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John McCaslin

John McCaslin

Articles by John McCaslin

Inside the Beltway

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Washington Republican, observes: “History teaches us that the pharaohs drove Egypt to bankruptcy building the pyramids. At least they got pyramids.” Published March 31, 2009

Inside the Beltway

President Obama is doing everything in his power to save a dying U.S. auto industry, providing a combined $17.4 billion to General Motors and Chrysler since January, with another cash infusion on the way. Perhaps it's time for Mr. Obama to sit down for a piano lesson. Published March 30, 2009

Inside the Beltway

We were a bit amused that President Obama sought to console the wealthy attendees of a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Washington, telling them to hang in there until the economy improves. Published March 27, 2009

Inside the Beltway

Americans awakened this week to a new warning (rehashed and reissued every few years, actually) that eating cheeseburgers will send them to the grave sooner rather than later. Published March 25, 2009

Inside the Beltway

Inside the Beltway is told that later this spring President will visit Key West, Fla., where he will announce the removal of certain travel restrictions to Cuba. Published March 24, 2009

Inside the Beltway

Not 12 months ago, Democrats on Capitol Hill were screaming for the U.S. Justice Department to minimize public exposure to a half-dozen or so authorized high-level officials. Too much politicization, they claimed. Published March 23, 2009

Inside the Beltway

When it comes to the AIG bonus bonanza, a Tennessee constituent of Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn said it best when he told the congresswoman: "I'm tired of the government spending money I have not made yet for programs I don't want." Published March 20, 2009

Inside the Beltway

America's No. 1 nationally syndicated columnist (now appearing in more than 550 newspapers) Cal Thomas tells Inside the Beltway: "I've had a lot of things happen while flying, but this morning was a new one." Published March 19, 2009

Inside the Beltway

Jesse H. Merrell, who lives on Garfield Street Northwest, tells Inside the Beltway that a pair of deputy U.S. marshals paid him a visit last Friday after he had written a letter to U.S. District Court Judge James Robertson regarding President Obama's citizenship controversy. Published March 17, 2009

Inside the Beltway

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." Published March 16, 2009

Inside the Beltway

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. Published March 13, 2009

Inside the Beltway

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, director of the National Center for Public Policy Research's Free Enterprise Project, at Tuesday's annual Disney shareholder meeting. Published March 12, 2009

Inside the Beltway

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. Published March 11, 2009

Inside the Beltway

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. Published March 10, 2009

Inside the Beltway

Hats off to Democratic Sens. Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Mark Udall of Colorado for having just introduced a resolution to amend the standing rules of the Senate to state: Published March 9, 2009

Inside the Beltway

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. Published March 6, 2009

Inside the Beltway

"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. He is just the latest in a long line of outspoken Democrats declaring right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh the new leader of the floundering Republican Party. Published March 5, 2009

Inside the Beltway

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. Published March 4, 2009