Political Capital

White House


New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie wears a girl scout shirt given to him by a supporter during a town hall meeting in Brick Township, N.J., on April 24, 2014.

Photograph by Mel Evans/AP Photo

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie wears a girl scout shirt given to him by a supporter during a town hall meeting in Brick Township, N.J., on April 24, 2014.

Christie’s Girl Scouts T: ‘Smaller Size’ if Needed

How many pounds has New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie shed since his weight-loss surgery last year? Enough to wear a T-shirt proclaiming: “Man enough to be a Girl Scout.” The governor, a 51-year-old Republican who may run for president in...

Read more »

President Barack Obama bows to Honda's humanoid robot ASIMO during the Miraikan Science Expo in Tokyo on April 24, 2014.

Photograph by Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

President Barack Obama bows to Honda's humanoid robot ASIMO during the Miraikan Science Expo in Tokyo on April 24, 2014.

Obama: Robot ‘Little Scary’ — With a Bow Heard Round the Web

President Barack Obama’s critics jumped on him for what they viewed as too deferential a bow to the emperor when he visited Japan as a new president in 2009. This time around, what would they say about his adoration of...

Read more »

President Barack Obama toasts with Japanese Empress Michiko and Emperor Akihito during the official state dinner at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on April 24, 2014.

Photograph by Jim Watson-Pool/AFP via Getty Images

President Barack Obama toasts with Japanese Empress Michiko and Emperor Akihito during the official state dinner at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on April 24, 2014.

Obama at Emperor’s Tables: Chateaux Margaux, Dom Perignon, Mt. Fuji Glace

They poured a 1994 Chateaux Margaux Grand Cru. That runs about $500 a bottle — with about 150 guests to serve. Putting even the 1998 Dom Perignon champagne to shame, at $232 a bottle. Nothing like a state dinner hosted...

Read more »

President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe leave a private dinner at Sukiyabashi Jiro restaurant in Tokyo on April 23, 2014.

Photograph by Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe leave a private dinner at Sukiyabashi Jiro restaurant in Tokyo on April 23, 2014.

Obama: ‘Some Good Sushi’

Great moments in diplomacy: President Barack Obama to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on their way into one of the world’s best restaurants, in Tokyo: “Hi, how are you?” Great moments in dining: Abe played host to Obama at a...

Read more »

Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks during the second day of the Conservative Political Action Conference on March 7, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland.

Photograph by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks during the second day of the Conservative Political Action Conference on March 7, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland.

Perry Seeks Cuomo Debate Post-’Ooops’

It sounds like Texas Gov. Rick Perry is looking to get past his “sorry, oops” moment in a Republican presidential debate that helped tank his 2012  campaign, and he’s looking for New York Gov.  Andrew Cuomo to help him out....

Read more »

Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts attends a Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, on Feb. 27, 2014.

Photograph by Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts attends a Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, on Feb. 27, 2014.

Warren Still Not Running in 2016

Just to be perfectly clear: “I’m not running for president,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren says. In an interview with ABC News on the eve of the official release of her book, the now-senior Democratic senator from Massachusetts dismisses, again, an inquiry...

Read more »

Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, responds to a question during a town hall meeting in Belmar, New Jersey, on March 25, 2014.

Photograph by Emile Wamsteker/Bloomberg

Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, responds to a question during a town hall meeting in Belmar, New Jersey, on March 25, 2014.

Christie Still Undecided on 2016

Wanted: A crowd of about 150 or so. Location: The Jersey Shore. Age and party affiliation not important. Just one rule: No hecklers. Chris Christie, New Jersey’s Republican governor at the center of controversy since January, found himself in front...

Read more »

U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama watch children participate in the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn April 21, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Photograph by Alex Wong/Getty Images

U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama watch children participate in the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn April 21, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Obama’s Egg Roll: Where the Wild Things Are

For about 45 minutes today, President Barack Obama set aside the worries of Ukraine and Russia and played with kids on the South Lawn of the White House. The president, joined by First Lady Michelle Obama, yelled “way to go,”...

Read more »