White House Warning: Debt Default

16 September 2013 |permalink | email article

This weekend the White House made clear that Congressional recalcitrance on raising the federal debt ceiling might hurt the economy at a stay-fragile time, warning in a call with reporters about the “unnecessary threatening of a default” this fall.… read full story

Summers Pulls Name From Fed Consideration

15 September 2013 |permalink | email article

Lawrence H. Summers, one of President Obama’s closest economic and a former Treasury secretary, on Sunday withdrew his name from consideration for the position of chairman of he Federal Reserve amid rising opposition from Obama’s own Democratic allies on… read full story

Yellen Backed For Fed Post

12 September 2013 |permalink | email article

Over 300 economists have signed an open letter to President Obama urging him to nominate Janet L. Yellen to be the next head of the Federal Reserve, citing her “consistently good judgement ” and her commitment to reducing unemployment.… read full story

Bill de Blasio: Luck and Strategy

11 September 2013 |permalink | email article

New York’s Public Advocate started out as a long shot in the battle to succeed Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. But when a commercial was finally shown to de Blasio and his wife, they seemed overwhelmed, instantly recognizing the power… read full story

Washington Words

10 September 2013 |permalink | email article

Ben Schoot and Mark Leibovich have compiled a glossary of “Inside the Beltway” vocabulary. Some samples.

Sherpa: A Graybeard who guides a nominee through a confirmation process..

Body Man:  A personal aide to a Principal.

Dog Whistle: Coded political… read full story

Our New Isolationism

09 September 2013 |permalink | email article

How does a president sell foreign involvement to a gun-shy public? Lynne Olson told me she was startled to hear Secretary of State John Kerry get into it because of Pearl Harbor. Congress in recent years has not won… read full story

Which Way Will 44 Go

08 September 2013 |permalink | email article

The president looked exhausted as he met with the press in St. Petersburg on Friday. The man elected because of his magical powers of persuastion had failed to persuade other world leaders the night before about a strike in… read full story

The Federal Reserve Nominaton

06 September 2013 |permalink | email article

In July, when it appeared that President Obama might nominate Lawrence Summers to be the next chairman of the Federal Reserve, several Democratic senators wrote a letter to the president in praise of Janet Yellen, the current Fed vice… read full story

Bill O’Reilly: Conservaties Wrong on Assad

05 September 2013 |permalink | email article

The Fox News host is supporting military action in Syria and slamming the Syrian dictator over distrust of President Obama. “America cannot let evil go unchecked.“O’Reilly said Assad is a war criminal” for using poison gas, and the U.S.… read full story

Summers or Yellen: Obama’s Error

03 September 2013 |permalink | email article

The odds increase that the President will name Summers to lead the Federal Reserve Board, a move that appears to be working against the central bank’s efforts to stimulate the economy. Some analysts believe that a Summers nomination could… read full story

Campaign Journalism: New Age of Twitter

02 September 2013 |permalink | email article

David Carr noted in the New York Times the death of the hallowed political reporter Jack Germond recently served as a vivid reminder that the hallowed day story—a totemic representation of How It Was—has given way to a mosaic… read full story

Box Obama Made For Congress

01 September 2013 |permalink | email article

After appearing to be rushing toward a military strike on Syria , President Obama decided Saturday that he wanted to pull back and seek Congressional approval first. After the terrible setback in the British Parliament a bigger reason have… read full story

Bill O’Reilliy’s False Claim

30 August 2013 |permalink | email article

The Fox News host as apologized for incorrectly stating that no Republicans were invited to participate in a ceremony this week marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for civil rights and Martin Luther King Jr.‘s “I… read full story

Murdock: Buying the Times?

