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Could you play basketball, or any other competitive sport, without keeping score?

In March madness? A basketball league that doesn't keep score, Lenny Bernstein of MisFits writes about a local basketball league for middle-aged women that doesn't keep track of baskets, but plays simply for the fun of the game....

By Abha Bhattarai | March 8, 2011; 04:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Will there be a NFL lockout? If yes, how long?

The NFL and the player's union agreed to a 24-hour extension of the current collective bargaining agreement so that negotiations can continue....

By Ryan Kellett | March 3, 2011; 06:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Do you support a new kidney transplant plan?

The nation's organ-transplant network is considering giving younger, healthier people preference over older, sicker patients for the best kidneys. The changes would represent the most comprehensive overhaul of the system in 25 years. Instead of giving priority primarily to those...

By Ryan Kellett | February 23, 2011; 07:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Race and Recession User Polls

The Washington Post recently released results of a national poll on race and recession. Below, you'll find a small sampling of the same questions asked in that poll. Compare your own answers (in addition to our web audience results) below...

By Ryan Kellett | February 19, 2011; 11:55 PM ET | Comments (6)

What should Obama bring up with Mark Zuckerberg?

President Obama is scheduled to meet with Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday....

By Ryan Kellett | February 16, 2011; 06:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

Westminster Dog Show: Who is your favorite?

The nation's best groomed pups are vying for the top spot at the 135th Westminster Dog Show. Which of these stylish Westminster Dog Show contestants is your favorite?...

By Bethonie Butler | February 15, 2011; 12:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

What's your biggest pet peeve about sports bras?

Everyone has a pair of feet, but women have an additional pair of something to worry about while exercising. And they're every bit as tricky to fit, control and protect, which is why bras are beginning to rival shoes as...

By Ryan Kellett | February 14, 2011; 12:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

If you were Mubarak's chief advisor, what next step would you recommend?

CAIRO - Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, defiantly rejecting opposition demands that he leave power immediately, vowed late Thursday that he would follow through with his plans to transfer authority to an elected government after his term ends in September and...

By Abha Bhattarai | February 10, 2011; 04:54 PM ET | Comments (1)

Could Reagan win the 2012 nomination?

While Ronald Reagan's legend has grown among Republicans since he left office, the party has also become more conservative. Could Reagan get elected today? Could Ronald Reagan win the Republican presidential nomination in 2012?...

By Andrea Caumont | February 4, 2011; 02:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

Whose healthful game-day snacks should win the smackdown?

It may be Green Bay versus Pittsburgh for the Super Bowl, but it's also Post food editors Joe Yonan versus Bonnie Benwick in the battle of the healthful game-day snack. Click on the links below to see the recipes and...

By Ryan Kellett | February 1, 2011; 12:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Which promises from Obama's State of the Union address will be kept?

Below are specific examples President Barack Obama made during his State of the Union address. View each promise below and choose "yes," "no," or "maybe" depending on how likely you feel the promise will be kept....

By Jodi Westrick | January 25, 2011; 09:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

Who should sit next to Michelle Obama at State of the Union address?

When President Ronald Reagan invited Lenny Skutnik, who saved the life of a passenger after Air Florida Flight 90 crashed into the Potomac River, to sit in the gallery during his State of the Union address in 1982, he created...

By Jodi Westrick | January 21, 2011; 01:52 PM ET | Comments (29)

Do you think the new ".jobs" sites will gain traction?

A new empire of more than 40,000 employment websites -- with intuitive addresses ending in ".jobs"-- launched this week, a little more than a month after beating back a coalition of recruitment sites that fear these new sites could take...

By Ryan Kellett | January 20, 2011; 04:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

How will disappearing bookstores affect you?

Borders helped groom a generation of readers to learn the pleasure of diving into a book for hours at a stretch in a comfy space outside home and work. But the nationwide bookstore chain is struggling to survive. It recently...

By Ryan Kellett | January 19, 2011; 03:51 PM ET | Comments (11)

What term would you rather use to describe step families?

A new poll estimates that at least four in ten Americans consider themselves part of a stepfamily, but a growing number reject that label, saying it carries a stigma....

By Ryan Kellett | January 18, 2011; 07:16 PM ET | Comments (26)

Are you worried about the Comcast-NBC venture?

Federal regulators on Tuesday approved Comcast's acquisition of NBC Universal, allowing for a joint venture that puts a vast library of television shows and movies under the control of the nation's biggest cable and broadband Internet service provider. Together, the...

By Ryan Kellett | January 18, 2011; 06:55 PM ET | Comments (8)

Which Apple products or services have you purchased?

By Abha Bhattarai | January 18, 2011; 11:44 AM ET | Comments (1)

How often do you let your kids fail?

Metro columnist Petula Dvorak weighs in on the "tiger mother" debate set off by Yale Law School professor Amy Chua. In her new book, Chua explains why she chose the Chinese-style parenting of letting kids fail in order to let...

By Ryan Kellett | January 18, 2011; 11:37 AM ET | Comments (5)

What's your reaction to the Regis Philbin announcement?

We may be witnessing the end of an era. Tuesday morning, Regis Philbin announced that this would be his last year as co-host of "Live with Regis and Kelly," the talk show he's helmed for 28 years. How do you...

By Jodi Westrick | January 18, 2011; 10:28 AM ET | Comments (5)

Is posting DUI mug shots on Facebook a good idea?

Police in a California city ranked top in the state for alcohol-related traffic fatalities might soon be trying a new tactic to keep drunken drivers off the road: Electronic shaming on Facebook. Read the full story....

By Abha Bhattarai | January 18, 2011; 08:05 AM ET | Comments (10)

Do you want your tax return on a government-issued prepaid card?

The U.S. Treasury Department is sending letters to 600,000 people this week encouraging them to sign up to receive their tax return on a new government-issued prepaid card....

By Jodi Westrick | January 14, 2011; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (18)

Should the two parties sit together during the State of the Union?

As members of the House delivered a long stream of tributes and calls for bipartisanship in the aftermath of the Tucson shooting rampage, over in the Senate, one lawmaker penned a letter to members of both chambers Wednesday urging them...

By Abha Bhattarai | January 13, 2011; 08:01 AM ET | Comments (13)

Should promoting diversity be a priority in public schools?

Over the past year, a new majority-Republican school board backed by national tea party conservatives has set the Wake County School District in Raleigh, N.C on a new course. Pledging to "say no to the social engineers!" it has abolished...

By Ryan Kellett | January 12, 2011; 12:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Did you understand Sarah Palin's use of the phrase 'blood libel'?

Sarah Palin's statement in response to the Arizona shootings contained the phrase "blood libel." The religious reference refers to a centuries-old anti-Semitic slander - the false charge that Jews use the blood of Christian children for rituals - that has...

By Ryan Kellett | January 12, 2011; 11:31 AM ET | Comments (69)

Should the White House pressure China to reevaluate its currency policy?

During Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit to the U.S. next week, one key issue he is slated to discuss with President Obama is China's currency, which many economists and world leaders say is undervalued....

By Ryan Kellett | January 11, 2011; 04:12 PM ET | Comments (8)

Should Congressional leaders have read parts
of the Constitution dealing with slavery?

The House began its ceremonial reading of the U.S. Constitution on Thursday morning - after a brief debate about exactly which parts of the historic document they would be reading. Rep. Robert W. Goodlatte (R-Va.), who was running the procedure,...

By Abha Bhattarai | January 6, 2011; 12:20 PM ET | Comments (21)

Will the reading of the Constitution on the
House floor have an effect on legislation?

The new 112th Congress has already made a little bit of history, but on Thursday it looks to make some more with the first-ever reading of the U.S. Constitution on the House floor. The reading is included as part of...

By Abha Bhattarai | January 6, 2011; 11:16 AM ET | Comments (8)

Should literary classics be rewritten to make modern audiences more comfortable?

Mark Twain wrote that "the difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter." A new edition of "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and "Tom Sawyer" will try to find out if that holds true...

By Abha Bhattarai | January 5, 2011; 07:57 AM ET | Comments (80)

Which issues are most important for the new Congress to tackle?

From health care repeal to the Bush tax cuts, the new Congress has a laundry list of issues to tackle. Which do you think are most important? Rank them below....

By Bethonie Butler | January 4, 2011; 05:49 PM ET | Comments (69)

What would most improve gun shop accountability?

The ongoing Washington Post investigative series, The Hidden Life of Guns documented 60 cases since 2003 in which gun stores, shut down by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), stayed open. Shops are often re-licensed through relatives,...

By Ryan Kellett | December 13, 2010; 05:23 PM ET | Comments (19)

Do you think Obama's health care law is unconstitutional?

A federal judge in Virginia ruled Monday that a key provision of the nation's sweeping health-care overhaul is unconstitutional, the most significant legal setback so far for President Obama's signature domestic initiative. U.S. District Court Judge Henry E. Hudson found...

By Abha Bhattarai | December 13, 2010; 12:31 PM ET | Comments (105)

Do you care whether the president smokes?

Apparently dealing with the worst financial crisis in decades, two wars, declining popularity and a shellacking at the polls has done wonders for President Obama's smoking habit - he hasn't touched a cigarette in nine months, according to the White...

By Abha Bhattarai | December 10, 2010; 10:11 AM ET | Comments (27)

What is the next step in 'don't ask, don't tell'?

The Senate procedural vote to end the military's "don't ask, don't tell" practice failed Thursday. Senators came up short of the 60 votes needed to advance the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which contained language ending the ban on gays...

By Ryan Kellett | December 9, 2010; 05:08 PM ET | Comments (40)

What's the greatest benefit for Obama in extending the Bush tax cuts?

President Obama has shown he is will extend the Bush tax cuts in exchange for jobless benefits. But his other motive may be a deliberate strategy to reach a concrete compromise with Republicans, and portray himself as the last reasonable...

By Ryan Kellett | December 6, 2010; 06:06 PM ET | Comments (23)

Why do you think so many teens engage in binge drinking?

Binge drinking, or consuming many drinks fairly quickly, has been a hallmark of college life. But students in high school and even middle school are also engaging in it, according to emergency room nurse Sheila DeRiso, local police officials and...

By Abha Bhattarai | December 6, 2010; 02:17 PM ET | Comments (10)

How should college dorms be organized to create a safe environment?

In an effort to help gay and transgender students feel comfortable in on-campus housing, some colleges are allowing all students, gay or straight, to pick the most-compatible roommates. About 55 schools nationwide allow men and women to live in "gender-neutral"...

By Ryan Kellett | December 3, 2010; 05:07 PM ET | Comments (24)

What punishment would you have given Rep. Rangel?

The House of Representatives voted 333-79 to censure Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.) today. This is the first time in nearly 30 years that the House considered a motion to punish one of its own with censure....

By Ryan Kellett | December 2, 2010; 05:51 PM ET | Comments (42)

Your Grammy picks

Eminem's "Recovery" was made complete on Wednesday night as the Recording Academy nominated the resurgent rapper for 10 awards, including the biggest prizes: album, song, and record of the year. It was a night that also saw the academy honor...

By Abha Bhattarai | December 2, 2010; 11:33 AM ET | Comments (3)

How important is net neutrality to you?

The Federal Communications Commission recently passed new rules that would prohibit Internet service providers from blocking or giving favorable treatment to certain Web sites. Now, telecommunications giant Verizon is challenging the rules with a federal lawsuit, saying the FCC doesn't...

By Ryan Kellett | November 30, 2010; 07:01 PM ET | Comments (22)

Should the U.S. government prosecute Julian Assange?

Federal authorities are investigating whether WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange violated criminal laws in the group's release of government documents, including possible charges under the Espionage Act, sources familiar with the inquiry said Monday. Read the full story....

By Abha Bhattarai | November 30, 2010; 09:40 AM ET | Comments (103)

Would you get more healthy if you were paid to do it?

A new approach to health care shares a common perspective: the idea that consumers' out-of-pocket medical costs should be based on the value of a service to their health rather than its price....

By Abha Bhattarai | November 30, 2010; 08:29 AM ET | Comments (10)

Do you agree with the conviction of ex-House Majority Leader Tom DeLay?

A Texas jury found ex-House Majority Leader Tom Delay guilty of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering today. He was convicted on charges he illegally funneled corporate money to Texas candidates in 2002. Delay was forced to step...

By Ryan Kellett | November 24, 2010; 06:02 PM ET | Comments (130)

Should certain organizations against same-sex marriage be deemed 'hate groups'?

The prominent and politically influential Family Research Council was deemed a "hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center this week for "repeated, groundless name-calling" against gays and lesbians. The law center has spent four decades listing extremist groups and...

By Ryan Kellett | November 24, 2010; 04:32 PM ET | Comments (10)

Do you think Sarah Palin is qualified to run for president?

By Abha Bhattarai | November 23, 2010; 11:19 AM ET | Comments (165)

Are you surprised by the pope's statement?

Pope Benedict XVI says in a new book that condoms can be justified for male prostitutes seeking to stop the spread of HIV, a stunning comment for a church criticized for its opposition to condoms and for a pontiff who...

By Abha Bhattarai | November 20, 2010; 07:01 PM ET | Comments (7)

What would be the theme of your Capitol Hill inner office?

All 85 incoming House members will enter into an office lottery today. But design options are limited once they get a suite. All offices have six bland paint options for efficiency. The only office that is free from constraints is...

By Ryan Kellett | November 18, 2010; 06:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Should Democrats follow the GOP in creating outside spending organizations?

Some Democratic strategists are suggesting that the creation of well-funded independent liberal organizations will give Democrats a better chance in the 2012 elections. They are responding to heavy midterm spending by conservative groups that may have led to GOP gains...

By Ryan Kellett | November 18, 2010; 05:22 PM ET | Comments (6)

Should states be able to develop their own versions of health-care reform?

Sens. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) are introducing legislation that would allow states to develop their own versions of health-care reform. Do you think this is a good idea?...

By Abha Bhattarai | November 17, 2010; 02:43 PM ET | Comments (3)

Which would you choose: a full-body scan or a pat-down?

Airline passengers who object to any type of physical screening are not going to fly anywhere, the head of the Transportation Security Administration told a congressional committee Tuesday. Consumer rights activist Ralph Nader has called the measures -- the pat-downs...

By Abha Bhattarai | November 17, 2010; 12:36 PM ET | Comments (141)

Should alcoholic energy drinks be banned?

"Blackout in a Can," "Liquid Cocaine," "Alcopop:" Four Loko has gone from college drink du jour to national headline after reports that the caffeinated, malted beverage hospitalized nine freshmen in Washington state in October. The company that makes Four Loko...

