BP's massive oil spill is still creeping toward the coastline as a federal investigation looms into its causes and consequences. But what is clear, according to OpenSecrets.org (the Web site for the Center for Responsive Politics), is that BP's lobbying arm has extended deep into Washington, D.C., with the company enjoying close ties with lawmakers and a record of big spending, especially on one politician: Barack Obama. "If BP faces heavy federal scrutiny, it's well positioned to fight back,"...
Arizona: Was Rancher Krentz Killed by an American, and Will Controversial Sheriff Joe Arpaio Run for Governor?
The Arizona Daily Star is reporting that the murder of southern Arizona rancher Robert Krentz, which helped spark the recent fervor over illegal immigration into Arizona, may have been committed by an American, not by an illegal immigrant as widely suspected.
This Week in Liberal and Progressive Media Obama has said he believes domestic oil production to be an important part of America's approach to energy security, when done "responsibly." Administration officials said the accident would halt new drilling under Obama's proposal last month to open up parts of the Arctic and Atlantic oceans, and the eastern Gulf of Mexico, for new oil and gas leases. "No additional drilling has been authorized and none will until we find out what happened here and...
This Week in Conservative Media NewsBusters' Noel Sheppard leads a piece with Paul Krugman's tongue-in-cheek headline for his Conscience of a Liberal blog titled "The Oil Spill Is Obama's Fault" to ask why Krugman is being sarcastic, and questioning why Americans are not blaming Obama. "What Krugman forgets to point out is that if this happened when Bush was President, the Left and their media minions INCLUDING ALL the New York Times writers, columnists, and editorial department would have...
Ted Olson and David Boies's landmark trial to overturn California's ban on gay marriage began in January with much fanfare. Perry v. Schwarzenegger was expected to last a few weeks, but here we are closing in on May.
Last week State Rep. Babette Josephs of Philadelphia's 182nd Legislative District accused her leading political opponent, Gregg Kravitz, of faking his bisexuality.
This Week in Liberal and Progressive Media Arizona is set to pass a sweeping immigration-reform bill (S.B. 1070) that will give state officials broad new powers to arrest people suspected of being illegal immigrants.
Just after 10:30 this morning, Lt. Dan Choi and five other service members went through the last of their civil-disobedience practice runs on the back veranda of gay advocate and political strategist Paul Yandura's northwest D.C. home. Within the hour the six would handcuff themselves, Choi and Capt.
This Week in Liberal and Progressive Media Fox News has been angered by comments made at a recent town-hall meeting by Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn, who criticized Fox and urged citizens to watch more than one news outlet in order to inform themselves.
This Week in Conservative Media NEWSWEEK just ran two stories this week about Fox News, one by Andrew Romano on Glenn Beck "The Unified Theory of Glenn Beck" and one by me, "Have Republicans Been Out-Foxed?" John Hart, spokesman for Sen.
Some conservatives are beginning to question whether Fox News is good for their movement.
The mother of the Gregory Lee Giusti, the man who is accused of making nearly 50 threatening calls to Nancy Pelosi over health-care reform, spoke to a Bay Area radio station about how FOX News had radicalized her son. "Greg has, frequently gets in with a group of people that have really radical ideas and that are not consistent with myself or the rest of the family and which gets him into problems.
This Week in Progressive Media Who is more of a threat, left-wing crazies or right-wing crazies? For its coverage of the Hutaree Militia story, Firedoglake.com carries Rachel Maddow's extensive reporting of the FBI infiltration and capture of the members of the violent Christian militia group.
This Week in Conservative Media I will confess that I am particularly interested in the following story (as is Michelle Malkin) because I've lived in Arizona and also reported from there on cartel violence spillover.
Week in Progressive Media Health-care reform is still dominating this week, with different progressive outlets falling over themselves to explain to readers what just happened in the House, how it will affect regular Americans, and what will happen next in the Senate.
This Week in Conservative Media The Democrats are victorious and conservatives have one primary reaction—which is to argue that the Dems will pay for last night come elections in November.
UPDATE 2:40 P.M.: Choi told the judge, "Your honor, I plead not guilty, am not ashamed and am not finished." The cuffs and chains around his waist have been removed.
Gay-Rights Protesters Stage Sit-In at Nancy Pelosi's Office: Leaders Stand Ready to Bail Out Activists
Activists are arrested after protesting outside House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office on March 18. (Photo: Joel Silberman via getEqual)According to gay-rights advocate Paul Yandura, activists have staged a sit-in at Nancy Pelosi's district and Capitol Hill offices.
Lt. Dan Choi and Capt. Jim Pietrangelo handcuffed to the White House gates moments before they were arrested. (Photo: John Aravosis) Gay activists in D.C. say they are planning acts of civil disobedience today to show politicians they have lost patience with President Obama and lawmakers when it comes to gay rights legislation.
This Week in Conservative Media If Obama was trying to make his case for health care to conservatives, he didn't impress. Today the conservative blogosphere has been picking apart his interview, even if they're being drowned out by a favorable CBO report boosting support for Obama's push for reform. National Review Online's Seth Leibsohn writes that Baier's interview was the best of any reporter in a year. "It was a model of how not to be cowed by a strong and charismatic leader and a...
I thought I was just dropping my kid off at school this lovely St. Patrick's Day morning, but instead we stumbled onto an environmental scuffle. My son attends kindergarten inside the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum, but this morning it was the scene outside that grabbed our attention. Greenpeace activists were staging a "climate-crime-scene investigation" at the entrance to the museum.
Prominent Redstate.com commentator Erick Erickson will join CNN, the network announced Tuesday, welcoming the "self-described 'obsessive news junkie' " to their team.