U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, the former Republican presidential candidate and eternal source of amusement and bemusement, posted a video on her campaign website early this morning to say she would not seek re-election next year.
Ernie Dumas this week compares the fulminations about Benghazi, which Republicans are attempting to make an impeachment-worthy scandal of minute differences in post-attack talking points, with the cooked-up Whitewater investigations.
Arkansas's congressional delegation was nowhere to be found among the 87 House Republicans who joined 199 Democrats today to pass the Senate's bipartisan reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. The measures reauthorizes a 1994 law that provides support for organizations that serve domestic and sexual violence victims.
Former Vice-president Al Gore gave a talk discussing his new book this evening at an invitation-only event at the Clinton Presidential Library, with students of the Clinton School of Public Service and a who’s who of local politcos in attendance, including David Pryor, Dale Bumpers, and Mack McLarty.
The Blair Center for Southern Politics and Society at the University of Arkansas and the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock have released results from a new poll on political and other questions.
Here's Paul Krugman in yesterday's New York Times, dropping some truth bombs about the realities of "The Fiscal Cliff": "I keep seeing articles about the 'fiscal cliff' that do, in fact, describe it — often in the headline — as a debt crisis.
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* ANOTHER LR HOMICIDE: Police found the body of a young woman who'd been fatally shot in the 3800 block of Katherine Street in the John Barrow Addition about 3 a.m. today.
In Nate we trust. Nate Silver, the New York Times' election guru, was a big winner last night after a heaping dose of vilification not only from Republicans but from competing mainstream media for his statistical analysis that said there was a high likelihood of a presidential victory by Barack Obama.
The Student Press Law Center reports that Sheridan High School administration ordered the school yearbook to scrap six planned student profiles rather than include one on a gay student who talked about his experience.
No Arkansas angle here — yet — but this headline jumped out on a review of news this otherwise slow, frosty morning: The Defense Department announced that a team of Navy SEALs had taken control of of an oil tanker seized earlier this month by armed Libyans
New York Times opinion writers have appointed things to say about Republican opposition to welfare handouts: 1) Depends on who's getting the handouts and 2) when they say it's not about race, it's about race. The Arkansas legislature evidences the same mindset.
The tween-pop Elvis is coming to Verizon for what is guaranteed to be the most frenzied concert Little Rock sees all year. Now, the Biebs has gotten more than his fair share of criticism since his astronomical ascent from YouTube scrubbery to international megafame, but we're not interested in calling out the omnipresent young pup for his fortunes, deserved or otherwise.
Mike Huckabee, who left Arkansas, where he built the platform for his media success and which, incidentally, has an income tax, is putting down expensive roots in a beach development in Walton County, Fla., east of Destin — a $3 million home.
Last week, Rep. Josh Miller, a Republican legislator from Heber Springs, spoke against the private option Medicaid expansion last week. He invoked FDR's New Deal — a "hand up," he said, not a "handout."