By Abha Bhattarai | November 17, 2010; 08:30 AM ET | Comments (14)

Which smartphone is on your holiday wish list?

Don't see your pick on the list below? Tell us in the comments section....

By Abha Bhattarai | November 16, 2010; 02:57 PM ET | Comments (4)

Should E.U. leaders be getting involved in Ireland's debt crisis?

European Union officials are hashing out a possible $100 billion aid package for Ireland to help shore up that nation's devastated banking sector....

By Abha Bhattarai | November 16, 2010; 02:52 PM ET | Comments (3)

Do you feel down when the days get shorter?

About 20 percent of Americans start to feel down as the days get noticeably shorter, according to Norman Rosenthal, a Maryland psychiatrist. Some people start feeling their mood change as early as July, when daylight begins to grow shorter after...

By Abha Bhattarai | November 16, 2010; 08:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

Is freezing the salaries of federal workers an effective way to reduce the deficit?

Federal employees would play a major role in reducing the nation's debt and deficit under a set of draft proposals released Wednesday by the co-chairs of President Obama's deficit commission. Former Clinton White House chief of staff Erskine Bowles and...

By Abha Bhattarai | November 11, 2010; 08:59 AM ET | Comments (9)

Do you think the repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell' will change morale among troops?

President Obama on Wednesday will sign the landmark repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy before an emotional crowd of hundreds of gay activists and officials. The signing will not immediately end the law, but instead begins the...

By Ryan Kellett | November 10, 2010; 07:12 PM ET | Comments (53)

Are you going to shop on Black Friday?

The day after Thanksgiving traditionally has been a big shopping day for millions of people....

By Abha Bhattarai | November 10, 2010; 12:04 PM ET | Comments (11)

What is the most important issue facing the Group of 20?

Leaders from the Group of 20 are gathering this week in Seoul to discuss ways to boost the sputtering global economy...

By Jodi Westrick | November 9, 2010; 04:43 PM ET | Comments (4)

Test your knowledge of lymphedema

Lymphedema, a painful and chronic swelling of the lymph nodes, may affect up to 70 percent of women who have undergone surgery or received radiation for breast cancer. Men who have undergone prostate cancer surgery often experience it as well....

By Abha Bhattarai | November 8, 2010; 12:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Do you think the health care law will have a positive or negative effect on your open enrollment choices this year?

For millions of Americans who get their health insurance through their job, autumn brings not only falling leaves and cooler breezes, but also difficult choices. That's because it's the time when many employers present workers with their insurance options for...

By Abha Bhattarai | November 8, 2010; 12:37 PM ET | Comments (2)

Do the benefits of annual CT scans outweigh the risks?

A new study shows that screening with CT scans reduce lung cancer deaths by 20% compared with X-rays. However, there is also concern that CT scans carry risks, including radiation exposure and complications additional testing and treatment from false alarms....

By Abha Bhattarai | November 4, 2010; 01:43 PM ET | Comments (5)

Will the Republican majority in the House help or hurt the economy?

By Abha Bhattarai | November 3, 2010; 06:12 PM ET | Comments (48)

Should politicians be this silly?

A series of three web ads from West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin go after a much-neglected voting block: science fiction geeks. The first two ads employ Star Wars theme music as a TIE fighter (the definition can be found here...

By Abha Bhattarai | October 28, 2010; 12:39 PM ET | Comments (5)

Is John Grisham still a "must-read"?

Maureen Corrigan calls John Grisham's "The Confession" a "grab-a-reader-by-the-shoulders suspense story that demands to be inhaled as quickly as possible." Will you be reading the author's latest?...

By Bethonie Butler | October 26, 2010; 10:52 AM ET | Comments (3)

Are gun stores responsible for crime?

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By Paul Williams | October 23, 2010; 08:50 PM ET | Comments (187)

Will early voting help Democrats keep their majorities in Congress?

By Abha Bhattarai | October 22, 2010; 06:29 PM ET | Comments (4)

Does WikiLeaks put soldiers in danger?

By Abha Bhattarai | October 22, 2010; 01:01 PM ET | Comments (30)

Should Bill Clinton take the reins of the Democratic party?

Bill Clinton is baffled. The former president's friends say he is in disbelief that in the closing weeks of the midterm campaigns Democrats have failed to articulate a coherent message on the economy and, worse, have allowed themselves to become...

By Abha Bhattarai | October 21, 2010; 06:58 PM ET | Comments (23)

Do you prefer healthful Halloween candy?

When it comes to Halloween candy, not all sweets are created equal....

By Bethonie Butler | October 20, 2010; 07:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Do you plan to buy an Apple product for the holidays?

Apple unveiled its latest product upgrades in hopes of attracting buyers in time for the holiday season....

By Abha Bhattarai | October 20, 2010; 03:37 PM ET | Comments (1)

Will you use the new digital offerings from Starbucks?

Starbucks is launching a new digital network that promises customers free e-books, movies and other exclusives, including free access to some paid Web sites such as The Wall Street Journal. The network is meant to get customers spending more on...

By Andrea Caumont | October 20, 2010; 09:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

Should President Obama take action to solve the problems in the foreclosure system?

The White House has largely stayed on the sidelines of the foreclosure mess, even as Congressional Democrats have called for a federal investigation and state attorneys general have launched their own probe into document irregularities....

By Abha Bhattarai | October 18, 2010; 06:31 PM ET | Comments (28)

Do you think there will be a 2010 recount?

With less than three weeks until Election Day, polls show that at least a half-dozen Senate races are too close to call, and perhaps four or five times as many House contests are undecided. Of course, not all of these...

By Abha Bhattarai | October 15, 2010; 03:47 PM ET | Comments (8)

How do you feel about political seniority?

Voters are upending the once-inviolable notion that seniority is always to be treasured. How do you feel about political seniority? Does it make you more or less likely to vote for a politician?...

By Andrea Caumont | October 15, 2010; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (15)

Foreclosures in Florida: What do you think the judges should do?

Judges in Florida are under intense pressure to clear their foreclosure dockets because the state's real estate market is crippled and its lagging economy may not recover until cases work their way through the courts. But the recent reports about...

By Abha Bhattarai | October 14, 2010; 05:25 PM ET | Comments (11)

Should DNA testing be a civil right for prisoners?

Supreme Court justices asked an hour's worth of questions Wednesday about Henry Skinner's request that a Texas district attorney turn over all existing DNA evidence in the triple murder that sent Skinner to death row. But they never got around...

By Abha Bhattarai | October 13, 2010; 06:47 PM ET | Comments (1)

Should the Obama administration appeal the 'don't ask, don't tell' injunction?

A California federal judge has issued an injunction stopping the military from enforcing its "don't ask, don't tell" policy, which bans gays and lesbians from serving openly in uniform. U.S. District Judge Virginia A. Phillips ruled Tuesday that the policy...

By Abha Bhattarai | October 12, 2010; 06:27 PM ET | Comments (24)

Deep-water drilling: Do you agree with the Obama administration?

The Obama administration announced Tuesday that it is lifting the temporary ban on deep-water drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico....

By Abha Bhattarai | October 12, 2010; 04:15 PM ET | Comments (2)

What should be on the headstones of troops killed in Iraq?

Along the meticulously spaced rows of graves at Arlington National Cemetery, the names of the nation's wars are clearly etched into the headstones: World War I, World War II, Vietnam, Korea, the Persian Gulf. Soon, a new inscription for troops...

By Abha Bhattarai | October 11, 2010; 07:03 PM ET | Comments (24)

Test your knowledge of Helium

Trapped within a subterranean expanse of porous rock near Amarillo, Tex., is the world's largest supply of helium, the Federal Helium Reserve. The U.S. government is on track to sell the last of this stockpile within five years and let...

By Abha Bhattarai | October 11, 2010; 05:40 PM ET | Comments (2)

Do you think Lisa Murkowski will win the
Alaska senate race?

By Abha Bhattarai | October 11, 2010; 08:56 AM ET | Comments (8)

Do you think Arizona's immigration law will be effective?

By Abha Bhattarai | October 9, 2010; 07:20 PM ET | Comments (63)

How concerned are you about Abbott Laboratories' withdrawal of diet pill Meridia?

Abbott Laboratories has withdrawn its popular weight-loss drug Meridia because it increases the risk for heart attacks and strokes, the Food and Drug Administration announced Friday. Meridia, also known as sibutramine, was approved by the FDA in November 1997 for...

By Abha Bhattarai | October 8, 2010; 02:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

How worried are you about the expansion of Medicaid?

The expansion of Medicaid is being closely watched because it was one of the first components of the health-care overhaul to go into effect, and problems now could foreshadow issues that might arise around the full implementation in 2014....

By Abha Bhattarai | October 8, 2010; 02:22 PM ET | Comments (7)

Do you think Americans are disconnected from the country's wars?

By Abha Bhattarai | October 7, 2010; 12:18 PM ET | Comments (33)

Are parents and teachers putting too much pressure on teenagers?

It was as if their private worries had come to life on screen: Teenagers so pressured to get As, to fill their college resumes with sports and music and language, they start losing their grip. Long nights of homework leave...

By Abha Bhattarai | October 7, 2010; 11:46 AM ET | Comments (39)

Will NRA endorsements give Democrats the boost they need?

The National Rifle Association has endorsed incumbent Democrats in several crucial congressional races this year, frustrating Republicans who believe the group is hurting its cause - and the party's chances in November. Although the NRA's agenda usually aligns with that...

By Abha Bhattarai | October 6, 2010; 04:31 PM ET | Comments (7)

What is to blame for the rise in income inequality?

Rising income inequality has led to the top 10 percent of households receiving virtually all of the benefits of economic growth since 1976, columnist Steven Pearlstein writes. Which factor do you think is most responsible for the dramatic rise in...

By Andrea Caumont | October 6, 2010; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (48)

Is a national moratorium on foreclosures a
good idea?

Amid growing furor over the legitimacy of foreclosure proceedings, Democratic leaders in Congress have called on major lenders to halt all foreclosures nationwide. However, the White House and the Federal Housing Finance Agency have said they do not support such...

By Abha Bhattarai | October 5, 2010; 04:16 PM ET | Comments (87)

Should there be term limits for members of Congress?

Daniel Inouye's uninterrupted stretch of service in the Senate chamber is the second longest in history. In November, Inouye will stand for a ninth Senate term. He is expected to win in a cakewalk -- his likely Republican opponent is...

By Abha Bhattarai | October 4, 2010; 12:14 PM ET | Comments (71)

Are corporate buybacks a good business strategy?

Firms like HP, Pepsico and The Washington Post Company are purchasing their own stocks in droves. So far this year, U.S. companies have announced they will purchase $273 billion of their own shares, compared with $56 billion this time last...

By Jodi Westrick | October 1, 2010; 06:03 PM ET | Comments (8)

Do you think the markets are safer in the wake of the 'flash crash?'

On May 6, The Dow Jones industrial average lost nearly 1,000 points in a matter of minutes and then quickly rebounded in an event that is known as the 'flash crash.' Now, an investigation by the SEC and CFTC has...

By Jodi Westrick | October 1, 2010; 04:55 PM ET | Comments (3)

Is it the right step to halt foreclosures?

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has ordered a moratorium on all foreclosures by all banks for 60 days. It is the latest and most radical action in a series of foreclosure freezes set in motion by the revelation that thousands...

By Jodi Westrick | October 1, 2010; 04:41 PM ET | Comments (1)

Which rally will you attend?

The Washington, D.C. mall will be busy in October. Labor and civil rights groups have organized the One Nation rally for this weekend, while John Stewart and Stephen Colbert are putting on their own rallies at the end of the...

By Andrea Caumont | October 1, 2010; 10:04 AM ET | Comments (15)

Is Mark Zuckerberg a hero or a villain?

"The Social Network" opening Friday portrays Mark Zuckerberg's invention of Facebook while a Harvard sophomore. In her review, Anne Hornaday writes: "Audiences will recognize Zuckerberg's quirky genius and single-minded passion as the stuff of cinematic archetype. But he's also as...

By Andrea Caumont | October 1, 2010; 09:44 AM ET | Comments (8)

Is embryonic stem cell research necessary?

Researchers have developed a technique that can quickly create safe alternatives to human embryonic stem cells. Opponents of human embryonic stem cell research say the new technique renders the use of the controversial stem cells unnecessary, but many researchers disagree,...

By Andrea Caumont | September 30, 2010; 02:47 PM ET | Comments (7)

Government contracts: What's most
important?

Congress established more than 200 Alaska native corporations, or ANCs, 40 years ago to provide land and money for indigenous people who had long been mired in deprivation and dislocation. Each of the 75,000 original Alaska native shareholders received a...

By Abha Bhattarai | September 30, 2010; 01:52 PM ET | Comments (6)

Will a free-trade agreement between the U.S. and South Korea help our economy?

After negotiations stalled at the G-20 summit, U.S. and South Korea officials have finally hammered out a free-trade agreement, the largest such deal since the North American Free Trade Agreement in the early 1990s....

By Jodi Westrick | September 29, 2010; 03:31 PM ET | Comments (9)

Are the proposed sanctions against China and other countries fair?

The House of Representatives is set to vote to impose sanctions against China and other countries that manage their currencies to gain a trade advantage, the latest development in an ongoing dispute with China over trade issues....

By Jodi Westrick | September 29, 2010; 03:21 PM ET | Comments (2)

Do you text and drive?

A new report shows that laws against texting while driving have had little effect. What about you? Do you text and drive?...

By Andrea Caumont | September 29, 2010; 10:33 AM ET | Comments (4)

The GOP's gay rights dilemma

As polls show that growing numbers of Americans back greater rights for gay men and lesbians, some well-known Republican figures are calling for the party to shift its stances on such issues. But Christian conservatives warn that the GOP could...

By Andrea Caumont | September 28, 2010; 11:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Are you concerned about your emails being wiretapped?

Federal officials are planning to seek legislation that would require social networking companies and voice-over-Internet service providers to adapt their technology so law enforcement agents can monitor users' communications to catch suspected terrorists and other criminals. Read the full story....

By Abha Bhattarai | September 27, 2010; 02:51 PM ET | Comments (7)

Should Bishop Long step down?

Bishop Eddie Long said Sunday that he would fight charges of sexual coercion filed against him by four young men who were members of Long's New Birth Missionary Baptist Church....

By Hal Straus | September 26, 2010; 11:33 AM ET | Comments (105)

Should national tea party groups be involved in local races?

By Abha Bhattarai | September 24, 2010; 07:02 PM ET | Comments (5)

Are government salaries too high?

