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.
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 […]
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 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 […]
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.
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, […]
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 […]
"My theory about all of this is disclose everything and then let people make their judgments"
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
Jeb Bush was preparing to release the emails he sent and received as Florida governor when he was excoriated by a letter-writer to The Miami Herald. The headline: “Don’t trust Jeb Bush with the power of the presidency.” The subject of many of the emails was Terri Schiavo. The letter-writer was her husband, Michael. […]