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The Zax Are Back

Jim Moore | Posted 09.29.2015 | Politics
Jim Moore

In a bit over a year, on election day, we will have the opportunity to build a highway of consensus over those stubborn Zax, and drive far beyond the Beltway of Prax. Just watch out for the Sneetches on your way.

Invisible Fences Of Our Lives And Politics

Matthew Dowd | Posted 11.01.2014 | Politics
Matthew Dowd

Big donors and interest groups with agendas of all political persuasions try to keep convincing many politicians that they will be shocked if they venture too far afield. And these elected officials accept this story of an invisible fence line.

Saudi Contrition Fighting Terrorism: Much Too Little, Much Too Late

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 10.18.2014 | Politics
Raymond J. Learsy

Has Washington continued be lulled into silence by the millions of Saudi contributions to myriad Beltway think tanks and their lobbying influence, or for those fund strapped 'American Presidential Libraries' who have been the recipients of millions of Saudi largesse?

Debt Denial: Stealing from Our Kids

Munir Moon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Munir Moon

Our leaders like to call their strategy borrowing, but it is really tantamount to stealing -- from our children, worse yet. Why? Because we have no plans to pay the debt.

Surveil the 'Surveillors'

Daniel N. Nelson | Posted 10.06.2013 | Politics
Daniel N. Nelson

Global information surveillance, data-mining -- call it what you want. Thus far, we have failed to apply democratic brakes to slow the inexorable expansion of corporate/state amassing of every shred of our personal information.

It's a "Big Deal" When Red-state Senators Defy Obama on Social Security Cuts

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

There are a number of reasons why this is important, including the fact that it may scuttle the chance (if there ever was one) for any deal. But something else makes this development what the Vice President of the United States might call "a big effin' deal": It tells us once and for all where the real political center lies.

Kevin Spacey and the Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement

András Simonyi | Posted 04.20.2013 | World
András Simonyi

2013-02-04-CTRlogo.jpgHouse of Cards should be watched and analyzed in Brussels and in capitals throughout the EU, because although it is fiction, it gives the perfect guide to Washington power, the understanding of which will be key to the success of the FTA negotiations.

Republican Establishment Turns Machine on the Grassroots

Andrew Ian Dodge | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics
Andrew Ian Dodge

A group (unintentionally one has to presume) mockingly called the Conservative Victory Project seeks to give the establishment more control over who gets selected to run for U.S. Senate as Republican.

Flaccid Filibuster Reform Throws a Wet Blanket on 'Audacity'

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Harry Reid talked a big game about taking apart the filibuster leading up to his Grand Bargain with Mitch McConnell. The Kentucky senator now promises to play nice. But like Lucy holding the football for Charlie Brown, he has once again snookered the hapless Majority Leader.

'Right-Wing Social Engineering' Still Strong Despite Democratic Gains in 2012

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 02.19.2013 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

President Obama and the Democrats' willingness to accept cuts to Social Security in the form of the gimmicky "chained CPI" right after an election where no candidate for federal office campaigned on it shows that the Right's long-term project of undoing the New Deal marches on despite the electorate's wishes.

Politico Accidentally Exposes Beltway Elite

New York Magazine | Jonathan Chait | Posted 12.11.2012 | Politics

Politico editors Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen today have published what may be the most revealing piece I have ever read about the Washington power eli...

Pineapples, Blueberries Spill Onto Beltway

Posted 12.06.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- It hasn't been a good week for tractor trailers on the Capital Beltway. Tuesday afternoon, a truck carrying municipal waste partiall...

Drivers On Capital Beltway Are Befuddled

Posted 11.19.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- While Virginia's new electronically tolled I-495 Express lanes opened for business on Saturday after years of construction, they're goin...

Break Out of the Beltway

Elisabeth Joy LaMotte, LICSW | Posted 10.28.2012 | DC
Elisabeth Joy LaMotte, LICSW

Many couples are getting ready for the last days of summer. For sure, unstructured beach time is a wonderful way to de-stress and recharge. However, in terms of building intimacy through shared experiences, lounging on a beach is not necessarily the answer.

Enjoying Washington During The Cherry Blossom Festival

Area Daily | Posted 05.05.2012 | Travel
Area Daily

f you haven't had sensory overload, start your day with a bloody mary or mimosa at Perry's, where the waitstaff is donned in drag.

Beltway To Be Squeezed Into One Lane Near Tysons

WTOP | Posted 01.14.2012 | DC

The three left lanes of the southbound Capital Beltway will be closed overnight Monday for bridge construction associated with the Silver Line expansi...

Roller Derby: It's Va. v. Md. This Saturday Night

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 11.30.2011 | DC

Saturday night, NoVA Roller Derby has its inaugural bout against Maryland's Free State Roller Derby. It's the "Battle of the Beltway," taking place at...

D.C. Traffic Is Just Terrible, Studies Confirm ... Again

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 11.27.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- As you know, the D.C. area is already No. 1 for worst traffic congestion in the U.S., according to the Texas Transportation Institute's ...

Women Business Owners Get the Shaft, Again

Jerry Chautin | Posted 11.27.2011 | Small Business
Jerry Chautin

In February, the SBA published its final rules to set aside $6.5 billion in federal government spending for Women-Owned Small Businesses or economically disadvantaged women-owned small businesses. But on September 9, the Washington Business Journal said to date, women-owned businesses only got $500,000.

The War on Automobiles

Chuck Thies | Posted 11.14.2011 | DC
Chuck Thies

If you live in the Washington metropolitan area, owning an automobile is a practical adventure well worth experiencing. And it does not have to be an environmental train wreck.

Man Allegedly Had Drunken Sex At 85 MPH, Got Busted

The Washington Post | Tom Jackman | Posted 08.16.2011 | Home

A Fairfax County police checkpoint, 2006. (Rich Lipski/The Washington Post) Lawsuits after car crashes are beyond common. But in the Fairfax County co...

FCC Commissioner's Comcast Dash Triggers Wave of Disgust

Timothy Karr | Posted 07.14.2011 | Media
Timothy Karr

Baker's move may become the tipping point for new rules to stop Washington's revolving door from tempting any bureaucrat to exchange a light regulatory hand for the promise of a high-salaried job.

The Optimism Gap: Are Washington and the Public on the Same Track?

Scott Bittle | Posted 07.13.2011 | Politics
Scott Bittle

Part of leadership is conveying an air of optimism and confidence. But what does it mean when leaders are more optimistic than the people they're supposed to be leading?

One More Washington Regulator Cashes in at Your Expense

Timothy Karr | Posted 07.11.2011 | Politics
Timothy Karr

The head of the company that makes more political contributions than any other has graced our capital with his presence. It's little wonder that people are so nauseated by business as usual in Washington.

At Social Security Rally, Working Americans Burst Beltway Bubble

Daniel Marans | Posted 05.30.2011 | Politics
Daniel Marans

The deterioration of wages and benefits in the private sector is one reason why Social Security has never been more important.