By Abha Bhattarai | September 24, 2010; 06:16 PM ET | Comments (131)

Is our immigration policy in need of an overhaul?

Ezra Klein argues that revamping our immigration policy would lead to higher wages, lower prices and may increase the nation's stock of innovators like entrepreneurs and engineers. To that end, he favors a pathway to legal status for undocumented immigrants....

By Jodi Westrick | September 24, 2010; 09:27 AM ET | Comments (16)

Can you time market swings?

Is Washington Post columnist Steven Pearlstein right that you can predict market swings?

By Hal Straus | September 24, 2010; 08:29 AM ET | Comments (5)

What is the most pressing issue facing the UN?

By Abha Bhattarai | September 22, 2010; 07:19 PM ET | Comments (35)

Do you think the IMF board would benefit from
a shake-up?

The U.S. is using its clout within the IMF to stall elections for the institution's director positions on the grounds that the current board is too heavy on representation from western Europe. The U.S. says that this set-up doesn't reflect...

By Jodi Westrick | September 21, 2010; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

What is your biggest worry related to your child's internet activity?

A study released Tuesday shows that as bullying has moved beyond the schoolyard and on to Facebook pages, online chat groups and cellphone text messages, its victims are feeling more hopeless and depressed. Read the full article....

By Andrea Caumont | September 21, 2010; 08:55 AM ET | Comments (1)

Should genetically-modified food be labeled?

By Abha Bhattarai | September 17, 2010; 05:34 PM ET | Comments (23)

Who's your pick for the 2012 presidential election?

By Abha Bhattarai | September 16, 2010; 07:11 PM ET | Comments (149)

'Boardwalk Empire': Will you watch?

Executive producer/director Martin Scorcese and producer-writer Terence Winter (of "The Sopranos") have given HBO viewers a lavish journey to the Atlantic City of 1920 in "Boardwalk Empire" -- all expenses handsomely, even extravagantly paid, minus your premium cable bill. They...

By Abha Bhattarai | September 16, 2010; 06:15 PM ET | Comments (6)

Would you pay to travel to space?

If you have the millions to spare and the derring-do, your chances of being strapped in and launched to the international space station improved markedly Wednesday when two major companies agreed to join forces to make space travel significantly more...

By Jodi Westrick | September 16, 2010; 07:51 AM ET | Comments (9)

How high of a priority is cyber policy?

More than a year after President Obama made a White House speech proclaiming that the protection of computer networks was a national priority, the federal government is still grappling with key questions about how to secure its computer systems as...

By Jodi Westrick | September 16, 2010; 07:49 AM ET | Comments (3)

Will you let your child spend more time on the computer?

A University of Maryland researcher has a message for parents who fret about how much time their preteen children spend on computers: Worry not. In what researchers describe as one of the first long-term looks at the effects of media...

By Jodi Westrick | September 15, 2010; 08:35 AM ET | Comments (1)

Are cacao trees worth the research?

Candy maker Mars has partnered with IBM and the U.S. Department of Agriculture on a years-long project to identify the genetic sequencing of the cacao tree, which produces the seeds used to make chocolate. The $10 million project is an...

By Jodi Westrick | September 14, 2010; 04:12 PM ET | Comments (5)

Does the new health-care law violate the Constitution?

Twenty states are squaring off against the Obama administration on Tuesday in a lawsuit seeking to nullify the sweeping new health-care law. Technically, Tuesday's oral arguments presented to Judge Roger Vinson of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District...

By Jodi Westrick | September 14, 2010; 12:04 PM ET | Comments (72)

Wives bringing in bigger paychecks

In a trend that researchers call "the rise of wives," women are increasingly better-educated than their husbands and have emerged as the dominant income-provider in one of five marriages, according to a new report released today. Looking at the impact...

By Jodi Westrick | September 14, 2010; 09:24 AM ET | Comments (16)

Are the criteria for filing for disability benefits too lax?

The number of former workers seeking Social Security disability benefits has spiked with the nation's economic problems, heightening concern that the jobless are expanding the program beyond its intended purpose of aiding the disabled. Read the full article....

By Jodi Westrick | September 14, 2010; 08:05 AM ET | Comments (10)

Teresa Lewis: A crime worthy of capital punishment?

Teresa Lewis, found guilty in the deaths of her husband and stepson, is set to be executed on Sept. 23. She would be the first woman executed in Virginia in nearly 100 years. To some, Teresa Lewis is a cold...

By Jodi Westrick | September 14, 2010; 07:18 AM ET | Comments (84)

Oprah's giveaway: Gracious or gimmicky?

Oprah announced, on The First Episode of Her Final Season, that she would take the entire, 300-strong, carefully-picked "Oprah" super-fans who were in the studio audience with her on Monday, to Sydney, for 10 days in December. Read the full...

By Abha Bhattarai | September 13, 2010; 07:40 PM ET | Comments (3)

Not enough drama at the MTV VMAs?

At the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, it was time to let bygones be bygones, and let insipid awards shows be insipid awards shows. Sunday's ceremony in Los Angeles offered a handful of trophies that felt less meaningful than ever,...

By Jodi Westrick | September 13, 2010; 08:10 AM ET | Comments (1)

Does Obama have a message problem when it comes to 9/11?

As President Obama marks nine years since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, he is attempting to harness the event's potent legacy to rally support for the war in Afghanistan while urging religious tolerance as anti-Muslim sentiment in the country rises....

By Abha Bhattarai | September 10, 2010; 02:28 PM ET | Comments (76)

Do you agree with the court's ruling in the Pa. immigration case?

A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that Hazleton, Pa., may not enforce its crackdown on illegal immigrants, dealing another blow to 4-year-old regulations that inspired similar measures around the country. The city's mayor pledged to take the case to the...

By Abha Bhattarai | September 9, 2010; 07:34 PM ET | Comments (1)

What should happen to government workers who owe overdue taxes?

Capitol Hill employees owed $9.3 million in overdue taxes at the end of last year, a sliver of the $1 billion owed by federal workers nationwide but one with potential political ramifications for members of Congress. The debt among Hill...

By Abha Bhattarai | September 9, 2010; 01:10 PM ET | Comments (12)

What's your biggest worry on the road?

Deaths on America's highways have plunged to their lowest level in 60 years, as smarter designs make streets and vehicles safer and aggressive campaigns are waged against drunk and distracted drivers. While America's roads are safer statistically, driving still carries...

By Andrea Caumont | September 9, 2010; 11:23 AM ET | Comments (15)

Can a new tax credit help the economy in the short term?

In a speech on Wednesday, President Obama will call for a $100 billion business tax credit that would increase and extend research and development tax credits for businesses, rewarding companies that develop new technologies domestically and preserve American jobs....

By Jodi Westrick | September 7, 2010; 03:35 PM ET | Comments (8)

The Kennedy Center Honorees: Did they deserve it?

The Kennedy Center announced Tuesday the winners of this year's Kennedy Center Honors: TV host Oprah Winfrey, musician-songwriters Sir Paul McCartney and Merle Haggard, dancer-choreographer Bill T. Jones and composer-lyricist Jerry Herman. Do you agree with the picks? Vote 'yes'...

By Jodi Westrick | September 7, 2010; 11:58 AM ET | Comments (12)

Will you read Terry McMillan's new novel?

Author Terry McMillan, famous for her her 1992 novel-turned-blockbuster, ''Waiting to Exhale'', has penned a follow up to her breakout bestseller. The long awaited sequel, titled ''Getting to Happy,'' resumes the story some 15 years later. Read the full review....

By Bethonie Butler | September 6, 2010; 10:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Would you eat genetically modified salmon?

The Food and Drug Administration is considering approving genetically modified salmon for human consumption. The highly anticipated decision has stirred controversy as it raises concerns about health and environmental risks....

By Jon DeNunzio | September 6, 2010; 05:27 PM ET | Comments (40)

Would you pay more for cage-free eggs?

Even before the recent salmonella outbreak, America's egg industry was struggling to fend off another threat: allegations that it was cruel to chickens. Egg producers are alarmed at efforts to ban small cages for hens, a movement that has gained...

By Jodi Westrick | September 3, 2010; 12:17 PM ET | Comments (37)

Should we have to work longer to save Social Security benefits?

Under current laws, workers can start receiving Social Security benefits at 62 years old. But as the Baby Boom generation ages, the program is approaching a tipping point at which it will be paying out more money than it's taking...

By Jodi Westrick | September 3, 2010; 12:07 PM ET | Comments (51)

Should the US help the Afghan bank?

By Jodi Westrick | September 3, 2010; 12:30 AM ET | Comments (6)

Will you read Meghan McCain's memoir?

Meghan McCain's new memoir is as much a scathing critique of the Republican Party as it is a passionate tale of life on the campaign trail. Read the full review....

By Jodi Westrick | September 2, 2010; 08:06 AM ET | Comments (1)

Is abstinence education effective?

If all goes according to plan, this fall a girl somewhere in China's Yunnan Province will tell her boyfriend she can't have sex with him. And he'll have an abstinence program from the United States to thank. In Yunnan schools...

By Jodi Westrick | September 2, 2010; 07:57 AM ET | Comments (4)

Too soon for new Apple release?

Once again, Apple has issued reporters a vague invitation: Come to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts here to see us introduce ... something. Read Rob Pegoraro's full blog post....

By Jodi Westrick | September 1, 2010; 07:37 AM ET | Comments (1)

Which federal workplace is best?

It's something every worker can relate to: Your office isn't meeting its goals, customers aren't happy, there's turmoil at the top - and morale is plummeting. It happens in the federal government, too, where agencies facing intense public scrutiny, shifting...

By Jodi Westrick | September 1, 2010; 07:10 AM ET | Comments (2)

Which president had the best-looking Oval Office?

President Obama's Oval Office recently underwent a makeover, complete with new carpeting, wallpaper, sofas and a rug made of 25 percent recycled wood. Browse through images of the renovated room, and vote on your favorite presidential office below. Photo Gallery:...

By Abha Bhattarai | August 31, 2010; 04:48 PM ET | Comments (36)

Have you paid for an internship?

Each year, thousands of college students descend on Washington for unpaid internships. It can be a nerve-racking process: sending out résumés, trying to make contacts, interviewing again and again. Increasingly, many of them are finding an alternative: paying thousands of...

By Jodi Westrick | August 30, 2010; 11:04 AM ET | Comments (7)

'Dancing With the Stars': Who is the oddest choice?

By Abha Bhattarai | August 26, 2010; 05:50 PM ET | Comments (9)

Will Glenn Beck's rally help or hurt Republicans?

When Fox News and talk radio host Glenn Beck comes to Washington this weekend to headline a rally intended to "restore honor" to America, he will test the strength - and potentially expose the weaknesses - of a conservative grass-roots...

By Jodi Westrick | August 26, 2010; 07:05 AM ET | Comments (92)

What economic issue are you most concerned about?

By Jodi Westrick | August 25, 2010; 02:50 PM ET | Comments (53)

Who is the greatest living American novelist?

By Jodi Westrick | August 24, 2010; 02:12 PM ET | Comments (8)

Who is your favorite current female pop star?

So fine. So fresh. So fierce. For an entire summer, it refused to leave us alone, tumbling out of cars, gyms, nightclubs and shopping malls as if on a mission to melt every last popsicle. To avoid Katy Perry's "California...

By Jodi Westrick | August 24, 2010; 12:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Does Obama's economic team deserve to be
fired?

House Minority Leader John Boehner on Tuesday called for the firing of President Obama's economic team, starting with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and White House adviser Larry Summers, saying they lack the "real-world, hands-on experience" to create jobs and jump-start...

By Abha Bhattarai | August 24, 2010; 11:57 AM ET | Comments (9)

Do lower gas prices mean more driving?

With the end of the summer driving season just around the corner, traders and investors on Monday drove gasoline prices to an eight-month low on U.S. commodities markets, providing the latest sign of pessimism about the economic recovery. Read full...

By Jodi Westrick | August 24, 2010; 09:26 AM ET | Comments (1)

Do the benefits of stem cell research
outweigh the cons?

Doctors have injected millions of human embryonic stem cells into a patient partially paralyzed by a spinal cord injury, marking the beginning of the first carefully designed attempt to test the promising but controversial therapy, officials announced Monday. Seven sites...

By Abha Bhattarai | August 23, 2010; 08:01 PM ET | Comments (70)

Who should take care of Arlington National Cemetery?

Veterans groups and members of Congress are questioning whether management of Arlington National Cemetery should be transferred from the Army to the Department of Veterans Affairs. The discussions come after investigators found dozens of unmarked or mislabeled graves, millions of...

By Jodi Westrick | August 23, 2010; 08:03 AM ET | Comments (5)

What is your favorite political movie?

Vote for your favorite below, and add other top-picks in the comments field....

By Abha Bhattarai | August 20, 2010; 06:58 PM ET | Comments (17)

What would you do with a $1 coin?

How many $1 coins have you seen in circulation? Since the Presidential $1 Coin Program launched in 2007, I have received just one during a commercial transaction. The cashier apologized profusely while passing me a tarnished coin bearing a likeness...

By Jodi Westrick | August 20, 2010; 11:33 AM ET | Comments (72)

Who 'owns' Ground Zero?

New Yorkers say national debate over a mosque being built by Ground Zero bears little resemblance to the reality on the ground in NYC. So, the question is, who knows what's best for New York? Read the full article....

By Jodi Westrick | August 20, 2010; 07:47 AM ET | Comments (40)

If President Karzai's links to allegedly corrupt officials are true, what should the U.S. do?

New accounts from Afghan officials suggest that President Hamid Karzai may have been closely involved in a corruption scandal that led to the arrest of one of his advisers last month. There is also speculation that Karzai personally intervened in...

By Abha Bhattarai | August 19, 2010; 08:45 PM ET | Comments (5)

Rate Toyota's safety reputation

By Abha Bhattarai | August 19, 2010; 04:34 PM ET | Comments (16)

Who is your favorite Sunday morning talk show host?

By Jodi Westrick | August 19, 2010; 03:28 PM ET | Comments (29)

Should there be criminal punishment for
steroid use?

Sources say former MLB pitcher Roger Clemens is to be indicted on charges of perjury for lying to Congress about his use of performance-enhancement drugs. Read the full story....

By Abha Bhattarai | August 19, 2010; 01:45 PM ET | Comments (6)

Too many vacations for President Obama?

The Obamas arrived at Martha's Vineyard Thursday to start their last vacation of the summer. The White House refused to say whether the family would stay at the same very private compound as last year. Read the full article....

