Don't Blame the Tea Party for the Shutdown. Blame Boehner.
September 30, 2013
For a few brief moments on Monday evening, it looked like House Republicans might finally come to their senses.
The 2016 Republican Primary is Going to be Awesome
July 19, 2013
I want to enter for the record my unseemly, unabashed excitement for the 2016 Republican primaries.
Is Christie Abandoning His True Base?
January 11, 2013
His biggest boosters, a coterie of Wall Street conservatives, have lost their love.
On Sandy Relief, GOP Is Stiffing Its Own
January 02, 2013
GOP House leaders skipped town without voting on Sandy relief—sticking it to Republican voters.
The Pentagon’s Man in Hollywood: I’m a Eunuch
December 21, 2012
Phil Strub has had to learn to be creative in finding ways to showcase U.S. military might on the silver screen.
Defending The Secret Service
April 17, 2012
The more you look at this Secret Service scandal, the less there seems to be. Eleven Secret Service agents and about as many military officials are suspected of hiring prostitutes during their stay in Cartagena, Colombia, in advance of the April 14-15 Summit of the Americas, which President Obama attended. I’m not saying this isn't embarrassing. I’m not saying the wives of these government employees don’t have grounds to be very, very angry with them. I’m not even necessarily saying the Secret Service agents in question shouldn’t be fired.
May 05, 2011
Joseph Margulies asks if torture was used to find Osama bin Laden.
Meet Peter King’s Star Witness
March 10, 2011
On Thursday, Peter King, the Republican chair of the House Homeland Security committee, kicks off a series of hearings on domestic terrorism that are being heralded as the second coming of Joseph McCarthy, the Salem Witch Trials, and the Spanish Inquisition. Such comparisons may err (a little) on the side of exaggeration, but it’s certainly fair to say that King, a one-time IRA supporter, cares only about Islamic incidents of terror, and he has declined to invite representatives of mainstream American Muslim groups to defend their faith.
Roughed Up by the PC Police
May 06, 2010
Catching up on the political chat shows last week, I stumbled across Sarah Palin and Sean Hannity enthusing about Arizona’s hot new immigration law. Unsurprisingly, both Fox Newsies approve of HB 2162, which requires police to check the immigration status of anyone “stop[ped], detain[ed], or arrest[ed]” whom they suspect is here illegally. Both also scoff at “the left’s” concerns that the measure will result in racial profiling.
Peter King, Anti-Terrorism Guru
January 06, 2010
The funny thing about the recent GOP attack on the administration's handling of the Detroit attempted plane bomber is that the ratio of political spin to actual policy content is close to infinity. Ben Smith flags this exchange on Good Morning America with Republican terrorism point man Peter King: "You are saying someone should be held accountable.