After a widely admired start in the White House, first lady Michelle Obama's popularity is falling and, if the current downward trend in her approval ratings continues, could touch lows not seen since the scandal-tainted days of Hillary Rodham Clinton. Read More
On the job less than a year, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has already poked a stick into several legal hornets' nests.
He's taken on the University of Virginia, his alma mater, for refusing to hand over the e-mails of Climategate figure Michael Mann. He filed an amicus brief in support of Arizona's immigration law, and he sought judicial review of the Environmental Protection Agency's new carbon regulations. Read More
Whenever a conservative suggests reducing the federal deficit by cutting spending rather than raising taxes, there's always someone to ask: Well, what would you cut? Americans may say they want less government spending, the argument goes, but they don't want anyone to touch their services and subsidies and monthly checks. Read More
Downtown New Orleans teemed with heroes last week.
At the corner of Poydras and O'Keefe, a camera crew filmed a scene for "The Green Lantern." Scheduled for release in 201l, the film chronicles the exploits of the superhero crime fighter whose superpowers derive from a ring energized by an ancient Chinese lantern. Read More
Republicans are starting to think about how to answer the Robert Redford question.
You know the scene. In the 1972 movie "The Candidate," the Redford character, having won the election, turns to his political consultant and asks, "What do I do now?" Read More
"I love this job," said Thomas Perez, the hard-charging head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, in a speech last December to the liberal legal group American Constitution Society. "We have a very broad, a very ambitious vision. It's a very exciting vision, and I wake up every morning with a hop in my step." Read More
Republicans believe in the free market so much that they want the government to subsidize it. At least that's the message sent by congressional Republicans' energy platform. Read More
The Justice Department has found a new way to pursue civil rights lawsuits, using the powers of the Civil Rights Division not just to win compensation for victims of alleged discrimination but also to direct large sums of money to activist groups that are not discrimination victims and not connected to a particular suit. Read More
Judging by the latest survey data on American public opinion, Rudyard Kipling might as well have been talking about us when he said "never the twain shall meet" between the East of Britain's privileged ruling elite and the West of native subjects of her empire.
Pollster Scott Rasmussen regularly documents the yawning gulf between what he calls America's "Political Class" and the rest of us, whom he dubs "Mainstream America." Read More
Did you know the Justice Department threatened several universities with legal action because they took part in an experimental program to allow students to use the Amazon Kindle for textbooks? Read More