Voter budget revolt looms

30 April 2009 |permalink | email article

Arnold Schwarzenegger suffered a stinging rebuke in a special November 2005 election when all four of his ballot initiatives to reshape California state government were rejected.

The California governor, who then liked to say he could sell anything,… read full story

GOP, new Whigs?

29 April 2009 |permalink | email article

The defection of moderate Republican Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.) was huge news on Tuesday, as that wing of the party disappears with Democrats now in absolute control of the government.

Republicans, an increasing minority, creep closer to the defunct… read full story

Angelenos tapped for diplomacy

28 April 2009 |permalink | email article

Two wealthy Los Angeles businessmen who initially supported Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign are in line for significant ambassadorial posts in the Obama administration, a well-placed source has told The Body Politic.

Stewart A. Resnick, chairman and owner of… read full story

Governor 2010: Kid vs. Senior

27 April 2009 |permalink | email article

The contest for California governor warms up with two of the three major Democratic candidates yet to announce. But in Sacramento at their state convention the outlines of a bruising race were clearly discernable.

San Francisco Mayor Gavin… read full story

No way out?

26 April 2009 |permalink | email article

Gen. David Petraeus has cautioned Congress that the U.S. faces a “tough road” ahead in Afghanistan but that the commitment there is further complicated by Pakistan’s failure to halt the expanding Pakistani Taliban insurgency within its own borders. It’s… read full story

Warning against torture

25 April 2009 |permalink | email article

The battle rages on about how President Obama and Congress should respond to the “moral issue” of torture. But a military agency warned in a July 2002 document that it would produce “unreliable information.”

The Washington Post reported Saturday… read full story

First 100 days hysteria

24 April 2009 |permalink | email article

April 29 marks the 100th day of Barack Obama’s presidency and a time-honored Washington media ritual darting back to FDR’s launch of the New Deal is beginning to blossom.

A fresh AP/GfK poll has that feel good ring: for… read full story

Justifying torture

23 April 2009 |permalink | email article

As the Justice Department decides whether former high ranking officials in the Bush administration who set interrogation policy or formulated the legal justifications for it should be investigated for possible crimes a McClatchy Newspapers story said that harsh interrogation… read full story

Earth Day 39

22 April 2009 |permalink | email article

The first celebration, as Elizabeth Kolbert comments in The New Yorker, was a raucously exuberant affair. Fifth Avenue was closed to traffic. All told twenty million Americans took part. Unmoved was President Nixon who avoided the festivities and made… read full story

Extreme paranoia

21 April 2009 |permalink | email article

It’s impossible to overstate the sense of paranoia that grips the right as Obamaism nears the first 100 day mark.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss, of Georgia, told Politico “there is overwhelming empathy with folks who are scared to death about… read full story

Voter revolt

20 April 2009 |permalink | email article

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s six budget-related propositions on the California statewide special election May 19 – 1A through 1F – are in trouble. His approval rating has hovered around 33% in one poll and most of his proposals lack broad… read full story

Ready on day one?

19 April 2009 |permalink | email article

Arthur B. Culvahouse Jr., the Republican attorney who handled the vetting process for John McCain’s vice-presidential prospects, offered a rare and insightful view of the selecting process which, except for ABC News, got little attention.

About his private advice… read full story

Remember 1941

18 April 2009 |permalink | email article

Eleven months before Japan’s Dec. 7 attack on Pearl Harbor, as the Great Depression continued, California’s unemployment rate stood at about 11.7 percent. In March the state’s jobless rose to 11.2 percent, the highest since World War II, with… read full story

Big government

17 April 2009 |permalink | email article

President Obama gets strong support for his actions with new USA Today/Gallup Poll numbers showing most Americans say they’re happy Big Government is back to help in hard economic times. But those surveyed believe, by 3-to-1, that government’s expansion… read full story

Tea party revolt

16 April 2009 |permalink | email article

Anti-tax demonstrations across the country yesterday were supposed to evoke the memory of the Boston Tea Party and the American Revolution. Colonists refused to pay taxes to a government that lacked popular representation. If organizers hoped for a spontaneous… read full story

First dogs

15 April 2009 |permalink | email article

Bo, the six-month old Portuguese Water Dog, made his White House debut playing with the First Family on the South Lawn. “I finally got a friend,” President Obama joked. “It took a while.”