29 August 2013 |permalink | email article

Billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdock has closed on his purchase of the Moraga Vineyards estate in the hills above Bel-Air for a tidy $28.8 million, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday. As I have reported for months there is… read full story

Jack Lew: No Deal on Debt

28 August 2013 |permalink | email article

The Treasury Secretary told CNBC on Tuesday, after formally notifying Congress the day before. that the federal would run out of borrowing authority in mid-October. “Congress has already authorized funding committing us to make expenditures,” Lew said. “We’re now… read full story

Falsed Impeachment Game

27 August 2013 |permalink | email article

As Maureen Dowd reported this week the far right GOP wing of the party is determined to impeach President Obama but it’s not going to happen. Sen.Tom Coburn of Oklahoma said that the president was “getting perliously close ”… read full story

Hillary Coronation Premature

26 August 2013 |permalink | email article

Pundits on the right and left are already spreading the gospel that if Clinton gets into the race within the next year or so she will be the next president of the United States. A long shot at first… read full story

Three Cheers for Justice Ginsburg

25 August 2013 |permalink | email article

Ginsburg, now 80, vowed in an interview with the New York Times. to stay on the Supreme Court as long as her health and intellect remained strong, saying she was fully engaged in her work as the leader of… read full story

Clock Running: No Deficit Deal

23 August 2013 |permalink | email article

An autumn shutdown looms as talks between the White House and Senate Republicans have gone nowhere since Congress began its summer recess, increasing the chances of a fiscal stalemate that could lead to to a government shutdown in October… read full story

Clinton Dramas: New Iterations Ahead?

21 August 2013 |permalink | email article

As Maggie Haberman reports in Politico the swirl of headlines surrounding Bill and Hillary Clinton in the summer of 2013 should lead to a grand conclusion about whether another iteration of a Clinton campaign can be run effectively, free… read full story

A Moment of Truth

20 August 2013 |permalink | email article

Two political scientists, Christopher Achen and Larry Bartels. reported on a 1996 survey that asked voters whether the budget deficit had increased or decreased under President Clinton. In fact, the deficit was down sharply—and a majority of Republicans—believed that… read full story

Dual Role of Clinton Aide Shocks

19 August 2013 |permalink | email article

When the news surfaced in May that the State Department had approved an arrangement that allowed Huma Abedin, top adviser to Secretary pf State Hillary Rodham Clinton, to take on work for private clients officials at the department described… read full story

McConnell: Pressure To Defund ObamaCare

18 August 2013 |permalink | email article

A conservative group headed by ex-Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina has launched a media campaign in Kentucky to pressure Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to back an effort to threaten a government shutdown over defunding ObamaCare. McConnell is… read full story

Right Targets “Gutless” House GOP

17 August 2013 |permalink | email article

Heritage Action for America , a leader of the defund-Obama care crusade, tears into House GOP leaders for refusing to show the spine to do what it takes to block the law. To understand what this means, Jonathan Bernstein… read full story

Full Blown Panic Now

16 August 2013 |permalink | email article

As Greg Sargent signaled in his Morning Plum The Washington Post’s Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei are well sourced among the party’s elites, notably the drift towards a series of Apocalyptic showdowns this fall. Most urgently, according to some… read full story

Gingrich: Can GOP Be Party Of Ideas?

15 August 2013 |permalink | email article

The former Speaker of the House told a gathering of GOP operatives this week in Boston that lawmakers who criticize Obamacare but offer no alternatives who will left with “zero answer” to constituents who ask for a policy solutions… read full story

Summers is the Wrong Choice

14 August 2013 |permalink | email article

The rumors persist that Larry Summers is President Obama’s choice to become chairman of the Federal Reserve. After all,  Summers is the son of two Nobel laureates in economics is, has a high I.Q. and inspired a great cameo… read full story

Is Hannity Being Pushed Out?

13 August 2013 |permalink | email article

While Fox News is silent the certainty is growing that rising star Megyn Kelly is pushing Sean Hannity out of the coveted 9 p.m. prime time slot, one he has held for 17 years. The assumption is that 42-year-old… read full story

Iowa Speech Hints At Biden Run

12 August 2013 |permalink | email article

Vice President Joseph R. Biden will be a keynote speaker at Senator Tom Harkin’s annual steak fry next month, a signature political event that often showcases as featured speakers those aspiriing to be president. He will speak after Mayor… read full story

Cruz: Early Start Before Iowa Caucuses

11 August 2013 |permalink | email article

The freshman Texas senator gave a campaign stump speech to a crowd of social conservatives gathered in Ames, Iowa for the Family Leadership conference on Saturday and held the crowd of about 500 in the palm of his hand.… read full story

Clinton in 2016?

