British report. The finding contradicts the case for Nebraska's first-in-the-nation law, introduced in April, which bans abortion after 20 weeks—and is likely to come as a blow to America's anti-abortion lobby.
Reports that the White House budget director plans to leave the Obama cabinet have triggered a scramble to replace him at a time of widespread concern about America's sluggish economy and $1.6 trillion deficit.