John McCaslin

Posted March 18, 2009

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.

Posted March 17, 2009

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.

Posted March 16, 2009

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."

Posted March 13, 2009

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.

Posted March 12, 2009

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.

Posted March 11, 2009

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.

Posted March 10, 2009

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.

Posted March 06, 2009

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.

Posted March 05, 2009

"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.

Posted March 04, 2009

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.

Posted February 27, 2009

The nation's economic crisis aside, President Obama has the entire planet to worry about.

Posted February 23, 2009

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.

Posted February 20, 2009

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?"

Posted February 19, 2009

Media exposure surrounding the Feb. 12 crash in suburban Buffalo, N.Y., of Colgan Air Flight 3407 practically has been nonstop.

Posted February 18, 2009

"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?"

Posted February 17, 2009

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.

Posted February 13, 2009

The Free Flow of Information Act was reintroduced in Congress this week to allow reporters the privilege of shielding confidential sources in federal court.

Posted February 12, 2009

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.

Posted February 11, 2009

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.

Posted February 10, 2009

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.



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