An internal rift over minority judicial nominations in the South burst to the surface, as top Obama officials met with frustrated black lawmakers. Did the White House get their point?
The White House and the Congressional Black Caucus circled the wagons Thursday after a series of leaks and public statements exposed a deep divide between several black lawmakers and the Obama administration over the diversity of president’s federal judicial nominees. Although the White House rightly argues that President Obama has put forward more women and as many African-American nominees than any president in history, black lawmakers, including iconic civil-rights leader Rep.
In the week since the Capitolhog predicted even more of nothing, the Dow swooned, bookies soared, and even Putin wouldn’t be caught dead in the U.S. Olympic team’s yarn monstrosity.
Votehog Day…Feb. 3rd—Both Houses reconvened on Capitol Hill. Harry Reid emerged from hole in Senate, saw shadow. Eleven more months of Congress forecast.GOP Says, “I’ll Buy a Vowel…”Rep. Paul Ryan calls bipartisan immigration reform bill “in doubt.” Not so sure. Both parties are under pressure to act. Republicans want immigration reform as part of long-running struggle to obtain votes from people whose names end in a, e, i, o, u and sometimes y.
The White House designated a Taliban ally as a terrorist organization in 2012. Seventeen months later, though, none of the network’s assets have been frozen or blocked.
In the last 17 months since the U.S. government financially blacklisted the Haqqani Network, one of the deadliest insurgent groups in Afghanistan and Pakistan, not a single dollar associated with the group has been blocked or frozen, according to U.S. officials and one of the Congressman who oversees the Treasury Department’s financial war on terrorism.But it’s not just the Haqqanis—an ally today in the Taliban’s fight against U.S. troops and the Afghan government—who seem to have been spared from America’s economic attacks.
Rumors of war could become the reality as Israel vies with the other nations of the Levant for control of the huge riches beneath the sea.
When Israel looks at the greatest threat to its long-term hopes for the future, these days it’s looking out to sea. The old issues are on the table, of course: Iran’s nukes, the Palestinians, the Syrian slaughterhouse next door and growing regional instability. But if there’s a place where a sudden, out-of-control war is likely to erupt, it’s probably not going to be called the Sinai, the Golan, the West Bank (or Judea and Samaria). It’s going to be called Leviathan, Dalit or Karish—the vast fields of natural gas and oil discovered in the deep waters between Israel and Cyprus over the last five years.
Republicans in the Senate are attacking President Obama’s nomination of an NAACP lawyer who helped defend a Philadelphia radical convicted of killing a police officer.
A more than three-decade old murder of a police officer on the streets of Philadelphia is threatening to thwart the Obama administration’s nomination of a top Department of Justice official.President Obama nominated Debo Adegbile, a former official with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, to serve as assistant attorney general of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights division. But Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Pat Toomey is arguing that Adegbile’s work at the NAACP, where he helped mount a defense of alleged police-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal, disqualifies him for the post.
A senior official’s private conversation got taped and put on YouTube, and as she’s planning a deal to end the crisis in Ukraine, she has some harsh words for her European Union counterparts as well as Ukrainian opposition leader Vitali Klitschko.
In the wake of revelations the NSA spied on foreign officials, the State Department’s top official for Europe has been caught on tape planning a deal to end the Ukraine crisis and she had a message for her European counterparts – “Fuck the EU.”A YouTube video uploaded by an anonymous user has publicly revealed a private conversations between Victoria Nuland, Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs, and Geoffrey Pyatt, the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine.
A new assessment of the damage caused by Edward Snowden’s breach of classified U.S. intelligence networks on first glance looks catastrophic. But first impressions can be deceiving.
Sometimes, the three hardest words to say in the English language are: “I don’t know.” For the U.S. intelligence community, those words could be very useful when it comes to Edward Snowden, the NSA-contractor-turned-leaker. Because when it comes to Snowden, the spooks know precious little—despite the over-sized claims made in Congress, allegedly on the spies’ behalf.Last month, the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) completed a classified assessment of the damage caused by Snowden’s breach and began briefing the findings to Congress.
Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn has an agenda before leaving Congress: Constitution reform. But rewriting the rules doesn’t necessarily change how the game is played.
Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn has had it. The plainspoken conservative stalwart is leaving Congress at the end of the year, but he’s hardly finished with politics. There’s just one catch: Our only hope, he says, is a new Constitutional Convention.Take a number and get in line, Senator.The fantasy of a fresh constitutional start has been kicking around in earnest for years now—and despite ever-deepening frustration across the political spectrum, it’s not any better an idea now than it was then.
