Peggy Noonan sounds off

31 May 2010 |permalink | email article

THE Wall Street Journal’s conservative columnist has a deft touch with words and is someone I often disagree with but find hard to dislike. But her screed last week attacking President Obama as being incompetent was over the top.

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Meg and Steve: BP and immigration

30 May 2010 |permalink | email article

PARDON me if it looks like a side show but the two Republican candidates for governor of California sound like trumpeting circus elephants, each bent on trampling the other into political extinction. 

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Los Angeles’ budget woes

28 May 2010 |permalink | email article

NEW study by the Pew Charitable Trusts finds that the City of the Angels is one of the nation’s most fiscally troubled big cities, While all of the 13 cities in Pew’s ongoing examination are feeling the budgetary pinch… read full story

Question Time

27 May 2010 |permalink | email article

President Obama holds a White House news conference today, his first since last February, as the environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico enters another moment of high political risk – a day before the commander in chief travels… read full story

Will Sarah, Newt and Dick matter?

26 May 2010 |permalink | email article

LAST year, before the Republican campaigns for governor and the U.S. Senate began to take shape, neither Meg Whitman or Carly Fiorina seemed in a hurry to gather endorsements from big names like Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich or Dick… read full story

Oil politics, Obama action

25 May 2010 |permalink | email article

UNTIL now the Obama administration has avoided the political backlash that President George W. Bush faced in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. But even the perception that the White House is treating the Gulf oil spill as an urgent… read full story

Arizona law, GOP conundrum

24 May 2010 |permalink | email article

THE illegal immigration issue is increasingly dividing Republican lawmakers and candidates in an election year. If, as a New York Times article reported last week, a consensus may exist among establishment Republicans in Washington, a fault line exists in… read full story

Paul and the Grand Old Party

23 May 2010 |permalink | email article

It is no surprise that this is an anti-establishment year. In Slate, John Dickerson devised a devilish new slogan – “Rand Old Party” – to mark the ascendancy of libertarian Rand Paul in crushing his establishment-backed candidate in the… read full story

Poizner, Whitman, immigration

21 May 2010 |permalink | email article

When Steve Poizner began focusing on illegal immigration in the Republican gubernatorial race, Meg Whitman, The Los Angeles Times reported, turned to former Gov. Pete Wilson, her campaign chairman, for solace and help to secure her conservative bona fides… read full story

The art of political self destruction

20 May 2010 |permalink | email article

Richard Blumenthal, the longtime and exemplary Connecticut Attorney General had, until this week, seemed well on his way to becoming the Democratic U.S. Senate nominee and presumed successor to Chris Dodd. But that was before a bombshell front page… read full story

Sea change: angry public, incumbents beware

19 May 2010 |permalink | email article

Pennsylvania 12:  On paper Republicans should own this conservative House district with a terrible economy and a President with an approval rating below 40%—ten points or more below his 2008 election margin. But the late Democratic icon Jack Murtha… read full story

Steve vs. Meg: heading for the wire

18 May 2010 |permalink | email article

The state insurance commissioner trailed the former eBay CEO by 50 points on March 24 in a Public Policy Institute of California poll for the Republican nomination for governor, and the media commissariat all but declared he was toast.… read full story

Sarah Palin and the law

17 May 2010 |permalink | email article

She’s back, uniformed as usual and nibbling around the political edges with nonsensical one-liners. This time she was in Phoenix at a campaign rally for embattled Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, and unveiling a new web site to promote tighter… read full story

Parsing Obama’s sudden anger

16 May 2010 |permalink | email article

Newsweek columnist Jonathan Alter’s new book, “The Promise,” President Obama, Year One, offers readers some fresh insights into the 44th president on his decision-making process – and notably what it’s like to work in his White House each day.

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A Republican rebound this fall?

14 May 2010 |permalink | email article

A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll suggests that Republicans are well positioned for a strong comeback in November’s mid-term campaign. The GOP appear to have reassembled their coalition by reconnecting with seniors, blue-collar workers, suburban women, small town… read full story

Can the U.S. really trust Karzai?

13 May 2010 |permalink | email article

A Los Angeles Times editorial quoted Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as saying that President Obama and President Karzai both understand that the ability to disagree on issues of importance is not an obstacle to achieving our shared objectives,… read full story

Question time for Kagan

12 May 2010 |permalink | email article

An article Elena Kagan wrote for the law review of the University of Chicago when she was an assistant law professor in 1995 mentioned the opportunity to rescue the Supreme Court confirmation process from the “vapid and hollow charade… read full story

Is Arlen Specter toast?

11 May 2010 |permalink | email article

The Pennsylvania Republican-turned-Democrat is in the fight of his life next Tuesday for the Democratic nomination as Rep. Joe Sestak has now moved ahead of him in the polls and is given a good chance to win. Starting today… read full story

Times Square terror plot: media fail to muster

10 May 2010 |permalink | email article

Frank Rich’s Sunday column in the New York Times offers a valuable public lesson in exposing what went terribly wrong at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner a week ago Saturday when President Obama laughed it up with some of… read full story

Is Kagan Obama’s pick?

09 May 2010 |permalink | email article

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs broadly hinted Friday that President Obama’s nomination to replace Justice John Paul Stevens on the Supreme Court “could come at any moment,” and Politico promptly pounced on it by suggesting that the pick on… read full story

Hung Parliament, historic impasse

07 May 2010 |permalink | email article

Exit polls forecast that no party in Britain had an outright majority to lead but the opposition Conservatives, led by David Cameron, scored significant gains with the largest number of seats in the House of Commons, with damaging losses… read full story

GOP: Is Whitman in trouble?

06 May 2010 |permalink | email article

Much to the delight of California Democrats, and putative party nominee Jerry Brown, the spin war between Republican gubernatorial rivals Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner has exploded just 34 days before the June 8 primary election.

Both sides had… read full story

Florida Senate bombshell

05 May 2010 |permalink | email article

A new Rasmussen Reports, in a stunning surprise, suggests a whole new ballgame with the decision by Republican Gov. Charlie Crist to run as an independent.

A telephone survey of likely Florida voters finds Crist getting 38 percent support… read full story

A teachable moment: has one slipped away?

04 May 2010 |permalink | email article

As Paul Krugman wrote in Monday’s New York Times “it’s true that Mr. Obama isn’t as well positioned to make this a teachable moment as he should be: just a month ago he announced a plan to open much… read full story

GOP donnybrook

03 May 2010 |permalink | email article

In March when California insurance commissioner Steve Poizner politely debated billionaire former eBay CEO Meg Whitman in Orange County for the Republican gubernatorial nomination he trailed her by 50 points. Yesterday in San Jose he unleashed a ferocious attack… read full story

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