TODAY IN POLITICS: Push for budget-balancing legislation (Repeal Obama Care)
Updated 6 min. ago
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) was one of 20 victims injured Saturday during a shooting outside of a Safeway supermarket in Tucson, Arizona. The suspect, Jared Lee Loughner, has been charged with attempting to assassinate a member of Congress, killing federal government employees and attempting to assassinate federal employees.
Yesterday, University Medical Center Chief Neurosurgeon Dr. Michael LeMole spoke at a briefing that Rep. Giffords remains in critical condition but is responsive to doctors. “At this phase in the game, no change is good and we have no change,” added Dr. Lemole. Hospital staff also reported on the status of the eight other shooting victims, with two in intensive care and one in critical condition. Another press briefing on the condition of the patients is expected tomorrow. More »
A Florida attorney says the misconduct complaint filed against him is a frivolous motion from a disgruntled opposing lawyer for his legal representation of a Christian who converted from Islam.
Morality in Media is exposing why a U.S. court of appeals in Manhattan has dropped a $1.21-million fine levied by the FCC against 45 ABC-affiliated TV stations for airing an episode of NYPD Blue that included explicit rear nudity.
It’s unfortunate, says Pentagon advisor Bob Maginnis, that political considerations have often driven decisions on military projects at a time when the Pentagon budget is being trimmed.
Two conservative leaders are urging Christians to stay involved in politics all year long.
A Christian school is suing the city of Upper Arlington for refusing to grant it a permit to use its own new building.
A California-based Christian group is encouraging believers to advance biblical and constitutional principles, even during the election off-season.
The United States announced last week that it is “deeply concerned” about a rise in persecution against Christians — a response welcomed by an international relief ministry.
Haiti endured a challenging year in 2010, especially with the earthquake that devastated much of the capital, Port-au-Prince, and the surrounding area.
A Christian in Afghanistan is currently facing punishment as severe as the death penalty if he doesn’t choose to convert back to Islam.
The Rutherford Institute is defending a Virginia blogger in a dispute stemming from his use of a county seal.
Terrorism expert Walid Shoebat isn’t optimistic about Iraq if President Obama grants that government’s request to pull all U.S. troops out of the country by the end of this year.
The evidence shows that more regulations aren’t the answer.
Reflections on the source of our partisan divide.
by Moshe Dann
Don’t believe the hocus pocus demography.
Keeping tabs on America’s favorite topic.
If you look carefully you can see a yellow Hezbollah flag flying next to a parked UN vehicle.
How many more tragedies like the Tucson shootings will we have to watch before we start facing the harsh truth?
The Indiana governor has a good shot at the nomination.
Real world crime statistics be damned, as sure as the sun comes up, the anti-gun lobby became among the first to run on autopilot and seek to politicize the senseless human killings in Tucson.
Will President Obama let this crisis go to waste?
by Ron Radosh
Nothing is harder in partisan politics than to oppose your own side when it is morally in the wrong. The New Republic’s Martin Peretz has twice; pushing back against appeasement of the left, first towards the Soviet Union, and now Islamofascism.
by Rand Simberg
The only lessons to be learned from the tragedy in Tucson are the age-old ones that life isn’t fair and sometimes bad things happen to good people.
by Ryan Mauro
Two longshots with the potential to roil the GOP primaries in 2012 are making noises about running.
When reports said that U.S. passport application forms will no longer list “mother” and “father,” and will instead ask for details of “parent one” and “parent two,” I thought it was a spoof, but it’s very much real.
Big government is quietly co-opting domestic violence.
Gen. Jack D. Ripper’s fluoride, Erin Brockovich’s Chromium 6, and the anti-vaccine movement have all made the news this week.
The winds in Washington are blowing with the backlash from the holiday season.
Rather than the New York Times’ outdated vision of “Progressivism,” conservatives should become proponents of progress understood as the crafting of better laws to protect individual freedom.
Hopefuls have already lined up for California’s upcoming race to replace a senator who died shortly before the November elections.
Do mere words have the power to ignite acts such as Saturday’s shooting?
Making language or symbols that are perceived as “threatening” against the law is a bad idea.
Obama has temporarily jettisoned his liberal agenda for seemingly no agenda.
It is long past time for our media figures to pay attention to the “hate speech” prosecutions of our brethren in Denmark.
The left-wing jabs at the Palin piñata in the wake of a horrible tragedy ought to be enough to convince more Americans of the moral vacuity of the “progressive” community.
