Judge who blocked drilling ban has conflict-of-interest

Judge who blocked drilling ban has conflict-of-interest

The Louisiana judge who struck down the Obama administration’s six-month ban on deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico has reported extensive investments in the oil and gas industry, according to financial disclosure reports. He’s also a new member of a secret national security court. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman, a 1983 appointee of […]

Primary results showcase 2010 themes

Primary results showcase 2010 themes

South Carolina Republicans nominated a tea party-backed Indian-American woman to run for governor and a conservative black man to run for Congress from the former Confederate state. Another incumbent congressman lost. So did a Senate hopeful chosen by Washington Democrats. Themes of the November midterm elections popped up in the handful of primaries and runoffs […]

White House budget chief quitting

White House budget chief quitting

White House Budget Director Peter Orszag’s expected resignation would make him the first high-profile member of President Barack Obama’s team to depart the administration. A Democratic official said Monday that Orszag is expected to leave in the coming months, although the exact timing is not known. The official confirmed the news to The Associated Press […]

Tea Party split over Utah Senate race

Tea Party split over Utah Senate race

Utah tea party supporters united in May to achieve one goal: defeat three-term U.S. Sen. Bob Bennett at the Republican state convention. They succeeded in that, but settling on his successor has proved harder. Illustrating how fractured the tea party movement is in Utah, one of the founders of the state’s tea party movement, David […]

GOP support of BP: A godsend for Democrats?

GOP support of BP: A godsend for Democrats?

The White House is relishing what it sees as “a political gift” — GOP criticism of the administration for pushing BP for a $20 billion compensation fund — and warning of the danger if voters put big business-backing Republicans back in power. With people angry over government spending and corporate bailouts, Democrats face the possibility […]

Tea Party using oil spill to advance agenda

Tea Party using oil spill to advance agenda

A tea party favorite running for the U.S. Senate in Kentucky says President Barack Obama is using the Gulf of Mexico oil spill to advance an energy tax. While Democrats denounce BP for the spill, a Republican congressman from Texas accuses the White House of performing a $20 billion “shakedown” by pushing the company to […]

Can Obama get his presidency back?

Can Obama get his presidency back?

BP chief executive Tony Hayward committed a faux pas when he admitted he wanted his life back. President Barack Obama is too smart to say it aloud, but he wants his presidency back. To that end, the president’s team this past week unilaterally declared an “inflection point” in the Gulf of Mexico debacle. He framed […]

GOP leaders force Barton to retract ‘shakedown’ claims

GOP leaders force Barton to retract ‘shakedown’ claims

Who’s sorry now? Rep. Joe Barton, that’s who. The Texas Republican, the House’s top recipient of oil industry campaign contributions since 1990, apologized Thursday for apologizing to the chief of the British company that befouled the Gulf of Mexico with a massive oil spill. His double mea culpa plus a retraction, executed under pressure from […]

Uh oh: Arizona guv pissed over Hillary’s comments

Uh oh: Arizona guv pissed over Hillary’s comments

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said Thursday she’s angry over comments by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton that the Obama administration will sue the state over its new immigration law. In a June 8 media interview in Ecuador that began circulating Thursday in the U.S., Clinton said President Barack Obama thinks the federal government should […]

Feds crack down on mortgage fraud

Feds crack down on mortgage fraud

Some 500 people have been arrested in a nationwide crackdown on mortgage fraud, and federal officials pointed to Las Vegas as one of the centers of the scams that pumped up home prices until the housing market bubble finally burst. “I heard this many times,” said Scott Hunter, a Las Vegas FBI agent who has […]