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New media? Everything new is old again

New media? Everything new is old again

Washington Post media writer Howard Kurtz shocked his colleagues and even his critics this week when he announced he was leaving the Post after 29 years to join The Daily Beast, a web-only news site run by Tina Brown. Kurtz is just the latest high-profile “mainstream” media journalist to abandon a “traditional” news outlet for […]

Happy birthday to us

Happy birthday to us

Capitol Hill Blue is 16 years old this morning. That’s right: 16. In Internet terms, that’s a lifetime…and more. This experiment in web political journalism began on October 1, 1994: Long before the Drudge Report, the Huffington Post, Politico and others. Many politcal news web sites that followed us vanished years ago in cyber ether. […]

Democrats desert Obama on taxes

Democrats desert Obama on taxes

Democrats in Congress are distancing themselves from President Barack Obama’s push to let taxes rise for the wealthiest Americans, fearing it will further harm them in November’s mid-term elections. Obama stood firm on his stance in a fiery speech this week addressing the looming increase of all individual taxes. He repeated his pledge to let […]

Blackwater created shell companies to fool government, public

Blackwater created shell companies to fool government, public

The security company Blackwater Worldwide formed a network of 30 shell companies and subsidiaries to try to get millions of dollars in government business after the company faced strong criticism for reckless conduct in Iraq, The New York Times reported Friday. The newspaper said that it was unclear how many of the created companies got […]

An inside look at a screwed-up war

An inside look at a screwed-up war

Shocking in scope if not in content, the leak of 91,000 classified U.S. records on the Afghanistan war by the whistle-blower website Wikileaks.org is one of the largest unauthorized disclosures in military history. The documents cover much of what the public already knows about the troubled nine-year conflict: U.S. spec-ops forces have targeted militants without […]

Rich more likely to default on mortgages

Rich more likely to default on mortgages

No need for tears, but the well-off are losing their master suites and saying goodbye to their wine cellars. The housing bust that began among the working class in remote subdivisions and quickly progressed to the suburban middle class is striking the upper class in privileged. Whether it is their residence, a second home or […]

Obama’s lackluster job performance: From bad to worse

Obama’s lackluster job performance: From bad to worse

Rapidly-failing Barack Obama hit free-fall status this week with new polls showing his public approval ratings nosediving from his mishandling of the Gulf Oil crisis along with an increasing awareness that voters were had when they voted this amateur into office in 2008. A new CNN/Opinion Research poll reveals 59 percent now disapprove of Obama’s […]

Obama’s shtick is wearing thin

Obama’s shtick is wearing thin

President Barack Obama’s tepid response to the Gulf Oil spill that is spreading into a massive environmental crisis highlights both his inability to deal effectively with a national crisis and a growing public awareness that this President is just not up to the job. New York Times columnist Frank Rich notes that Obama’s “lingering failings […]