Friday, October 26, 2012
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Monday, October 22, 2012
By Brigid Bergin : Reporter
President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney will tackle foreign policy issues in Monday’s third and final presidential debate – meaning a nuclear Iran, the future of Syria, negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians and China's relationship to the United States are all fair game.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
By Kate Hinds
Although the second question in Tuesday night's presidential debate was about gas prices, those hoping for conversation about transportation policy -- or even the word "transportation -- were disappointed.
And while President Barack Obama once spoke frequently about the need to renew the country's infrastructure, that word also wasn't uttered by either candidate.
But here's what was talked about: a transcript of the conversation shows the word “gas” 30 times.
In response to a question about how much the U.S. can control gas prices, President Obama said: "The most important thing we can do is to make sure we control our own energy. So here's what I've done since I've been president. We have increased oil production to the highest levels in 16 years. Natural gas production is the highest it's been in decades." A few moments later, he said that during his administration, "we doubled fuel efficiency standards on cars. That means that in the middle of the next decade, any car you buy, you're going to end up going twice as far on a gallon of gas."
Governor Mitt Romney disputed the president's numbers. "Oil production is down 14 percent this year on federal land, and gas production is down 9 percent," he said, adding that "I'll get America and North America energy-independent. I'll do it by more drilling, more permits and licenses. We're going to bring that pipeline in from Canada." This led to a spirited exchange about domestic oil production.
Later in the debate, the candidates sparred over the auto industry bailout, but during the debate the words “transportation,” “infrastructure” and “transit” weren’t mentioned once.
President Obama did use a “bus driver” as a salary example during a tax policy question; he also said he’d take the money the country has been spending on war and “rebuild America — roads, bridges, schools.”
No matter what their commitment to transit, one thing is certain: one of these men will be gracing a D.C. fare card in January.
Monday, October 15, 2012
By Kate Hinds
DC's transit agency is circulating proposed designs for a commemorative fare card that will be sold for the presidential inauguration.
According to a WMATA spokeswoman, the agency will print 100,000 of these $15 cards, which would come pre-loaded with a one-day rail pass. (Functional and collectible!)
Friday, October 05, 2012
Jeffrey Toobin takes a close look at the Supreme Court and its relationship to the White House. His new book The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court documents how, from the moment Chief Justice John Roberts blundered through the Oath of Office at Barack Obama's inauguration, the relationship between the Supreme Court and the White House has been confrontational. Barack Obama and John Roberts are completely at odds on almost every major constitutional issue.
Thursday, October 04, 2012
Friday, September 21, 2012
Friday, September 14, 2012
Between the slight damper of Hurricane Isaac and Clint Eastwood's chair performance, it is not terribly surprising that polls show President Obama benefiting from more of a post-convention bounce than Mitt Romney. Daniel Hopkins, a political science professor at Georgetown University, explains.