12:22 PM, Dec 26, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The Environmental Protection Agency has increasingly seen its mission as the regulation of … just about everything. And as its sense of mission expands the confidence of the people in its ability to do so fairly and effectively has declined. As Timothy Cama of The Hill reports:
A record-low number of voters have a favorable view of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to a new survey from conservative polling outlet Rasmussen Reports. The survey found only 32 percent of likely voters view the EPA favorably, the lowest number since Rasmussen started asking the question three years ago.
Weak public support could make it more difficult for the EPA to push through top Obama administration priorities, like cutting carbon emissions from power plants, which it plans to do with two final regulations next year.
One can only hope.
'May have stopped and gone to a restaurant along the way.'8:34 AM, Oct 24, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Dr. Mary T. Bassett, commissioner of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, claimed in a press conference last night that the latest Ebola patient had self-isolated since returning from Africa. Later, she admitted that in fact the patient had spent a lot of time in public and with other people:
12:04 PM, Sep 24, 2014 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
America has a long history of superstar entrepreneurs becoming gurus, motivational speakers, or even politicians. Very few of them become public intellectuals. But that's more or less what Peter Thiel is. Though perhaps that's not quite fair to him. You might just as well say that he was an intellectual who took a detour through business and became spectacularly wealthy.
9:01 AM, Sep 2, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
President Obama addresses the "people of West Africa" in a video posted Tuesday by the U.S.
11:33 AM, Jul 17, 2013 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
We're way past overload on Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman commentary, but there is a tiny tributary of the story that has been largely overlooked. And it's worth a moment because it points to a larger problem regarding both the state and the public.
10:33 AM, Jun 6, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Today, the political class celebrates the long career of John Dingell. As of Friday nobody, not even Robert Byrd, will have served longer in either body of Congress. As the media fashions this story, we are expected not only to marvel but to feel gratitude. Whatta guy. Great public servant. Been doing it since Ike was president and a postage stamp cost three cents.
3:53 PM, Dec 6, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Stephen Dinan reports that "Because next year's inauguration falls on a Sunday, President Obama will hold only a small, private swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 20, and will hold a big public redo the next day. The Inaugural Committee announced Thursday that activities will last three days: a day of service on Saturday, the small private ceremony on Sunday, and the public swearing-in, parade and balls on Monday."
1:58 PM, Nov 28, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
In response to a question from reporter Major Garrett on whether the Obama administration's mishandling of Benghazi raises "core questions of basic competency," press secretary Jay Carney revealed that Barack Obama "is not particularly concerned" about whether Susan Rice misled the American people:
11:33 AM, Mar 24, 2010 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
The Huffington Post reports that the White House is “downright jubilent” over a USA Today/Gallup poll released yesterday, showing that 49 percent of Americans now miraculously like the health-care overhaul, while only 40 percent dislike it. The White House’s willingness to believe this result further demonstrates its disconnect from the American people. But, lest some of the more easily frightened Republicans start to believe it too, let’s take a closer look.
First time tragedy, second time farce. Mar 29, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 27 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
After his 1851 coup d’état, Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte, nephew of the real Napoleon, pronounced himself Napoleon III. It was the rise to power of this great-man-wannabe that prompted the famous opening of Karl Marx’s Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis-Bonaparte: “Hegel remarks somewhere that all great world-historic facts and personages appear, so to speak, twice.
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