Jul 29, 2014 8:56am

Summer of Sanctions

By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES BREAKING OVERNIGHT – U.S. SAYS RUSSIAN MISSILE LAUNCH ‘SERIOUS’ VIOLATION OF TREATY. The Obama administration publicly accused Russia of violating a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, a declaration likely to deepen tensions between the two countries already at odds over crises… Read More »

Jul 29, 2014 8:29am

The Romneys Took a Summer Vacation And It Was Amazing

He’s reportedly worth around $250 million, so you might think Mitt Romney would opt for an opulent, luxurious vacation now that he’s out of the spotlight. Instead, the former presidential nominee, his wife, Ann, and five of their grandkids roughed it out in the “American… Read More »

Jul 28, 2014 11:01pm

US Says Russian Missile Launch ‘Serious’ Violation of Treaty

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is publicly accusing Russia of violating a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, a declaration likely to deepen tensions between the two countries already at odds over crises in Ukraine, Syria, and the Middle East. The allegations, raised by President Obama in… Read More »

Jul 28, 2014 6:44pm

Palestinian-American Teen Held in Israeli Custody for 3 Weeks

U.S. officials are “gravely concerned” about a Palestinian-American teen who has been in Israeli custody for three weeks, the State Department said today. Another teen, Tariq Khdeir, drew headlines when he was arrested and allegedly beaten by Israeli authorities, but the State Department said another… Read More »

Jul 28, 2014 6:27pm

Gay Marriage: One Step Closer to the Supreme Court? Here’s Why Virginia Matters

Though the Supreme Court issued a major opinion concerning gay rights in 2013, it has so far sidestepped the issue of whether states can ban gay marriages. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling today striking down Virginia’s strict marriage laws brought the issue one step closer… Read More »

Jul 28, 2014 5:02pm

Why a Frustrated Democrat Wants a Swimming Pool in Darrell Issa’s Committee Room

A frustrated California congressman is calling for a swimming pool to be installed in the chambers of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee — to facilitate a medieval litmus test. In a statement caked thick with sarcasm, Rep. Tony Cardenas, D-Calif., called on the committee’s… Read More »

By Scott Wilson

Jul 28, 2014 2:35pm

What Happened When 3 Politicians Tried a Minimum Wage Budget

  Have you ever seen a congressman snacking on a measly tin of sardines? Or maybe a governor ordering a McChicken off the dollar menu? In Washington this week that scene was reality for three Democratic politicians who are taking the Live the Wage challenge…. Read More »

By ABC News

Jul 28, 2014 1:46pm

Sarah Palin’s New TV Channel Spawns Twitter Mockery

ABC News’ Jennifer Hansler reports:  The hashtag #PalinTVshows has taken off on Twitter since the announcement of Sarah Palin‘s new, subscription-based channel. Using plays on existing TV show titles, the majority of the tweets ridiculed the former vice-presidential candidate and her latest endeavor.  Going Reality:… Read More »

Jul 28, 2014 8:59am

Capitol Hill’s Unfinished Business

By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES BOEHNER OUTLINES LAWSUIT AGAINST OBAMA: In a USA Today Op-Ed House Speaker John Boehner details his big goal for the week: “President Obama has overstepped his constitutional authority — and it is the responsibility of the House of Representatives to… Read More »

Jul 27, 2014 9:04pm

David Duchovny Stars in Russian Nostalgic/Nationalist Beer Ad

Plugging Russian-made beer Siberian Crown, David Duchovny appears in a two-and-a-half-minute ad, titled “You Have Things to Be Proud Of,” with heavy themes of pro-Russian nostalgia and cultural nationalism. “This is the country where I was born and raised. But there is another country, where… Read More »