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

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