About the Business of Government

John Donahue and Max Stier, both experienced government employees/appointees, penned an excellent article in Washington Monthly summarizing the enormous challenges facing President-elect Obama as he attempts to get the government working properly again. It is no surprise that the past eight years have not...

CIA Screwed Up, Then Lied About It. Repeatedly.

There’s a story brewing that has the potential to be really explosive:  Parts of a CIA Inspector General’s report indicates that the CIA was complicit in shooting down a plane full of innocent people over Peru over 2001.  And then the CIA covered it up, lying to both Congress and the White...

Does Anybody Remember Post-partisanship?

Sheesh.  Everyone is giving President-elect Obama advice.  There are innumerable Stepford wife (or husband) Republican pundits giving Very Serious suggestions that Mr. Obama should govern from the center because, after all, this is a center-right country, don’tcha know, despite the overwhelming...

The Behind-the-Scenes Mambo?

The reviews for President-Elect Obama’s first press conference have been generally favorable:  he looked and sounded presidential, he struck the right tone between being commanding and self-deprecating, he displayed some charm and humor, surrounded himself with good people from both parties (but...

Jumping the Shark

I’ve watched patiently throughout this entire presidential campaign — the “silly season” as Barack Obama so accurately calls it — for the moment at which John McCain jumped the shark. I think I’ve just found it. Just now, on Hardball, the McCain surrogate selected to be...

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