By Jodi Westrick | August 19, 2010; 08:23 AM ET | Comments (102)

Will you boycott Target?

When Target gave money in July to a pro-business group in Minnesota, the company thought it was helping its bottom line by backing candidates in its home state who support lower taxes. Instead, the retailer has found itself in a...

By Jodi Westrick | August 19, 2010; 07:17 AM ET | Comments (80)

Is GM's IPO a victory for the government?

General Motors, which has received $50 billion in government loans and bailout money, re-debuted its share into the stock market Thursday morning. The company priced the stock at $33 a share, and expects to fetch more than $20 billion in...

By Abha Bhattarai | August 18, 2010; 04:59 PM ET | Comments (32)

Vote for your favorite Rod Blagojevich quote

When a jury announced Tuesday that they could only agree on one count against former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, he crowed: "The government threw everything but the kitchen sink at me. They could not prove I did anything wrong --...

By Jodi Westrick | August 18, 2010; 12:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Should parents teach their children to use guns?

In the red rock and sand of the Arizona desert, just past the retirement villages and golf greens that have made this sun-worshipping city famous, sits the biggest public shooting range in the United States. Not far away are the...

By Jodi Westrick | August 18, 2010; 10:40 AM ET | Comments (18)

Dr. Laura to end show: Right decision?

Laura Schlessinger, the blunt-spoken, sometimes controversial radio talk-show host whose racially charged comments drew widespread condemnation last week, said Tuesday that she will end her radio career at the end of the year. Read the full article....

By Jodi Westrick | August 18, 2010; 07:22 AM ET | Comments (118)

Should travel to Cuba be more accessible for Americans?

The White House is preparing to unveil new measures that would allow Americans more opportunities to travel to Cuba, according to sources in the Obama administration. These policies would not lift the ban on American tourists, but would make it...

By Abha Bhattarai | August 17, 2010; 08:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

What 90s TV star mash-up would you most like to see?

"Melissa & Joey": Did you miss them while they were gone? Well, they missed you. They seem really glad to be back on a sitcom. Whom are we even talking about? Oh, come on. Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence...

By Jodi Westrick | August 17, 2010; 02:32 PM ET | Comments (1)

Should Facebook add a 'dislike' button?

There are a lot of things to dislike on Facebook: status updates about weird online games and those that parrot the already-discredited lies of politicians, to name two. So the ability to vote against this content by clicking a "Dislike"...

By Jodi Westrick | August 17, 2010; 10:44 AM ET | Comments (6)

Are you donating to help Pakistan?

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged foreign donors Sunday to speed up assistance to the 20 million people made homeless by the disastrous floods that have rocked Pakistan. He claimed to have never seen anything like the disaster caused by the floods,...

By Jodi Westrick | August 16, 2010; 02:16 PM ET | Comments (87)

Do you approve of the construction of a
mosque near Ground Zero?

President Obama's remarks Friday and Saturday on a proposed mosque and Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero sparked heated exchanges on the Sunday morning news shows. Read the full article. Visit PostPolitics for more coverage....

By Jodi Westrick | August 16, 2010; 12:17 PM ET | Comments (8)

Would you eat seafood from the Gulf of Mexico?

Following the oil spill crisis, seafood from the Gulf of Mexico is being thoroughly tested - and not just through sniff tests - in an effort to find minute traces of oil. Does this attention reassure you? Read the full...

By Jodi Westrick | August 16, 2010; 10:20 AM ET | Comments (14)

Do we need fewer military generals and admirals?

Of all the spending cuts and budget battles the Pentagon is confronting, none is causing more angst than Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates's vow to start getting rid of generals and admirals. Read the full article....

By Jodi Westrick | August 13, 2010; 08:14 AM ET | Comments (54)

Do you think Elizabeth Warren is the best choice?

Somewhere along the line, Elizabeth Warren became a symbol. She's either the plain-spoken, supremely smart crusader for middle-class families that her supporters adore, or she's the power-hungry headline seeker her critics loathe, a fiery zealot disguised in professorial glasses and...

By Jodi Westrick | August 13, 2010; 07:44 AM ET | Comments (2)

Should Sen. Frank Lautenberg be campaigning at Lady Gaga concert?

Hurry! It's an event absolutely not to be missed. And, according to an e-mail invite we received Wednesday afternoon, there are "ONLY 3 Tickets Left!" Yes, it's almost surely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend "Senator Frank R. Lautenberg & Lady...

By Jodi Westrick | August 12, 2010; 04:19 PM ET | Comments (12)

Do you agree with universal broadband expansion?

More than half of Americans generally disagree with federal government efforts to expand broadband connections around the nation, saying those projects are not important, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Pew Center. Read the full article....

By Jodi Westrick | August 12, 2010; 07:07 AM ET | Comments (1)

Will Tiger Woods ever regain his golf mastery?

It has been more than two years since Tiger Woods has won a major golf championship. He has never gone this deep into a season without winning a tournament of some kind. Just last week he finished a tournament tied...

By Jodi Westrick | August 11, 2010; 08:08 AM ET | Comments (28)

Would you vote for Levi Johnston?

As As part of a reality TV show, Levi Johnston will be running for office in his hometown of Wasilla, Alaska. Johnston's manager says he is serious about running for either city council or mayor, following in Sarah Palin's footsteps....

By Jodi Westrick | August 10, 2010; 11:05 AM ET | Comments (15)

Were flight attendant Steven Slater's alleged actions justifiable?

After getting into an argument with a passenger, JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater cursed the passengers via the intercom system, grabbed a beer, then activated the emergency slide and left the plane, authorities say. Were his actions uncalled for? Read...

By Jodi Westrick | August 10, 2010; 08:09 AM ET | Comments (82)

Do you believe Naomi Campbell or Mia Farrow?

Mia Farrow testified Monday that model Naomi Campbell told her she had been sent a "huge diamond" by former Liberian President Charles Taylor, directly contradicting Campbell's evidence last week at Taylor's war crimes trial. Campbell had testified that she was...

By Andrea Caumont | August 9, 2010; 07:30 AM ET | Comments (4)

Should a retired justice have a vote?

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) is considering legislation that would allow a retired member of the Supreme Court to replace a justice who has recused himself -- or herself -- in a particular case. This would avoid...

By Andrea Caumont | August 9, 2010; 07:08 AM ET | Comments (10)

Agree with Senate's decision to confirm Elena Kagan?

he Senate confirmed Elena Kagan Thursday as the 112th justice to the Supreme Court, making her the fourth woman ever to sit on the high court, by a vote of 63-37. Did the Senate make the right decision? Weigh in below.

By Cameron Smith | August 5, 2010; 04:08 PM ET | Comments (52)

Whom do you trust to regulate the Internet?

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has been negotiating directly with a handful of the biggest Web firms and network service providers to create legislation that would regulate how consumers can access the Internet. Whom do you trust to regulate how Internet...

By Andrea Caumont | August 5, 2010; 11:36 AM ET | Comments (7)

Do you agree with court's decision to overturn ban on gay marriage?

Do you agree with Judge Walker's decision to overturn the ban on gay marriage? Or did he overstep his court's bounds by overruling the existing ban? Weigh in.

By Cameron Smith | August 4, 2010; 06:19 PM ET | Comments (447)

Is Gulf oil spill nightmare really over?

BP said this morning that the mud-pumping "static kill" process has brought the pressure inside the blown-out Macondo well in the Gulf under control. What do you think? Is this really over? Weigh in below....

By Andrea Caumont | August 4, 2010; 07:29 AM ET | Comments (10)

Would you vote for Wyclef?

Hip-hop artist Wyclef Jean has announced his bid for the presidency of Haiti. If he wins the Nov. 28 election he will face the Herculean task of rebuilding from the Jan. 12 earthquake that killed a government-estimated 300,000 people while...

By Andrea Caumont | August 4, 2010; 06:49 AM ET | Comments (7)

Does 'i-dosing' really get kids high?

Teens, in pursuit of their inalienable right to try to get high off of anything that can be ingested, digested or harvested, are apparently now trying to get high off of MP3s that play binaural beats, a trend called "i-dosing."...

By Andrea Caumont | August 3, 2010; 07:39 AM ET | Comments (15)

Is new Va. immigration opinion fair?

Law enforcement officials in Virginia can inquire into immigration status of those they stop or arrest--just as they can under a controversial new immigration law in Arizona--Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has ruled in an official legal opinion. Written in response to a request for legal advice from Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince William), Cuccinelli ruled that police officers and other legal authorities can look into the immigration status of anyone stopped or arrested. A 2008 Virginia law requires that law enforcement check the immigration status of anyone taken into custody on suspicion of having committed a separate crime. Cuccinelli's opinion could expand such inquiries to those who have been legally stopped by law enforcement, for instance those pulled over for a traffic violation or at a police checkpoint. Do you think this new initiative is fair? Let us know.

By Cameron Smith | August 2, 2010; 07:08 PM ET | Comments (59)

What did you think of Chelsea's dress?

Now that all the hoopla is over, it's time for a post-mortem fashion check on Chelsea and Hillary Clinton's dress choices. (PHOTO GALLERY OF CHELSEA'S BIG DAY) What did you think of the way Chelsea looked (her hair and makeup)...

By Andrea Caumont | August 2, 2010; 11:17 AM ET | Comments (33)

Can the FDA keep our food supply safe?

Kellogg recalled 28 million boxes of Froot Loops, Apple Jacks, Corn Pops and Honey Smacks cereals this summer after dozens of consumers reported a strange taste and odor, and some complained of nausea and diarrhea. The cereal recall shows there...

By Andrea Caumont | August 2, 2010; 07:20 AM ET | Comments (9)

Did Ellen deserve to get kicked off American Idol?

Do you think Ellen deserved to be removed as an American Idol judge after a single season?

By Cameron Smith | July 29, 2010; 08:05 PM ET | Comments (11)

Are Clintons spending too much on wedding?

Are the Clintons spending too much on Chelsea's wedding?

By Cameron Smith | July 29, 2010; 07:58 PM ET | Comments (219)

Who should replace Simon Cowell on American Idol?

Who do you think should replace Simon Cowell on American Idol? Weigh in below.

By Cameron Smith | July 29, 2010; 07:40 PM ET | Comments (5)

Is it fair to add an online shopping sales tax?

Is assessing sales tax for companies that have no physical location in the state you order from really fair? Let us know below.

By Cameron Smith | July 29, 2010; 12:40 PM ET | Comments (101)

Do you plan on watching the new season of 'Jersey Shore'?

We want to know if you plan on watching MTV's latest reality craze as its second season kicks off ... and remember, this is an anonymous poll! We won't tell anyone how you voted....

By Cameron Smith | July 28, 2010; 07:57 PM ET | Comments (5)

Arizona immigration law: Did federal judge do the right thing?

In a major legal victory to opponents of Arizona's new immigration law, a judge has blocked some of the most controversial sections. While the law will still go into effect Thursday, it will do so without these provisions: Sections requiring...

By Jodi Westrick | July 28, 2010; 01:39 PM ET | Comments (213)

Terrell Owens joins the Bengals: Dream team?

There might not be enough passes from quarterback Carson Palmer--or attention--to go around for the Cincinnati Bengals' wide receivers this season. Terrell Owens is joining Chad Ochocinco, after all. Owens has agreed to a one-year contract with the Bengals as...

By Jodi Westrick | July 28, 2010; 07:11 AM ET | Comments (6)

GM Volt: Would you pay $41,000?

General Motors announced today that its new electric car, the Volt, will go on sale in November. The cost? $41,000, which makes it $8,000 more than its competitor the Nissan Leaf. However, GM also announced that it will offer a...

By Jodi Westrick | July 27, 2010; 01:27 PM ET | Comments (179)

'The View': Should President Obama appear on the show?

President Obama will make a return appearance to popular daytime show "The View" on Wednesday. "The View" ladies, notorious for their no-nonsense questions, last interviewed the President during his 2008 campaign. Obama will be the first president to appear on...

By Jodi Westrick | July 27, 2010; 12:47 PM ET | Comments (37)

BP's Tony Hayward: Should he resign?

On Monday, BP's board is expected to announce that CEO Tony Hayward, 53, will step down on Oct. 1. The departure, say people close to the company, will be his decision as much as the board's. Hayward, a geologist who...

By Jodi Westrick | July 26, 2010; 06:57 AM ET | Comments (2)

Rep. Charles Rangel: Should he resign?

The House ethics committee charged Rep. Charles B. Rangel with 13 separate violations of House rules Thursday, saying his various financial dealings broke the "public trust." The long-awaited release of the charges against Rangel at an afternoon hearing was the...

By Jodi Westrick | July 23, 2010; 01:53 PM ET | Comments (109)

Sarah Palin and Kate Gosselin starring on TLC?

"America's Two Most Polarizing Moms" television special - coming soon, to TLC? The Silver Spring-based cable network went into full "No Comment" mode yesterday in response to a media pile-on over a report Kate Gosselin and Sarah Palin were going...

By Jodi Westrick | July 23, 2010; 10:56 AM ET | Comments (17)

Whale jumps onto South African boat: true or false?

By Jodi Westrick | July 22, 2010; 11:06 AM ET | Comments (0)

Who is the best lead actress action heroine?

Is Angelina Jolie the best lead actress action heroine? Let us know below.

By Cameron Smith | July 21, 2010; 02:32 PM ET | Comments (26)

Would you share your immigration status for sake of passing a bill?

On a patch of asphalt outside the White House this week, Renata Teodoro, Maricela Aguilar and scores of other students are risking deportation simply by sharing their full names and immigration status with anyone who asks. In an act of...

By Jodi Westrick | July 21, 2010; 08:56 AM ET | Comments (15)

Facebook, Twitter:Your favorite social networking site?

Facebook is expected to say this week that it has reached 500 million users, making it the biggest information network on the Internet in a meteoric rise that has connected the world into an online statehood of status updates, fan...

By Jodi Westrick | July 19, 2010; 07:54 AM ET | Comments (13)

Should the government introduce tougher regulation of genetic testing?

Should the government introduce tougher regulation of genetic testing?

By Cameron Smith | July 16, 2010; 01:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

Will BP's containment cap keep oil leak stopped?

Will the containment cap hold and keep more oil from spilling into the Gulf? What do you think?

By Cameron Smith | July 15, 2010; 08:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Should Apple recall the iPhone4?

Should Apple recall the iPhone4 because of reception problems? Let us know.

By Cameron Smith | July 15, 2010; 07:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Do you agree with Cleveland Cavalier Delonte West's sentence?

