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Posted at 06:07 PM ET, 01/31/2014

The Insiders: Pelosi fizzles on ‘The Daily Show’

Jon Stewart pulled the rug out from under House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on “The Daily Show.“

By Ed Rogers  |  06:07 PM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Democrats, Nancy Pelosi, the daily show, The Insiders

Posted at 05:12 PM ET, 01/31/2014

The Insiders: All eyes are on Janet Yellen

Will the new head of the Federal Reserve show the same levels of no-confidence in Obama’s economic policies as Ben Bernanke?

By Ed Rogers  |  05:12 PM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, economy, federal reserve, janet yellen, The Insiders

Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 01/31/2014

George Zimmerman’s death wish

My sincerest hope is that the fight will be canceled. For Zimmerman’s sake and for our own.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  03:06 PM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin

Posted at 04:34 PM ET, 01/30/2014

Florida GOP hangs Joshua Black out to dry

Republican candidate for the state House called for the execution of President Obama. State party leaders do the right thing.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  04:34 PM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Republicans

Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 01/30/2014

Holder’s political cowardice in seeking the death penalty

The Boston bombing was a horrible crime which will now be compounded by yet another one.

By Richard Cohen  |  04:10 PM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:36 PM ET, 01/29/2014

The GOP still doesn’t get it

The Republican Party knows it has a problem attracting a broader electorate. And yet it keeps doing things to make people question its sincerity about reaching out to new voters.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  04:36 PM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans, State of the Union

Posted at 04:08 PM ET, 01/29/2014

The Insiders: Republicans need to learn how to not talk about sex

GOP figures need to stop fueling the fire by talking about sex-related issues and start focusing on Obamacare and the economy.

By Ed Rogers  |  04:08 PM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  election 2014, governor huckabee, Republicans, sex, Social Issues, The Insiders

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 01/29/2014

With a skillful tone, Obama’s SOTU speech exceeded expectations

People disillusioned by the president might want to take a second look.

By Carter Eskew  |  12:25 PM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill Clinton, Democrats, economy, President Obama, Republicsans, State of the Union

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 01/29/2014

No, Michael Grimm is a thug

“What’s the definition of a thug? Really?” asked Richard Sherman last week.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  11:40 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Michael Grimm, Race, State of the Union

Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 01/29/2014

The Insiders: The only surprise was that there were no surprises in the State of the Union address

President Obama’s State of the Union address was more of the same liberal Democratic policies that kill jobs and stall economic growth.

By Ed Rogers  |  10:06 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Democrats, inequality, SOTU, State of the Union, taxes, The Insiders

Posted at 01:14 AM ET, 01/29/2014

What Obama didn’t say on the Affordable Care Act

The president needed to talk about how he messed up.

By Stephen Stromberg  |  01:14 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare, State of the Union

Posted at 12:34 AM ET, 01/29/2014

A thumbs up for Obama and the State of the Union

President Obama was long on warmth and mercifully short on wonkery. And he did this by weaving his call for a “year of action” on behalf of the American people with the stories of the American people.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  12:34 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, State of the Union

Posted at 12:07 AM ET, 01/29/2014

Obama’s best State of the Union speech

Apparently none of the commentators who’ve been saying his presidency is on its last legs bothered to let him know.

By Eugene Robinson  |  12:07 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, State of the Union

Posted at 08:20 PM ET, 01/28/2014

America owes Pete Seeger a debt

The folk singer and activist retained his capacity for outrage without ever losing his ability to sing love songs.

By E.J. Dionne Jr.  |  08:20 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:31 PM ET, 01/28/2014

Turning State of the Union into a sideshow

Robertson’s presence adds to the carnival-like atmosphere now enveloping what should be a sober occasion.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  05:31 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of the Union

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 01/28/2014

Poll position for President Obama

With disapproval and negativity ratings so high, neither side has anything to crow about.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  11:32 AM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Republicans

Posted at 09:26 AM ET, 01/28/2014

What should public-sector workers do if they can’t strike?

A response to Charles Lane.

