The Senate confirms the Defense Secretary nominee — as the Republicans’ opposition crumbles.
It’s official: Solicitor General Elena Kagan is President Barack Obama’s second nominee to the US Supreme Court. Today on the Daily Beast, Peter Beinart revisits Kagan’s anti-military zealotry over “don’t ask, don’t tell”—unsurprisingly, it doesn’t bother him enough to oppose her confirmation (though he does offer an intriguing nugget about administration allies offering to help [...]
While President Obama’s trading of a lifetime judicial appointment in exchange for a vote in favor of ObamaCare doesn’t quite rise to the level of an impeachable offense at a minimum it is an example of legislative horse-trading at its most obnoxious.
On cue President Obama’s press secretary Robert Gibbs called the allegation that the nomination was a kind of bribe in [...]
The Republican presidential nominee, an Arizona senator, was a maverick, which was part of his charm. He spoke and acted impulsively, which was part of his problem. Voters thought his entertaining dimensions might be incompatible with presidential responsibilities. For example, he selected a running mate most Americans had never heard of and who had negligible [...]