March 14, 2013 |
In the divided world of American politics, it's not easy to find an issue on which the legal affairs correspondent for the Nation and the former chairman of the American Conservative Union agree. But we've found one: the crucial importance of transparency in government, especially when the president claims the power to kill us without charges or trial, by directing the launching of a remote-control drone. As this is Sunshine Week, a national initiative to promote dialogue about the importance of open government, what better time for the president to make good on his promise to lead the most transparent administration ever and tell us what's up with the drone policy?
February 5, 2013 |
Who says congressional Democrats aren't trying to cut spending? Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) seems determined to chop discretionary budgets by more than $100 billion this year, regardless of what economists (and the unemployment rate) may suggest about the fragility of the recovery. Granted, it's not that Reid is calling for the cuts to go into effect on March 1, as currently scheduled. In fact, he says the opposite. But the alternatives that Reid and House Democrats are floating are such political nonstarters, it's hard to imagine anything else happening.
January 25, 2013 |
SEATTLE -- While the debate over guns -- who can buy them, who can carry them -- is playing out on a grand scale across the national stage, its most emotional skirmishes are often fought in smaller venues, those most people never hear about, in communities across the country. Witness the town of Oak Harbor, Wash., where a city council member recently walked out of a council meeting when he learned a spectator -- a disabled veteran who served five years in Afghanistan -- was carrying a concealed weapon.
January 21, 2013
Here is a transcript of President Obama's second inaugural address, as provided by the White House in advance of his speech: Vice President Biden, Mr. Chief Justice, Members of the United States Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow citizens: Each time we gather to inaugurate a president, we bear witness to the enduring strength of our Constitution. We affirm the promise of our democracy. We recall that what binds this nation together...
November 15, 2012 |
Turns out, Mitt Romney didn't really mean it when he apologized and said he had been “just completely wrong” about “the 47%.” Those who didn't buy Romney's October mea culpa for his biggest campaign stumble got confirmation Wednesday that the Republican presidential candidate really did, and does, believe that half of Americans are waiting for a handout. The first time Romney held forth on America's moocher class, video captured the moment. This time, on Wednesday, it was the L.A. Times's Maeve Reston and a New York Times reporter listening in as the Republican presidential nominee again delivered his version of the truth.
November 14, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Nancy Pelosi, the liberal San Francisco congresswoman who became the first woman speaker of the House, will seek to remain the Democratic leader in the next Congress. Pelosi made the announcement Wednesday to a packed meeting of her caucus. "They say a picture is worth a million words. Well this picture is worth millions of aspirations of the American people," Pelosi told the gathering, according to a Democratic leadership aide in attendance at the closed meeting.
November 7, 2012 |
In a sign that political leaders are willing to heed President Obama's calls for bipartisan cooperation in the wake of his reelection, both Republican House Speaker John A. Boehner and Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid softened their partisan tones on Wednesday. In separate press conferences three hours apart, they pledged to work together to get the country on a better financial footing. In the hours after his victory speech in Chicago, Obama had called the men to discuss the so-called “fiscal cliff,” the morass of expiring tax cuts, scheduled budget cuts and a rising debt.
November 7, 2012 |
CHICAGO -- Hours after winning a second term, President Obama reached out to leaders on Capitol Hill for what will likely be the first of many private conversations about the daunting fiscal mess awaiting them all. The so-called fiscal cliff was the topic of the calls to House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). Obama placed the calls Tuesday night and Wednesday morning from Chicago, where he celebrated his win. In a statement, the White House said the president called to discuss the “legislative agenda for the remainder of the year.” But it's very clear there's only one major item on that agenda: dealing with a morass of expiring tax cuts, scheduled budget cuts and a rising debt.
November 7, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) made an opening offer Wednesday to avert an impending fiscal showdown, softening his party's confrontational tone one day after its electoral losses. But he stood by the GOP's core no-new-taxes pledge that has prevented a deal with the White House. The Republican shunned the bombastic approach favored by the GOP's tea party wing and sought to portray his House majority as ready to work with President Obama when Congress returns for what is expected to be an intense lame-duck session.
October 18, 2012 |
NEW YORK - President Obama rejected the idea that there was “confusion” in his administration's handling of the attack on a U.S. facility in Benghazi while nonetheless vowing to “fix” elements of the response that went wrong. Obama's latest comments came Thursday in, of all places, an interview with Jon Stewart on Comedy Central's news satire show, “The Daily Show.” Stewart asked the president whether his administration's investigation of the Sept. 11 attack that resulted in the deaths of four Americans would include working to improve communication within the administration.