A past in politics best left forgotten

I left politics as a drunk, a disillusioned man who learned far more than he needed or wanted to know about how government really works in America.

A past in politics best left forgotten

Politics is a sideshow, a carnival extravaganza with all its sleaze, mimicry and illusion.  I worked inside that world for half of the 23 years we spent in Washington, electing some candidates for the House, Senate and President; destroying others; selling snake oil to a willing populace and exercising far more control and influence in […]

Like other Presidents, Obama lies a lot

Obama the President hides information from the public, thwarts attempts to obtain information on his actions and censors more than even predecessor George W. Bush.

Like other Presidents, Obama lies a lot

Like most candidates for President, Barack Obama in 2008 promised a more transparent administration, saying the business of the White House is “the public’s business.” And, as with most candidates who actually become President, Obama lied through his teeth with the claim. Obama the President hides information from the public, thwarts attempts to obtain information […]

Stars and bars license plate? Not in Texas

The Lone Star State claims that a license plate issued by a government entity is different from a bumper sticker or a sign waved at a protest and does not think free speech applies.

Stars and bars license plate?  Not in Texas

Ironically, Texas — the state where right-wing edicts are law — is caught up in Supreme Court case where the Lone Star State denied a request from the Sons of Confederate Veterans for a vanity license plate with the stars and bars Confederate flag on it. Either other states offer such plates.  Texas does not, […]

Racist chanter apologizes, leaves Oklahoma

Racist chanter apologizes, leaves Oklahoma

A former University of Oklahoma fraternity member who was shown in a video chanting a racial slur issued an apology Tuesday, as did the parents of a second student. In a statement emailed by his father, Parker Rice said the incident that was caught on video was “likely was fueled by alcohol,” but “that’s not […]

Bill Clinton defends foreign donations to his foundation

"My theory about all of this is disclose everything and then let people make their judgments"

Bill Clinton defends foreign donations to his foundation

Former President Bill Clinton defended his foundation’s acceptance of donations from foreign governments on Saturday, pointing to the track record of his global philanthropy as Hillary Rodham Clinton nears an announcement on a 2016 presidential campaign. In an interview at the Clinton Global Initiative University, the ex-president sought to address critics who have questioned the […]

Are Republicans really in charge? Good question

Are Republicans really in charge? Good question

Two months into full Republican control of Congress, GOP leaders are struggling to demonstrate they really are in charge. The stunning House defeat Friday of a three-week spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security exposed Speaker John Boehner’s weakness in the face of rebellious conservatives. It also again demonstrated his need to rely on […]

Can Scott Walker find his way to be President?

Can Scott Walker find his way to be President?

Scott Walker may have won three elections in the past four years, but he’s still finding his way in presidential politics. The Wisconsin governor made a splash last month in first-to-vote Iowa, marching on stage in shirt sleeves to wow Republicans and vault to the top of several still-way-too-early polls. Then came “punts” on questions […]

Presidential aspirations rule at governors meet

Presidential aspirations rule at governors meet

Pay little attention to the official agenda for this weekend’s meeting of the National Governors Association. It’s the presidential politics being played in the hallways and private rooms that may matter most. Around panel discussions on cybersecurity and education reform, several state executives will spend much of the NGA’s winter meeting looking ahead at 2016. […]

Most Americans favor a higher minimum wage

Most Americans support increasing the minimum wage, as well as requiring employers to provide paid sick leave and parental leave, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. All three were proposed by President Barack Obama during his recent State of the Union address as ways to increase protections for American workers. But the poll also […]

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