New Messages Or New Ideas?

30 May 2005 |permalink | email article

While there are signs of a developing fissure between the right and moderate wings of the Republican Party, a more interesting phenomenon is occurring within the ranks of the party opposite. The struggle for the hearts and minds of… read full story

Arnold: Losing His Messianic Touch?

27 May 2005 |permalink | email article

First. a revealing quotation from a new Schwarzenneger biography by Laurence Leamer, who also wrote a Kennedy family trilogy, about his fascination with charismatic leaders:

“Arnold believed that what America needed was a great leader with all the messianic… read full story

Filibuster Compromise: Can It Hold?

25 May 2005 |permalink | email article

A group of 14 centrist senators Monday evening, in an unexpected deal that cut across ideological and political lines, signed a compromise that defused the threat of a “nuclear option” that would have rewritten the Senate’s 214-year-old filibuster rule.… read full story

Win Or Lose: Media Matters

22 May 2005 |permalink | email article

Once each month ABC News’ Political Unit gathers a representative sample of what it calls the Gang of 500 into a back room - it is often at Capitol Hill’s Bistro Bis - to discuss “the state of play… read full story

Un Alcalde For L.A.

19 May 2005 |permalink | email article

Antonio Villaraigosa is the first Latino to be elected mayor in 133 years. An historic victory, but not a surprise upon further reflection. My observations:

FIrst, the spirit of Tom Bradley lives. He lost to Sam Yorty in… read full story

Advise And Consent

15 May 2005 |permalink | email article

Senate Democrats and Republicans go to battle stations this week. One issue is the fight over several of President Bush’s judicial nominees; the other is confirmation of John C. Bolton as U.N. ambassador. The showdowns involve a blend of… read full story

Homeland Security: Back to 101

13 May 2005 |permalink | email article

That a single-engine, two-seat Cessna 150 could enter restricted airspace around Washington at 11:28 a.m. on Wednesday and come within three miles of the White House—with a failing grade, maximum security response—raises questions about the effectiveness of the Department… read full story

The Vatican Silences An Editor

08 May 2005 |permalink | email article

Father Thomas J. Reese, S.J., respected editor of America magazine, a leading publication of Catholic thought and opinion, has resigned at the request of his Jesuit order following years of pressure for his ouster from the Vatican Congregation for… read full story

Arianna’s “Moonbeam” Blog

06 May 2005 |permalink | email article

Arianna Huffington, political commentator, author and leftist gadfly, once described by the U.K. Guardian as “the most upwardly mobile Greek since Icarus,” is planning to launch a new blog on Monday. Called the Huffington Post, it is part headline… read full story

Faith And Filibuster

01 May 2005 |permalink | email article

President Bush was asked by a reporter at his news conference what he thinks “concerning the role that faith is playing, how it’s being used in our political debates right now.” “Yeah, I think people are opposing my nominees… read full story

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