Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston, the parents of Sarah Palin's grandson, Tripp, have announced in Us Weekly that they're engaged and that they hope to marry within six months. Earlier this week we looked at what a federal disclosure from Palin's political-action committee meant for her presidential prospects. Perversely, the nuptial news could have an even greater impact.
George Steinbrenner, who owned the New York Yankees for 37 years and restored the franchise to its former glory, died Tuesday morning of a heart attack. He was 80. According to a statement released by the family Tuesday morning, he died at his Tampa home.
Why does a new filing from Sarah Palin's SarahPAC have political circles atwitter? It's the large sums that are going out the door, not the record amounts that the political-action committee raised in the second quarter. Suddenly, a Palin presidential run in 2012—though improbable—looks more likely. But are the numbers all they're cracked up to be?
The announcement that LeBron James is packing his bags and heading to Miami is yet another piece of sad news for Cleveland. The Forest City has been down so long, it's started to look like up.
The atrocious jobs numbers released Friday have added new fuel to the already heated debate over what the government should be doing to help unemployed Americans. But for the time being, it remains mostly an academic spat among wonks. The fact is that any real progress on solutions for unemployment has screeched to a halt on Capitol Hill and won't get back on track until at least next week.
House Minority Leader John Boehner is getting some attention today for an interview with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review—but much of the coverage is missing the point. While his statements on civil unrest and financial reform are splashier, his argument that the retirement age should be increased is a serious and important one.
The death of Sen. Robert Byrd signals the end of an era in Washington, where Byrd had served since 1953. But it will have even more serious effects in West Virginia, where he has dominated politics for decades. Although Democrats have a good chance at holding the seat, any new senator will lack Byrd's clout in Washington and lifetime job security at home.
The senator was a looming figure in both the Senate--where his knowledge of parliamentary procedure is well-known, and where he served as president pro tempore of the Senate--and in West Virginia, where his prowess in procuring federal funds for his home state is legendary.
Now that Stanley McChrystal is out, pundits and politicians—including eminent Republican Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Kit Bond—are clamoring for Richard Holbrooke's head. But with Gen. David Petraeus in, the special envoy is probably stronger than before. Holbrooke and Petraeus seem to have a warm relationship that bodes well for both the diplomat and the whole Afghanistan team.
With the revelation that the RNC paid $103,000 to a staffer who resigned in April, the now-abolished Young Eagles program to encourage younger donors appears to be an even bigger money loser than previously thought—and another setback in the GOP's effort to garner youth support.
President Obama and BP executives emerged from a much-anticipated White House meeting today with a tentative deal to create a $20 billion escrow fund to pay for damage claims related to the weeks-old gulf oil spill.
Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East, fell ill this morning while testifying before senators, but says he is fine and was simply dehydrated.
Surely a conservative defender of traditional values will stand up against Right Wing News's list of the "20 Hottest Conservative Women in New Media." Someone? Anyone?
Former vice president Al Gore and his wife, Tipper, have told friends they have decided to separate after 40 years of marriage, Politico reports. In an e-mail to friends, they wrote, "This is very much a mutual and mutually supportive decision that we have made together following a process of long and careful consideration.
Days after Sarah Palin promised to build a fence to block the prying eyes of a journalist who moved in next door, her fence is standing. But reporter Joe McGinniss's son says it's the Palin family's fault for irking the owner of the house next door to theirs.
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.
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.
Scientists have long known that stress can depress the male-to-female birth ratio, but the study in BMC Public Health zones in on miscarriage, rather than several other potential factors, as the culprit for the 9/11 drop. To make the analysis, researchers compiled data on fetal death from 1996 to 2002, for a total of some 156,000 fetal deaths of both genders. in September 2001, the rate of male fetal deaths increased by 12 percent over September 2000.
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?
In an effort to avoid a debacle, it looks like Rand Paul may have created one. Paul, who's been through a whirlwind week, has told NBC he won't appear on Sunday's Meet the Press as planned.
Newly minted GOP Senate candidate Rand Paul has already stepped into his first crisis of the campaign, only one day after winning the Kentucky primary. Comments he made about federal civil-rights legislation and segregation during two interviews with national media outlets have earned Paul a barrage of criticism.