Issa’s Shady Past

Ryan Lizza has a must-read profile of Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), the House Oversight Committee chairman who called the Obama administration the most corrupt in history. Issa has, “among other things, been indicted for stealing a car, arrested for carrying a concealed weapon, and accused by former associates of burning down a building.” Explained Issa: […]

Palin Says She’s Not Going Away

In an interview with Fox News, Sarah Palin said recent controversies will not stop her from speaking out. Said Palin: “It isn’t about me personally, but it is about the message. I know that a lot on the left hate my message, and they will do all that they can to stop me because they […]

The Inner Circle

In the mail: The Inner Circle by Brad Meltzer. NPR: “The latest thriller novel from Brad Meltzer supposes that the president of the United States has a private ring of spies. The Inner Circle imagines that the spy ring is passed on from one president to the next. Meltzer says his fictional plot grew out […]

Obama to deliver State of the Union address on Jan. 25

‘We welcome an opportunity to hear your proposals,’ House Speaker John Boehner says in his formal invitation to President Obama to deliver the State of the Union address. The new GOP majority in the House and the Tucson shooting are expected to add drama to the speech. WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner has formally […]

Gabrielle Giffords breathing on her own, moving both arms

Doctors say Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, targeted in the Arizona shooting rampage, is able to ‘generate her own breaths,’ and her ability to move her right arm — controlled by the side of her brain penetrated by the bullet — is a very good sign. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is breathing on her own and moving both […]

A solemn presidential duty awaits Obama in Tucson

When he speaks at a memorial for the shooting victims in Tucson on Wednesday, President Obama has a chance to promote unity and healing in a mourning nation. When he addresses a memorial for the Tucson shooting victims, President Obama — like Ronald Reagan after the Challenger explosion, Bill Clinton after the Oklahoma City bombing […]

House will issue resolution condemning Arizona shooting

The text of the resolution to be issued Wednesday salutes Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and states its ‘belief in a democracy in which all can participate and in which intimidation and threats of violence cannot silence the voices of any American.’ The House of Representatives on Wednesday will honor the victims, survivors and heroes of the […]

A New Kennedy

“On the 50th anniversary of one of President Kennedy’s most famous speeches, his great-nephew, Joseph P. Kennedy III, stood in the same spot in the Massachusetts House today and delivered his own address, decrying the vituperative political rhetoric that he said is tearing at the nation’s fabric,” the Boston Globe reports. Said Senate President Therese […]

Extra Bonus Quote of the Day

“We cannot be unaware of the fact that — particularly with the internet — there’s this huge echo chamber out there. And everything any of us says falls on the unhinged and the hinged alike.” — Bill Clinton, in a BBC interview, commenting on the Arizona shootings. Read more from the original source…

Djou Slams Door on Political Life

Former Rep. Charles Djou (R-HI) “made a rather ungracious exit from his brief stint representing Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District,” the Honolulu Star Advertiser reports. At his farewell news conference, Djou assailed his successor, Colleen Hanabusa (D), in advance for any disappointments Hawaii might suffer on issues such as federal funding of infrastructure projects He added: […]

‘Tea party’ freshmen embrace status quo

After campaigning against D.C.’s ways, new Republican lawmakers quickly turn to lobbyists and fundraisers. ‪The new class of Republican lawmakers who charged into office promising to shun the ways of Washington officially arrives on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. ‪But even as they publicly bash the capital’s culture, many have quietly begun to embrace it. Read […]

Snapshots of the new Congress on Day 1

As the 112th Congress takes shape, freshman House Republicans say they won’t be hanging around Washington. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs says President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner could hit the links. WASHINGTON – The freshman House Republicans just landed in Washington this week, but true to the ethos of this anti-establishment class, […]

John Boehner takes over as House speaker, promises GOP-controlled chamber will be ‘honest, accountable and more responsive’

As the 112th Congress gets underway, John Boehner defeats Nancy Pelosi on a vote of 241 to 173 to take over as House speaker. ‘The American people have humbled us,’ says the Ohio Republican. In the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid calls for a change in filibuster rules. WASHINGTON — Rep. John Boehner was sworn […]