This Week Posts

The Note
Sep 11, 2014 7:53pm

Girl Disappointed Obama Not Beyoncé

President Obama and the first lady made a surprise stop at a Washington, D.C., charter school this afternoon to participate in a service project, much to the dismay of a young girl who had hoped the surprise visitor would be Beyoncé. “I understand,” Obama told… Read More »

The Note
Sep 11, 2014 7:40pm

Secret Service Nabs White House Fence-Jumper

A dramatic scene unfolded at the White House today as Secret Service agents raced to confront and apprehend a young man who broke the security perimeter. “Drop down! Drop down!” Secret Service officers shouted, as they rushed across the North Lawn, their guns at the… Read More »

The Note
Sep 11, 2014 5:13pm

Why Obama Insists His ISIS Strategy Is Legal

The White House says President Obama does not need Congressional approval for expanded strikes against ISIS in Iraq and possibly Syria because he already has the authority he needs based under the 2001 Authorization for Military Force against Al Qaeda and its affiliates that was… Read More »

By Kirsten Appleton

The Note
Sep 11, 2014 12:28pm

Republican and Democratic Senators Stranded Together on Deserted Island

Congressmen from opposing parties have a hard time getting along sometimes. Here’s one way to solve that: abandon them on a deserted island. From the people who brought you “Naked and Afraid” comes Discovery Channel’s “Rival Survival,” where two politicians are forced to set aside… Read More »

The Note
Sep 11, 2014 9:33am

Republicans Prepare Campaign War Chest for ‘Overtime’ in Louisiana Senate Race

If you think election season doesn’t go on for long enough as it is, get ready for some overtime. Television viewers across most of the country can take comfort knowing that political TV ads will pass with Election Day on Nov. 4. But that’s not… Read More »

The Note
Sep 10, 2014 5:11pm

Justices to Meet Behind Closed Doors to Discuss Gay Marriage Cases

Before the Supreme Court justices even take the bench for the new court term on Oct. 6, they will meet behind closed doors and discuss petitions from five states concerning bans on gay marriage. The so-called “long conference” occurs on Sept. 29, when the nine… Read More »

The Note
Sep 9, 2014 7:55pm

President Obama to Propose Immediate Effort to Train Syrian Opposition

During a meeting with congressional leaders, President Obama said he wants to immediately begin a program to provide military training to the moderate opposition in Syria, the Free Syrian Army, a senior White House official said. Unlike already established, secret CIA programs to support the… Read More »

The Note
Sep 9, 2014 3:50pm

Harry Reid Demands Apology After GOP Candidate Compares Him to a Plantation Owner

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says Rep. Bill Cassidy, who is running for Senate as a Republican in Louisiana, owes him a “big time” apology, after Cassidy accused him of running the Senate “like a plantation.” “With all the things going on in America today,… Read More »

The Note
Sep 9, 2014 1:30pm

Ray Rice Video Points Congress to ‘Forceful Initiative’ on Domestic Violence

The Ray Rice episode is spurring members of Congress to develop new ways to force sports leagues to more aggressively punish domestic violence cases, with rumblings of bipartisan efforts to make sure leagues and franchises don’t minimize such allegations in the future. Ray Rice’s Wife… Read More »

The Note
Sep 9, 2014 12:25pm

Speaker Boehner Silent on Ground Troops, Calls on Obama to ‘Destroy’ ISIS

As lawmakers question whether ground forces should be an aspect of the U.S. strategy to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, House Speaker John Boehner refused to enter the growing debate. Instead, he punted to President Obama ahead of a highly anticipated meeting… Read More »