Obama’s Oval Office Remodel

Every president has made the room his own. While Obama vacationed, his staff completely revamped the cornerless room.

How Mitt Romney Is Taking Advantage of the Mosque Controversy

While Palin and Co. are using the Ground Zero mosque controversy to burnish their far-right bona fides, Romney is seizing on the kerfuffle as an opportunity to do something else entirely: prove that he’s the only grown-up Republican in the 2012 race.

Pentagon Says WikiLeaks Is Fibbing

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's latest claims about attempts he has made to establish some kind of working relationship, or at least cordial contact, with U.S. defense authorities is false, say Pentagon officials.

DeLay's Justice Probe Ends With a Whimper

After six years, the corruption investigation of former Republican power broker Tom DeLay is dropped by Obama's Justice Department. Why that could be good for Democrats.

Rep. Maxine Waters Faces Three Charges

It’s been a busy season for the House ethics committee—and not such a good year for Democrats on accountability. Rep. Charles Rangel already has been hit with 13 counts of ethics violations, and now California Democrat Maxine Waters faces trial on three counts.

Mia Farrow Contradicts Naomi Campbell

Actress Mia Farrow took the stand in the trial of former Liberian dictator Charles Taylor and said that supermodel Naomi Campbell boasted of a "huge diamond" given to her by Taylor.

What's a Lynching Anyway?

The Shirley Sherrod story may have faded away somewhat, but conservative commentators have launched a new argument over whether she lied in her speech when she spoke about a lynching.

Campaign Financing Disclose Act Stalls—for Now

There wasn’t any real suspense about how the Senate would vote today on the Disclose Act, which would require a corporate or union sponsor of a campaign ad to physically appear in it so the public knows where the backing is coming from. So why was President Obama in the Rose Garden making an urgent appeal for passage?

Wall Street Reform's Tough Sell

In a flashy signing ceremony, Obama signed the Wall Street reform bill that took his party more than a year to get done. Unfortunately for him, explaining what it actually does will be even harder.

Senate Ends Stalemate on Unemployment Benefits

The Democrats garnered the 60-40 vote needed to end a Republican filibuster in the Senate and open the floor for debate on a bill that would extend unemployment benefits to 2.5 million Americans through November.

Sherrod Firing Shows Federal Overreaction on Race Issues

Less than a day after she was forced to resign from her job as a state-level USDA director following the discovery of a video that purportedly showed her recalling racist behavior toward a white farmer, the tide is already turning for Shirley Sherrod.

U.K. Government Denies Link Between BP and Release of Libyan Bomber

In the wake of renewed criticism of the decision by authorities in Scotland last year to release Abdelbaset Ali Mohamed Al-Megrahi—a Libyan intelligence officer who is the only person convicted in the December 1988 bombing of U.S.-bound Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland—from prison, Britain's new coalition government is distancing itself from the move.

Tip Sheet on Financial Reform

Where, oh, where is our financial reform? It’s locked up in Congress, as House Financial Services Committee chairman Barney Frank and Senate Banking Committee chairman Christopher Dodd try to secure the 60 votes needed for the bill to avoid a filibuster in the Senate. Here's what you need to know.

Who Can You Trust, Oil Spill Edition: volume 10

An ongoing look at the most reliable – and unreliable – players in the Gulf oil spill. Today: the containment cap gets back to work, Ron Paul stands up for oil companies, and BP tries to get back to deepwater drilling.

Obama's Good Day

President Obama had good reason to tread lightly in his Oval Office address Tuesday night: he was in the midst of coaxing a $20 billion-plus commitment out of a London-based company that already has lost half of its market value.

New Chief Lawyer for Ultrasecret NSA

Declassified has learned that the Obama administration has now asked a career Justice Department lawyer, Matthew Olsen, to become the NSA’s new general counsel, filling a position open since October.

Top Kill Fails

After three days of pumping a viscous mud mixture into the oil well in the gulf, on-scene engineers have admitted that the Top Kill measure designed to stop the leak of oil has failed. What are the next steps?

Newsverse: Of Oil Spills and Kim Jong-il

In this week's installment of Newsverse, NEWSWEEK's current-events-themed poetry series, Jerry Adler takes on the gulf oil spill. "Mud can do a tip-Top Kill. Dump some on the nearest spill. And the rest on Kim Jong-il."