As Judd has maintained a low profile while she considers challenging Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for his U.S. Senate seat in Kentucky in 2014, the media has applied Talmudic scrutiny onto every rumored utterance by the actress.
Rand Paul deserves credit for one thing in his windy 13-hour one-man filibuster against the confirmation of John Brennan as CIA director. He demonstrated that the deal that Harry Reid cut last January with Mitch McConnell to go easy on overhauling the filibuster rules was worthless.
Obama changed political gears last week, and decided to take a new direction in his dealings with Republicans in Congress. This "charm offensive" will either later be seen as a meaningless photo-op gesture, or a brilliant strategic maneuver on the political chessboard. Time will tell.
Ashley Judd's all but declared Senate campaign has the potential to have an impact far beyond Kentucky politics.
For a non-traditional candidate like Ashley Judd, a Senate run poses both opportunity and risk. A realistic assessment of her prospects begins with an acknowledgement of the challenges she faces, particularly in three key areas: show business, roots, and politics.
Last week, however, Colorado College made national headlines after a video shot by members of the school's ultimate Frisbee club triggered a Federal Aviation Administration investigation. And what was so controversial about the video that it drew the FAA's ire, you ask?
I fear that Obama has decided to fight every battle with the goal of crushing the opposition, rather than seeking conclusions that benefit the American people. His decision to continually campaign, rather than govern, could have negative and lasting consequences on our country.
In a sharp rebuke of a New York Times investigation, an analysis by the nonpartisan CBO found that a last-minute provision added to the early January "fiscal cliff" bill could save taxpayers as much as $4 billion -- rather than costing $500 million, as the Times had claimed.
When fiscal crises become the "new normal" the public begins to remember that they elected politicians to do a job. And part of their job description is to take care of the public purse and not to create problems where none exist.
Sen. Mitch McConnell is guilty on both counts: What he believed to be news was a joke, and what he missed was the real news. It started on Nov. 12, ...
The House of Representatives, where Congress gathers to hear the president, used to be known as "The People's House." But money power owns the lease now and runs the joint from hidden back rooms.
If there were unlimited timeouts, football games would go on forever. So the NFL limits the number of timeouts. With those rules, the timeout becomes an essential part of strategy. "Clock management" is essential. Now, apply clock management to the U.S. Senate.
After all the vituperative crowing and chest-thumping is over, Hagel's nomination will likely pass, but not before more taxpayer time and money is wasted and voters' approval of Congress sinks lower than McCain's trumped-up standards.
With the success of important Obama legislative initiatives depending on a Democratic Senate for enactment, what was Harry Reid thinking? Reid's stunning flip in favor of retaining the most egregious elements of the Republican filibuster clearly jeopardizes the president's legislative agenda.