NBA player Delonte West pleaded guilty Thursday to two weapons charges and was sentenced by a Prince George's County judge to eight months of home detention, two months of probation and 40 hours of community service. Read the full article....

By Jodi Westrick | July 15, 2010; 12:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

When will job creation pick up nationwide?

While some economic indications show signs of mild recovery, there are worrying signs that businesses, with cash on hand, are not stepping up the pace of new job creation. When do you think jobs creation will pick back up nationwide? Weigh in below.

By Cameron Smith | July 14, 2010; 07:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Apple, iPhone 4: How are they handling the 'reception' problem?

Apple has a reception problem. No, not the one some users of its new iPhone 4 have complained about, in which holding the phone with your hand over a gap between its two antennas on its lower left side weakens...

By Jodi Westrick | July 14, 2010; 07:45 AM ET | Comments (2)

Does the Tea Party's reaction to gay marriage affect your support of the movement?

Does the Tea Party's reaction to gay marriage affect your support of the movement?

By Cameron Smith | July 12, 2010; 07:38 PM ET | Comments (39)

Should synthetic marijuana be federally regulated?

Alarmed by the growing use of synthetic marijuana and questions about its safety, lawmakers in a number of states have begun taking action. Should states step in to regulate 'spice'? Let us know below.

By Cameron Smith | July 9, 2010; 07:34 PM ET | Comments (7)

Is the 'don't ask, don't tell' survey out of line?

Should the military even be asking soldiers questions about fellow soldiers' sexuality? Are the questions themselves a violation of privacy? Weigh in below.

By Cameron Smith | July 9, 2010; 07:19 PM ET | Comments (55)

Economic downturn: Can the U.S. ever
recover?

The catastrophic economic downturn that began two years ago was supposed to shake up the global economy, ending an era in which Americans consumed too much and saved and exported too little. But the recovery is being driven by a...

By Jodi Westrick | July 9, 2010; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (47)

LeBron James: Was Miami Heat the right choice?

The most highly anticipated and celebrated free agent decision in NBA history finally was resolved Thursday when LeBron James ended nearly two years of speculation by choosing to sign with the Miami Heat. Seated in a chair and flanked by...

By Jodi Westrick | July 9, 2010; 07:01 AM ET | Comments (6)

Is the 'tan tax' racist?

IS the tan tax actually racist? Since patrons of tanning salons are almost exclusively white, the tax will be almost entirely paid by white people and, therefore, is racist, right? Maybe not. You tell us.

By Cameron Smith | July 8, 2010; 05:12 PM ET | Comments (22)

Was CNN right to fire editor?

CNN has fired editor Octavia Nasr, who was responsible for Middle Eastern coverage, after posting her admiration for a late Lebanese cleric considered an inspiration for the Hezbollah movement on the social media platform Twitter. Read the full article....

By Jodi Westrick | July 8, 2010; 02:39 PM ET | Comments (10)

Emmy Award nominees: Your picks

By Jodi Westrick | July 8, 2010; 11:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

LeBron James: Have your feelings changed?

Mike Wise wrote about LeBron James and "The Decision" airing tonight at 9 p.m., and had this to say of the NBA star: "Many people have asked me recently, 'Mike, you used to cover the NBA regularly -- do you...

By Jodi Westrick | July 8, 2010; 10:40 AM ET | Comments (45)

Should the U.S. trade spies with Russia?

Should the U.S. really trade spy suspects back to Russia for the release of an American held captive? Let us know below.

By Cameron Smith | July 7, 2010; 07:33 PM ET | Comments (32)

Lindsay Lohan's jail sentence

By Jodi Westrick | July 7, 2010; 12:54 PM ET | Comments (30)

Where will LeBron James end up?

Lebron James's free agency will end this evening when he announces his NBA plans on ESPN. He is reported to have met with six teams, but it is uncertain which one he will pick. Read the full article for more...

By Abha Bhattarai | July 7, 2010; 08:29 AM ET | Comments (16)

Would you like more long-distance flights from Reagan National Airport?

A handful of federal lawmakers are seeking to vastly expand the number of long-distance flights at Reagan National Airport, easing long-standing restrictions designed to protect neighboring communities from noise and air pollution. The move resurrects a campaign by western lawmakers...

By Jodi Westrick | July 7, 2010; 07:21 AM ET | Comments (5)

Will Obama start Mideast peace talks before the end of his first term?

Will Obama start Mideast peace talks before the end of his first term?

By Cameron Smith | July 6, 2010; 08:09 PM ET | Comments (1)

Michael Steele: Should he stay or go?

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele's most recent gaffe -- this one about the war in Afghanistan -- has effectively eliminated any chance he might have had to return to his post after the 2010 election, according to a number...

By Jodi Westrick | July 6, 2010; 08:35 AM ET | Comments (16)

Should boxing be outlawed?

Critics consider boxing inhumane, and cite cases such as Riddick Bowe's, where injuries sustained in the ring have may have led to permanent neurological damage. Is boxing too dangerous? Should it be banned?

By Hal Straus | July 5, 2010; 09:31 AM ET | Comments (1)

Is Tiger Woods divorce settlement paying too much for Elin's silence?

Is Tiger Woods paying too much for his estranged wife's silence? Let us know what you think below.

By Cameron Smith | July 1, 2010; 12:36 PM ET | Comments (89)

Medal of Honor to living soldier?

The Pentagon has recommended that the White House consider awarding the Medal of Honor to a living soldier for the first time since the Vietnam War, according to U.S. officials. Read the full article....

By Jodi Westrick | July 1, 2010; 07:42 AM ET | Comments (12)

Does money buy happiness?

Do you think money is the most important component in happiness? Tell us below.

By Cameron Smith | June 30, 2010; 08:26 PM ET | Comments (17)

Accused Russian spy Anna Chapman: the hottest ever?

Click on your choice for the hottest spy -- accused, real, fictional -- then Vote....

By Jodi Westrick | June 30, 2010; 10:18 AM ET | Comments (42)

Allow texting while driving?

Coming after a long line of relative "who-dats," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has more than 3,300 Facebook fans, more than 6,000 Twitter followers, and his blog gets more than 40,000 hits a week, second only to President Obama in federal...

By Jodi Westrick | June 30, 2010; 06:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

What should happen to 'The Office'?

Steve Carell has confirmed that he will be leaving NBC's hit show "The Office" at the end of the 2010-2011 season, the show's seventh. Do you think the show can continue without him? What should happen to "The Office"?...

By Jodi Westrick | June 29, 2010; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

Do you agree with Supreme Court's ruling on gun rights?

In a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court decided Americans have the right to own a gun for self-defense, no matter where they live. The move casts doubt on handgun bans in the Chicago area, but also noted that some limitations...

By Jodi Westrick | June 28, 2010; 12:32 PM ET | Comments (67)

Will we avoid another financial collapse?

Key House and Senate lawmakers agreed on far-reaching new financial rules early Friday after weeks of division, delay and frantic last-minute deal making. The dawn compromise set up a potential vote in both houses of Congress next week that could...

By Jodi Westrick | June 25, 2010; 08:33 AM ET | Comments (38)

Should ex-Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling's conviction be thrown out?

The Supreme Court sided with former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling in limiting the use of the "honest services" law. The federal fraud law is popular among white-collar crime prosecutors, but critics say that it is vague and has been used...

By Jodi Westrick | June 24, 2010; 11:06 AM ET | Comments (12)

What expectations do you have for John Wall?

The Wizards are widely expected to select John Wall with the overall top pick in Thursday night's NBA Draft, the culmination of a lucky lottery result and a remarkable freshman season at Kentucky for Wall. However, as sports columnist Mike Wise points out, No. 1 picks aren't always guaranteed success. So, how will Wall do? Send in your prediction below.

By Cameron Smith | June 23, 2010; 07:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

Was Obama right to relieve Gen. McChrystal of command?

President Obama on Wednesday fired Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal as commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan and replaced him with Gen. David H. Petraeus, a White House official said. Read the full article....

By Jodi Westrick | June 23, 2010; 01:44 PM ET | Comments (57)

Should Gen. Stanley McChrystal be fired?

The top U.S. general in Afghanistan was headed to Washington early Tuesday for an impromptu White House meeting, after apologizing for an upcoming magazine article that portrays him and his staff as flippant and dismissive of top Obama administration officials...

By Jodi Westrick | June 22, 2010; 08:44 AM ET | Comments (148)

Should states offer the option of execution by firing squad?

Ronnie Lee Gardner was executed by firing squad Friday, June 18, 2010 in Draper, Utah. It was the first time the state used the firing squad to carry out a death sentence in 14 years. Read the full article....

By Jodi Westrick | June 18, 2010; 12:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Father's Day: Who is your favorite TV dad?

By Jodi Westrick | June 18, 2010; 10:59 AM ET | Comments (7)

Should BP pay more for Gulf oil spill?

Should BP cover oil industry workers' lost wages?

By Hal Straus | June 17, 2010; 09:12 AM ET | Comments (3)

Should the 'ella' contraceptive pill be legal?

A French drug company is hoping to offer American women something their European counterparts already have:a pill that works long after "the morning after." The drug, dubbed ella, would be sold as a contraceptive -- one that could prevent pregnancy...

By Jodi Westrick | June 11, 2010; 04:04 PM ET | Comments (20)

Would you let your child sail around the world alone?

Rescue boats were sent to the southern Indian Ocean to retrieve 16-year-old sailor Abby Sunderland, who was attempting to become the youngest person to sail around the world. Abby's father, Laurence Sunderland, dismissed critics who said it was too dangerous...

By Jodi Westrick | June 11, 2010; 02:04 PM ET | Comments (70)

Which is your favorite World Cup advertisement?

1) Nike Football: Write the Future Favorite? Vote Here! 2) Stratos Candy Favorite? Vote Here! 3) PUMA Favorite? Vote Here!...

By Jodi Westrick | June 11, 2010; 10:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

What should happen to the birds affected by the oil spill?

As more photos emerge of wildlife harmed by the oil spill in the Gulf, efforts to clean oil-covered birds have increased. However, it still has yet to be seen whether these labor-intensive efforts are actually helping the animals. Watch the...

By Jodi Westrick | June 10, 2010; 10:35 AM ET | Comments (12)

Should President Obama call Sarah Palin?

In a Facebook posting on Tuesday, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin urged President Obama to give BP executives a call, then added "Or, what the heck, give me a call." She also outlined her experience after earlier saying it "bodes...

By Jodi Westrick | June 9, 2010; 12:59 PM ET | Comments (4)

Would you still get gas at BP?

By Jodi Westrick | June 8, 2010; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (40)

Should Helen Thomas be removed from the White House Press Room?

Veteran journalist Helen Thomas, who recently made controversial comments about Israel and Palestine, agreed Sunday not to appear as commencement speaker at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda. Thomas, 89, who has covered the White House for decades, provoked criticism...

By Jodi Westrick | June 7, 2010; 09:33 AM ET | Comments (99)

Should WHO be financially responsible for wasted H1N1 expenses?

Should the WHO be held financially accountable for their imprudent influence? Weigh in below.

By Cameron Smith | June 4, 2010; 02:13 PM ET | Comments (3)

Did BP hide the Gulf oil spill's animal victims?

In the Gulf of Mexico and along the coastline, cleanup and containment efforts continue after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig April 20. Photos of the animal spill's victims have been released. See the photos....

By Jodi Westrick | June 4, 2010; 02:13 PM ET | Comments (10)

Is the privatization of space travel a good thing?

If all goes well, a rocket built by an Internet entrepreneur in a former Boeing 747 fuselage factory will launch into space Friday -- from one of the storied pads in Cape Canaveral, Fla. And up into the lofty heights...

By Jodi Westrick | June 3, 2010; 01:33 PM ET | Comments (1)

Should Jim Joyce's call be overturned?

Everyone who saw Detroit Tigers right-hander Armando Galarraga lose his perfect game in excruciating fashion will agree on three things: *Umpire Jim Joyce blew the call. *Galarraga deserved a perfect game. *And something needs to be done. Read Baseball Insider's...

By Jodi Westrick | June 3, 2010; 10:06 AM ET | Comments (22)

Would you 'friend' George W. Bush?

George W. Bush to Social Media: Bring 'em on. First came the Google. Now the Facebook and the Twitter. George W. Bush signed up for Facebook, and somebody claiming to be Bush (and using the same photo of him that...

By Jodi Westrick | June 3, 2010; 10:01 AM ET | Comments (7)

Surprised Tipper and Al Gore are splitting up?

If you were going to bet a political marriage would fail, Al and Tipper Gore's would have been about the last you'd pick. Which is why so many people -- strangers and friends -- were stunned by the news that...

By Jodi Westrick | June 2, 2010; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (11)

Online dating frauds?

The great promise of online dating is this: You sit on the couch in pajamas, click through sparkling profiles of nearby singles, fire off a few quippy e-mails or a nonchalant "wink" and -- ta-da!-- a series of romantic rendezvous...

By Jodi Westrick | June 1, 2010; 12:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

Is Obama's oil spill response too little, too late?

Is President Obama's response to the oil spill crisis too little, too late?

By Cameron Smith | May 27, 2010; 01:27 PM ET | Comments (6)

When do you think the Gulf coast oil spill will be plugged?

Efforts to capture spewing oil following the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion five weeks ago have had limited success. The expanding slick has ridden a steady sea breeze onto 70 miles of Louisiana's shoreline and into shellfish-rich estuaries. The sight of oil-soaked brown pelicans is now common, and BP is now attempting a risky 'top kill' maneuver in an attempt to plug the spill. If the top kill maneuver doesn't succeed, it could actually make the leak worse.

By Cameron Smith | May 26, 2010; 12:49 PM ET | Comments (7)

Does Tina Fey deserve the Mark Twain Prize?

Tonight, in a lavish made-for-TV ceremony at the Kennedy Center, Tina Fey will receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Fey is the third woman since the prize's 1998 debut to receive the honor (Whoopi Goldberg won in 2001...

By Jodi Westrick | May 25, 2010; 12:29 PM ET | Comments (47)

Do you agree with calls to boycott BP?

Marco Mora, an auto body shop owner, was driving in Columbia Heights when he realized his Mercedes needed some premium love, so he pulled in under the feel-good green sign marked "BP" and opted for some $3.29-a-gallon Ultimate. Despite calls...

By Jodi Westrick | May 25, 2010; 11:39 AM ET | Comments (54)

Who will benefit from Viagra for women?

Next month, the FDA will consider endorsing the first pill designed to do for women what Viagra did for men: boost their sex lives. Do you think "Viagra for women" is a good thing for women's health or is big...