10 August 2013 |permalink | email article

At this point, Hillary Rodham Clinton has been awarded the Democratic nomination virtually by default and declared the clear favorite to win the general election against her as yet unknown Republican opponent. As Dan Balz noted this weekend in… read full story

Research Papers: Holding the Economy Back?

09 August 2013 |permalink | email article

As Paul Krugman points out in a New York Times column the truth is that we understand perfectly well why the recovery has been slow, and confidence has nothing to do with it. What we’re looking, instead, is the… read full story

Priebus Warns NBC and CNN On Debates

08 August 2013 |permalink | email article

The Republican national chairman has threatened to pull the group’s partnership with both networks if they moved ahead with plans to air films on Hilary Clinton. for the 2o16. “If they have not agreed to pull this programming prior… read full story

Putin Plays Games

07 August 2013 |permalink | email article

President Obama has apparently decided not to proceed with a planned summit meeting with President Putin of Russia next month in Moscow. Along with other legitimates grievances with Putin’s policies came his decision to stick a thumb in Obama’s… read full story

Mikulski:Refereeing A Fiscal Showtown

06 August 2013 |permalink | email article

Seven months into her new assignment as chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, there is already a saying among members: “We loved Byrd, we respected Inouye, we fear Barbara. During a March floor debate Ms. Mikulski ordered Sen. John… read full story

Rubio’s New Mission: Win Back The GOP’s Base

05 August 2013 |permalink | email article

The Florida senator’s chances of winning the GOP presidential nomination in 2016 have taken a solid hit and he will have to repair his standing with the conservative base. “There’s a terrible disappointment with Rubio specifically” said Rep. Jason… read full story

CBS and Time Warner Cable Dispute

05 August 2013 |permalink | email article

The standoff between the giants has drawn unhappy reactions from New York local officials, and Christine C. Quinn, the City Council speaker, and a mayoral candidate, said she would hold a hearing on the dispute on Thursday. Why is… read full story

Press Congress for Immigration Reform Now

04 August 2013 |permalink | email article

While a pillar of the Senate’s bipartisan compromise is"path to citizenship” it remains dirty words to Republicans like Representative Steve King of Iowa, who has likened immigrants to dogs and live stock. He has recently taken to calling them… read full story

Trend: More Layoffs If Cuts Remain

03 August 2013 |permalink | email article

“At a time of mass unemployment, it’s clear, the economics textbooks tell us, that this is not the right time for fiscal retrenchment. To watch it be ignored like this is exasperating , horrifying, disheartening.”—Justin Wolfers, an economics professor… read full story

GOP: Cripple Health Care Law

02 August 2013 |permalink | email article

The House was poised Friday on yet another bill to cripple President’s health care law. raising anew the question of why the Republicans persist in their so-far failed efforts? Democrats speculate on many theories. Republicans, they suggest, care little… read full story

Mitch McConnell: Out of Favor in Kentucky

01 August 2013 |permalink | email article

New poll numbers released Thursday suggest that Senate Minority Leader enters his reelection campaign facing two perilous obstacles: an electorate that wants him out of office and a viable Democratic challenger. The latest survey from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling… read full story

Cruz: Tea Party Senator, Far Right 2016 Candidate

31 July 2013 |permalink | email article

The Texas U.S. senator has been in office for just seven months and already is looking like a strong contender for the Republican presidential nomination. Last week, Cruz won a straw poll at a major gathering of the party’s… read full story

Anthony Weiner: Signs of a Crack Up

30 July 2013 |permalink | email article

In an interview with the New York Times Magazine published in April, Weiner denied that his original misbehavior was a result of troubles in his marriage. He spoke of feeling isolated, saying he did not like “being in empty… read full story

