| Nov 12, 2013
| 3:16 PM
The fifth and sixth years of a presidency often end up being high noon for judicial politics. This time the first confrontation concerns the powerful D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, the venue for many important regulatory issues and a training ground for...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 1:38 PM
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Federal authorities are investigating the finances of an idled beef plant and a federal immigration program that supplied much of its funding, two former chief players in the company told The Associated Press on Thursday. ...
| Oct 14, 2013
| 6:28 AM
There are so many to choose from, but these four take the cake. In no particular order:
1. The Vitter amendment. Concocted by David Vitter (R-La.), this majestically cynical measure is based on the common misconception that members of Congress and their...
| Oct 15, 2013
| 8:25 AM
Among the proposals coming from House Republicans this morning to end the shutdown/debt limit standoff is a modified version of the Vitter amendment. I identified this measure Monday as one of the four stupidest proposals to end the crisis.
| Oct 4, 2013
| 6:26 PM
WASHINGTON — On the first day of the federal government shutdown, Republican leaders shucked their jackets, sat at a conference table and faced empty chairs — and cameras — to show that Democrats wouldn't negotiate.
With the shutdown...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
The Boston Marathon bombing has brought out the xenophobes.
Often when America suffers some large, inexplicable tragedy, we want to blame "foreigners" and look for ways to fortify ourselves against them. It's more reassuring to believe that an evil...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Almost everyone knows CEO pay is out of control. It surged 16 percent at big companies last year, according to the New York Times, and the typical CEO raked in $15.1 million.
Meanwhile, the median wage continued to drop, adjusted for inflation.
| Sep 13, 2013
| 5:08 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel on Thursday approved legislation designed to protect reporters and the news media from having to reveal their confidential sources after narrowing the definition of a journalist and establishing which formats —...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 4:30 PM
Whew! That was close. We almost went over the cliff, but were spared at the 11th hour by a half-hearted deal that re-opens the government -- but only till January 15; raises the debt ceiling -- but only till February 7; and creates a bicameral, bipartisan...
| Aug 29, 2013
| 4:04 PM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a move marijuana advocates hailed as an historic shift, the Obama administration on Thursday began giving U.S. states wide leeway to experiment with pot legalization and started by letting Colorado and Washington carry out new...
| Aug 7, 2013
| 3:17 PM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congress has won some partial relief for lawmakers and their staffs from the "Obamacare" health reforms that it passed and subjected itself to three years ago.
In a ruling issued on Wednesday, U.S. lawmakers and their staffs will...
| Aug 5, 2013
| 5:27 PM
The Wall Street Journal's editorial board opens its latest screed against the 2010 healthcare law Monday by paraphrasing H.L. Mencken as follows: "Nobody ever went broke underestimating the cynicism and self-dealing of the American political class." I...