By Harold Meyerson  |  09:26 AM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  labor

Posted at 05:58 PM ET, 01/27/2014

How Obama’s SOTU speech can be memorable

By Carter Eskew  |  05:58 PM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Obamacare, President Obama, State of the Union

Posted at 08:57 AM ET, 01/27/2014

The Insiders: Democrats would rather not have a State of the Union speech

How will vulnerable Democrats on the ballot in 2014 react to the president’s predictable references to Obamacare in his State of the Union speech?

By Ed Rogers  |  08:57 AM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  election 2014, State of the Union, The Insiders

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 01/27/2014

Ted Cruz ‘irresponsible’ on debt ceiling

Peddling falsehoods about what the debt ceiling is and what it isn’t.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  07:00 AM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, Republicans, Ted Cruz

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 01/24/2014

The mobility muddle

Are Americans stuck in the economic class into which they’re born?

By Robert J. Samuelson  |  11:14 AM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  income inequality, Income mobility

Posted at 08:12 AM ET, 01/24/2014

Loving Virginia’s move on gay marriage

The last time Virginia was at the center of a debate on marriage, it lost on the law and on the judgment of history.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  08:12 AM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  LGBT, Same-sex marriage, Virginia

Posted at 03:09 PM ET, 01/23/2014

What the Cuomo-de Blasio rift means for Dems

A battle over pre-K in New York could signal the direction the Democratic Party wants to take.

By Carter Eskew  |  03:09 PM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill de Blasio, Democrats, Mario Cuomo, New York

Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 01/23/2014

Norway beats USA in fashion Olympics

I love Ralph Lauren, but, come on, man!

By Jonathan Capehart  |  12:55 PM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Olympics

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 01/23/2014

The Insiders: The economy and Obamacare are getting worse for the Democrats

The economy is stagnant and Obamacare is unpopular. These are the real issues that voters care about, which means Democrats are not in a good position going into the midterm elections.

By Ed Rogers  |  10:22 AM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Democrats, economy, elections 2014, gdp growth, Obamacare, Republicans, The Insiders

Posted at 03:53 PM ET, 01/22/2014

Bob and Maureen McDonnell weren’t cheap friends

They enjoyed a champagne lifestyle but could only afford beer.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  03:53 PM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bob McDonnell

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 01/22/2014

Chris Christie’s hypocritical transformation

Part of the New Jersey governor’s allure was his cross-over appeal.

By Carter Eskew  |  11:07 AM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Christie, partisanship, president, Republicans

Posted at 06:59 PM ET, 01/21/2014

Virginia was ripe for a scandal

Obstruction of justice. Wire fraud. Money laundering. Racketeering. Manslaughter. These are just some of the charges on which 11 sitting or former U.S. governors have been convicted and served jail time.

By Carter Eskew  |  06:59 PM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bob McDonnell

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 01/21/2014

On the couch with ‘Mitt’

Running for the nomination for president and the presidency itself are soul-crushing exercises.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  03:40 PM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitt Romney, Republicans

Posted at 07:58 AM ET, 01/21/2014

Ready for Ben Carson? Not for president.

The nation very well might need strong medicine, but the famed neurosurgeon and conservative heartthrob is not the one to administer it.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  07:58 AM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Ben Carson, Republicans

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 01/20/2014

The Insiders: The president’s comments on marijuana use were harmful

We shouldn’t count on President Obama to help draw a line on marijuana use.

By Ed Rogers  |  02:06 PM ET, 01/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  marijuana, marijuana legalization, The Insiders

Posted at 07:22 PM ET, 01/19/2014

Putin, Uganda, ‘the Bachelor’ and the gays

Lesbians and gay men are not “sick people who need help.”

By Jonathan Capehart  |  07:22 PM ET, 01/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  LGBT, Vladimir Putin

Posted at 05:54 PM ET, 01/17/2014

Obama’s sure-footed surveillance speech

His address Friday set several markers that may last far beyond his term of office

By David Ignatius  |  05:54 PM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  edward snowden, intelligence, nsa, President Barack Obama, surveillance

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 01/17/2014

The Insiders: The politics of the president’s new NSA policies

Will some of the president’s key words and phrases on the NSA reforms be taken at face value, or will they be interpreted as “weasel words” that mean the surveillance on U.S. citizens will continue?