Profiling Obama

29 July 2013 |permalink | email article

Bill Keller, the former executive editor of the New York Times , has raised an important question. “Why is it President Obama’s job to confront American’s racism. The answer is that there’s sort of persistent misperception that talking about… read full story

War Over Health Care Exchanges

27 July 2013 |permalink | email article

Federal and state governments are entering the home stretch in the race to carry out the most important health care reform in more than four decades. The most pressing task is to establish new health care exchanges, the electronic… read full story

Democrats in Flux on Economy

25 July 2013 |permalink | email article

Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, the former Harvard law professor, has suddenly emerged as that state’s senior senator as a freshman. As the New York Times reported this week she has been the center of two issues that will… read full story

Mitch McConnell Faces Rare Woman Challenger

24 July 2013 |permalink | email article

The 71-year-old- Republican fixture in Washington is preparing to fend off a challenge by Alison Lundergan Grimes, a 34-four-old Democratic political newcomer. His team says he will address and even embrace the gender and generational differences between them. His… read full story

Warmed-Over Jobs Message

23 July 2013 |permalink | email article

“I don’t normally do this,”President Obama’s senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer wrote in the subject line of an email to reporters on Sunday night. As Washington Post reporter Dana Milbank wrote, this was tantalizing. What would this top White House… read full story

Mitch McConnell: No Free Ride In 2014

22 July 2013 |permalink | email article

A tea party challenger signaled Monday that he plains to take on Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell in next year’s GOP primary in Kentucky. Louisville businessman Matt Bevin’s entry in the race would force a major shift in the… read full story

Francis: Focus on Social Justice

22 July 2013 |permalink | email article

The new pope, in his first venture abroad, arrived in Brazil today on a weeklong visit to the world’s largest Roman Catholic country. “This is a crucial moment for the church, the nation, society and the people, heightened by… read full story

Liz Cheney’s Wyo. Senate Run

20 July 2013 |permalink | email article

Incumbent Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) is leading Liz Cheney by more than 30 points in the GOP primary to keep his Senate seat, according to a new poll. He gets 55 percent in the poll, compared with 21 percent… read full story

Catholic Educators Push Immigration Bill

19 July 2013 |permalink | email article

The presidents of 93 colleges and universities have sent a letter to the House speaker, John A. Boehner, and the minority leader, Nancy Pelosi, urging them to pass a comprehensive immigration bill that includes a path to citizenship for… read full story

House Fights Losing Affordable Care Battle

18 July 2013 |permalink | email article

Since early 2011, the House has voted more than 37 times to repeal all or part of the law, to scale it back, or to cut financing for its operation. The House Democratic leader, Nancy Pelosi of California, said… read full story

Trayvon Martin’s Legacy

17 July 2013 |permalink | email article

In the end what is most frightening is that there are so many people with guns who are like George Zimmerman. Fear and racism may never be fully eliminated by legislative or judicial order, but neither should our laws… read full story

Black Boys Denied The Right To be Young

16 July 2013 |permalink | email article

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson, in a post long to be remembered, wrote that justice failed Trayvon Martin the night he was             killed. We should be appalled and outraged, but perhaps not surprised,… read full story

Thinking The Unthinkable

15 July 2013 |permalink | email article

George Zimmerman spent Sunday in seclusion after a six-person jury of all white women found him not quilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter Saturday night. The Los Angeles Times reported that one of his attorneys said Zimmerman intended to… read full story

Screw The Food Stamps Program

14 July 2013 |permalink | email article

“We’ll get to that later.” That was the dismissive answer of Speaker John Boehner last week when asked if the House would restore the food stamps program it had coldly ripped out of the farm bill. “Later,” he said,… read full story

Garcetti’s Weak Joke

12 July 2013 |permalink | email article

L.A.‘s new mayor was asked this week if he has an opinion on the rumor about the billionaire Koch brothers possibly wanting to buy the Los Angeles Times. He took the safe route and quipped that he would prefer… read full story

