A Partnership to Rebuild America

30 March 2013 |permalink | email article

When FDR became president in 1933 one of his first tasks was to put millions of unemployed Americans back to work. He announced the creation of a Civil Works Administration under Relief Administrator Harry Hopkins. CWA took $400 million… read full story

Questions on Enforcing DOMA

28 March 2013 |permalink | email article

The Supreme Court’s conservative bloc is aggressively asking a question: why is the Obama administration not defending the Defense of Marriage Act, even as they continue to enforce it? The Wall Street Journal reports that Chief Justice John Roberts… read full story

Supreme Court, Obama, Syria

27 March 2013 |permalink | email article

A new ABC News-Washington Post poll indicates fifty-five percent of Americans overall hold a favorable opinion of the Supreme Court, which this week is hearing arguments on gay marriage, a major civil rights issue. That’s despite some less-than-poplar recent… read full story

Supreme Court: Rightward Shift?

26 March 2013 |permalink | email article

A new Pew Research Center poll shows conservatives think the Supreme Court is a bunch of liberals, while liberals think the court is a bunch of conservatives. The Washington Post raises the question about who is right, and looks… read full story

Guns Showdown: Bloomberg vs. LaPierre

25 March 2013 |permalink | email article

The chief executive of the National Rifle Association said Sunday that his organization would lead a national campaign against efforts by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York to persuade Congress to adopt tougher gun restrictions. The mayor and… read full story

How Bush’s Foreign Policy Revived The Democrats

24 March 2013 |permalink | email article

Conservative New York Times columnist Ross Douthat pointed out Barack Obama didn’t just benefit from the zeal that entered the Democrat Party through the antiwar movement; he also benefited from the domestic policy vacuum left by Bush’s Iraq-ruined second… read full story

Shame on Harry Reid

22 March 2013 |permalink | email article

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson slammed the Democratic majority leader for killing any prospect of any assault weapons ban. Even though President Obama spoke in his State of the Union address last month with fiery eloquence about the cost… read full story

Assault Weapons Ban; Iraq War

20 March 2013 |permalink | email article

Senator Dianne Feinstein, the California Democrat who 35 years ago discovered the bullet-riddled memory of gay activist Harvey Milk has a long memory. So it was no surprise that she reacted with anger on Tuesday that gun control legislation… read full story

NFL and Pro Football in L.A.

19 March 2013 |permalink | email article

Reluctant billionaire Phillip Anschutz now says he’s willing to talk with the NFL about a stadium in downtown Los Angeles. The NFL says it’s ready to talk to Anschutz. “I think it’s a positive that Phil Anschutz is reengaging,”… read full story

Assessing GOP’s Terminal Illness

18 March 2013 |permalink | email article

Republican National Chairman Reince Preibus dislikes the word but that’s what he labeled his four-month examination of his party’s 2012 defeat. It turns out he believes in truth in labeling. As Salon’s Joan Walsh reports, Priebus’s investigation leaves the… read full story

Sarah Palin’s Newest Puppet

17 March 2013 |permalink | email article

The former Alaska governor and losing Republican vice presidential candidate made a sweeping pep talk at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland on Saturday, blasting President Obama and Beltway Republican candidates that are promoting traditional candidates over insurgents… read full story

Francis: A Shift Away From Rome

14 March 2013 |permalink | email article

The new pope is the 266th pontiff of the Catholic Church, the first from Latin America, and the first member of the Jesuit order to lead the church. “My brother cardinals have chosen one who is from away, but… read full story

New Dawn in Roman Catholicism

13 March 2013 |permalink | email article

Frank Bruni, the New York Times reporter who has been covering the cardinals to the Sistine Chapel in search of the next pope raised this question: Will the next pope chart a course of truly significant change for the… read full story

Ryan’s Make-Believe Budget

12 March 2013 |permalink | email article

Four months after Republicans suffered convincing defeat in the presidential election, Rep. Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, the party’s vice party-s vice presidential nominee, unveiled a spending-and-tax plan that relies on the same lightening rod proposals of his 2012… read full story

Keystone Oil Pipeline Plan

11 March 2013 |permalink | email article

President Obama is under increasing pressure to approve the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline even though the State Department’s latest environmental assessment makes no recommendation. Eager Republicans, joined by some Democrats in some western states, are pushing hard but… read full story

Murdock and the L.A. Times

10 March 2013 |permalink | email article

News Corporation’s new publishing company’s will receive a $2.6 billion infusion of cash and have no debt when it separates this summer from the company’s higher growth cable channels and Hollywood studio. On Friday a filing with the Securities… read full story

CPAC: No Longer Relevant?

08 March 2013 |permalink | email article

Attendees at the annual conservative confab known as CPAC won’t get to hear from New Jersey Gov. Christ Christie or Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell because neither one was invited. One person they will see is Donald Trump. His appearance… read full story

Cheney Fights The Old Wars Again

07 March 2013 |permalink | email article

Just as rational people were beginning to consider him a relic of the past the former vice president is reemerging from the shadows. Columnist Maureen Dowd nailed it by suggesting that Dick Cheney gives certainty a black eye. In… read full story

Roger Mahony in Rome

06 March 2013 |permalink | email article

The Los Angeles Cardinal, in the Vatican for talks ahead of a conclave to elect a new pope to succeed Pope Benedict, has defended his record on sexual abuse in the church. But he has refused interviews in recent… read full story

Rick Perry Under Fire

05 March 2013 |permalink | email article

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is under intense pressure from hundreds of uninsured Texans today to switch his stance on expanding Medicare, a major provision of President Obama’s health care overhaul. It’s a comedown from his position last July when… read full story

How Obama Missed The Boat

04 March 2013 |permalink | email article

It’s hard to imagine but it took a daredevil HBO executive to figure out a way to get his country into North Korea. Michael Lombardo, a partner in the Brooklyn media firm, planned a trip to the secretive kingdom… read full story

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