A question for the metaphysicians and cultural pathologists: just how low can former-economist Paul Krugman, hysteric-in-chief for the New York Times, go?
The status quo hands the president a Mideast defeat.
The House is expected to vote this week on a repeal of ObamaCare, and The Heritage Foundation is all for it.
A healthcare expert argues that while the Obama administration may not refer to “death panels,” that is exactly what the administration wants.
Despite what critics may suggest, a legal expert with The Heritage Foundation Republican Congressman Darrell Issa is not planning to investigate the government for political reasons.
The head of a grassroots immigration reform organization is again calling for the resignation of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
A conservative media watchdog organization says the mainstream media’s coverage of the current spike in gasoline prices further shows its liberal bias.
If Congress votes this year to raise the debt ceiling, conservative columnist Ken Blackwell hopes lawmakers will also include a balanced budget amendment.
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has shown unwavering commitment to the same conservative precepts held near and dear by Ronald Reagan himself.
The Constitution was designed so that we would have government consistent with the values and principles of our nation. That’s it – short and simple.
Americans are coming to recognize that a breakdown in morality is at the heart of all our problems — economic, security, and social.
Updated 3 hr., 13 min. agoDeepwater Horizon April 21, 2010 (AP File Photo/Gerald Herbert)
In an early excerpt of their final report, the National Oil Spill Commission found BP, Transocean, Haliburton and federal overseers are largely to blame for the Gulf of Mexico disaster last April.
The presidentially-sponsored Commission has spent the past eight months examining the accident, considered the worst oil spill in U.S. history, and will release its final report to President Obama today. More »
- Cmsn. Presentation: C‑SPAN at 10am ET
- The National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling.
Updated 13 min. agoU.S. Capitol
Since the start of the 112th Congress, many Senators have publicly called for new measures to avoid the deadlock that stopped nearly all legislative work at the end of the last session. Two leading lawmakers will make a case on how partisanship hurts the effectiveness of Congress and how to address it.
First, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) uses recent political debates as evidence to prove that America’s role as a global leader is threatened by the discord on Capitol Hill. Senator Kerry just returned from a trip to Sudan and is expected to talk today about the vote on Southern Sudan’s independence referendum at an event hosted by the Center for American Progress Action Fund. More »
As Country Mourns, Media Plays Up Partisanship – Debra Saunders, SFC
Time for News Organizations to Reflect? – Josh Kraushaar, National Journal
Our Insane Handgun Policy – Richard Cohen, New York Daily News
The Charlatans’ Smear: A ‘Climate of Hate’? – George Will, Washington Post
Why the Tea Party Movement is Culpable – Jacob Weisberg, Slate
Budget Crisis is an Opening for School Reform – Michelle Rhee, WSJ
Rubio Goes to Washington – Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review
The Constitution and Its Worshippers – Jill Lepore, The New Yorker
Debtors’ Prison for Illinois’ Deadbeat Pols? – Dennis Byrne, Chicago Tribune
A Downturn’s Deep, Lasting Wage Drop – Sudeep Reddy, Wall Street Journal
Why David Cameron Should Snub Russia – Simon Tisdall, The Guardian
Castro in State of Confusion – Carlos Alberto Montaner, Miami Herald
Poisonous Politics – Pat Buchanan, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Previewing the Tucson Massacre Case – Andrew Cohen, Politics Daily
Attack Should Not Trigger Police State – Jeffrey Birnbaum, Wash Times
Gov’t Must Take Steps to Stem the Violence – Bob Herbert, New York Times
Cause and Effect: Explaining Random Violence – Michael Shermer, LAT
Shooting Reaction: Hume | Fineman | O’Reilly | Press | Limbaugh | More
More on RCP: Mandel, Taylor Possible Senate Candidates in Ohio
The Worst, But Also the Best of America – Chicago Tribune
No Easy Answers in Ariz. Shooting – Denver Post
Pundits Playing Blame Game Look Ignorant – Boston Herald
Enough Attacks and Vitriol, Sheriff. Do Your Duty – Arizona Republic
Having lost legitimacy in the eyes of their own people, Iran’s leaders lash out at real and imagined enemies.
by Jazz Shaw
She can raise a ton of money and has national name recognition, but has no legislative record and carries a reputation as a bomb thrower.
by Ed Driscoll
The movie and music industries are both rapidly aging mediums with record low sales in 2010. Aging stars and contempt towards their audiences aren’t helping their woes.