By Andrea Caumont | May 24, 2010; 11:23 AM ET | Comments (47)

What did you think of the 'Lost' finale?

After six seasons of mystery, Losties got their series finale last night, a dramatic two-and-a-half-hour episode. What did you think of the ending? Join our live chat at noon....

By Andrea Caumont | May 24, 2010; 09:49 AM ET | Comments (8)

Should 'pop quiz' second-grader get White House visit?

The second-grader who sprung an immigration question on first lady Michelle Obama during a school visit would like a tour of the White House. Read the article....

By Andrea Caumont | May 21, 2010; 10:52 AM ET | Comments (7)

Which is the worst Olympic mascot?

By Jodi Westrick | May 20, 2010; 03:52 PM ET | Comments (55)

Does ye olde Senate need new blood?

Ezra Klein writes about Ben Nelson's inexperience with ATM machines and wonders if the oldest Senate in history (average age 63) is out of touch with modern technology. Read the full blog post....

By Andrea Caumont | May 20, 2010; 01:33 PM ET | Comments (16)

Is Floyd Landis telling the truth?

Disgraced American cyclist Floyd Landis has admitted to systematic use of performance-enhancing drugs and accused seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong of involvement in doping, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. Read the full article....

By Jodi Westrick | May 20, 2010; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (26)

Do you think someone will crash the White House State Dinner?

By Jodi Westrick | May 19, 2010; 09:50 AM ET | Comments (2)

Is Bristol Palin a hypocrite?

Bristol Palin is taking her burgeoning career as a don't-be-a-teen-mom-like-me advocate to the next level by hitting the lecture circuit and is expected to earn between $15,000 and $30,000 per speaking gig. Read the Reliable Source blog post....

By Jodi Westrick | May 18, 2010; 12:25 PM ET | Comments (182)

Is Bo worth $1600?

Bo cost $1,600. According to President Obama's 2009 financial disclosure forms, released Monday, that's the value of the Portuguese water dog that the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy and his widow gave to the First Family last year. Read the...

By Jodi Westrick | May 18, 2010; 12:05 PM ET | Comments (3)

Is Bobby Jindal getting ready for 2012?

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has taken an active role in dealing with oil spill on the Gulf Coast. As he takes the lead in enforcing clean-up and rebuilding, is he setting himself up for a potential presidential nomination in 2012?...

By Jodi Westrick | May 18, 2010; 09:55 AM ET | Comments (20)

Are immigrant checks bad for the community?

Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger believes that if immigrant checks were enforced locally, it would prevent witnesses from stepping forward and aiding in criminal investigations. Read the full article here....

By Jodi Westrick | May 17, 2010; 11:04 AM ET | Comments (15)

Was it time for 'Law and Order' to be cancelled?

NBC finally confirmed Friday afternoon that it will put "Law & Order" out of our misery when it airs its now-series finale episode on Monday, May 24. Read Lisa de Moraes's blog post....

By Jodi Westrick | May 14, 2010; 01:28 PM ET | Comments (17)

Should Preakness be marketing itself with infield beer promotion?

Are the Preakness Stakes' youthful marketing measures needed? Are they appropriate? Weigh in below.

By Cameron Smith | May 13, 2010; 07:04 PM ET | Comments (6)

Too late for Google to compete with the iPad?

Of course we'd see tablet computers based on smartphone operating systems competing with Apple's iPad, and of course wireless carriers besides AT&T would want a piece of that market. And so yesterday the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg News ran...

By Jodi Westrick | May 13, 2010; 10:02 AM ET | Comments (5)

YouCut: Great idea or leave it to the pros?

Republicans recently announced a new campaign called YouCut, which allows conservative voters to cast text message votes for what government spending they think should be cut. Read David Weigel's blog post....

By Jodi Westrick | May 13, 2010; 09:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

Will you purchase Sarah Palin's new book?

Sarah Palin will be releasing a new book "America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag," on Nov. 23. Do you think you'll purchase a copy?...

By Jodi Westrick | May 12, 2010; 09:40 AM ET | Comments (44)

Are you now more likely to apply for federal jobs?

President Obama plans to instruct federal agencies to radically overhaul the process now used to hire government workers. The change is expected to cut in half the time it takes to fill vacancies and allow the government to better compete...

By Jodi Westrick | May 11, 2010; 11:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

How did Betty White do on Saturday Night Live?

By Jodi Westrick | May 10, 2010; 10:03 AM ET | Comments (16)

Will the market's reversal reignite the U.S recession?

Fears that debt problems in Greece could extend to European countries caused the Dow Jones industrial average to drop nearly 1,000 points today. Read the full article....

By Jodi Westrick | May 6, 2010; 02:53 PM ET | Comments (14)

Is it ever OK to strip an American of his or her citizenship?

Sen. Joe Lieberman plans to introduce legislation today that would strip the citizenship of those who are involved with terror groups....

By Jodi Westrick | May 6, 2010; 10:17 AM ET | Comments (27)

Would you purchase a 'granny pod'?

The Rev. Kenneth Dupin, who leads a small Methodist church here, has a vision: As America grows older, its aging adults could avoid a jarring move to the nursing home by living in small, specially equipped, temporary shelters close to...

By Jodi Westrick | May 6, 2010; 09:50 AM ET | Comments (5)

Was Obama's Jonas Brothers joke offensive?

By Jodi Westrick | May 3, 2010; 12:12 PM ET | Comments (7)

Should the U.S. continue offshore drilling?

In the aftermath of the Gulf coast oil spill, should the U.S. invest in more offshore drilling?

By Cameron Smith | April 30, 2010; 04:16 PM ET | Comments (14)

Will move help or hurt Charlie Crist?

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R) will announce his future political plans today, a decision widely reported -- by the Fix among many others -- to be a stepping-away from the Republican party to run for the Senate this fall as...

By Jodi Westrick | April 29, 2010; 11:39 AM ET | Comments (6)

Was Obama wrong to only check his race as 'black' on his census form?

Elizabeth Chang writes in today's Post that she believes that President Obama was wrong to only check his race as "black" when he filled out his census earlier this month. Read her full piece....

By Jodi Westrick | April 29, 2010; 10:53 AM ET | Comments (20)

Should SEC employees be fired?

None of the Securities and Exchange Commission employees caught using government computers to view pornographic images has been fired, according to the agency.Read the full Federal Eye post....

By Jodi Westrick | April 28, 2010; 02:54 PM ET | Comments (7)

Can men be pole dancers too?

Once upon a time, when men went out for a night of pole dancing, it was their eyes that got a workout. But in the past few years for some, it's been their entire bodies. Like women, guys are discovering...

By Jodi Westrick | April 28, 2010; 10:01 AM ET | Comments (2)

Is Facebook going too far?

Last week, changes at Facebook made data from its users available to third parties unless a user opted out. That means the default for most users is for private information to be available to advertisers and other third parties. Read...

By Jodi Westrick | April 27, 2010; 10:51 AM ET | Comments (4)

Does Arizona's new immigration law go too far?

Does the new Arizona law go too far, or are these measures needed to combat illegal immigration in border states?

By Cameron Smith | April 26, 2010; 04:01 PM ET | Comments (172)

How long could you last without access to social media?

Here was the challenge given to 200 University of Maryland students from a variety of majors: Abstain from social media for 24 hours. That meant no iPhone or text messaging. No laptops or netbooks. No Gchatting or Twittering. No e-mail...

By Jodi Westrick | April 26, 2010; 12:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Do you think aliens exist?

According to British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, aliens do exist but interacting with them could be too dangerous for humans. Read the full article....

By Jodi Westrick | April 26, 2010; 10:56 AM ET | Comments (15)

Is porn at work OK?

Dozens of Securities and Exchange Commission staffers used government computers to access and download explicit images and many of the incidents have occurred since the global financial meltdown began, according to a new watchdog investigation. Read the full blog post....

By Jodi Westrick | April 23, 2010; 09:51 AM ET | Comments (6)

Sad to see Kate Gosselin go?

By Jodi Westrick | April 21, 2010; 10:42 AM ET | Comments (14)

Should the FDA take some salt away?

The FDA is planning to put legal limits on the amount of salt in processed foods, a move it believes could save thousands of lives a year. Is the plan a good one?

By Hal Straus | April 20, 2010; 08:50 AM ET | Comments (18)

Too soon for European airports to reopen?

Britain sent warships across the English Channel on Monday to rescue Britons stranded by the volcanic ash cloud, wire services reported, while a few small European airports reopened and airline officials blasted widespread closures that they said were overzealous and...

By Jodi Westrick | April 19, 2010; 11:02 AM ET | Comments (12)

Should 'sexting' earn criminal punishment?

Students at a Bethesda middle school bought, sold and traded inappropriate photos and videos of fellow students, school officials said Thursday, and Montgomery County police are investigating. Read the full article....

By Jodi Westrick | April 16, 2010; 10:28 AM ET | Comments (25)

Should paddling be allowed in schools?

In an era when students talk back to teachers, skip class and wear ever-more-risque clothing to school, one central Texas city has hit upon a deceptively simple solution: Bring back the paddle. Read the full article....

By Jodi Westrick | April 16, 2010; 10:24 AM ET | Comments (111)

Tax Day: Did you get money back this year?

Today is tax day. Did you luck out and get money back this year?...

By Jodi Westrick | April 15, 2010; 10:59 AM ET | Comments (16)

Should 'Twilight' be banned?

The "Twilight" series, a multi-million selling book series about vampires by Stephenie Meyer has been added to the American Library Association's list of "challenged books." Do you agree? Read the full article....

By Jodi Westrick | April 14, 2010; 03:58 PM ET | Comments (16)

Could you be Vegan before 6 p.m.?

What's a vegetable-starved population to do? We could follow the example of Mark Bittman, one of the strongest advocates for finding your inner vegetable fan. Still largely an omnivore as he completed his vegetarian cookbook, the prolific food writer and...

By Jodi Westrick | April 14, 2010; 09:46 AM ET | Comments (4)

Who will be the next Supreme Court nominee?

Rank who you think will be President Obama's next Supreme Court nominee by moving the options up or down by clicking the arrows. Don't see your candidate on there? Talk about it in the comment thread below....

By Jodi Westrick | April 12, 2010; 02:21 PM ET | Comments (28)

New book sheds light on Oprah's image

The image of Oprah as America's benevolent earth mother is about to take a serious hit, thanks to -- who else? -- biographer Kitty Kelley, whose book on the talk show queen comes out Tuesday. "I was astounded that the...

By Jodi Westrick | April 12, 2010; 01:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Is Glenn Beck sincere about politics?

Is Glenn Beck in it for the money? A new Forbes magazine article reveals how lucrative Glenn Beck's inflammatory politics are - and how politics may not even be his first love. As the piece, notes: "With a deadpan, Beck...

By Jodi Westrick | April 8, 2010; 04:44 PM ET | Comments (29)

Is Tiger Woods's new Nike commercial in poor taste?

Nike has unveiled a new commercial featuring Tiger Woods and the voice of his deceased father, Earl Woods, using recordings that appear as though he is addressing his son about his recent sex scandal. Your Browser DoesNot Support IFrames....

By Jodi Westrick | April 8, 2010; 09:59 AM ET | Comments (31)

Should proper nouns be allowed in new version of Scrabble?

Tuesday dawned with sputtering Scrabble fans dashing for their dictionaries: Appall! (10 points). Pox! (12 points). Crazy! (19 points). Zounds! (16 points). By day's end, they felt better: Phew. (12 points). Sheesh. (12 points). They wished they had enough tiles...

By Jodi Westrick | April 7, 2010; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

What did you think of Tiger's remarks?

By Jodi Westrick | April 5, 2010; 03:16 PM ET | Comments (4)

Should Michael Steele resign?

The Republican National Committee has been under scrutiny recently for its financial management. Does this error call for Chairman Michael Steele's resignation? Read the full article....

By Jodi Westrick | April 5, 2010; 10:01 AM ET | Comments (31)

Would you appear on Sarah Palin's new TV show?

The debut of former Alaska governor and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin's new show on Fox News -- 'Real American Stories' -- was marked as much by those who pulled out of appearances on it. The rapper L.L. Cool J and country singer Toby Keith both pulled out of scheduled appearances on the program's debut. Would you make an appearance on the show? Let us know below.

By Cameron Smith | April 2, 2010; 02:38 PM ET | Comments (30)

Ethical practice to refuse medical care?

A doctor in Florida put a sign up in front of his office telling supporters of Obama's health-care overhaul to "seek urologic care elsewhere." The Republican urologist said he wouldn't turn anyone away, "but if they read the sign and...

By Jodi Westrick | April 2, 2010; 12:59 PM ET | Comments (1)

Have you filled out your census form?

Today is census day. Watch the Post's Ed O'Keefe show you how simple it is to fill the census form out....

By Jodi Westrick | April 1, 2010; 09:46 AM ET | Comments (7)

Are you planning on purchasing an iPad?

Apple's latest venture, the iPad, ships this week. Are you planning on purchasing one? Read a review....

By Jodi Westrick | April 1, 2010; 09:22 AM ET | Comments (18)

Should the government allow offshore drilling?

The Obama administration will approve significant oil and gas exploration off America's coasts, including a possible sale two years from now of leases off Virginia's coast, administration officials said Wednesday. Read the full article....

By Jodi Westrick | March 31, 2010; 10:13 AM ET | Comments (70)

Levi Johnston or Sarah Palin?

Levi Johnston, Sarah Palin's grandbaby-daddy and the bane of her existence, is pitching his own docu-series in which he will introduce viewers to Alaska. The news comes just days after Discovery Networks announced that its TLC network would air "Sarah...

By Jodi Westrick | March 30, 2010; 10:40 AM ET | Comments (13)

Have the whales been saved?

"Save the Whales!" One of the earliest slogans of the environmental movement, it galvanized a generation of conservationists. Awe-inspiring behemoths that breached the ocean's waves and could communicate with one another underwater, whales inspired public support in a way endangered...

By Jodi Westrick | March 29, 2010; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (6)

Should Pope Benedict XVI be held responsible for church abuse scandals?

An escalating scandal over clerical sexual abuse in Europe is heightening calls for greater transparency in the Vatican and a zero-tolerance policy toward abusive priests that would mirror the approach adopted by the U.S. Catholic Church. Read the full article....

By Jodi Westrick | March 26, 2010; 08:27 AM ET | Comments (24)

Does a threat of violence undermine one's political stance or cause?

The pitched battle over health care has unleashed a rash of vandalism and attacks directed at politicians, with at least 10 House Democrats reporting death threats or incidents of harassment or vandalism at their district offices over the past week....