Clay Aiken got a lot of votes on ‘American Idol,’ but whether this sweet-faced, liberal-leaning crooner can beat a GOP incumbent for Congress remains a mystery worth tuning in for.
Brace yourself, Claymates! Your beloved American Idol (runner-up) and Celebrity Apprentice (runner-up) has found his next great reality TV challenge: running for Congress in his home state of North Carolina. On February 5, the sweet-as-pie singer/actor/activist released an aim-for-the-tear-ducts announcement video that shares a bit about his not-so-idyllic pre-Idol days (dad was an abusive drunk; young Clay and his mom slept on a neighbor’s living room floor for eight months) by way of explaining why he now feels moved to challenge Republican incumbent Renee Ellmers.
Dozens of Republican senators joined Wednesday to demand that Harry Reid allow a floor vote on a new Iran sanctions bill. If he doesn’t, they are planning to make his life miserable.
The Republican Senate caucus is planning to use every parliamentary trick in the book to push Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to allow a floor vote on a new Iran sanctions bill that the Obama administration strenuously opposes.The Obama White House has succeeded in keeping most Democrats in line against supporting quick passage of the “Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act,” which currently has 59 co-sponsors, including 13 Democrats. Reid has faithfully shelved the bill, pending the outcome of negotiations between Iran and the world’s major powers—the so-called “P5+1.
Obamacare is looking more and more like it was designed to punish the middle class at the expense of the Democratic base—just like the old welfare days.
It’s welfare redux time. Yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office reported that the Obamacare will cost the country the equivalent of 2.5 million full-time jobs by 2024, as people choose not to work or work less in order to keep their Obamacare subsidy. Meanwhile, the Brookings Institution announced yesterday that Obamacare stands to shift wealth from the top 80 percent on America’s income ladder to the lowest fifth—a cash grab from most of the bottom half.
Elections are determined by economic conditions and external events (like wars). The daily obsessions of politics almost never matter.
Yesterday was embarrassing for Washington’s pundit class.It all began with a Congressional Budget Office report on the impact of the Affordable Care Act on the labor force. The CBO found that Obamacare would shrink the workforce by more than 2 million people. This isn’t as alarming as it sounds, since these people are quitting jobs that they kept for the health insurance, not losing them.Simply put, by providing a guarantee for health insurance, Obamacare created new flexibility for workers—if you wanted to start a business, stay home with your children, or retire early, you could, assured in the knowledge that you could go to the doctor at a reasonable cost.
A new advertisement by a pro-Obama lobby group features stirring images of Americans hard at work. But among the factory and office workers is a commuter photographed on the London Overground.
It begins with an elegaic image of a guy in a pick-up truck, illuminated by the setting sun. It ends with an American family on a porch, beside a fluttering Stars and Stripes.When it crafted the 30-second advertisement advocating a minimum wage of $10.10 and equal pay for women, the pro-Obama non-profit group Organizing For Action conceived some beautiful, symbolic images to evoke America hard at work.But there was one problem, as Britain’s Daily Telegraph pointed out: one of the glancing scenes of hard-working Americans features the very un-American image of a female commuter on the London Overground train system.
Somehow, killing an unarmed teenager has led to a lucrative life for George Zimmerman.
George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin.We can debate his criminal culpability, disparage (or support) his story, and argue about his choices, but nothing will change the fact that he took his gun, pulled the trigger, and killed an unarmed teenager.To my mild surprise—and intense disgust—this has made him a minor celebrity. Not only does he tour gun factories, dominate news cycles, and sell art (at a high price), but now, he’ll be fighting rapper DMX in a celebrity boxing match.
The farm bill is just the latest piece of bipartisan legislation that hurts far more than it helps.
Whatever else its virtues—and there are few—the farm bill, passed yesterday by the Senate after a drawn out fight in the House, is a good illustration of what’s wrong with our national fetish for bipartisanship.Passed in both chambers with support from both sides of the aisle, the bill is a classic Washington compromise—lawmakers traded priorities, made deals, and came away with something that everyone could support.The problem, however, is that the “something” is an awful betrayal of our most vulnerable Americans.
From 'principled fiscal conservative protest' to 'Obama derangement syndrome:' John Avlon talks to CNN's Carol Costello on the fifth anniversary of the Tea Party.
How LBJ passed the ’64 Civil Rights Act—by lying, schmoozing, charming, and threatening—is dramatized in the new Broadway play, starring Bryan Cranston.