Noah Kristula-Green

Edward M. Kennedy died Wednesday, ending his nine-term career in the United States Senate. Click through this slideshow to see some of the most prominent causes he worked for over the course of his career. Courtesy of Getty Images  

A new video is making the internet rounds. In it, Congressman Barney Frank rails against a town hall constituent who has just called Obama's health reforms a 'Nazi policy.' "On what planet do you spend most of your time?" Frank asks. "Ma'am, trying to have a conversation with you would be like trying to argue with a dining room table." It's not the first time Frank has poured scorn on an opponent. Click through this TNR video slideshow to see the congressman's top five pugnacious moments. --Noah Kristula-Green

Politics are no fun right now. Congress is on vacation, reporters have nothing to cover but the health care rage-fests, and California is far too depressing to serve as a diversion. Yet one state is still a hoot: Texas.

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This week, former senator Rick Santorum officially broke the seal on 2012 election speculation by throwing his name into the running for the Iowa caucuses. Santorum's statements about homosexuality and his hard-edged conservatism make him a less than ideal GOP nominee--or maybe they make him the perfect nominee--but what about Santorum's competitors? Click through this slideshow for a look at the other Republicans who might run in 2012. Courtesy of Getty Images --Elise Foley and Noah Kristula-Green

Across the country, town hall discussions about health care are being drowned out by mobs of booing, threatening, and screaming activists. The phenomenon has worsened to the point that some, like Illinois Democratic Senator Richard Durbin, are refusing to hold such events at all during the recess--reasoning that disagreement is welcome, but "I don't have to put up a stage for them." What's making these town hall meetings so frustrating? Click through this video slideshow to see some of the drama. Photo courtesy of Getty Images --Elise Foley and Noah Kristula-Green

August 7 marks the one-year anniversary of the Russian-Georgian War. The conflict began when Georgian troops entered South Ossetia, a region that regards itself as independent but is not recognized by Tbilisi and most of the international community. The war began as a local conflict but rapidly escalated when Russia intervened to defend South Ossetia and invaded Georgia. The conflict displayed Russia’s willingness to assert itself militarily in the region. And the actions of Georgian President Saakashvili's government cast doubt on the country's future in NATO.

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Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Thursday by a vote of 68 to 31. Though she was not expected to face any significant opposition, the hearings were not uneventful. Here is a selection of some highlights from the confirmation saga. --Noah Kristula-Green

TNR senior editor Noam Scheiber and National Review senior editor Ramesh Ponnuru set the record straight about what Michael Steele's appointment means for the GOP: Will he guide the party on a more moderate course?

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