By Dave BartonThat instantly recognizable signature.
The O an open mouth yawping in protest.
The dot of the I like a projectile being thrown.
The remaining letters leaning forward to attack.
You don't even have to know his work to recognize political cartoonist Pat Oliphant is a confrontational indi ... More >>
Valerie Plame, whose career as an undercover for the CIA ended when the Bush White House blew her cover in 2003, comes to the UC Irvine School of Law Feb. 17 to give a free talk about her experiences.Now going by Valerie Elise Plame Wilson, to reflect her marriage to former Ambassador Joseph C. W ... More >>
Those attending tonight's Karl Rove blab-a-thon at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda may detect twinkles in the eye or from the teeth of the guest of honor. But the source may not be his happy demeanor or extra-white choppers. It could be leftover residue from Rove ... More >>
Rackauckas' brain too?"Think of it this way: The [senior assistant DA's] are the vice presidents and I am Karl Rove."--Susan Kang Schroeder, Orange County District Attorney's office public affairs counsel, on the late Friday afternoon press announcement that her new title is now chief of sta ... More >>
Just in time for Barack Obama's birthday--it's today--the queen of the so-called "birther" movement, Orly Taitz, appeared yesterday on MSNBC to talk up her latest "evidence" that Obama is not an American citizen. That "evidence" is an obviously forged "Republic of Kenya birth Certificate" that was ... More >>
Sometimes I wonder about the power of coincidence. Both times I've covered the Newport Beach Film Festival, I have been unable to attend every day because some or other duty at the office ends up taking a lot more of my time than expected. So I was called home on Tuesday, thereby missing both THE RE ... More >>
Rove's Tricked-Out Ride: Some folks at the White House apparently have a sense of humor. Karl Rove made the mistake of leaving his Jaguar on the private driveway next to the West Wing when he took off for Texas with le President. Now his car's covered in plastic wrap, post-it notes, stuffed animals ... More >>
Shoot 15 times, ask softball questions later: The parents of Ashley MacDonald, the 18-year-old Huntington Beach girl killed by two police officers, filed an excessive force lawsuit yesterday in U.S. District Court, according to Christine Hanley at the Times. According to their suit, Kenneth MacDona ... More >>
Just like breaking a leg can take your mind off a toothache, the major traumas the Bush administration has inflicted on the body politic make it easy to forget the lesser damage it's doing. Or, as Ruth Marcus puts in her column in today's Washington Post, "The tornado of disastrous headlines - ... More >>
I'm not much of one for sign and portents, the stars aligning, etc., but I was struck by a certain confluence of events yesterday.
First came the news of Watergate felon E. Howard Hunt's death.
Then came the opening statements in Scooter Libby's trial.
Hunt was always irked by the fact that he was ... More >>
Well, it was quite a weekend in Washington D.C. In a previous post, Alex did a fine job of spelling out the facts in the case of ex-Rep. Mark Foley (R-Predator). The only thing that can be added is that Foley has now headed down a familiar path-- as Josh Marshall puts it: "Ahhh, once again, the l ... More >>
Writing at Counterpunch.org, the online version of Alexander Cockburn's political newsletter, Robert Boston compiles a list of the Top 10 Power Brokers of the Religious Right. Boston used "publicly available financial data and political prominence" to rank his collection of polyester Savonarolas (S ... More >>