5:03 PM, Feb 18, 2015 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Megan R. Wilson at the Hill writes that:
Ex-members of Congress who have moved to K Street are bristling at a pair of bipartisan bills seeking to strip them of their taxpayer-funded federal pensions.
Feel their pain?
They certainly do. Those who talked with Ms. Wilson used:
… words like “self-righteous,” “disappointing” and “unconstitutional.”
And former Rep. Jim Slattery (D-Kan.), speaking for “formers” everywhere, added:
“Former members of congress have earned their retirement benefits and any thought of denying them their retirement benefits ... it’s just uncalled for.”
Slattery added that:
“Current members think they’re going to satisfy the beast by throwing this kind of red meat, and it doesn’t work. Some ill-informed members of Congress believe they can blame lobbyists for their poor standing in the public. That’s a joke. The only way they’re going to improve their standing in the eyes of the public is to do their job better.”
One wonders. After all, there are times when a little red meat is just the thing. As, for instance, when:
Jobs at lobby firms can pay in the upper-six-figures for former members, but trade associations sometimes offer higher salaries.
Former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) [who] made $3.3 million in 2012 as the head of the Motion Picture Association of America…
Dodd declined to be interviewed for Ms. Wilson’s article.
5:08 PM, Jan 31, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama left the White House to lunch with Vernon Jordan. He's accompanied by Valerie Jarrett.
Via the pool reporter:
9:20 AM, Jan 22, 2015 • By REBECCA BURGESS
While many critics skewer President Obama’s recent amnesty-granting executive action, D.C.’s municipal lawmakers have their own plans for the next battle on the immigration-citizenship front. Invoking considerations of fairness and justice against “anti-immigrant hysteria,” D.C.
4:25 PM, Jan 20, 2015 • By CLAUDIA ANDERSON
When to mention race and when not? My fellow journalists who covered the funeral of the woman who died in the D.C. Metro last week chose not to mention it. Perhaps they deemed it a distraction, too fraught a subject to bring up at a solemn, family time. My own opinion, for what it’s worth, is that in this instance they missed a significant story.
12:25 PM, Dec 29, 2014 • By GARY SCHMITT
Growing up in Dallas, there is nothing better than living in Washington, D.C., on “Misery Monday”—the Monday after the Dallas Cowboys have whipped the Washington Redskins. And believe me, yesterday was a whipping with the Cowboys defeating the Redskins 44-17.
For 'congressional staffers, journalists, and other influential Washingtonians.'8:41 AM, Dec 22, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Having a problem with your Comcast cable? No problem--that is if you fall into the following categories: "congressional staffers, journalists, and other influential Washingtonians." Just talk to a Comcast lobbyist.
12:28 PM, Dec 9, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Can be seen in plain focus through the prism of the Washington Redskins and their miscalculations (some would say “delusions”) about quarterback Robert Griffin III. That, anyway, is the way Gabriel Baumgaertner writes it at Sports Illustrated:
3:22 PM, Nov 4, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
We have heard a lot about gridlock in Washington and the damage that it does. The public, we are told, wants the people they elect and send there to “get something done.” And we will, no doubt, be hearing a lot more of the same thing no matter how the elections today turn out. Big Republican win will yield lots of Obama vetoes. Teeth will be gnashed, garments rent, and tears shed over the pain of gridlock. Likewise if the Republicans should falter and things go on pretty much as they have been.
4:06 PM, Sep 15, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Last night’s contest between the Chicago Bears and the San Francisco 49ers, in that team’s brand new stadium, was hijacked by the zebras. More penalties than plays, it sometimes seemed. And the ratings were off a little but still good enough to beat the Miss America contest. But if a ratings slide were the worst news possible for the NFL, then the league would happily take that.
11:49 AM, Sep 15, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Washington Post editorial board was in favor of decriminalizing pot. But it is not in favor of legalizing it.
1:08 PM, Sep 2, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The former constituents who returned Eric Cantor to the private sector have reason to think, He is who we thought he was. As Mario Trujillo of The Hill reports:
3:34 PM, Aug 6, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The big bill to reform Veterans Affairs will be signed tomorrow. With, no doubt, much ceremony and patting of backs. Washington has done it again. Rescued the rest of us from … Washington.