By Ed Rogers  |  02:15 PM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, edward snowden, national security, nsa, senator rand paul, surveillance, The Insiders

Posted at 01:28 PM ET, 01/17/2014

It’s business as usual for the NSA

President Obama’s intelligence collection reform proposals do not go nearly far enough.

By Eugene Robinson  |  01:28 PM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:27 AM ET, 01/16/2014

Benghazi, Occupy and political graveyards

The Benghazi report could have been worse for Hillary Clinton if it hadn’t tried too hard.

By Carter Eskew  |  10:27 AM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Benghazi, Chris Christie, hillary clinton, Occupy Wall Street, Tea Party

Posted at 04:53 PM ET, 01/15/2014

LGBT split-screen: Oklahoma and Nigeria

Great news out of the United States was tempered by harrowing events in Africa.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  04:53 PM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  LGBT

Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 01/15/2014

The Insiders: The Democrats’ dilemma for 2014

Republicans should not be dissuaded from making Obamacare and the Obama economy central to the 2014 elections.

By Ed Rogers  |  04:04 PM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 elections, Barack Obama, Democrats, economy, Obamacare, Senator Kay Hagan, The Insiders

Posted at 12:56 PM ET, 01/15/2014

Michelle Obama knows ‘Black don’t crack, but .’

The first lady talks plastic surgery and other ‘refreshing’ topics with People magazine on the eve of her 50th birthday.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  12:56 PM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Michelle Obama

Posted at 01:57 PM ET, 01/14/2014

The war on economic insecurity

A cycle of joblessness has haunted many Americans for decades now.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  01:57 PM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  economy, Employment

Posted at 03:46 PM ET, 01/13/2014

Marco Rubio, marriage and LGBT families

In his poverty speech, his comments on marriage were notable for what he didn’t say.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  03:46 PM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  LGBT, Marco Rubio, Same-sex marriage

Posted at 03:09 PM ET, 01/13/2014

The Insiders: The problem with ‘no-drama Obama’

Barack Obama is a bystander president who shrugs as events unfold and yawns as our problems get worse.

By Ed Rogers  |  03:09 PM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, election 2014, Robert Gates, The Insiders

Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 01/10/2014

6 humorous visuals on Chris Christie

A look at the Internet’s take on the New Jersey governor’s bridge scandal.

By Swati Sharma  |  02:22 PM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  bridge, Bridge scandal, Bridgegate, Chris Christie, christie, George Washington Bridge, Gov. Christie, gw bridge, new yorker

Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 01/10/2014

Justice Dept. makes the right decision on same-sex marriage in Utah

The DOJ decision comes days after Gov. Gary Herbert declared these unions would not be recognized at the state level.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  12:22 PM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  LGBT, Same-sex marriage

Posted at 09:46 AM ET, 01/10/2014

Chris Christie: ‘I am not a bully’ -- LOL

Try telling that to Gail, Assemblymember Huttle and me.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  09:46 AM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bridge scandal, Chris Christie

Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Christie’s bridge scandal shows what newspapers can do

Chris Christie is in hot water because reporters at the local paper didn’t take ‘no’ for an answer.

By Colbert I. King  |  03:16 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bergen Record, Chris Christie, George Washington Bridge

Posted at 02:46 PM ET, 01/09/2014

It’s the lies that hurt the most

Chris Christie feels bad for the people of New Jersey, but he feels worse that his own people lied to him.

By Richard Cohen  |  02:46 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 01/09/2014

The Insiders: Trouble for Christie is just getting started

Everyone settle in for a long stream of Christie news - there is a lot more to come.

By Ed Rogers  |  02:15 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  carter eskew, governor christie, gw bridge, New Jersey, The Insiders

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Chris Christie: Me-me-mea culpa

We saw two sides of Gov. Chris Christie at his fall-on-the-sword news conference today.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  01:46 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Christie, Republicans

Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Chris Christie scandal is here to stay

The New Jersey governor was not convincing in his press conference.