By Jodi Westrick | March 25, 2010; 11:12 AM ET | Comments (15)

What is George W. Bush doing?

This ABC video captures what appears to be President George W. Bush wiping his hand on President Bill Clinton's shirt after greeting Haitians by shaking their hand....

By Jodi Westrick | March 24, 2010; 01:22 PM ET | Comments (56)

Should Gilbert Arenas serve jail time?

Prosecutors recommended on Tuesday that Wizards star guard Gilbert Arenas spend three months in jail for bringing guns into the Verizon Center locker room, also proposing three years probation and 300 hours of community service for the former All-Star. What do you think of the prosecution's proposed punishment? Is it too harsh? Too lenient? Weigh in below.

By Cameron Smith | March 23, 2010; 05:56 PM ET | Comments (10)

Operation Inspiration: Name the best mission title

The names the U.S. military gives to combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan range from aggressive to optimistic to amusingly mysterious. Rate them from best to worst.

By Cameron Smith | March 19, 2010; 05:32 PM ET | Comments (2)

Will the health care bill pass?

By Jodi Westrick | March 19, 2010; 04:51 PM ET | Comments (1)

Rank health care bill priorities

By Jodi Westrick | March 19, 2010; 04:35 PM ET | Comments (32)

Is President Obama defensive on race?

Should President Obama have a black agenda? Popular talk show host and activist Tavis Smiley is planning to host a forum Saturday at the 6,000-seat Emil and Patricia A. Jones Convocation Center on the Chicago State University campus to explore...

By Jodi Westrick | March 19, 2010; 04:17 PM ET | Comments (10)

Do you think Sen. Franken should stay in the Senate?

Al Franken is working on some new material. After arriving in the Senate in July after a bitterly contested recount, the former "Saturday Night Live" satirist immediately set out to prove that he was no court jester. He pursued Hillary...

By Jodi Westrick | March 18, 2010; 10:39 AM ET | Comments (44)

Will Kucinich inspire other Democrats to vote in favor of the health-care bill?

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), often a proponent of very liberal, unlikely ideas such as the creation of a "Department of Peace" and the impeachment of then-Vice President Cheney, has found his pragmatic streak. Under pressure from both President Obama and...

By Jodi Westrick | March 17, 2010; 11:46 AM ET | Comments (42)

Too soon for Tiger Woods's return?

By Jodi Westrick | March 16, 2010; 11:26 AM ET | Comments (30)

Do you agree with proposed changes to No Child Left Behind

Do you think proposed changes to No Child Left Behind are a step in the right direction for the American public education system.

By Cameron Smith | March 15, 2010; 07:38 PM ET | Comments (1)

Was GQ the best medium for Rielle Hunter to tell her story?

For more than two years after Rielle Hunter emerged at the center of the John Edwards love-child scandal, the former campaign videographer kept quiet -- while Edwards denied fathering her daughter (before finally acknowledging it); while Elizabeth Edwards wrote a...

By Jodi Westrick | March 15, 2010; 11:50 AM ET | Comments (14)

Will you watch Jessica Simpson's new show?

"The Price of Beauty" (debuting Monday night on VH1) is not about beauty, not by a long shot. Mostly it's about a celebrity needing something to do. In it, Jessica Simpson travels the globe -- Thailand, France, India, Uganda --...

By Jodi Westrick | March 15, 2010; 09:52 AM ET | Comments (5)

Should government be allowed to sell allegedly dangerous trailers?

Should the government be allowed to sell trailers it deemed unsafe to live in? Weigh in below.

By Cameron Smith | March 12, 2010; 03:06 PM ET | Comments (2)

Was Obama right to push back Indonesia trip?

President Obama will leave for Indonesia three days later than planned, departing March 21 rather than March 18, in an effort to move stalled health-care legislation through Congress, the White House said. Read the full article....

By Jodi Westrick | March 12, 2010; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

'Jihad Jane': Below federal radar?

A petite, blond-haired, blue-eyed high school dropout who allegedly used the nickname JihadJane was identified Tuesday as an alleged terrorist intent on recruiting others to her cause, as federal prosecutors unsealed criminal charges that could send her to prison for...

By Jodi Westrick | March 10, 2010; 11:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

Do you plan to fill out your census form?

The 2010 Census will determine how more than $500 billion in federal funds is divvied up each year, according to a new study that adds urgency to cash-strapped jurisdictions pushing residents to mail in their census questionnaires later this month....

By Jodi Westrick | March 9, 2010; 11:10 AM ET | Comments (17)

Do you believe Ex-Rep. Eric Massa?

Conservative activists rallied Monday to the side of a liberal New York Democrat who had resigned from the House, after he charged that his party's leaders had conspired to oust him over his opposition to President Obama's health-care legislation. Read...

By Jodi Westrick | March 9, 2010; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (1)

Health-care debate: Will Democrats work
fairly?

Conservative activists rallied Monday to the side of a liberal New York Democrat who had resigned from the House, after he charged that his party's leaders had conspired to oust him over his opposition to President Obama's health-care legislation. Read...

By Jodi Westrick | March 9, 2010; 10:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

Will you buy Karl Rove's new book?

Former president George W. Bush did not mislead the nation about weapons of mass destruction as a way to "lie us" into war, his former top political aide, Karl Rove, asserts in a new memoir, "Courage and Consequence." Read the...

By Jodi Westrick | March 4, 2010; 10:24 AM ET | Comments (33)

Should air traffic controllers be fired?

An Federal Aviation Administration air traffic controller and supervisor are under investigation for allowing a young child to direct flights at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Feb. 17. The child communicated with at least five pilots, clearing some of...

By Jodi Westrick | March 3, 2010; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (7)

Ronald Reagan on the $50 bill?

Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) on Tuesday proposed putting the nation's 40th president, Ronald Reaganm on the greenbacks, arguing he deserves the monetary honor. Read the full article....

By Jodi Westrick | March 3, 2010; 10:44 AM ET | Comments (31)

Did Rep. Charles Rangel make the right move?

Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.) said Wednesday that he would temporarily step down as chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, days after being was admonished for breaking House rules by accepting corporate-financed travel. Read the full article....

By Jodi Westrick | March 3, 2010; 10:17 AM ET | Comments (29)

Did Sen. Jim Bunning overstep bounds to block jobs bill?

Did Sen. Jim Bunning overstep bounds to block jobs bill?

By Cameron Smith | March 2, 2010; 07:12 PM ET | Comments (18)

Should the U.S. Postal Service cut Saturday delivery?

The U.S. Postal Service will release projections Tuesday that confirm for the first time the suspicion that mail volume will never return to pre-recession levels. In response, the agency is pushing anew for a dramatic reshaping of how Americans get...

By Jodi Westrick | March 2, 2010; 08:40 AM ET | Comments (34)

'The Marriage Ref': Comedy gold for Seinfeld?

By Jodi Westrick | March 1, 2010; 01:32 PM ET | Comments (3)

Will you watch Jay Leno tonight?

By Jodi Westrick | March 1, 2010; 08:41 AM ET | Comments (21)

Obama's health-care summit: Worthwhile?

President Obama declared Thursday that the time for debate over health-care reform has come to an end, closing an unusual seven-hour summit with congressional leaders by sending a clear message that Democrats will move forward to pass major legislation with...

By Jodi Westrick | February 26, 2010; 08:28 AM ET | Comments (115)

What should happen to Tilikum?

An orca that had been involved in two previous deaths attacked and killed a trainer at Orlando SeaWorld on Wednesday. Read the full article....

By Jodi Westrick | February 25, 2010; 09:56 AM ET | Comments (7)

'Naughty' Apple apps: Should they be available for download?

Apple purged several sexually explicit applications from iTunes this week. Parents had complained that children were getting hold of apps such as Naughty Trivia and Sexy Scratch Off in the freewheeling online marketplace. But the company's attempt at self-policing highlighted...

By Jodi Westrick | February 24, 2010; 08:45 AM ET | Comments (5)

Do parents have a right to know about students' alcohol, drug use?

This semester, Virginia Tech has joined a growing list of colleges that notify parents every time a student younger than 21 is caught drinking, drunk or in possession of alcohol. Read the full article....

By Jodi Westrick | February 23, 2010; 03:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

How concerned are you about the presence of BPA in food packaging?

Major U.S. foodmakers are quietly investigating how to rid their containers of Bisphenol A, a chemical under scrutiny by federal regulators concerned about links to a range of health problems, including reproductive disorders and cancer. Read the full article....

By Jodi Westrick | February 23, 2010; 09:46 AM ET | Comments (7)

Should women's hockey be an Olympic sport?

The United States and Canada have mowed their way through the women's hockey field like the custom cutters who harvest wheat each year from Texas up through the plains to the Great White North. And everyone is in a dither...

By Jodi Westrick | February 23, 2010; 09:35 AM ET | Comments (4)

Ice dancing: Inappropriate costumes?

The second of three portions of the Olympic ice dancing competition required contestants to choreograph and skate to a "country/folk dance" piece yesterday evening. World champion Russian pair Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin drew criticism for their dance. The two...

By Jodi Westrick | February 22, 2010; 09:58 AM ET | Comments (1)

Do you plan on watching the Olympics?

Do you plan on tuning in to the Winter Olympic Games? Let us know by voting below.

By Cameron Smith | February 12, 2010; 05:25 PM ET | Comments (30)

Valentine's Day: Love it or hate it?

By Jodi Westrick | February 12, 2010; 08:23 AM ET | Comments (18)

Ellen DeGeneres: Good for American Idol?

Comedienne Ellen DeGeneres joined Simon Cowell and others last night as a new judge on American Idol. How did she do? Are you a fan?...

By Jodi Westrick | February 10, 2010; 01:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

2010 Super Bowl: Best commercials

Read Tom Shales' analysis of the commercials. (While we wanted to list every commercial, we didn't have enough space - tell us which ones not listed you loved most!)...

By Jodi Westrick | February 8, 2010; 08:41 AM ET | Comments (43)

Super Bowl: Who's your pick to win?

By Jodi Westrick | February 5, 2010; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (11)

'Demon sheep' campaign ad: Creepy or genius?

California senatorial candidate Carly Fiorina (R) released a highly unusual attack ad featuring a red-eyed man dressed as a sheep crawling on all fours in a meadow. The spot prompted a wave of jokes on Twitter, as well as some...

By Jodi Westrick | February 4, 2010; 02:09 PM ET | Comments (5)

Google and NSA team up: Do you feel safer online?

The world's largest Internet search company and the world's most powerful electronic surveillance organization are teaming up in the name of cybersecurity. Under an agreement that is still being finalized, the National Security Agency would help Google analyze a major...

By Jodi Westrick | February 4, 2010; 12:50 PM ET | Comments (3)

'Lost' premiere: Did it live up to the hype?

By Jodi Westrick | February 3, 2010; 01:27 PM ET | Comments (6)

'We Are the World' 2010: Will it top the first?

An all-star cast of musicians have joined together to remake the classic "We Are the World" to benefit earthquake relief in Haiti. Read the full article "Stars gather to cover 'We Are the World' for Haiti"...

By Jodi Westrick | February 3, 2010; 11:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

AIG bonuses: Right thing to do?

American International Group plans Wednesday to pay another round of employee bonuses, worth about $100 million, said several people familiar with the matter, a year after similar payments at the bailed-out insurance giant infuriated many Americans and inflamed Washington. Read...

By Jodi Westrick | February 3, 2010; 09:58 AM ET | Comments (33)

Do you think abstinence-focused programs can work?

Sex education classes that focus on encouraging children to remain abstinent can persuade a significant proportion to delay sexual activity, researchers reported Monday in a landmark study that could have major implications for U.S. efforts to protect young people against...

By Jodi Westrick | February 2, 2010; 09:26 AM ET | Comments (41)

Has Toyota moved fast enough to fix their recalled cars?

Toyota Motor company said today that its dealers should receive the parts to fix a sticky gas pedal problem by the end of the week and that it will train dealers on how to make the repairs. The president and...

By Amy Kovac | February 1, 2010; 08:24 AM ET | Comments (3)

What do you think of Taylor Swift's Grammy performance?

Taylor Swift is the youngest person to win the Grammys biggest award of Album of the Year. Before receiving her award, however, she sang a duet with Stevie Nicks that sparked much criticism. Do you think the complaints were deserved?...

By Amy Kovac | February 1, 2010; 07:57 AM ET | Comments (15)

The recession: Is it truly over?

The U.S. economy roared ahead in the final months of 2009, growing at its fastest rate in six years, as corporate America stopped slashing its inventories and again started to invest for the future. Gross domestic product, the broadest measure...

By Jodi Westrick | January 29, 2010; 10:48 AM ET | Comments (24)

Timothy Geithner and AIG: An appropriate rescue?

Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner pushed back Wednesday against lawmakers upset about his role in rescuing American International Group and defended decisions that allowed the company's trading partners on Wall Street and abroad to walk away with billions in taxpayer...

By Jodi Westrick | January 28, 2010; 08:39 AM ET | Comments (7)

Don't ask, don't tell: Is Obama right to call for repeal?

Should Congress act on President Obama's call for repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy barring openly gay and lesbian people from serving in the military?

By Hal Straus | January 27, 2010; 07:35 PM ET | Comments (96)

New Apple iPad: Will you get one?

With Steve Jobs's highly-anticipated announcement of the new Apple iPad, we've finally figured out what the new tool can do. Based on this announcement, will you be purchasing one?...

By Jodi Westrick | January 27, 2010; 01:40 PM ET | Comments (14)

Have you lost faith in the Toyota brand?

Toyota took the extraordinary step Tuesday of suspending the manufacture and sale of eight of its most popular models because of an unresolved mechanical flaw that might cause the accelerator to get perilously stuck in the depressed position. The move...

By Jodi Westrick | January 27, 2010; 12:43 PM ET | Comments (10)

PETA wants to fire Punxsutawney Phil: Do you agree?

PETA is campaigning to have Groundhog Day icon Punxsutawney Phil replaced with an android version, saying that it is "unfair" to keep Phil in captivity. However, William Deeley, president of the Inner Circle of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, says Phil...

By Jodi Westrick | January 27, 2010; 11:03 AM ET | Comments (10)

Are you tuning in to tonight's State of the Union address?

By Jodi Westrick | January 27, 2010; 10:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

Too much hype for Apple iTablet?

It's the big day, fanboys and girls (as if you need to be reminded). If you'll just keep your shirts on a few hours longer, all will be revealed. Apple's iTablet -- or possibly the iSlate or iPad or whatever...