House GOP Resists Senate Plan For Immigraton Overhaul

11 July 2013 |permalink | email article

House Republicans met just hours after former President George W. Bush added his voice to the immigration debate during a naturalization ceremony at his new presidential center outside Dallas.“The laws governing the immigration system aren’t working.We’re now in an… read full story

Detroit: Quotation Of The Day

09 July 2013 |permalink | email article

“The city is past being a city now. It’s gone.” Kendrick Benguche, a resident in Detroit, whose family lives on a block with a single streetlight, just down from a vacant firehouse that sits beside a burnedout home.

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Ways to Praise Jarrett in ‘This Town’

06 July 2013 |permalink | email article

A 33-point memo detailing ways to praise top White House aide Valerie Jarrett was send out by staffers shortly after an unflattering profile of the adviser was published in The New York Times last year, the new book “This… read full story

Putin Is Not Amused

06 July 2013 |permalink | email article

Fugitive intelligence contractor Edward J. Snowden has finally received offers of asylum from Presidents Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela and Daniel Ortega, of Nicaragua. In Russia, officials have expressed dismay over Snowden’s continuing sojourn in the transit zone of Shermetyevo… read full story

Dolan and the Sexual Abuse Scandal

05 July 2013 |permalink | email article

Tragic as the sexual abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church has been for many years, it is shocking to discover that Cardinal Timothy Dolan, while archbishop of Milwaukee, moved $57 million off the archdiocesan books into a cemetery… read full story

Tribune’s $2.7 Billion Deal for 19 Local TV Stations

02 July 2013 |permalink | email article

The purchase shows that the Chicago company intends to remake itself as a TV broadcaster with less emphasis on newspapers. Peter Liguori, CEO of Tribune, said Monday would have no bearing on the future of newspapers like the Los… read full story

Retired U.S. General: Target of Inquiry Over Iran Leak

29 June 2013 |permalink | email article

Retired Marine General James E. Cartwright is a target of an investigation into the leak of classified information about American cyberattacks on Iran’s nuclear program, a person familiar with the investigation confirmed Thursday night confirmed. The leak is being… read full story

Quote Of The Day

28 June 2013 |permalink | email article

“I’m not going to be scrambling jets to get a 29-year-old hacker.”—President Obama, on Edward J. Snowden, who is accused of leaking government secrets and remains at an airport to Moscow.

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How Hollywood Avidly Aided Nazis

27 June 2013 |permalink | email article

The list of institutions and industries that have been accused of whitewashing their links to the Third Reich is long, including various governments, the Vatican, Swiss banks and many American corporations. Add Hollywood to that roll call. In “The… read full story

Supreme Court’s Mistaken Judgment

25 June 2013 |permalink | email article

On Tuesday the Supreme Court effectively struck down the heart of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by a 5-to-4,vote, ruling that Congress had not provided adequate justification for subjecting nine states, mostly, in the South, to federal oversight.… read full story

Flights to Paris: Senatorial Scandal

23 June 2013 |permalink | email article

The Hill, in a shocking report, notes that flights to Paris are among reasons given by senators for missing classified intelligence briefings. Turns out that half of the Senate missed a recent high-level classified briefing ranging from afternoon flights… read full story

Ted Cruz’s Dad: Bribe Helped Cuba Exit

22 June 2013 |permalink | email article

The freshman U.S. senator has become a vocal part of the debate over immigration reform in Washington reform, even as his father said he had some troubles of his own when he tried to leave his native Cuba decades… read full story

The Chief Justice’s Long Game

16 June 2013 |permalink | email article

The court’s hubris on voting demands a legislative response. Chief Justice John G. Roberts writes that Tuesday’s decision has real consequences. His attitude is quite simple. “Regardless of how we look at the record , “no one can fairly… read full story

Shut Wallets Over Gun Votes?

