Katie Connolly

Obama's Offshore Drilling Strategy

What's behind Obama's decision to open U.S. waters to oil drilling—an about-face that's enraging environmentalists? In part, it's a concession to get conservative members of Congress to sign on to a climate-change bill, which would create a cap-and-trade system to limit carbon emissions.

Tea Partiers: They're Just Like Us!

Gallup released it's latest research into the demographics of tea-party supporters this morning, and some of the results are a little surprising. For all the talk of tea partiers being older and whiter than the rest of the country, Gallup's findings show that the demographics of tea-party supporters largely align with the rest of the country on several socioeconomic categories.

Gordon Brown's Tough New Strategy Had Me April-Fooled (Almost)

When it comes to pranks, Brits are usually pretty good sports. Their newspapers are no exception, and for April Fools', they had some fun fibs. For starters, there's the Daily Express's story about the queen catching a cut-price flight on the budget British airline EasyJet. (Complete with a quite convincing photo of the queen boarding, while waving in her signature fashion.)But the story that almost had me was this one from The Guardian.

New Poll Has Good News for Democrats

When it comes to midterm elections, voter enthusiasm is everything. Relative to presidential years, midterm turnout is depressed. Without the hype of a presidential battle, the only people you can really rely on to hit the polls are the party faithful; those folks who'll turn out rain or shine.

Biden's Big (Bleepin') Deal?

Today was perhaps the most important single day in Barack Obama's presidency so far. Joe Biden agrees, but in less, ahem, diplomatic language. We're not entirely sure that he dropped the F bomb. It does sound like it. What we are sure of is that Biden knows how to liven up a party. (Spoiler alert: there's possibly a naughty word in the clip below.)

Kucinich Will Vote Yes

Yesterday, I wrote that if there was ever a time for the most idealistic Democrats on the Hill to become pragmatists, it was now. I was referring in particular to Ohio's Dennis Kucinich, a former presidential candidate and steadfast progressive who arguably sits further to the left than any of his peers.

Ever Wanted to Know What Happened to Obama's Peace Prize Money?

Well, wonder no more. The White House today announced that, as expected, the president would donate his $1.4 million prize to charity. Here's the list: List of Charities$250,000 to Fisher House: Fisher House is a national nonprofit organization that provides housing for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. $200,000 to the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund: In the wake of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, President Obama asked former...