Eve Conant

The BP Money Trail

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,"...

Left Wing: Oil Spill Should Take Drilling off the Table for Good

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...

Right Wing: Who's to Blame for the Oil Spill? Environmentalists and Obama.

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...

Will the California Gay-Marriage Trial Ever Wrap Up?

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.

Right Wing: Arizona Immigration Crackdown

This Week in Conservative Media State Sen. Russell Pearce, along with fellow legislators, wrote and passed a sweeping immigration-reform bill last week which is now awaiting signature by Arizona Gov.

Conservatives Accept Hospital Rights for Gays

Why most conservatives are lukewarm about Obama's decision to allow partners hospital visitation rights, and why the president's critics in the gay rights community are underwhelmed.

Left Wing: Fox News Unfairly Bashing Sen. Tom Coburn

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.

Right Wing: Fox News is Not to Blame for Threats Against Pelosi

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.

Left Wing: The Hutaree Militia and Why Today's Wingnuts Are Right Wing

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.

Right Wing: The Mexican Drug Cartel Stimulus Package

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.

Left Wing: Health-Care Reform, Mitt Romney, and Next Steps

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.

Lt. Dan Choi Arrested at the White House

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.

Right Wing: Bret Baier Outfoxes Obama, But Who Is Listening?

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...

Global Warming Heats Up at the Smithsonian

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.