Rep. Michele Bachman officially threw her hat into the presidential ring on June 27. Since then, the Minnesota congresswoman has emerged as a Republican front-runner, riding on a wave of Tea Party support and national media appearances.
Fred Barnes is executive editor of The Weekly Standard.
President Obama's support for raising income taxes on high earners is more than a talking point. It's an obsession. In negotiations in July over a $4 trillion "grand bargain" on deficit reduction, the president proposed the tax hike as part of an agreement with Republicans. It was a clumsy mistake on his part, an unforced error. Rather than facilitate a deal, he helped kill it.
Jonathan Cohn is a senior editor at The New Republic.
Did investors dump stocks on Monday because they'd lost faith in America's ability to pay its bills? Because they thought the federal government would cut spending further, slowing down the economy? Because they were adjusting to the latest news from Europe? The list of experts qualified to address those questions is long. And it does not include me.
Half-way through what was scheduled to be a 60 hour swim, 61-year-old Diana Nyad had to abandon what she called her "Xtreme Dream" — a 103 mile swim from Cuba to Florida.
"It's over. She lasted 29 hours in an heroic attempt," said Elaine Lafferty, one of Nyad's crew members, on Twitter.
On the same Twitter account, her team said that earlier in the evening Nyad was in the water, "surrounded by dolphins and a beautiful Caribbean sunset." But, they explained, a strong wind "blew her 15mph off course."
Prime Minister David Cameron cut his vacation short and parliament was recalled as riots went into their third night in England. Last night, for the first time, the mayhem spread outside of London to Birmingham and Liverpool. The BBC reports that 450 people have been arrested.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio may be paying $6.3 million to purchase a building that it helped pay to construct.
That's the amount Cuyahoga Community College requested Monday from a state legislative panel to buy a Cleveland building from the Visiting Nurses Association of Ohio.
Except Senate Finance Chairman Chris Widener, who sits on the board, pointed out the state gave the nonprofit association $1.6 million to help build the building in the first place. He says the state is essentially paying for the building twice. Widener was the only no vote.
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - A man who was among 11 charged in the cultivation of thousands of marijuana plants in Ohio has been sentenced to one year and one day in prison.
Court records show that U.S. District Judge Thomas Rose in Dayton sentenced Saul Vargas-Garcia on Monday. He is among nine defendants who have pleaded guilty and received sentences ranging from a year to 18 months in prison. Two other men await sentencing on Aug. 17 th.
Defense attorneys say the men were poor day laborers trying to earn money for their families and didn't know what they were being hired to do.