12 June 2013 |permalink | email article

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, in a sharp exchange in the battle over gun control, wants to punish Democratic senators by taking away the one thing they need the most from New Yorkers: money. On Wednesday, Bloomberg sent out… read full story

Obama Plays Defense

09 June 2013 |permalink | email article

“Nobody is listening to your telephone calls.” said President Obama in defending government surveillance programs.” He said he came with a healthy skepticism about their programs. My team evaluated them. We scrubbed them thoroughly. “In the end,  he concluded… read full story

GOP Leadership to Darrell Issa

06 June 2013 |permalink | email article

Soon after Darrell Issa dubbed Jay Carney a “paid liar” on CNN last Sunday, House Republican leadership staffers called the California Republican’s aides with a message: Cool it. Issa’s aides promptly responded. The remark was over the top, they… read full story

Sexual Assaults in the Military: Time to Act

05 June 2013 |permalink | email article

John McCain came to Capitol Hill on Tuesday and glared at the ribbon-decked white male heads of all the services testifying before the Armed Services Committee. He scolded: “Just last night a woman came to me and said her… read full story

I.R.S.—4.1 Million on a Single Conference

04 June 2013 |permalink | email article

The New York Times reported Tuesday that the Internal Revenue Service spent $4.1 million on a single conference in Anaheim, California in 2010,  paying top dollar for luxury suites,$27,500 for a keynote speaker and tens of thousands of dollars… read full story

Hello Eric, Goodby Antonio

02 June 2013 |permalink | email article

Los Angeles mayor-elect Eric Garcetti has oddly picked a transition team of just 1 to help him assemble his administration which will include scores of volunteers who will site on city commissioners, as well as regional boards such as… read full story

On Immigration: Schlafly’s Far Right Rhetoric

01 June 2013 |permalink | email article

As Charles M. Blow, the New York Times columnist observed, the most outlandish example of conservative rhetoric in its truly offensive glory on the subject came in an interview with Phyllis Schlafly last week, the prominent conservative activist ,… read full story

Remembering Greeley

01 June 2013 |permalink | email article

The Rev. Andrew Greeley, who died this week in Chicago, gained fame and wealth writing best-selling novels combining Catholicism, Irish America and sex. But what made Father Greeley a writer of influence and heroism was far more serious. His… read full story

The Wisdom of Bob Dole

29 May 2013 |permalink | email article

Old-school Republicans cannot recognize a party that wants to break the government and which Bob Dole helped lead for years. He told “Fox News Sunday” that his party should hang a “closed for repairs” sign on its doors until… read full story

Michele Bachmann: Out of Control

29 May 2013 |permalink | email article

“Carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful. But there isn’t even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas.”—Bachmann on the House floor in April, 2009.

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Health Care Law and Partisan Gridlock

27 May 2013 |permalink | email article

Republicans insist on total repeal of the Affordable Health Care Act and will not take part in adjusting it. Democrats say it is the law of the land. It’s goal of universal health coverage is laudable, but its unintended… read full story

GOP Senate Rift Deepens

26 May 2013 |permalink | email article

Senate Republicans are locked in a battle over future budget negotiations, splitting along generational and ideological lines about how to deal with the federal budget. Seen in full view of C-Span cameras last week, Senators John McCain of Arizona… read full story

Gruel’s Failed Campaign

22 May 2013 |permalink | email article

The Times late Tuesday night called the race for mayor too close to call. But it was apparent that city councilman Eric Garcetti was going to become the 42nd mayor of Los Angeles. Both Garcetti, 42, and Wendy Greuel,… read full story

Celebrating Inequality

20 May 2013 |permalink | email article

This new kind of celebrity is the ultimate costume ball, far more exclusive and decadent than even the most potent magnates of Hollywood’s studio era could have dreamed up. Their superficial diversity dangles before us the myth that in… read full story

Noonan and I.R.S. Audits

19 May 2013 |permalink | email article

Nate Silver’s New York Times FiveThirtyEight column notes that some conservatives accuse the I.R.S. of targeting not just conservative groups that sought 501(c) (4) status but also individual taxpayers who oppose President Obama or support conservative causes. Critics are… read full story

Resonance Resistant

18 May 2013 |permalink | email article

According to a Gallup report released on Thursday, “the amount of attention Americans are paying to the I.R.S. and Benghazi situations are well below the average for stories Gallup has tracked over the years.” As New York Times columnist… read full story

Murdock Grows Closer to L.A.