Is it better to have a tired doctor, or no doctor at all?
by Rick Moran
Senator DeMint wants to play the game with a slight variation: load five chambers with bullets while leaving only one empty, and pull the trigger.
by Barry Rubin
Those who mock the Constitution have it backwards.
By ALEXANDER BURNS | 1/11/11 9:01 AM
Physicians issue most optimistic assessment yet.
By ERIKA LOVLEY | 1/11/11 9:11 AM
Congress returns to political gamesmanship.
By CAROL E. LEE | 1/11/11 9:26 AM
He says progress is “fragile and reversible.”
By POLITICO STAFF | 1/11/11 9:46 AM
The latest coverage of the aftermath of the Arizona shooting that killed six people and wounded 14.
By MIKE ALLEN | 1/11/11 8:43 AM
Praises decision to halt “usual business.”
By MEREDITH SHINER | 1/11/11 7:30 AM
He doesn’t enter a plea during court appearance.
By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 1/11/11 7:34 AM
The accused shooter’s parents are sick over what their son is charged with doing.
By BRETT COUGHLIN | 1/11/11 5:59 AM
Two trauma surgeons have Washington ties.
By MARIN COGAN | 1/11/11 7:29 AM
Staffers return to work at the Capitol with a new sense of grief and vulnerability.
By POLITICO STAFF | 1/10/11 6:17 PM
By KENDRA MARR | 1/11/11 9:24 AM
Tim Pawlenty wants to require members of Congress to do their personal taxes on their own.
By DARREN GOODE | 1/11/11 6:10 AM
Commission may prevent new major Arctic drilling.
He has a chance to re-civilize partisan climate.
By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 1/11/11 4:56 AM
A 61-year-old woman brazenly grabbed the shooter’s bullets and demanded “How could you?”
By KEACH HAGEY | 1/10/11 11:58 PM
By ABBY PHILLIP | 1/11/11 8:47 AM
Major Gen. Arnold Fields is owed “a debt of gratitude,” a White House statement says.
By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 1/11/11 5:26 AM
Ex-presidential candidate says to pols, “get away from the military or the armed metaphors.”
The president meets with his senior advisers the day before honoring the victims of Saturday’s shooting.
“It doesn’t matter how many people will have to die because we cannot address this problem.”
Plus: Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood gushes over Miss America contestant Loren Vaillancourt.
By CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN | 1/11/11 7:12 AM
By ROGER SIMON | 1/11/11 9:19 AM
Simon says that there’s a difference between “politicizing” death and wanting to prevent murders.
By MICHAEL KINSLEY | 1/11/11 4:41 AM
Opinion: You can’t run a democracy with everyone censoring themselves out of fear.
By JOE SCARBOROUGH | 1/11/11 4:43 AM
Opinion: People should ask political leaders and cable news cheerleaders to start showing restraint.
By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 1/11/11 9:34 AM
On Sarah PAC map: “I wouldn’t have done it.”
By BRETT COUGHLIN | 1/11/11 9:24 AM
By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 1/11/11 8:50 AM
They’re introducing a bill to keep protesters away from the memorial services for the shooting victims.
By ALEX ISENSTADT | 1/11/11 9:50 AM
The campaign trail is filled with widespread, casual use of violent and militaristic language.
By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 1/11/11 7:33 AM
He says the alleged shooter was “an atheist” whose books “tended to be left-wing.”
By KASIE HUNT | 1/11/11 7:51 AM
Tucson’s Bob Walkup says the lawmaker told him 2010 far was worse than her previous races.
By JOHN BRESNAHAN | 1/11/11 9:38 AM
By KENNETH P. VOGEL | 1/11/11 6:13 AM
The movement tries to distance itself.
By SCOTT WONG | 1/11/11 8:45 AM
Her message: It’s not a day for politics or policy.
The sergeant at arms says he has no emergency contact info for 10 percent of House members.
By BEN SMITH | 1/10/11 11:51 PM
The Ohio representative is the most prominent elected official to publicly pass on the event.
By PATRICK GAVIN | 1/11/11 5:12 AM
By ANDY BARR | 1/11/11 5:13 AM
Pima County’s sheriff now finds himself at the center of a boiling political blame game.
By JONATHAN RIEHL | 1/11/11 8:20 AM
Opinion: We should be discus