Friday Night Trivia

Huey Long, his wife Rose McConnell Long, and their son Russell Long all served in the U.S. Senate. Frances Bolton (R-OH) and Oliver Bolton (R-OH) are the only mother and son to ever serve concurrently in the House of Representatives. Oliver was first elected in 1952; his mother was first elected in a special 1940 […]

The Elusive Obama Presidency

Walter Shapiro: “For all the campaign talk of transparency, the Obama White House is, at best, translucent and often opaque. An unheralded but politically significant accomplishment is Obama’s success in imposing Republican-style loose-lips-sink-ships discipline on normally garrulous Democrats. Sure there have been press leaks… But for the most part, Obama is either presiding over the […]

Myths of the American Revolution

Smithsonian magazine notes that much of what we know about the American Revolution “is not entirely true. Perhaps more than any defining moment in American history, the War of Independence is swathed in beliefs not borne out by the facts. Here, in order to form a more perfect understanding, the most significant myths of the […]

The Playing Field

According to the very latest House race ratings, CQ Politics sees the midterm election playing field at 102 seats, of which 70 are currently held by Democrats and 32 are held by Republicans. For comparison, the Rothenberg Political Report finds 61 competitive House seats in the country, including 47 Democratic seats and 14 Republican seats. […]

Happy New Year!

I’d like to thank Political Wire readers for helping to make this site what it’s become. Your tips, suggestions and encouragement have kept it going strong for more than a decade. It’s been great fun. We have some really good things planned for 2010, so I hope you’ll keep making this little slice of the […]

2009 Words to Banish

The 35th annual List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness has been released by Lake Superior State University. Among the 2009 “winners” that played roles in American political discourse: shovel-ready, czar, teachable moment, stimulus, in these economic times, and the Obama-as-prefix construction (Obamacare, Obamanomics). Visit Source

Quote of the Day

“What we’re now seeing is that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has not made one iota of improvement.” — Former CIA Director Porter Goss, quoted by the Washington Post. Visit Source

Florida GOP Leader Faces Revolt

The Palm Beach Post has more proof of a GOP civil war brewing in Florida: “A dozen of Florida’s top Republican fundraisers called for the resignation of their state party chairman in a letter late Tuesday, saying without his removal Republicans had a ‘diminished’ chance for success in a crucial election next year.” Visit Source

Beyond the Nexus: Does Google Have More Android Goodies Tucked Away?

Google will be introducing its Nexus One smartphone device next Tuesday, it appears certain. Not that Google has said as much: All the the company has announced is that it will hold an “Android related” press conference on Jan. 5, a day identified in prior rumor accounts as the Google phone’s launch date. The expectation […]

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