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The Gulf Between Us and Dan Lungren

Ami Bera, MD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Ami Bera, MD

Dan Lungren is out of touch. That's the only way to explain why Dan stood silent in Congress while Rep. Joe Barton, offered an apology to BP. Dan's silence speaks volumes about who he's working for.

Friday Talking Points [129] -- Incrementalism Wins Big

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We're going to begin today with the news that a popular New Jersey beach is considering allowing women to sunbathe topless. And then move right on to...

Cory Gardner Slammed By Rachel Maddow For BP Fundraiser

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Just when Cory Gardner thought the frenzy over his soiree with BP Lobbyist was over, Rachel Maddow weighs in. On Thursday night's program, the MSNBC ...

From Alaska to the Gulf & The Niger Delta, With The Party of BP

Terrance Heath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terrance Heath

American Conservatives from Joe Barton to Rand Paul and Sarah Palin have expressed outrage that the President Obama would use the the power of his off...

Jason Linkins

Ohio's John Kasich Continues GOP's Year-Long Chicken Problem | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

I don't know if the GOP missed the whole decline and fall of would-be Nevada Senator Sue Lowden, but let me reinforce the message for them: y'all should avoid talking about chickens.

Republicans: Regulation of Chemical Industry Unnecessary After Toxic Airborne Leak Kills 90% of Population

David Kronke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
David Kronke

Republicans warned that despite the disaster further regulation of the toxic-chemicals industry would be unnecessarily punitive and draconian.

The Texas GOP Is A Grand Old Piece of Work

David A. Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David A. Love

Texas -- good barbecue, hot weather, and a brutal history of racial violence. We can add to that one of the most egregious public policy documents in recent memory.

The Party of BP, and Proud of It

Terrance Heath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terrance Heath

What did Joe Barton say that the Republican Study Committee didn't say? That Michelle Bachman, Rush Limbaugh, and Jane Nortondidn't say?

Joe Barton Sticking His Oily Fingers Into Arkansas Politics

Howie Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howie Klein

Who's this Griffin character Barton is so dead set on getting into Congress? Many of us first became familiar with Griffin around the time of the 2000 election when he worked as an opposition research director for Bush.

Sam Stein

Joe Barton Touts A Defense Of His BP Comments, Minutes After Apologizing To GOP For Them | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex) featured an article on his own website Wednesday morning, in which a conservative author defends the Texas Republican for apol...

Joe Barton Will Keep Energy Committee Post After Apologizing To GOP Colleagues

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) convened privately with his GOP colleagues Wednesday and apologized for the controversy he created last week by expressing p...

Obama's Oil Speech Postmortem

Jerry Weissman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jerry Weissman

Thumbs Down, Thumbs Up In last week's post on Obama's Oval Office speech on the oil spill you read how Mike Allen, the Washington columnist the New Y...

Tony Hayward, Leaving in Style

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Rick Horowitz

There is the flapping tongue, ladies and gentlemen. And then there is the subtle beauty of the upraised middle finger.

Republicans Spin Themselves Dizzy Over Obama's BP 'Shakedown'

Bill Shireman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Shireman

The positions are beginning to settle on BP's $20 billion escrow commitment, but in predictable ideological patterns. It's fun to use the spill to condemn all corporate or government action, but that's rhetorical opportunism.

David Cozad, 'That Guy Running Against Joe Barton,' Given Unlikely Opportunity By Republican's Apology To BP

Texas Tribune | Reeve Hamilton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

By David Cozad's own admission, hardly anyone knew his name before last week. And that's still mostly true, though it may not matter. For all practica...

DNC Hits Joe Barton Apology Again In New Ad (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The DNC has launched its second ad highlighting Texas GOP Rep. Joe Barton's much derided apology to BP last week, and using it as evidence of a larger...

Politics As Usual, Exponential Factor Four

Will Durst | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Will Durst

Politics as usual is as reassuring as a warm, Vaseline-lined bathrobe. Its comforting that no matter the crisis, our politicians will find time to grandstand even if it cancels out the possibility of actual progress.

Republican Campaign Slogan: "Screw You Voters, We Care More About BP"

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

Democrats owe a big fat thank you to Limbaugh and his Republican Party. What was shaping up to be a very challenging election year just got a whole lot easier for voters, especially residents of the Gulf coast.

Rand Paul Understands

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

Joe Barton, the Republican Congressman who caused an uproar for apologizing to BP after it destroyed the Gulf of Mexico, received much-needed support last week from Rand Paul.

Conservative Superheroes: The New Dynamic Duo

Scott Janssen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Janssen

What issues will be important to the new Republican brand? Though the jury may still be out on that question, the Party is at least providing hints as to what direction they're leaning.

The Real Shakedown to Apologize for

Marty Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Marty Kaplan

Because our system requires campaign airtime be paid for by candidates rather than provided for free, we practically guarantee that candidates will be vulnerable to pressure from special interests.

The Trashing of the President

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

I do not oppose criticism of the President, his goals or his methods. But I do not want him or his administration to fail, which is what I sense the conservatives, the Republicans and the Tea Party seek.

Ryan Grim

Joe Barton: The Vultures Circle | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Joe Barton's fate rests with the voters, though they don't have to wait until November to weigh in. Republican leadership aides say that Barton's abil...

Sam Stein

Joe Barton's Apology: Dems Doing All They Can To Draw It Out Through November | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The weekend break and subsequent disavowals from Republican lawmakers have not been enough to cool the political heat surrounding Rep. Joe Barton afte...

Oily Apologies vs. Clean Energy Momentum

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Heather Taylor-Miesle

In the face of this heart-breaking and rage-inducing catastrophe, we don't need business-as-usual from Big Oil Barton and Company. Instead, we need something bold and transformational.