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Twin Furies

Anti-Democrat and populist winds are blowing through the country.

Obama to establish commission on oil spill as blame game heats up

BP and federal officials come under fire for not having a stronger plan to prevent and respond to a disaster.

Bill to ease presidential transitions heads to full Senate

Oversight committee passes the bipartisan legislation without any changes.

Senate Dems weigh including budget blueprint in supplemental spending bill

Resolution would set discretionary spending level for fiscal 2011 and allow appropriators to move forward with annual spending bills.

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Interior chief says department shares responsibility for cleanup

Ken Salazar says efforts are underway to change culture at Minerals Management Service in wake of oil spill.

From Nextgov.com: Lieberman's cybersecurity bill leans on buying power

Measure would require acquisition officers to learn about security vulnerabilities in technology products in an effort to use the government’s vast purchasing power to push vendors to provide more secure solutions.

Forward Observer: Gates' Swan Song?

Pentagon chief is clearly fed up with the status quo in the military-industrial-political complex.

Parties ponder price of skirting budget vote

Republicans and Democrats weigh the political risks of not passing a fiscal 2011 budget blueprint.

Industry coalition opposes PTO-fee bill

Group objects to legislation on grounds that it does not include a provision prohibiting agency funds from being diverted for other government programs.

Democrat questions MMS realignment

House subcommittee chairman wants Interior to explain why leasing function and its environmental-compliance oversight would not be housed in the enforcement part of the agency.