Yesterday, as reported by The Washington Independent's Andrew Restuccia, Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski came out swinging against Democrats who attack the Republican energy bill as a "bailout" for the oil industry:
President Barack Obama, Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, and Cambridge, Mass., police Sgt. James Crowley head to a talk in the Rose Garden. (White House Photo/Pete Souza)
In the aftermath of high-profile racial incidents (Shirley Sherrod, Henry Louis Gates, heck, the election of Barack Obama), mainstream pundits and writers have wondered aloud about the country's inability to talk sensibly about race. Perhaps most representative of this confusion was Matt Bai's lament in The New York Times: "Why haven't we moved beyond the old, stultifying debate in the age of Obama?"
Politico's Carrie Budoff Brownreports on a little-noticed section of the financial-reform law, which gives the federal government power to end its contracts with any financial firm that "fails to ensure the 'fair inclusion' of women and minorities":