The crippling of several of Japan's nuclear reactors is threatening to sink a major component of President Obama's blueprint for a greener economy, with fears over the potentially widespread contamination of Japan jeopardizing the bipartisan coalition the president needs to expand nuclear power in the United States. Read More
If you're a Republican, it's a scenario straight out of "Alice in Wonderland." Fourteen Wisconsin state senators, all Democrats, flee the state for three weeks, bringing government to a halt in an effort to stop Gov. Scott Walker's budget bill. After three weeks, the fugitive Democrats return in failure. And then, when a rich and highly organized effort to punish lawmakers is launched, it's directed not at the Democrats who ran away but at the Republicans who stayed home and did their job. Read More
A Pakistani provincial high court Monday declined to rule on whether CIA contractor Raymond Davis has diplomatic immunity -- a move several Pakistani and U.S. officials told The Washington Examiner may be designed to buy time for a financial solution to a diplomatic crisis.
Davis is being held by Pakistan after killing two men he said were trying to rob him. The United States says the CIA contractor has diplomatic immunity, but the killings have inflamed anti-American sentiment in Pakistan. Read More
President Obama urged Congress Monday to overhaul the nation's central education law before the next school year, asking for an injection of new money for instruction at a time when lawmakers are wary of rubber-stamping any program that would deepen the red ink on the balance sheets. Read More
President Obama's economic philosophy is corporatism, and the two corporate executives reportedly on Obama's short list for commerce secretary are perfect specimens of this state-industry collusion.
If Obama chooses former Pfizer CEO Jeffrey Kindler or former Google chief Eric Schmidt to head the Commerce Department, the media will declare it part of a "tack to the center" or "making amends with business." Instead, it would simply confirm what we already know about Obama: His type of businessman is oriented toward government more than the market. Read More
In the Illinois legislature state Sen. Barack Obama voted "present" 129 times. Today he seems to be voting present on two major issues, Libya and the budget. National Security Adviser Tom Donilon told reporters Thursday that the United States and other nations have "taken a range of steps . . . to squeeze Gadhafi, isolate him, really turn him into a pariah."
But the steps the United States has taken may well have bolstered Gadhafi's determination to crush the rebellion against his regime. Read More
President Obama has made it clear that political pressure will not compel him to steer Congress toward a budget compromise, rein in soaring oil prices or crack a harder whip on Libyan President Moammar Gadhafi, frustrating his allies almost as often as his foes.
Republicans and Democrats have grown anxious over the budget stalemate. With the federal government set to run out of money on March 18, congressional leaders of both parties are calling on Obama to get more involved, warning that a government shutdown is imminent. Read More
In a little-noticed portion of the National Public Radio undercover video, now-departed NPR executive Ron Schiller discussed the taxpayer-subsidized network's efforts to limit the damage from the firing of commentator Juan Williams.
At the time, October 2010, some Republicans were expressing outrage over NPR's decision to dump Williams for comments about Muslims made on Fox News. Listening to the complaints, NPR executives wondered: Are those conservatives just posturing -- playing to their base -- or do they really believe NPR is biased? Read More
The White House is challenging the assessment of Libya by the top U.S. intelligence officer, who testified Thursday that Libyan President Moammar Gadhafi is dominating the rebels trying to overthrow him and could prevail unless the United States and its allies intervene. "We believe that Gadhafi is in this for the long haul," National Intelligence Director James Clapper told Congress. Read More