Police identified the gunman who killed six people at a Wisconsin Sikh temple as a 40-year-old U.S. Army veteran, and a monitor of extremists said he was a member of a racist skinhead band. Read More
The weakest part of our political system is the presidential nomination process. And it's not coincidental that it's the part of the federal system that finds least guidance in the Constitution.
There is no provision in the Constitution that says that Iowa and New Hampshire vote first. The idea of giving any two states a preferred position in the process of choosing a president would surely have struck the Framers as unfair. Read More
WHAT: A federal grand jury is investigating how closely presidential candidate John Edwards may have been involved with campaign contributions used for concealing his extramarital affair and out-of-wedlock child.HOW: Edwards contributors gave money that kept his mistress, Rielle Hunter, in hiding along with former campaign aide Andrew Young, who initially claimed paternity so Edwards could continue running for president. Read More
With a new Congress meeting, and the many new members hiring staff, these new hires could do a lot worse than read Andrew Young’s “The Politician.” It’s a horror story in the guise of a political memoir, about a career move gone bad.
Young was 26, a lawyer and dabbler in politics, when he met and was blown away by John Edwards, who was beginning his first run for the Senate but was the subject of much buzz as a possible president. Read More
Over the last eight years, most Democratic politicians have made a distinction between the Good War (Afghanistan) and the Bad War (Iraq).
That very much includes Barack Obama. As an Illinois state senator, he spoke out against military action in Iraq in 2002, and as a U.S. senator at a September 2007 hearing, he offered a blisteringly negative assessment of Iraq so lengthy that it left no time for Gen. David Petraeus to reply. Read More
Somehow, I missed this over the weekend, but NRO’s Jim Geraghty is all over it: Read More
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar appointed 12 new members to the National Park System Advisory Board, describing them as “highly accomplished men and women whose creativity and wisdom will help us prepare for the challenges of the National Parks Service’s second hundred years.” Read More
Rielle Hunter, mistress of John Edwards and mother of their child together, has given a long interview to GQ magazine. In it, she says she was surprised that Edwards decided to pursue a run for the presidency because "he had a lot of problems going on that nobody knew about." Hunter tells GQ that Edwards "had already been vetted for a vice-presidential campaign. Read More
Quick, name the most distrusted occupations. Trial lawyers? Pretty scuzzy, as witness the disgraced John Edwards, kept from the vice presidency in 2004 by the electoral votes of Ohio. Used car dealers? Always near the bottom of the list, as witness the universal understanding of the word "clunker."
But over the last three months a new profession has moved smartly up the list and threatens to overtake all. Climate scientist. Read More