Posted: January 30, 2014 at 3:27 pm
To applaud or not to applaud: a predictable State of the Union ritual [Photo: CNN].
The State of the Union speech gives Washington a chance to reacquaint itself with ritual. When else do we need to know the name of the House doorkeeper? What other extended opportunity do we get to study the body language of the president, the vice president and the speaker of the house -- in a single screen shot?
Posted: January 23, 2014 at 4:04 pm
"Herblock: The Black & The White" is the new HBO documentary about the career of the legendary Washington Post political cartoonist. [Photo: HBO].
Posted: January 9, 2014 at 3:54 pm
In many ways, it was a relief to hear New Jersey Governor Chris Christie declare he was apologetic, humiliated, embarrassed and sad after an odd tale of bridge and tunnel retribution exploded on his watch this week.
“I had no knowledge or involvement in this issue, in its planning or its execution,” Christie said of the George Washington Bridge lane closures allegedly carried out by his staff last fall. “And I am stunned by the abject stupidity that was shown here, regardless of what the facts ultimately uncover. This was handled in a callous and indifferent way.”
Posted: December 19, 2013 at 2:08 pm
It is apparently safe to use the word “compromise” again.
Vladimir Putin is granting pardons to his enemies (it took a decade, but still).
Nine U.S. senators this week dared to stray from the Republican fold to endorse a modest government budget that raises revenues and cuts spending.
“Mr. President, this deal is a compromise,” Senate Budget Committee chairwoman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) said. “It doesn't tackle every one of the challenges we face as a nation, but that was never our goal.”
Posted: December 12, 2013 at 2:24 pm
Sen. Marco Rubio (left) expressed his disapproval with the budget compromise negotiated by fellow Republican Rep. Paul Ryan [Photo: CNN].
You’ve got to hand it to Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. He’s consistent. No wishy-washy budget deals for him. Only all or nothing will do.
So he and another half dozen conservatives denounced the budget compromise reached by fellow Republican Rep. Paul Ryan and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray because, although it reduces spending, it doesn’t do enough.