John McCaslin

Posted June 03, 2009

As the fate of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility for terrorism suspects dangles in the wind awaiting President Obama's decision, the Pentagon has made it clear that the controversial U.S. Navy base, seaport and airstrip in Cuba - the only strategic U.S. military installation in the Caribbean - will continue to function in full operation, as will its McDonald's, Taco Bell and Starbucks.

Posted June 02, 2009

A follow-up to Monday's item on Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and whether his so-called indiscipline and frequent gaffes have strained his relationship with President Obama.

Posted June 01, 2009

"Not a shred of truth to it." Or so a senior White House official tells this columnist

Posted May 29, 2009

Don't look now, but certain bureaucrats carrying Uncle Sam's credit card in their wallets are back to spending your hard-earned taxpayer dollars on everything from first-class travel to Hawaii to laser eye surgery.

Posted May 28, 2009

"Date on which Barack Obama implemented new ethics guidelines restricting former lobbyists' roles in government: 1/21/09. Days later that he waived the guidelines for the deputy secretay of defense?

Posted May 27, 2009

Unlike the bound encyclopedias of the past, it took only seconds Tuesday for the Internet's wealth of online encyclopedias to update their Nancy Drew pages to show the fictional girl detective's influence on a number of prominent American women, including Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, former first lady Laura Bush, former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, and now President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Sonia Sotomayor.

Posted May 26, 2009

Posted May 20, 2009

Traveling overseas is always risky for a vice president, especially this one.

Posted May 19, 2009

It is indeed unusual to bump into recently retired five-term Virginia Republican Sen. John Warner and have him hand you his business card.

Posted May 18, 2009

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin can thank Washington lobbyist and political consultant Rick Davis, chief executive officer of John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign, for being the ultimate pick to become the Republican vice presidential candidate.

Posted May 08, 2009

As downsizing continues in journalism, it's difficult to find a top-notch White House correspondent who can get the facts straight when filing a White House pool report, as in the one this week.

Posted May 06, 2009

The public feud between Hollywood actor Josh Lucas and renowned pollster Frank Luntz has no sign of dissipating before Friday's Washington premiere of the Barry Levinson documentary "PoliWood."

Posted May 05, 2009

Longtime CIA spokesman Mark Mansfield (he has served in one or another public affairs capacity for nine CIA directors) is moving to a new assignment at the spy agency.

Posted May 04, 2009

Not surprisingly, after two decades on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice David H. Souter has announced his pending retirement at age 69. He longs for the calm and serenity of his longtime New Hampshire home.

Posted May 01, 2009

We had to laugh at Sen. Michael Bennet, Colorado Democrat, when he reminded his colleagues on the Senate floor...

Posted April 30, 2009

At 4:07 p.m. Tuesday, the front page of the Democratic National Committee website flashed the headline: "Welcoming Sen. Specter to the Democratic Party."

Posted April 29, 2009

"So did you hear about Arlen Specter?" Inside the Beltway asked Sen. Diane Feinstein, California Democrat, as she was enroute to the Senate floor on Tuesday.

Posted April 28, 2009

Why all the fuss over President Obama's first 100 days in office, a milestone to be marked Wednesday?

Posted April 27, 2009

Stephen Drucker, the creator of the New York Times Sunday "Styles" section who after steering Martha Stewart Living is now editor-in-chief of House Beautiful, says the "whole subject of 'green' wants to make the top of my head come off."

Posted April 24, 2009

In defending President Obama's easing of U.S. policy towards Cuba, Sen. Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, remarked this week.