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Gates: McChrystal messed up big-time

Gates: McChrystal messed up big-time

Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the top U.S. general in Afghanistan made “a significant mistake” and used poor judgment in remarks to a magazine reporter. Gates says Gen. Stanley McChrystal has apologized to him. Gates also says he has recalled McChrystal to Washington to discuss the matter in person. That’s on top of the White […]

Duck and cover: Barton goes into hiding

Duck and cover: Barton goes into hiding

If you called the Washington office of Texas Republican Rep. Joe Barton Friday, all you got was a recording saying the office was closed. The Congressman who created a national uproar and embarrassment wasn’t taking calls. Neither was anyone else on his staff although press secretary Sean Brown said in an email that aides were […]

Primaries showcase fall political themes

Primaries showcase fall political themes

The subplots abounded Tuesday night: Antipathy toward elected officials and the establishment. The power of special interests. Tests of party purity. The tea party. The quixotic fight against hyper-partisanship. Each of these narratives, any one of them a powerful story line on its own, came together on the busiest day of the primary season, a […]

Lincoln uses Clinton, anti-union message to survive

Lincoln uses Clinton, anti-union message to survive

Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln survived a bruising Democratic runoff thanks to former President Bill Clinton’s starpower and her argument that labor unions were trying to interfere in state politics. In winning the Senate primary Tuesday, Lincoln overcame a flood of outside money from labor unions and liberal groups that had backed Lt. Gov. Bill Halter’s […]

Obama flees thunderstorm on Memorial Day

Obama flees thunderstorm on Memorial Day

President Barack Obama, already under fire for skipping the traditional Memorial Day wreath-laying at Arlington National Cemetery, fled from a thunderstorm at Lincoln National Cemetery south of Chicago and hid in a administration building, leaving those who came to hear his remarks scrambling from the rain. So the White House propaganda machine went into overdrive […]

This year, it pays to be an ‘angry outsider’

This year, it pays to be an ‘angry outsider’

Heads up, tea partiers. You’re not the only folks staking claim to the mantle of angry outsider. In state after state, voters are taking out their frustrations at the political establishment — and no place reflects the depth and diversity of their ire better than Arkansas, where unions, corporate interests and several insurgent candidates hope […]

Memo to political parties: Adapt or die

Memo to political parties: Adapt or die

Since the birth of the American political party, its primary mission has been to amass power by recruiting candidates, raising money and spreading messages. In short, a holding company that elects people — with a monopoly for a century and a half by Democrats and Republicans. But a chain of events in recent history — […]

Warning to incumbents: You got trouble

Warning to incumbents: You got trouble

Go home. Stick to your guns. Keep your nose clean. Distance yourself from Washington, or even better, your own party. That’s the advice political operatives are giving incumbents and establishment-backed candidates after voters delivered a harsh message to insiders Tuesday night: Enough! One Senate incumbent, Arlen Specter, lost his seat in Pennsylvania. A second, Blanche […]

Obama runs and hides from Specter campaign

Obama runs and hides from Specter campaign

President Barack Obama has become the “coward in chief” when it comes to supporting candidates in trouble. After wooing Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter to switch from the Republican Party to the Democratic side of the fence, Obama pledged that Specter would “have my full support.” But Obama, as he so often does, lied. With Specter’s […]