Political Capital

Television

President Barack Obama arrives to speak before signing an Executive Order titled "Fair Pay and Safe Workplace" in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on July 31, 2014.

Photograph by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

President Barack Obama arrives to speak before signing an Executive Order titled "Fair Pay and Safe Workplace" in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on July 31, 2014.

Obama: No ‘Twiddling Thumbs’

Is this an imperial presidency? President Barack Obama was asked about the stalemate on Capitol Hill and whether that has enabled him to embrace executive powers to their fullest. “I never have a green light. I’m bound by the Constitution....

Read more »

Hillary Clinton appears on the 'The Colbert Report' with Stephen Colbert in this April 17, 2008 file photo in Philadelphia.

Photograph by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Hillary Clinton appears on the 'The Colbert Report' with Stephen Colbert in this April 17, 2008 file photo in Philadelphia.

Hillary Clinton: Name-Dropping

What a skit: Stephen Colbert was trashing Hillary Clinton’s memoir, “Hard Choices,” as one big festival of name-dropping. “There is no way on Earth one woman can be in so many places at once,” the host of The Colbert Report...

Read more »

Former US President George W. Bush (C) stands with Penehupifo Pohamba (L), first lady of Namibia, and Roman Tesfaye, first lady of Ethiopia, after announcing partnerships between their nations and Pink Ribbon, Red Ribbon during the US - Africa Leaders Summit at the Kennedy Center on Aug. 6, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Photograph by Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

Former US President George W. Bush (C) stands with Penehupifo Pohamba (L), first lady of Namibia, and Roman Tesfaye, first lady of Ethiopia, after announcing partnerships between their nations and Pink Ribbon, Red Ribbon during the US - Africa Leaders Summit at the Kennedy Center on Aug. 6, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Bush: ‘Taking Care of Women… Good Politics’

“A generation on the verge of being lost has been found,” former President George W. Bush said today of a U.S.-led initiative in Africa that has spanned two administrations — his and President Barack Obama’s. About nine million people are...

Read more »

House Oversight and Government Reform raking member U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), left, and committee member U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT)  in Washington, DC.

Photograph by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

House Oversight and Government Reform raking member U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), left, and committee member U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) in Washington, DC.

Cummings, Chaffetz Seek ‘Higher Ground’

Reps. Elijah Cummings and Jason Chaffetz may be attempting the impossible: Restoring comity in Congress. The political gap between the two House members could not get much wider. To close the gap, they visited each other’s district for what amounted to...

Read more »



Republican presidential candidate Mitt Rommney at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, on Aug. 30, 2012.

Photograph by Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Rommney at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, on Aug. 30, 2012.

Romney 2016: Buchanan Says Why

Pat Buchanan, whom many will remember as one of the more extremist candidates to run for president in modern times, says mainstream America may be ready for Mitt Romney one more time. “The establishment Republican Party is seeing that Chris...

Read more »

U.S. President Barack Obama enters the Brady Press Briefing Room on Aug. 1, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Photograph by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

U.S. President Barack Obama enters the Brady Press Briefing Room on Aug. 1, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Obama: ‘What More Can You Do?’

“The nature of being president is that you’re always asking yourself, `What more can you do?”’ President Barack Obama said today. “Short of going to war,” there is little more the U.S. can do to dissuade Russian President Vladimir Putin...

Read more »


US Secretary of State John Kerry, left, with former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton in Washington, DC.

Photograph by Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

US Secretary of State John Kerry, left, with former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton in Washington, DC.

Kerry on Clinton: ‘No Doubts’

Written with Terry Atlas in New Delhi John Kerry wanted to be president. He was the Democratic Party’s nominee in 2004. Hillary Clinton wanted to be president. She lost the party’s nomination to Barack Obama in 2008. Both became secretaries...

Read more »