Robert Schlesinger: Republicans are preparing to take the debt ceiling hostage again.
Mary Kate Cary: President Obama's burgeoning problems affect more than this week’s three scandals.
Pat Garofalo: Cutting the tax collection budget hurts everyone in the long-run.
Hannah Gais: Here are three examples of post-Cold War spy scandals that were more embarrassing than the Fogle spy fail.
Wit and wisdom from all sides of the political spectrum.
The federal government and the media spent the last week digging through the myriad of scandals that besiege President Obama and his White House. And it is undeniably important to delve deeply into the issues of Benghazi, the Internal Revenue Service and the Justice Department seizing the Associated Press' phone records. The GOP has been strong in outlining the pattern of government overreach, incompetence and cover-up.more »
I hate to interrupt fulminations about President Obama's three incredible shrinking scandals with something as prosaic as concern about the GOP's threatening to sabotage the economy, but a couple of bits of real news emerged yesterday regarding the debt ceiling (yes that, again).more »
Last week, the title for my blog post was the Absentee President. This week the title should be the Clueless President; or is he? President Obama, who is praised for his intellectual and political capabilities, all of a sudden wants the American people to believe that he was unaware of the major scandals that are eating away at his political capital and perhaps his second term.more »
David Simon, of "The Wire" fame, once responded to the idea of "doing more with less" by saying, "That's the bullshit of bean counters who care only about the bottom line. You do less with less." For the Internal Revenue Service, the line should perhaps be updated to "you do less with less, and also cause a scandal."more »
President Obama has fantasies of "going Bulworth" on Congress and Washington, letting loose with everything he really thinks and trying to do what he really wants, despite the political repercussions, The New York Times reports. And congressional Republicans see Obama not so much like the fictional politician in the old Warren Betty movie, but as Richard Nixon, forced to resign in disgrace because of the Watergate scandal and reviled for his overuse of executive power.more »
According to reliable estimates, there are nearly 10 million children around the world who, if global bureaucrats would merely get out of the way, could be adopted into loving, permanent families.more »