Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are set to vote on a measure aimed at repealing part of a 2007 bill that calls for phasing out those inefficient, old-style light bulbs. If passed, it’s unlikely the proposal would clear the Senate. (more)
That Rep. Joe Barton got himself into quite a jam last week when he apologized to BP for the White House “shakedown” of the megacorp, but, as Stephen Colbert puts it here, a Barton backlash was soon to follow. (continued)
Joe Barton is not alone. The Texas congressman’s lavish sympathy for BP—which he sees not as perpetrator of a preventable disaster but as victim of a White House “shakedown”—is actually what passes for mainstream opinion among conservative Republicans today.
Since when has Twitter become a valid platform for national political discourse? Maybe valid isn’t quite the word, but it seems like Sarah Palin has once again attempted to commandeer the online medium to her advantage ... (continued)
Barack Obama’s campaign promise of change did not include a pledge to transform American conservatism. But one of his presidency’s major legacies may be a revolution on the American right in which older, more secular forms of politics displace religious activism.
The Gulf of Mexico oil spill has spawned a whole mess of sideshows, not the least of which is the kerfuffle around Republican Rep. Joe L. Barton’s concerted attempt at containing the spread of bad press following his apology to BP on Thursday.