President Obama wants $50 billion in emergency state aid to avoid "massive layoffs of teachers, police, and firefighters." But many states have already been forced into an uncomfortable choice: shed jobs (about 45,000 have been lost so far this year) or embrace the private sector like never before.
Talk about timing. The book "Why We Hate the Oil Companies" hits the shelves in the midst of the most catastrophic oil spill in U.S. history. And we read it so you don't have to.
The conservative activist who brought down ACORN earlier this year with a pimp hat and a hidden camera is at it again. His target this time around: the U.S. Census. Apparently, James O'Keefe got a job as a census worker in New Jersey and secretly recorded his training, along with conversations with various supervisors.
Here at The Gaggle, we have been so caught up in reporting on Rand Paul that we've neglected to tell you about another anti-establishment Tea Party candidate who has the Republican nomination within his grasp.
Late Wednesday night, Kathrine Gutierrez Hinds, 24, came across a frightening story—unfolding in real time on an online message board—about two young Russian women who, by the looks of it, were about to unwittingly become hostesses at a seedy nightclub.
As reported on The Gaggle earlier today, Vice President Joe Biden's eldest son, Beau, was admitted to a hospital today after suffering what doctors believe to be a mild stroke.
It doesn't take long to arrive at the political metaphor so graciously provided by that "danged fence" John McCain suddenly wants to build: the Tea Party has erected an ideological barrier, and if you're a moderate Republican running for reelection, don't even think about crossing it.
Tea Partiers weren't the only ones happy to see Sen. Bob Bennett lose Utah's Republican nomination on Saturday: plenty of Democrats in the state were elated as well.
A sheen of oil from the BP spill has made its first confirmed landfall, washing ashore an uninhabited island beach in Louisiana. The most recent projections by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration show oil sheen and tarballs—not necessarily the brunt of the oil slick, but rather a less-toxic runoff—threatening the Mississippi barrier islands over the next 72 hours.
Even as crews work around the clock to contain the oil slick creeping toward the coast, speculation abounds as to when and where it will finally wash ashore.
It remains unclear exactly how much damage BP's oil spill will do to the aquatic life in the Gulf of Mexico, but if you're worried about one of the worst environmental disasters in decades cutting into your $11.99 "festival of shrimp," you can rest easy.
As BP spends millions of dollars a day on efforts to contain the oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico, environmental organization Matter of Trust is doing its part by soliciting donations of hair, fur, and nylons.
Last week, NEWSWEEK published an essay by Christopher Hitchens calling for the pope to be subpoenaed or even detained for questioning in the Catholic Church's child-abuse scandal.