TPM News

Congress has always been Washington's whipping boy, particularly near election time. The antics get sillier, the pace shifts from glacial to gridlock, and the frustrated public gets daily reminders that lawmakers are often too mired in politics to function in the national interest.

That's not news.

What is news is that this time it's starting to scare the pros.

Read More →

Forget fundamentalist Wahhabi Muslims. Could bands of roving Rastafarians be far from wreaking havoc and fear on American society?

That's what a secret U.S. diplomatic cable written in 2010 and shared by Wikileaks alleges. The cable, issued by an unnamed State Department official from the bureau's outpost in Kingston, Jamaica, warns that the country's dizzying domestic crime rate has already had ill consequences for the United States -- and it could get worse.

Read More →

A union in Seattle has filed an unfair-labor-practices complaint with the National Labor Relations Board against the Hertz car rental company, after 34 Somali Muslim shuttle drivers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport were suspended for praying on the job.

Read More →

Reuters reports:

U.S. economists Thomas Sargent and Christopher Sims won the 2011 economics Nobel prize on Monday for work on the relationship between policy measures and how they can affect the economy.

Internet movie rental company Netflix has decided not to split its company into two services, keeping online streaming and DVD rentals under one name, the New York Times reports.

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian Christians mourned their dead and berated the army on Monday after at least 25 people were killed when troops crushed a protest about an attack on a church in the worst violence since the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.

The CNN/Florida Republican Party debate now has a date: January 26.

“CNN and RPOF are going to make this debate the best opportunity for our presidential candidates to continue their dialogue with Floridians,” RPOF Chairman Lenny Curry said in a CNN release. “With a date exactly halfway between the South Carolina and Florida primary dates, this debate will be the must-attend event for this great field of Republicans.”