By Carter Eskew  |  01:15 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Christie, highway scandal, New Jersey

Posted at 09:06 AM ET, 01/09/2014

We learned a lot about Christie in Bridgegate

The actions of the N.J. governor’s aides don’t reflect well on the governor.

By Richard Cohen  |  09:06 AM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bridgegate, Chris Christie

Posted at 09:49 PM ET, 01/08/2014

The Insiders: Emphasizing poverty is not a winning strategy for the GOP

Republican efforts to take on poverty play right into Democrats’ hands.

By Carter Eskew  |  09:49 PM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  economy, Marco Rubio, Republicans, war on poverty

Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 01/08/2014

The Insiders: Gates should have waited

Former defense secretary Robert Gates’s memoir is valuable, but it should have come out after the president he served left office.

By Ed Rogers  |  02:33 PM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, duty, Robert Gates, secretary of defense, The Insiders, White House

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 01/08/2014

Chris Christie’s bridge collapse

“Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.”

By Jonathan Capehart  |  01:00 PM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Christie, Republicans

Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 01/07/2014

The Insiders: Democrats must quit denying the political science of global warming

The U.S. does not set a good example by wasting billions of dollars on climate change programs overseas.

By Ed Rogers  |  03:15 PM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Democrats, global warming, tax dollars, The Insiders, United Nations

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 01/07/2014

No Schock in gay gossip

Until someone comes forward with proof that Schock is gay, we’re just talking among ourselves.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  11:26 AM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Aaron Schock

Posted at 03:34 PM ET, 01/06/2014

PostScript: Milbank and Chief Justice Roberts’s petard

Readers respond to Milbank on Chief Justice Roberts’s plea for judiciary funding.

By Rachel Manteuffel  |  03:34 PM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:23 PM ET, 01/06/2014

Gay marriage on hold in Utah is not a bad thing

What today’s Supreme Court action does is guarantee that more lawsuits will be filed to get the justices to do what they opted not to do last June.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  01:23 PM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Same-sex marriage

Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 01/06/2014

The Insiders: Republicans, just say no to marijuana

There is no possible public good that can come from passing laws that legalize marijuana use. Republicans need to be clear on this issue.

By Ed Rogers  |  10:47 AM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  marijuana legalization, Republicans, The Insiders

Posted at 08:47 AM ET, 01/06/2014

The credible police interview with George Zimmerman’s girlfriend

“When I was being questioned by the police,” Samantha Scheibe wrote in an affidavit last month, “I felt very intimidated.” Unbelievable.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  08:47 AM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Trayvon Martin

Posted at 06:20 PM ET, 01/02/2014

No ‘Scandal’ in liberal use of dramatic license

“Scandal” is a fun-filled diversion that magnifies the power and absurdity of this town without taking itself too seriously (unlike far too many folks in this town).

By Jonathan Capehart  |  06:20 PM ET, 01/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  scandal, Television

Posted at 02:57 PM ET, 01/02/2014

PostScript: Dionne and a leftward surge

Readers respond to Dionne on the leftly tilting Democrats.

By Rachel Manteuffel  |  02:57 PM ET, 01/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  PostScript

Posted at 01:58 PM ET, 01/02/2014

No clemency from Snowden’s self-importance

I suppose I could come around to supporting some sort of plea deal for the NSA leaker.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  01:58 PM ET, 01/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  edward snowden, nsa

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 01/02/2014

Chris Christie actually had a bad year. Here’s why.

A couple of small mistakes may come back to haunt the New Jersey governor.

By Carter Eskew  |  12:31 PM ET, 01/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Christie, Cory Booker, George Washington Bridge, New Jersey, New York

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 01/02/2014

3-D printing, energy independence and other disruptions of the global order

What was the single-most disruptive event in the last five years and why? The answers weren’t what I expected.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  10:02 AM ET, 01/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  3-D printing, economy, energy

 

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