January 24, 2010 |
Onetime Republican Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, whose jump over to the Democratic Party last year turned his name into a political verb for switching sides whenever it's convenient, may have stepped in something messy last week. The 80-year-old new Democrat, who's seeking a sixth term but facing a defiant primary challenge from combative Rep. Joe Sestak, was on a Philadelphia radio station debating Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann. Normally the, uh, outspoken Bachmann, a "tea party" fave, would be a perfect foil for a Democrat like Specter.
January 25, 2011 |
Rep. Michele Bachmann will decry "an unprecedented explosion of government spending and debt at President Obama's direction unlike anything we have seen in the history of our country" in her State of the Union rebuttal this evening, according to excerpts released by her office. Bachmann, a Minnesota Republican, isn't delivering the official GOP response; instead she's speaking on behalf of the "tea party. " Her remarks will come after the party-sanctioned rebuttal by Rep. Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, and will be streamed on the website of the political action group Tea Party Express while carried live on CNN. Her choice to offer an alternative response has been greeted with some grousing by other Republicans, but, as has been her political style, Bachmann isn't expected to offer much in terms of conciliatory remarks.
January 6, 2011
Not all opinions by Supreme Court justices are delivered from the bench. Justices who have distinctive views of the Constitution also expound them in public settings and in print. For example, Justices Stephen G. Breyer and Antonin Scalia have outlined their approaches to the Constitution in books aimed at the general reader. Given that reality, it seems priggish to object to the idea of a justice sharing his views with members of Congress rather than law students or members of a bar association.
December 19, 2011 |
Newt Gingrich emerged the winner in a Sunday night straw poll of tea party voters after he and three other Republican presidential candidates courted more than 23,000 activists during a tele-forum sponsored by the Tea Party Patriots coalition. Gingrich won with 31% of the vote. Second place went to Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, who won 28%. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won 20%, and former Sen. Rick Santorum won 16%. All four participated in a pre-poll call with activists, in which they each spent 10 minutes responding to questions from participants and gave a 90-second closing pitch for support.
October 18, 2011 |
The candidates all agreed, for the most part, that everything should be on the table when it comes to budget cuts, but there was disagreement about just how to tame the military budget. Newt Gingrich, suggested that “historically illiterate politicians” (referring presumably to their illiteracy about history, not their continuing illiteracy, if you see the difference) should not be charged with making “a numerical decision about the defense budget.” “I'm a hawk,” said Gingrich, “but I'm a cheap hawk.
July 14, 2011 |
Conservatives such as Rep. Michele Bachmann who contend that the United States will be able meet its primary obligations if Aug. 2 passes without a deal on raising the debt ceiling are, in a sense, advocating for a partial shutdown of the federal government, according to an analysis by a Washington think tank. A study by the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington estimates that with the Treasury expecting about $172 billion in returns in August and owing some $306 billion in obligations, 44% of the U.S. government's bills would go unpaid.
September 20, 2011 |
Quietly, and very much under the radar, Ron Paul, the Texas congressman who no pundit believes has a serious chance of winning the Republican presidential nomination, is staging a bit of comeback, returning to his position as a solid No. 3 candidate in the GOP race. According to the USA Today/Gallup poll released on Tuesday, Paul was at 13%, displacing Rep. Michele Bachmann, who fell to 5% and into a three-way dead heat with former House speaker Newt Gingrich and businessman Herman Cain.
September 13, 2011 |
Rep. Michele Bachmann's new line of attack against GOP frontrunner Gov. Rick Perry -- launched Monday night at the CNN/Tea Party Express debate and continued on Tuesday's morning talk shows -- pins the Texas governor's ties to a pharmaceutical giant as the reason for his controversial decision to require the HPV vaccine for Texas schoolgirls. “The drug company gave thousands of dollars in political donations to the governor, and this is just flat-out wrong,” Bachmann asserted in Monday night's debate.
December 9, 2011
Two finalists for the T.S. Eliot Prize for poetry have withdrawn, saying they objected to investment company Aurum Funds sponsoring the United Kingdom award. The Poetry Book Society, which runs the annual award for a collection of poetry, lost funding from Arts Council England as part of government spending cuts. "I fully understand why the Poetry Book Society has looked elsewhere for funding," said Australian John Kinsella, who was shortlisted for his work "Armour. " But as "an anticapitalist in full-on form," he said, he had to withdraw on ethical grounds.
October 19, 2008 |
Sarah Palin cut Barack Obama some slack last week. "I know Obama loves America," she said during a brief give-and-take with reporters on her campaign plane Friday. She continued, "I'm sure that is why he's running for president. It's because he wants to do what he believes is in the best interest of this great nation. . . . I don't question at all Barack Obama's love for this great country. " But another Republican wasn't willing to concede that point. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota was parrying questions Friday from Chris Matthews on his MSNBC "Hardball" show, which is not for the faint of heart.