And, so it begins. Now that Americans have, for the most part, been evacuated from Libya, there’s been a noticeable uptick in the rhetoric coming out of Washington, and it reached a new level this afternoon with comments from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: The United States must consider military action in Libya if Muammar […]
Washington Wire: “I hope today, all of you feel free to make yourselves at home. For those of you with a particular interest in the next election, I don’t mean that literally.” — President Barack Obama, welcoming governors to the White House. A moment later, he gestured toward Mississippi’s GOP Gov. Haley Barbour and the […]
Not surprisingly, House Speaker John Boehner said today that Congress is likely to take over defense of the Defense Of Marriage Act now that the Obama Administration has announced that it would not be doing so: The House is likely to take steps to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), House Speaker John Boehner […]
Iran doesn’t like the logo for the London Olympics and is threatening to boycott if it isn’t changed.
My official statement. Please refer to this the next time somebody says something stupid.
Alexis Madrigal tells the story of the man behind the best fake Twitter account ever: For weeks, journalists and insiders have urged the person behind @MayorEmanuel to reveal himself, but he (or she) demurred. Until now. After a protracted email negotiation, the author has outed himself to The Atlantic. He’s receiving no compensation. The genius […]
Muammar Gadaffi’s family hired big name entertainers for parties. What with the ongoing mayhem in Libya, that’s coming under scrutiny.
Democrats won’t say if they consider Mitt Romney a threat, but they’re sure acting like they do.
Moodys warns the the Republican plan to cut spending could cost the economy 700,000 jobs.
Just in case you wondered about the extent of Muammar Gaddafi’s delusions: I interviewed Col. Moammar Gadhafi this morning, when he told me he cannot step down because he is not a president or king, and claimed there have been no demonstrations in the streets of Libya’s capital. “My people love me. They would die […]
Well this isn’t exactly new tone: Last Friday…. after the Assembly voted to engross the Budget Repair Bill, [Wisconsin State Rep. Gordon] Hintz turned to a female colleague, Rep. Michelle Litjens and said: “You are F***king dead!” I suppose this is acceptable because he was fighting for “the people,” right?
From last night’s Jimmy Kimmel: click (embed not available)
The populist uprisings sweeping the Arab world seem to have arrived in the Persian Gulf Sultante of Oman: Residents in the northeastern Omani city of Sohar have reportedly looted a supermarket damaged in protests, as demonstrations over economic woes carried on into a third day. Security forces sealed off main roads to the city on […]
Republicans begin to discover that defeating an incumbent President isn’t an easy task.
Via Henry Blodget: First, “Revenue” is tiny relative to “Expenses.” Second, most of the expense is entitlement programs, not defense, education, or any of the other line items that most budget crusaders normally howl about. Third, as horrifying as these charts are, they don’t even show the trends of these two pies: The “expense” pie […]
Wouldn’t we be better off offering besieged rules exile in relative comfort in exchange for graceful exits?
Via the BBC: Hosni Mubarak: Egypt’s former leader given travel ban Egypt’s public prosecutor has issued a travel ban on ousted President Hosni Mubarak and his family. The order also freezes their money and assets, a spokesman for the prosecutor’s office said. […] Egypt has already requested a number of governments to freeze the overseas […]
While the prestige outlets of the halcyon days of the last millennium still hold some cachet for those of us old enough to remember that era, they mean next to nothing on the Web.
The last American veteran of a conflict which ended nearly a century ago has died.
Two candidates who have no realistic chance of winning the Republican nomination won the straw polls conducted at the Tea Party Patriots gathering this weekend: Which Republican should become the next president? Herman Cain, according to a number of Tea Party activists gathered at a weekend summit in Phoenix. Cain, a conservative talk show host […]
The fight over Federal funding for Planned Parenthood seems to be about much more than whether taxpayer dollars should be going to Planned Parenthood.
The uprisings in the Arab world have led some to suggest that the Middle East isn’t “ready” to be free. They’re wrong.
This story from southwestern Virginia shows a side of the American Civil Liberties Union that critics on the right are not willing to acknowledge: FLOYD COUNTY, VA –The ACLU of Virginia has come to the defense of a group of Christian athletes in Floyd County. In an e-mail sent Friday afternoon, the civil liberties group […]
With most Americans now out of Libya, the rhetoric coming out of Washington is stepping up a notch: In a significant escalation of rhetoric over the unrest and violence in Libya, President Barack Obama on Saturday appeared to call for Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi to vacate his office immediately. The word from the White House […]
Egypt takes another step towards constitutional reform.
Last week, I noted that Judith Regan had stated in a Federal Court affidavit that Fox News head Roger Ailes had told her to lie to Federal investigators regarding Bernard Kerik. Today, financial blogger and frequent cable news guest Barry Ritholtz has this: Here’s what I learned recently: Someone I spoke with claimed that Ailes […]
Labor and management are not simply adversaries at the negotiating table; they represent two very different cultures, if not social classes.
A New York judge has sided with comedian Jerry Seinfeld in a bizarre lawsuit by a crazy woman who writes cookbooks.
Scott Walker’s attempt to crush the Wisconsin public employee unions may be the first wave in a fight to elect Republican governors in 2012.
A look at history reveals that President Obama’s decision to decline to defend Section Three of DOMA is hardly unprecedented.
Several “correct” answers on the American citizenship test are technically incorrect.
As an illustration that the various situations in North Africa and the Middle East are still in the early stages of change, we see that they are not yet done (not by a long shot) in the place where it all started, Tunisia. Via the BBC: Tunis police use tear gas to disperse demonstrators The […]
Politico reports that a deal has been reached that looks likely to avoid a government shutdown and finally resolve the FY 2011 budget: Threats of a government shutdown next week had all but disappeared by late Friday as Democrats reacted favorably to a Republican plan that would keep agencies operating past Mar. 4 while making […]
The situation in Libya continues to be grim as Gaddafi lashes out while power slips through his fingers.
Keith Humphreys makes a point that can’t be stressed enough: [Daniel] Simons’ work shows that drivers believe that the risks of driving while telephoning are physical (i.e., the risk from a hand held phone is the loss of one hand on the wheel) when in fact they are cognitive and social. Poor audio quality makes […]
“In my opinion, any future defense secretary who advises the president to again send a big American land army into Asia or into the Middle East or Africa should ‘have his head examined,’ as General MacArthur so delicately put it,” Mr. Gates told an assembly of Army cadets here. — Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, […]
Frying bacon in a pan is messy and often results in mangled, charred meat. Scott Vermeire says you’re probably doing it wrong.
LTC Michael Holmes, the fellow who accused LTG William Caldwell of ordering him to perform psychological operations on Members of Congress, is not trained in psyops.
Apparently having nothing better to talk about in the world today, Mother Jones‘ David Corn devotes 878 words today to a weird conspiracy theory promulgated by some Israeli you’ve never heard of: [H]ere’s the mother of all right-wing conspiracy theories: Obama is scheming to bring tens of millions of Muslims—perhaps up to 100 million—from the […]
Christopher Lee abruptly resigned from Congress mere hours after news broke that he was advertising for sex on Craigslist. Apparently, he was looking for trannies.
I suppose this was inevitable, especially considering the source: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who plans within two weeks to announce if he will run for president, said today that if President Obama doesn’t change his mind and order his Justice Department to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act, Republicans in Congress should strike back […]