Last December, U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was murdered in a firefight with three Mexican nationals in Arizona. Two guns recovered at the crime scene were traced back to an ongoing Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigation, informally known under the code names Gunwalker and Fast and Furious. Read More
After New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's recent praise of Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels yesterday, I joked that Daniels/Christie would make an awfully good ticket for 2012.
Apparently, I'm not alone in liking both candidates. So does Speaker of the House John Boehner. Read More
It's been reported that bin Laden was killed by SEAL Team Six, officially known as Naval Special Warfare Development Group or DevGru. Marc Ambinder has a good report that fills in some of the particulars: Read More
Of course, the answer to that particular rhetorical question is obvious: Economic reality. Still, the brazen hypocrisy here is, well, delicious. The Newspaper Guild is calling for unpaid Huffington Post writers to strike: Read More
Again, I'm still utterly baffled that the White House wants to have a national conversation on gun laws. I can't forsee this issue doing him any good at all in next year's election. Unless of course, Obama's is giving up on blue-collar and rural Democrats and just trying to shore up the base. In which case, he's in really bad shape. Read More
The New York Times had an eye-opening story about abuses in state-run homes for the elderly and disabled in New York this weekend. In particular, the article highlights how unions are aggressively defending those workers accused of very serious crimes: Read More
So, uh, this happened yesterday. In case you were wondering about how to shut up the confrontational Christie, you might try calling him "hot and sexy":
Today, via Ben Smith, I see that the woman in question is explaining herself to the Governor's wife: Read More
WHO: Rep. Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y.
WHAT: Towns received $1,000 from General Motors' Political Action Committee.
WHY IT'S DIRTY: General Motors was the recipient of a $60 billion taxpayer bailout last year that has not been paid back, so the automaker has no right to curry congressional favor at Americans' expense. Read More
In the first half of 2010, Texas saw more small-business growth than any other state in the country. During that time, it added 178,000 new jobs — twice as many as any other state. Also, Texas was one of only five states to add manufacturing jobs.California, on the other hand, lost more than 113,000 jobs from August 2009 to August 2010. And while Texas has seen steady job growth in recent years, California was losing jobs well before the economic downturn began in 2008. Since 2005, California has lost just under 1.3 million jobs. Read More
While many states have been struggling through the economic downturn, there has been a giant neon sign hanging over Texas that says, “OPEN FOR BUSINESS.”In 2008, 70 percent of all jobs in the country were created in Texas. In 2009, all of America’s top five job-creating cities were in Texas. Read More
When trying to understand why Texas is a thriving economic superpower while California is a political basket case with 12 percent unemployment, one conclusion is inescapable: Political culture and governing philosophy matter.
California is paying increasingly more in wealth-transfer payments to those in government or those who benefit from government programs — government spending in California has increased more than 26 percent since 1998, with almost no public benefit to show for it. Read More
California vs. Texas
Comparing a bust state to a boom state. Part one of a four-part series.Today: Texas booms while California bustsWednesday: Dividing taxpayer money among politiciansThursday: Texas adds jobs while California taxes them awayFriday: California unions stand in the way of Texas-size successAmong the states, it has become clear there are two competing visions of political economy in America, embodied by California and Texas. Read More
Part two of a five-part series
When trying to understand why Texas is a thriving economic superpower while California is a political basket case with 12 percent unemployment, one conclusion is inescapable: Political culture and governing philosophy matters. Read More