CIA read emails of Senate staff

The agency officers searched Senate computers without permission

CIA read emails of Senate staff

CIA officers improperly accessed Senate computers, read the emails of Senate staff, and exhibited a “lack of candor” when interviewed by agency investigators, according to a declassified CIA inspector general’s report. The document, released Thursday by the CIA, is a summary of an internal CIA investigation that prompted CIA Director John Brennan to abandon his […]

Obama plans to do what Congress did not

Congress left town for their August vacation with unfinished business.

Obama plans to do what Congress did not

President Barack Obama says he’s taking action on his own because Congress is doing so little for working families. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says the economy is improving. He says decisions made now can ensure things keep improving. Obama says he’s been pushing policies addressing jobs, student loans and wages. He […]

Liberals ponder as Clinton considers options

Clinton may avoid a significant primary challenge if she runs for president.

Liberals ponder as Clinton considers options

As Hillary Rodham Clinton promotes her book, liberals in the Democratic Party are elbowing into the 2016 presidential conversation, pitching a populist message on the economy and immigration. Potential Clinton rivals like Vice President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley are in the middle of a summertime tour of Democratic […]

Independence Day – 2014

Do we live in America the Beautiful or America the Ugly?

Independence Day – 2014

Capitol Hill Blue founder and publisher Doug Thompson uses images and videos to both tell stories and express points of view. For his annual Independence Day video, he used images that he feels portray a still beautiful but conflicted America. “As an American, I love my country,” he says.  “But, as an American, I also […]

Political clash erupts over court decision on birth control

But the decision will not help Republicans court favor with young women

Political clash erupts over court decision on birth control

Republicans called it a win for religious freedom. The decision of the Supreme Court, they said, is further evidence the country’s new health care law is deeply flawed. The claims of victory arrived almost immediately after the high court ruled Monday that some companies need not provide contraception to women as required by President Barack […]

Biden: Gay rights trump culture, social traditions

Prejudice is prejudice is prejudice

Biden: Gay rights trump culture, social traditions

Seeking to mobilize a global front against anti-gay violence and discrimination, Vice President Joe Biden declared Tuesday that protecting gay rights is a defining mark of a civilized nation and must trump national cultures and social traditions. Biden told a gathering of U.S. and international gay rights advocates that President Barack Obama has directed that […]

Ex-POW Bergdahl back on American soil

He will continue the next phase of his reintegration process

Ex-POW Bergdahl back on American soil

Bowe Bergdahl, the Army sergeant who has been recovering in Germany after five years as a Taliban captive, returned to the United States early Friday to continue his medical treatment. A Pentagon spokesman, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, said Bergdahl flew to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio from Ramstein Air Base. While at […]

Tea party pot boils over with joy celebrating Cantor’s loss

Shell-shocked Republicans still trying to figure out what happened

Tea party pot boils over with joy celebrating Cantor’s loss

Republican tea party forces are rejoicing and the party establishment is somber or altogether silent in the wake of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s primary defeat at the hands of political neophyte David Brat, an unflinching foe of loosening immigration laws. Speaker John Boehner praised Cantor as “a good friend and a great leader, and […]

A cloudy future for use of coal in power plants?

A cloudy future for use of coal in power plants?

President Barack Obama’s ambitious plan to reduce the gases blamed for global warming from the nation’s power plants gives many coal-dependent states more lenient restrictions and won’t necessarily be the primary reason coal-fired power plants will be retired. If Kentucky, for example, meets the new limits that the Obama administration proposed Monday, it would be […]

Remembering and honoring those who served

Remembering and honoring those who served

Capitol Hill Blue founder Doug Thompson is also a photographer and filmmaker who has spent much of his career documenting history. “Over the years, I’ve been present not only for many celebrations to honor those who served our country but also to help document their efforts,” he says. In 2012, Thompson put together a video […]