13 May 2013 |permalink | email article

The media mogul announced via Twitter that he has bought the Moraga estate on the Bel-Air ridge that faces across the 405 freeway at the Getty Center. Curbed LA said back in February that the estate was listed for… read full story

Immigration Billl: Will Anything Happen?

11 May 2013 |permalink | email article

A bipartisan group in the House of Representatives has been meeting on and off for four years behind closed doors, working on its own version of legislation to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws. But with a comprehensive bill already… read full story

“We’re Under Attack,” Dying U.S. Ambassador Said

08 May 2013 |permalink | email article

A State Department o         fficial presented a minute-by-minute account on Wednesday of what happened during a seige of the diplomatic compound in Benghazi last Sept. 1, offering the first public testimony from an American official… read full story

California: Real Gun Control

06 May 2013 |permalink | email article

A continent away from Washington’s shamefaced resistance to new gun controls, California has just enacted a law that will speed up confiscation of firearms from an estimated 20,000 people who have bought them legally but were later disqualified because… read full story

GOP Prefers Chaos, Not Order

05 May 2013 |permalink | email article

“Regular order!” That’s been the demand of House Republicans for three years, insisting on a return to the distant days when Congress actually passed budget resolutions and spending bills. House Speaker John Boehner said on “Meet the Press” in… read full story

Karzai, CIA, Bags of Cash

04 May 2013 |permalink | email article

President Hamid Karzai, the Afghan leader, was assured by the C.I. A.‘s station chief in Kabul not to worry—the agency would continue dropping off stacks of cash at his office. He suggested to reporters that some of it was… read full story

Obama Gone Wobbly?

03 May 2013 |permalink | email article

Eugene Robinson, the Washington Post columnist, makes the point that the president looks and sounds like the one reasonable man on a ship of fools which may be good for his political standing. But he’s no longer running for… read full story

L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept. Feud: Baca, Tanaka Fallout

01 May 2013 |permalink | email article

The former undersheriff, accused of fostering a culture of jailhouse abuse, offered a searing critique of his boss Sheriff Lee Baca. Tanaka told the Los Angeles Times that he seemed like a confused and erratic leader who cares more… read full story

Times Reaffirms Garcetti Primary Endorsement

29 April 2013 |permalink | email article

While he lacks executive experience the newspaper’s editorial board has concluded that Eric Garcetti is more likely than Wendy Grueul to rise to the occasion and lead Los Angeles into a successful future. Did Greuel really propose an irresponsible… read full story

History Returns to Boston

27 April 2013 |permalink | email article

A man named Ian wrote in an e-mail, “Although I have lived in the area for almost thirty years, I haven’t necessarily thought of myself as a Bostonian. Although I think Boston is a nice enough city in which… read full story

L.A. Mayor’s Race Heats Up

23 April 2013 |permalink | email article

A day after a USC Price/Los Angeles Times Poll showed her trailing Councilman Gil Garcetti by 10 points City Controller Wendy Grueul is struggling to reestablish a central theme—that she is the workhorse who can get things done, while… read full story

Rupert Murdoch Wins Out In Settlement

22 April 2013 |permalink | email article

Two years ago, Murdock and other board members of News Corp. were sued by shareholders for lax oversight and alleged misdeeds within the sprawling media conglomerate. On Monday News Corp. agreed to settle the $139-million case. The punch line… read full story

Koch Brothers:Inside Track on LAT?

21 April 2013 |permalink | email article

Sunday’s New York Times story about the Koch brothers’ interest in the Tribune Co. newspapers offers little that has not been reported elsewhere although the LA Weekly had the scoop last month. What is new, as LA Observed reported,… read full story

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