Chris Weigant: Obama’s Next Steps

President Obama conveniently scheduled a trip to Asia immediately after this year’s midterm elections. This has worked, so far, as designed — it removed Obama from the political scene in Washington, while serious jockeying for position takes place among both major American political parties (leadership elections will be one of the first things the lame […]

Alaska Senate Race: Write-In Ballots Break Towards Murkowski

JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska election officials began counting more than 92,500 write-in ballots Wednesday in a Senate race that may hinge on voters’ penmanship and their ability – or lack of – to spell “Murkowski” on their write-in ballots. Murkowsi. Murkowsky. Even, possibly, Muckowski. All were variations of Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s name noted by […]

Scott Atran: Bush’s Blarney: A Tale of Wishful Thinking and Willful Ignorance

“Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.” ~ Benjamin Franklin In George W. Bush’s just released memoirs, Decision Points, America’s previous president tries to re-establish his battered reputation by defending his most controversial and consequential decisions. He audaciously asserts his belief that […]

Ten Flash Points In The Fiscal Commission Chairmen’s Proposal

The two deficit-hawk extremists President Obama put in charge of his fiscal commission released their personal suggestions for cutting the federal budget deficit on Wednesday. And while it’s quite possible that not a one of them will make it into the commission’s official recommendations, which require the approval of 14 or the 18 commissioners (not […]

Meryl Chertoff: Three Myths About Judicial Elections

While all eyes were on the Reid-Angle Senate battle in Nevada last week, a ballot initiative with broad bipartisan support was defeated in the Silver State. That measure, Ballot Proposition 1, inspired by scandals in the state’s judicial system, would have moved Nevada from its present system of expensive, partisan judicial elections to a system […]

Is Tea Party Keeping Bristol Palin On ‘Dancing With The Stars’?

Is the Tea Party keeping Bristol Palin alive on “Dancing With The Stars” despite her poor performance scores? The 20-year old daughter of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin will perform again next week on ABC’s hit TV show even after tallying the judges’ worst rating. Luckily for her and her partner Mark Ballas, however, viewer […]

GOP Aggressively Recruiting Challengers To Michael Steele

WASHINGTON — Republicans are aggressively recruiting a challenger to Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, whose tenure as party chief has been marked by ill-chosen comments and questions about finances. The RNC must decide in January whether to keep Steele. Republicans, looking to oust President Barack Obama in 2012, are considering a chairman who would […]

John Boehner Vows To Fly Commercial

Soon-to-be House Speaker John Boehner promised throughout the campaign season to run the House of Representatives differently from the way Democrats have run it for four years and from the way the last Republican regime conducted business. Now that his party has won enough seats to retake power in the chamber, Boehner began making those […]

Wayne Pacelle: An Open Letter to the Missouri Farm Bureau

Last week, Missouri voters approved Proposition B, requiring that large-scale commercial breeders provide in a year’s time sufficient space for dogs, an annual veterinary examination, humane methods of euthanasia, and a limit on the number of reproductively intact animals used for breeding, among a limited number of other humane care standards for dogs. In campaigning […]