The Fix: Master Archives
If you had any doubt about who the most important person -- if salary is an indicator of importance (and it is) -- is in most states in the country, the map below put together by the good folks at Deadspin should dispel it.
In 40 of the 50 states, the highest paid public employee is either a football, basketball or hockey coach at a public university. (It's fitting that the hockey coach comes from New Hampshire.) In 0 out of the 50 states is the highest paid employee a politician.
If you want to get a sense of how impatient some of President Obama's most loyal supporters are getting when it comes to climate change, consider this: They're planning to conduct protests at meetings of the grassroots advocacy organization run by his former top campaign aides.
Environmentalists have become increasingly frustrated that Organizing for Action, the non-profit 501(c)(4) group that conducts issue advocacy on behalf of the president's agenda, isn't doing more to press for executive action on global warming. So these grassroots groups -- including CREDO Action, the political arm of the company CREDO Mobile, 350.org and others, intend to demonstrate at events OFA will conduct in the weeks ahead.
The crash of Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign drastically changed political trajectories, sending people to unexpected and mostly impressive places. (Read the full piece on where the chips fell here.)
But perhaps no one ended up in a more surprising place than Howard Wolfson, Clinton's kamikaze (as Chris Matthews called him) and a lifelong Democratic warrior.
Every week that Congress is in session, The Washington Post's Ed O'Keefe previews what's expected to happen in the House and Senate:
Can Congress productively legislate and conduct oversight investigations of a sitting president at the same time? This week will be the test.
While two congressional committees hold hearings on the unfolding scandal at the Internal Revenue Service, two other committees plan to continue working on overhauling the nation's immigration laws, which if it succeeds, will be the most significant legislative achievement of the year.
Mitt Romney sat down with NBC's Jay Leno on Friday for a chat on a range of issues, including 2016. So what advice would he give candidates running for president? Among other things, "get used to eating Iowa corndogs."
(Check out the complete interview here.)
White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer made clear on Sunday that the Obama administration will not gather itself into a defensive crouch in the wake of a series of scandals and investigations that have come to a head in the past 10 days.
"What we're not going to participate in is partisan fishing expeditions designed to distract from the real issues at hand," Pfeiffer told ABC's George Stephanopoulos when asked about congressional investigations into the IRS's policy of targeting conservative groups seeking tax exempt status for additional scrutiny. (In response to the administration's handling of the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Pfeiffer said Republicans owed U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice an "apology.")
Amid a trio of controversies that has put the White House on defense, Dan Pfeiffer, a senior adviser to the President Obama, appeared on all five Sunday news shows, defending the administration against attacks from Republicans.
Pfeiffer said the GOP is trying to make "political hay" over the revelation that the Internal Revenue Service singled out conservative groups. Meanwhile, the Senate's top Republican charged "there is a culture of intimidation" in the administration.
Read about it all and more over on Post Politics:
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) wants to know "who's going to jail" over the IRS scandal.
But ousted acting IRS commissioner Steven Miller says no laws were violated when the agency targeted conservative groups.
So who's right? Did the IRS's conduct take a step beyond mere "wrongdoing" and venture into criminal territory?