But Fox’s Bill O’Reilly, on the… read full story

Gingrich strikes out

14 April 2009 |permalink | email article

Last Saturday former Speaker Newt Gingrich, beginning to audition as a shadow president, blasted President Obama on his response to the hostage situation off the coast of Somalia. “We look weak,” he said.

The new commander in chief was… read full story

LAPD’s new building

13 April 2009 |permalink | email article

Tim Rutten, the Los Angeles Times’ crack op-ed columnist, observes that the new police headquarters building expected to open late this year in the Civic Center, should not be named again after William H. Parker, the LAPD’s longest serving… read full story

Coffee time

12 April 2009 |permalink | email article

Mike Allen’s “Playbook” is a well-read feature on Politico, full of gossipy Washington tidbits and a preview of breaking news.

But his blog today again exposes just how much advertising revenue has begun to infiltrate, and possibly compromise, both… read full story

L.A. Times crosses line again

12 April 2009 |permalink | email article

With a four-page advertising promotion for the movie “The Soloist” appearing in its Sunday Calendar entertainment section and laid out like news The Los Angeles Times will again come under intense newsroom and reader scrutiny,

On Thursday, as… read full story

A divisive figure?

10 April 2009 |permalink | email article

Neither former Vice President Dick Cheney nor Karl Rove, “The Architect” of George Bush’s 200 and 200 campaigns, can get over the fact that Republicans no longer run the country.

Unlike Bush who’s remained out of the sight… read full story

Dumbing down L.A. Times

09 April 2009 |permalink | email article

The New York Times today runs an ad at the bottom of its front page hyping a new CBS television series. Unnerving as that is the publisher of The Los Angeles Times has blatantly crossed the line by redefining… read full story

Torture politic

09 April 2009 |permalink | email article

“Bush Six” is the subject of an April 13 piece in The New Yorker by Jane Mayer about a book out of England a year ago which makes a fascinating prediction.

The author, Philippe Sands, neither a journalist nor… read full story

Sarah and Michele

08 April 2009 |permalink | email article

Sarah Palin slamming Obama’s proposed cuts to missile defense or Michele Bachmann’s fear of youth “re-education camps” are each tantalizing ledes.

First Palin: Her reaction to North Korea’s rocket test was to reaffirm Alaska’s commitment to protecting America from… read full story

Who’s out of touch?

07 April 2009 |permalink | email article

Newt Gingrich’s assertion that the U.S. is at greater risk of a terrorist attack because of the Obama administration actions is predictable since he’s virtually announced his 2012 availability.

A chat with Politico readers on issues the former House… read full story

Right talk

06 April 2009 |permalink | email article

Daily rage against the Obama administration intensifies. Rush Limbaugh wants the White House to fail because it’s destroying capitalism. Glenn Beck, the newest Fox News screamer, told audiences that he was wrong to have said O44 was leading America… read full story

Newspaper meltdown foreseen

05 April 2009 |permalink | email article

The late A. J. Liebling, a long-time student of metropolitan dailies, wrote a series of famous essays on the subject in The New Yorker from 1946 until 1961. Much of the material later appeared in book form as “The… read full story

Blago

03 April 2009 |permalink | email article

The ousted Illinois governor will now face Patrick J. Fitzgerald, the tenacious U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois who convicted Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff, Scooter Libby, for perjury.

Blagojevich, who’s denied all wrongdoing, was indicted… read full story

Over there

02 April 2009 |permalink | email article

Will Europeans embrace President Obama’s plans to deal with the world financial crisis? Regardless, a Harris survey of 6,299 adults in Western Europe and the United States suggests he’s the most popular and influential world leader – topping the… read full story

Twilight for newsprint?

01 April 2009 |permalink | email article

The company which owns the Chicago Sun-Times and 58 other newspapers and online web sites filed for bankruptcy protection on Tuesday. The move is the latest indication that the future of daily newspapers in this country has taken a… read full story

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