In past years, we've compiled grand lists of scandalized officials, but the Obama Administration isn't there yet.
We have our own favorite stories of the year, but more important are the posts that you, our readers, loved. So without further ado, here's our countdown of TPMmuckraker's top 10 most popular posts of the year.
In 2009, conservatives took to the streets to party like it was 1773. Invoking the spirit of the Boston Tea Party, hundreds of thousands marched on Washington throughout the year to denounce health care reform and rail against the tax man. Here's a look back at our favorite tea-party signs of the year.
This year's Golden Dukes winners are following in the footsteps of some giants. So it's only fitting that we take a moment to honor a few past victors.
But for these illustrious performers, life has gone on -- even after their acceptance speeches were given, the klieg lights went down, and their names faded from the headlines. So below, we let you in on what these Golden Dukes legends are doing today...
2009 was the first year of a post-George W. Bush world. But even without the comedic manna from heaven that was the Bush administration, there was thankfully still plenty of fodder to inspire the likes of Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and Saturday Night Live. Without further ado, we present TPMtv's Top 10 Political Comedy Videos of 2009:
Ah, cable news. America's stage for all the absurd, the outrageous, the head-scratching, and the hilarious moments that our politicians, pundits, and assorted news personalities have to offer. And TPMtv watches it all, so you don't have to. As 2009 comes to a close, we present to you our favorite moments from the year in cable news.
It's been an eventful year for President Obama's White House, which has seen several top hands come and go.
Some left before he was even inaugurated, others on friendly terms and just a handful under circumstances that were all around bad PR for Team Obama.
TPMDC took a look and realized more than ten people had departed Obama's circle of advisers in the year 2009 - from a press hand who always planned to leave to a forced resignation over the Air Force One Manhattan photo-op debacle.
A few, such as First Lady Michelle Obama's original chief of staff Jackie Norris, didn't make our Top 10 list. We also left off the Secret Service agents placed on leave thanks to the Salahi couple's party crashing.
It's a demanding White House and staff changes are nothing unusual for an administration, but it made sense to collect the moves for posterity.
After the jump, we delve into the Top 10 departures from the Obama White House.
Obama did not reveal the contents of the review, expected to show some communication failures in the intelligence collection process, but issued a short statement previewing his actions when he returns from his Hawaiian vacation next week.
This morning, I spoke with John Brennan about preliminary assessments from the ongoing consultations I have ordered into the human and systemic failures that occurred leading up to the attempted act of terrorism on Christmas Day and about our government-wide efforts at continued vigilance on homeland security and counterterrorism efforts. In a separate call, I spoke with Sec. Napolitano to receive an update on both the Department of Homeland Security review of detection capabilities and the enhanced security measures in place since the Christmas Day incident.
I anticipate receiving assessments from several agencies this evening and will review those tonight and over the course of the weekend. On Tuesday, in Washington, I will meet personally with relevant agency heads to discuss our ongoing reviews as well as security enhancements and intelligence-sharing improvements in our homeland security and counterterrorism operations.
In an interview with Huffington Post, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, says that going into the 2010 mid-term elections, Republicans will have plenty of questionable national security votes to answer for.
For starters, House Republicans opposed a Homeland Security funding bill that included funding for airport security. But it goes beyond the House, too. "I think we are going to be very interested in the rationale for those votes," Van Hollen said. "I mean in the Senate you have the situation where Republicans were delaying a vote on the defense appropriations bill for the purpose of slowing down health care reform and I think the American people don't want our national security to be held hostage to Republican procedural gamesmanship on health care."
In other words, Democrats hope cheap shots like those taken by Republicans this week will backfire. We'll know soon enough.