TPM News

Inclement weather has delayed engineers' plans to rappel down the Washington Monument and inspect the full extent of the damage caused by a rare earthquake hit the East Coast, CNN reports.

After Vice President Joe Biden went on The View to say the GOP debate audience booing a gay soldier was “reprehensible,” Fox host Megyn Kelly came to the audience’s rescue.

“There were perhaps a total of two boos in an auditorium of over 5,000 people,” Kelly said. “Moreover, were the boos, in fact, directed … at the gay soldier, or at his question?”


The AP reports:

Missouri appears ready to stick with its early presidential primary next year, a move that could inject more confusion into the 2012 election calendar by prompting other states to elbow to the front of the campaign line.

The Tea Party movement has had some PR problems since the almost-default of the summertime debt fight. TPM has reported on the increasingly negative view of the conservative movement Americans have taken, and on Tuesday there was more bad news: CNN/ORC polling, which has tracked the Tea Party's popularity since January 2010, shows that a majority of Americans now views it unfavorably.

The poll shows that only 28 percent of Americans do view the Tea Party favorably, versus a full 53 percent who don't. The poll shows that less than twenty percent don't have an opinion of Tea Partiers, which is the lowest yet -- an issue on polling the movement has been that many Americans simply didn't know enough about it. That has clearly changed since the beginning of last year.

Read More →

White House press secretary Jay Carney today said the U.S. is always reviewing aid to Pakistan. Carney’s remarks come at a tentative time in American relations with Pakistan, as the U.S. has recently accused Pakistan of being in cahoots with the militant Haqqani network.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) was very, very upset -- and even called for someone to lose their job -- when he learned last week that the Justice Department was accused of paying $16 per muffin at a 2009 legal conference in D.C. (though that number is disputed).

Grassley continued pressing the issue on Monday, writing a letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Jacob Lew asking for more information on his review of conference expenditures.

Regardless of whether DOJ really paid $16 for a muffin -- and it seems almost certain they didn't -- what's nice about federal agencies is that they've got inspector generals to try to keep their actions and their spending in line.

Read More →

Michele Bachmann has her eye on a new front in the War on Terror: Havana.

At an event in Iowa on Monday, the poll-plummeting candidate warned of a new potential Cuban missile crisis -- involving Hezbollah.

"And the question was asked, should we normalize trading with Cuba? Why would you normalize trading with a country that sponsors terror?" Bachmann said. "Cuba -- there's reports that have come out that Cuba has been working with another terrorist organization called Hezbollah. And Hezbollah is potentially looking at wanting to be part of missile sites in Iran.

"And, of course, when you're 90 miles offshore from Florida, you don't want to entertain the prospect of hosting bases or sites where Hezbollah could have training camps or perhaps have missile sites or weapons sites in Cuba. This would be foolish."

Read More →