Rich Galen

Posted January 05, 2015

At approximately noon on Tuesday January 6, 2015 the Clerk of the House and the Secretary of the Senate will bang their gavels calling their respective Chambers to order and, for the 114th time since 1789, a new United States Congress will begin.

Posted December 29, 2014

CNN was agog (not a word I get to use in a sentence every day) with the results of a new poll released right before Christmas that showed President Barack Obama's job approval ratings shooting up in the polls.

Posted December 22, 2014

Two New York City cops, Wenjian Liu (38) and Rafael Ramos (40), were murdered Saturday afternoon sitting in their marked car parked near what in New York is known as "a project" - typically a high-rise, low cost housing structure - where they were attempting, by virtue of their visibility, to protect the residents.

Posted December 18, 2014

John Ellis Bush - better known as Jeb Bush - has announced he is "actively exploring the possibility of running for President of the United States" in the election of 2016.

Posted December 15, 2014

A hundred years ago, I think during the Walkman era, Sony's slogan was: Sony. No Baloney. My how times have changed.

Posted December 11, 2014

The closest I have ever come to being involved with torture was during my stint in Baghdad when I made occasional visits to the infamous prison: Abu Ghraib.

Posted December 11, 2014

"When in doubt: Waterboard" cannot be accepted American policy.

Posted December 08, 2014

The election cycle of 2014, which seems like it began during the reign of Ethelred the Unready in about 963, finally limped to a conclusion in Baton Rouge Louisiana on Saturday.

Posted December 04, 2014

You wouldn't know it from the way the press is covering the lame duck session of Congress in Washington, but the Democrats still control two of the three levers of legislative power.

Posted December 01, 2014

In spite of President Obama's bravado in the wake of the mid-term catastrophe that befell Democrats in every geography and at every level, huge cracks have developed in the ranks.

Posted November 27, 2014

It was the day before Thanksgiving; crisp and clear. I was giving the Mullmobile it's quarterly treat: A professional car wash.

Posted November 24, 2014

"Compromise," as others have said before, "is not a four-letter word."

Posted November 20, 2014

The Keystone XL Pipeline bill failed in the U.S. Senate this week by one vote. It needed 60 votes to proceed to a final vote, but it got only 59.

Posted November 17, 2014

In boxing parlance to "take a dive" is to throw a fight by pretending to have been knocked out thus letting the other guy win.

Posted November 13, 2014

Here we are, over a week beyond the election that swept Republican candidates for the U.S. House, U.S. Senate, Governor and state house and state senate seats into office.

Posted November 07, 2014

When Sen. Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States on January 20, 2009 there were 257 Democrats in the U.S. House and 59 Democrats (and independents) in the U.S. Senate. In April, Arlen Spector of Pennsylvania crossed the aisle and became a Democrat giving the Ds and filibuster-proof 60-40 advantage.

Posted November 04, 2014

I think Republicans will gain control of the U.S. Senate by the time all the polls have closed tonight and by the time the smoke clears they will have gained a net seven seats. That (assuming no party switchers) would give the GOP a 52-48 majority when the 114th Congress opens next year.

Posted November 03, 2014

With the laser focus on a couple of handfuls of races for the U.S. Senate, it is sometimes hard to remember that all 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives are up for grabs on Tuesday as well.

Posted October 30, 2014

The issue is mandatory isolation - quarantine - of doctors, nurses, and military personnel who have been in the Ebola area of West Africa. I have unending respect for Americans who make the decision go into dangerous places to help try to save people's lives.

Posted October 27, 2014

You might expect a headline on the WallStreetJournal.com website over the weekend that read: "Poll: GOP Expands Advantage Days Before Midterm Election"