John McCaslin, a former broadcast news anchor, award-winning correspondent for United Press International, and member of the White House press corps during the Reagan administration, pens the popular “Inside the Beltway” column for The Washington Times and Chicago Tribune Syndicate.
One of Washington's favorite storytellers, McCaslin's topics and readers are one and the same - including the president of the United States, members of Congress and literally thousands of bureaucrats. William F. Buckley's magazine, National Review, proclaimed McCaslin 'national ombudsman' for his knack of uncovering political shenanigans on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue. In his book, Inside the Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops and Shenanigans From Around the Nation's Capital (Nelson Current, 2004), McCaslin humorously and insightfully explores and reveals more of the rules behind the political game.
His daily dose of outrageous anecdotes have appeared under his byline in numerous magazines, including Reader’s Digest and are fodder for numerous network news and talk shows. He’s been a regular on National Public Radio’s “Weekend Edition,” a frequent substitute host of The Rush Limbaugh Show on the EIB Network, The Mary Matalin Show on CBS Talk Radio Network and The Oliver North Show on Radio America, and he presently anchors a weekly “Inside the Beltway” segment on the ABC affiliate in Washington.
He was the 2000 conference chairman of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, which presented him with its 1999 best-column award. Other recent honors include the 1999 Carlton Sherwood congressional media award. He was served on the board of directors of SCAN, Stop Child Abuse Now, and sits on the board of the Old Dominion University Alumni Association. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his daughter, Kerry.
It was exactly one year ago that the Federal Reserve took the unprecedented step of loaning $29 billion to JP Morgan Chase after the financial services giant acquired Bear Stearns, the once mighty global investment bank and brokerage firm that virtually collapsed overnight.
Jesse H. Merrell, who lives on Garfield Street in Washington, tells Inside the Beltway that a pair of deputy U.S. marshals paid him a visit last Friday after he had written a not-so-kind letter to U.S. District Court Judge James Robertson regarding President Obama's citizenship controversy.
As five congressional panels held hearings in recent days on Mexican drug cartel violence and border security, former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff had one thing to say about legalizing marijuana in hopes of easing the bloodshed: "It won't work."
Bernard Madoff, ordered jailed Thursday after admitting that he masterminded the largest Ponzi scheme in history, donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to mostly Democratic Party candidates.
The late Walt Disney, who in testimony before Congress accused the Screen Actors Guild of being a Communist front, must have rolled over in his grave when Walt Disney Co. CEO Robert Iger reportedly spouted "[expletive] you" to Tom Borelli.
If you didn't get caught up in traffic bottlenecks caused by Angelina Jolie, whose been in town (accompanied by husband and fellow traffic-stopper Brad Pitt) this week filming the CIA thriller "Salt," perhaps the movie set of "Fair Game," a future flick surrounding the outing of former CIA officer Valerie Plame, will slow motorists down when it arrives in Washington to start filming next week.
The Federal Election Commission says it finds no reason to believe campaign violations occurred when then-Sen. Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, obtained a discounted “super super jumbo” mortgage from Northern Trust Co.
Unlike Las Vegas Democratic Mayor Oscar Goodman, Nevada Rep. Shelley Berkley, a fellow Democrat, thought twice about criticizing President Obama when she took the House floor this week to bash critics of Sin City.
"Minority Leader Limbaugh" is the headline of an op-ed by political consultant David Plouffe, who you will recall was the campaign manager for Obama for America and Obama-Biden 2008.
For her recent 97th birthday, Arizona Sen. John McCain's campaign-spirited mother, Roberta, celebrated by cooking beef stroganoff - by herself, no less - for 20 family members and friends.
The nation's economic crisis aside, President Obama has the entire planet to worry about.
The Democratic National Committee has a new political director, Clyde Williams, who previously served as senior policy adviser at the community-minded Clinton Foundation, vice president of the Center for American Progress (a think tank dedicated to exposing "the hollowness of conservative governing philosophy") and deputy chief of staff at the Agriculture Department.
Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl and Fox News host Greta Van Susteren are the latest to echo this columnist's question: "Does President Obama practice what he preaches?"
Media exposure surrounding the Feb. 12 crash in suburban Buffalo, N.Y., of Colgan Air Flight 3407 practically has been nonstop.
"Has anyone noticed that it's taking the president longer to select the White House dog than to pick his Cabinet?" writes Inside the Beltway reader J. Griffin Crump of Alexandria. "Could it be because he will feel obligated to keep the dog?"
Noted historian and best-selling author James Swanson and his wife, Andrea, invited guests into their Capitol Hill home over the weekend to celebrate the release of a new book about Abraham Lincoln by former senator and 1972 presidential candidate George McGovern.
The Free Flow of Information Act was reintroduced in Congress this week to allow reporters the privilege of shielding confidential sources in federal court.
It was just over a year ago that conservative blogger Matt Margolis filed a formal complaint with the Federal Election Commission surrounding questionable fundraising practices by then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Actually, the former acting attorney general and solicitor general, who was nominated to the Supreme Court by Ronald Reagan, is well-known for his quick, dry wit.
Back in 2004, before fuel prices skyrocketed and the country spiraled into economic crisis, the Air Force estimated it cost $56,800 per hour to operate Air Force One.