Grab your flag: Gun Appreciation Day is coming

Mark your calendar. On Jan. 19, two days before President Obama is inaugurated and a day before Sen. Dianne Feinstein is expected to introduce an assault weapons ban, a Gun Appreciation Day has been called in the U.S. Organizers are asking folks to go into their local gun shop and wave a flag or a […]

So will Obama appoint any women to his second term Cabinet?

Word is leaking that Jack Lew — currently President Obama’s Chief of Staff — is going to get the Treasury Secretary nod, a development that’s been rumored for weeks. So let’s pause and review how Obama’s second term Cabinet is shaping up. There’s Sen. John Kerry at State, ex-Sen. Chuck Hagel at Defense, John Brennan […]

Poll: Americans tell GOP leaders to take a hike off the fiscal cliff

It’s worse than Republicans thought. The first national poll conducted after the fiscal cliff deal finds that Americans overwhelmingly believe President Obama won the game of political chicken along the ledge of the “fiscal cliff.” Then there’s the bad news for the GOP. Just 19 percent of Americans approve of the way Republicans handled the […]

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro — “the next Obama?” — a hot ticket in San Francisco (VIDEO)

He’s been called the “Latino messiah,” and “the next Obama” — and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, at 38, hasn’t even been elected to a statewide or federal office yet. But if his hot-hot appearance Monday in San Francisco at the Commonwealth Club of California is any indication, he may be one to watch. Castro, […]

LGBT groups fight over Chuck Hagel nomination

Log Cabin Republicans, a gay group, is running expensive full-page ads in the Washington Post and New York Times opposing Obama’s nomination former Nebraska GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense to replace Californian Leon Panetta. Log Cabin cites a 1998 Hagel statement opposing Clinton-nominated Luxembourg ambassador James Hormel as “openly, aggressively, gay,” Hagel’s […]
Categories: LGBT, LGBT issues, Military, Obama

The List: Republican Cabinet members in Democratic administrations

If Chuck Hagel is confirmed as Secretary of Defense — and that’s a big IF — he’ll join a short list of prominent Republicans who agreed to join the president’s Cabinet in a Democratic administration. Here’s a sampling of some previous Republican Cabinet officials over the past century: Harold Ickes, Secretary of the Interior (1933-1946) […]
Categories: Military, White House

The Class of 2013: 13 congressional freshmen to watch

They’re all sworn in and rarin’ to go. The congressional class of 2013 is big, rowdy and the most diverse in history. Here are 13 new representatives and senators to watch in coming years: Sen. Tim Scott, R-South Carolina He’s made history by becoming the first African American Republican from the former Confederacy to serve […]

One more reason why Current TV’s Gavin Newsom will not be working for Al Jazeera

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who’s also the star of a Current TV interview show, will not be working for Al Jazeera for a couple of reasons  — including some interesting legal questions that might have arisen, sources close to Newsom tell us. San Francisco-based Current, the cable TV network founded by former Vice President Al Gore and […]