By Jodi Westrick | January 27, 2010; 08:20 AM ET | Comments (1)

Is it ok for Obama to root for Saints?

President Obama told ABC News' Diane Sawyer that he's "rooting a little bit" for the New Orleans Saints in the Super Bowl, because of all the city has been through. Do you think a President should ever express his hope for one Super Bowl team to beat another? Weigh in below.

By Cameron Smith | January 26, 2010; 12:39 PM ET | Comments (30)

Sharing our online information after death?

As we begin to share more of our lives online, many have begun to think about what will happen to our personal accounts once we pass on. Many new online sites have been created to make it easier to pass...

By Jodi Westrick | January 25, 2010; 11:46 AM ET | Comments (1)

New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts head to the Super Bowl

By Jodi Westrick | January 25, 2010; 09:46 AM ET | Comments (7)

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie split?

By Jodi Westrick | January 25, 2010; 08:58 AM ET | Comments (9)

Should U.S. let more Haitians immigrate?

Now that the earthquake's initial shock is giving way to the realities of trying to cope in the ruins, a growing number of Haitians -- and their relatives in the United States -- are starting to chafe under the Obama...

By Jodi Westrick | January 25, 2010; 08:42 AM ET | Comments (10)

Benefit concert for Haiti

By Jodi Westrick | January 22, 2010; 03:31 PM ET | Comments (8)

Tiger Woods's image

Tiger Woods looks seedy in what the National Enquirer claims are the first photographs placing him at a sexual rehabilitation clinic in Hattiesburg, Miss. The golf legend's face isn't clearly visible, but the dark blur is legible enough to be...

By Jodi Westrick | January 22, 2010; 09:28 AM ET | Comments (19)

National Enquirer eligible for Pulitzer?

The executive editor of the National Enquirer says he plans to enter his paper's work on the John Edwards scandal for a Pulitzer Prize. Read Howard Kurtz's full piece....

By Jodi Westrick | January 21, 2010; 03:06 PM ET | Comments (16)

Conan O'Brien worth $32.5 million?

On the Today show this morning, NBC announced it had reached a $32.5 million deal with Conan O'Brien for his exit from the "Tonight" show. Read the full article. Did he settle for the amount or should he have asked...

By Jodi Westrick | January 21, 2010; 08:20 AM ET | Comments (38)

Do you want to pay for news content online?

The New York Times announced today that it would start charging online users to read content on its Web site in 2011. They hope the move will draw in more revenue online without driving away advertisers. Read the full article....

By Jodi Westrick | January 20, 2010; 10:07 AM ET | Comments (33)

Kids spending too much time with technology?

Youth are spending more time with every form of media than ever, according to a report released Wednesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation. They spend more hours on the computer, in front of television, playing video games, texting and listening...

By Jodi Westrick | January 20, 2010; 08:41 AM ET | Comments (4)

Should parents circumcise their sons?

Circumcision, long one of the most emotionally charged surgical procedures performed in the United States, has become the focus of yet another intense debate as leading health authorities are about to issue major new evaluations of the potential health benefits...

By Jodi Westrick | January 19, 2010; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (24)

Polling the Golden Globes

Stay tuned tonight as we poll throughout the Golden Globes red carpet pre-show and main event. The most recent poll will appear at the top of the page. Full Coverage: Golden Globes...

By Features Team | January 17, 2010; 06:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Voting on accents

Virginia's incoming governor, Robert F. McDonnell (R), has little in common with his two Democratic predecessors, but like Timothy M. Kaine and Mark Warner, he heads to the Executive Mansion sounding more like a Yankee than his recent opponent --...

By Jodi Westrick | January 15, 2010; 09:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

More big bonuses for Wall Street

After a yearlong effort by the Obama administration to reform how Wall Street pays its executives, some of the nation's biggest banks beginning Friday will pay out bonuses nearly as large as those in the best years before the crisis....

By Jodi Westrick | January 15, 2010; 07:54 AM ET | Comments (9)

Is Obama's tax hike on financial firms fair?

President Obama is proposing a tax on financial firms to recoup taxpayer losses from the financial bailout....

By Jodi Westrick | January 14, 2010; 10:56 AM ET | Comments (50)

Has the economic stimulus helped you?

The $787 billion economic stimulus package has created or saved between 1.7 million and 2 million jobs, but its impact on the economy ebbed slightly in the final quarter of 2009 compared with prior months, the White House said Tuesday...

By Jodi Westrick | January 13, 2010; 08:07 AM ET | Comments (5)

Google may leave China

Google may leave China in light of evidence that the Chinese government attempted to access the company's Gmail system in order to access the accounts of human rights activists.

By Hal Straus | January 13, 2010; 06:30 AM ET | Comments (18)

Conan O'Brien rejects NBC move of 'Tonight Show'

In a letter to fans on Tuesday, Conan O'Brien said he was rejecting NBC's decision to move "The Tonight Show" to 12:05 p.m. He said he was hoping for a quick resolution from the company. Read the full article....

By Jodi Westrick | January 12, 2010; 03:47 PM ET | Comments (79)

Sarah Palin joins fox news

Sarah Palin, who has been broadcasting her political views on her Facebook page, has just acquired a far more potent media megaphone. By joining Fox News in a deal announced Monday, the former Republican vice presidential nominee gains instant access...

By Jodi Westrick | January 12, 2010; 08:36 AM ET | Comments (27)

Mark McGwire admits steroid use

Mark McGwire, who broke baseball's home run record in 1998 while playing for the St. Louis Cardinals, admitted to using steroids on and off for "years" including that season. He is set to become the hitting coach for the Cardinals,...

By Jodi Westrick | January 11, 2010; 03:23 PM ET | Comments (15)

Members of Congress too close to lobbyists?

The union of Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) and lobbyist Debbie Insley brought together very divergent interests: the lawmaker's obligation to craft legislation that serves the public and his wife's financial dependency on an industry whose fortunes were directly affected by...

By Jodi Westrick | January 11, 2010; 09:46 AM ET | Comments (2)

Is NBC making right decision for Jay Leno?

NBC finally confirmed it is going to scuttle Jay Leno's 10 o'clock comedy program and shift the host back to late night after NBC TV stations threatened to drop the prime-time weeknight series, the network's entertainment chief said Sunday. "The...

By Jodi Westrick | January 11, 2010; 08:29 AM ET | Comments (13)

Who is a better fit to host NBC's Tonight Show?

After just more than three months of Conan O'Brien hosting NBC's long-running Tonight Show, the network is reportedly moving the show's former host, Jay Leno, back into the 11:30 p.m. time slot. So, who is a better fit to host the Tonight Show?

By Cameron Smith | January 7, 2010; 04:22 PM ET | Comments (38)

Real World D.C. vs. The Jersey Shore

By Jodi Westrick | January 7, 2010; 11:18 AM ET | Comments (3)

TV on cell phones?

By Jodi Westrick | January 6, 2010; 12:33 PM ET | Comments (1)

Job satisfaction?

A new survey from the Conference Board research group found that only 45 percent of Americans are satisfied with their work. Read the full article. What about you?...

By Jodi Westrick | January 5, 2010; 10:38 AM ET | Comments (4)

Should Redskins Coach Jim Zorn have been fired?

Did Redskins coach Jim Zorn deserve to be fired?

By Hal Straus | January 4, 2010; 07:08 AM ET | Comments (104)

2010 better than 2009?

By Jodi Westrick | December 31, 2009; 01:58 PM ET | Comments (14)

New Year's Resolutions

By Jodi Westrick | December 31, 2009; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

Who should get custody of Palin-Johnston baby?

By Jodi Westrick | December 29, 2009; 01:07 PM ET | Comments (16)

Christmas trees

By Jodi Westrick | December 25, 2009; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

The season's best Christmas trees

We've been asking our users to submit photos of their Christmas trees and other holiday decorations. Here's your chance to vote on some of our favorites. Which one do you like best? Does your tree feature ornaments you've had...

By Jodi Westrick | December 23, 2009; 10:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

What's on your Christmas list?

Even before the shopper stopper blizzard of 2009, retailers were seeing a dramatic shift in the buying habits of recession-battered consumers -- and scrambling to sell to it. The recession has made dramatic changes in the way Americans are shopping...

By Jodi Westrick | December 22, 2009; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Happy Holidays Fluffy!

We've been asking readers to submit photos of their pets all decked out for the holidays. We've pulled a few of our favorites and want to know which one you think has the most holiday cheer. Got photos of...

By Jodi Westrick | December 18, 2009; 04:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

How would you fix baseball?

In today's column Tom Boswell suggests ten ways he would fix the sport of baseball, which has been embarrassed by bad umpiring and plagued by sinking attendance and excessively long games. How would you rank his fixes, from most important...

By Andrea Caumont | December 17, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Tiger Woods: Athlete of the decade?

Despite three weeks of scandal-filled headlines, The Associated Press named Tiger Woods its "Athlete of the Decade" on Wednesday. Do you agree? Read the full AP article....

By Jodi Westrick | December 16, 2009; 11:19 AM ET | Comments (92)

Are you worried about teen 'sexting'?

According to a new survey from the Pew Center, one out of every seven American teens say they have been the recipient of 'sexting', where someone sends them a nude or nearly nude photo via text. While more than 15 percent of teens between the age of 12 and 17 acknowledge receiving the messages, only four percent have admitted to sending them out. Does the growing 'sexting' trend worry you?

By Cameron Smith | December 15, 2009; 02:10 PM ET | Comments (1)

Dozens of terrorism suspects being held at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will be moved to a little-used Illinois state prison that will be acquired and upgraded by the federal government, an Obama administration official said. The...

By Jodi Westrick | December 15, 2009; 12:02 PM ET | Comments (3)

Job growth

While steady expansion of the federal government has shielded metropolitan Washington from the soaring unemployment rates seen elsewhere, troubles among the region's retailers are mirroring national losses in that sector with steep job cuts and a sales decline projected to...

By Jodi Westrick | December 14, 2009; 10:06 AM ET | Comments (3)

What's your favorite Hanukkah song?

We winnowed down a library of Hanukkah anthems to come up with five tributes to the Jewish holiday: three traditional songs, a new Orrin Hatch addition and an Adam Sandler satirical classic. Which one is your favorite Hanukkah song?

By Cameron Smith | December 10, 2009; 06:01 PM ET | Comments (15)

Facebook's privacy

Facebook, the popular networking site, introduced new privacy settings on Wednesday that are supposed to give its 350 million users more control over what information they share and whom they share it with. But public interest groups are concerned that...

By Jodi Westrick | December 10, 2009; 01:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Palin on climate change

Read Palin's column...

By Jodi Westrick | December 9, 2009; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (31)

Federal deficit stress

The United States owes investors nearly $8 trillion. That number could more than double in a decade. The projected growth of the federal debt is widely viewed as unsustainable. It's unlikely that the nation will ever default, but neither is...

By Jodi Westrick | December 8, 2009; 09:49 AM ET | Comments (2)

Woods still a role model?

By Jodi Westrick | December 2, 2009; 11:44 AM ET | Comments (9)

Woods getting pressed?

Is the media treating Tiger Woods unfairly? Vote now.

By Emil Steiner | December 1, 2009; 05:12 PM ET | Comments (6)

President Obama's speech

After months of debate, President Barack Obama will spell out a costly Afghanistan war expansion to a skeptical public Tuesday night, coupling an infusion of as many as 35,000 more troops with a vow that there will be no endless...

By Jodi Westrick | December 1, 2009; 11:13 AM ET | Comments (8)

Cyber Monday

Retailers are reporting better-than-expected results from Black Friday promotions and are now turning to "Cyber Monday" in an attempt to bring consumers online to continue their spending. Read more....

By Jodi Westrick | November 30, 2009; 11:43 AM ET | Comments (1)

Christmas trees

By Jodi Westrick | November 26, 2009; 12:01 AM ET | Comments (14)

Was Adam Lambert's performance too racy?

Former American Idol star Adam Lambert turned heads with a Sunday night AMA performance that some have called lewd. Was Lambert's performance -- which has brought attention to his new album -- too racy or over the top for the...

By Cameron Smith | November 24, 2009; 03:29 PM ET | Comments (11)

Will you shop on Black Friday?

On Black Friday, thousands of Americans will hit shopping malls and other retail outlets to kick off the holiday shopping season. Though stores are promising a slew of great bargains, taking advantage of them can be no easy feat,...

By Cameron Smith | November 24, 2009; 01:28 PM ET | Comments (1)

What's your favorite Thanksgiving film?

There are plenty of great movies that focus on holidays, and Thanksgiving is no exception. What is your favorite turkey day flick? Let us know below....

By Cameron Smith | November 24, 2009; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (6)

Thanksgiving travel plans

By Jodi Westrick | November 24, 2009; 12:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Favorite 'Twilight' characters

By Jodi Westrick | November 19, 2009; 09:40 AM ET | Comments (8)

Is electrocution humane?

A former Army counterintelligence officer who became obsessed with an adult escort he met on the Internet was executed by electrocution Tuesday night for killing a young couple in Prince William County in 2001 to impress and help the woman....

By Jodi Westrick | November 18, 2009; 12:14 PM ET | Comments (8)

D.C. Council vs. the Catholic Church

The D.C. Council is considering a law forbidding discrimination against those in gay marriages. The law would apply to all groups that have contracts with the District, including Catholic Charities, one of the city's largest social services providers. The Archdiocese...

By Jodi Westrick | November 13, 2009; 04:00 PM ET | Comments (104)

Execution set for John Allen Muhammad

The Supreme Court Monday denied John Allen Muhammad's request to stay his execution, clearing the way for Virginia to put to death the man who terrorized the Washington region as the Beltway Sniper. Justices John Paul Stevens, Ruth Bader Ginsburg...

By Jodi Westrick | November 9, 2009; 12:56 PM ET | Comments (12)

Safety in the workplace

With the recent workplace shooting, which left 13 dead, in Fort Hood, Texas, on Thursday, and another rampage at what has now been identified as the shooter's former place of employment in Orlando on Friday, has work become too violent...

By Jodi Westrick | November 5, 2009; 06:30 PM ET | Comments (2)

Legality of speed cameras

You rip open the envelope and there it is: Another darned photo-enforcement traffic ticket. The photograph, the zoom-in on the tag, it's you, baby. Your car. Two weeks ago. Forty-one in a 30-mph zone. It's from your favorite municipality. You...

By Jodi Westrick | November 5, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (51)

Does PETA go too far?

The PETA interns have beautiful skin and lovely teeth. They have shiny hair and the buzzy energy that comes, they'd say, from avoiding animal products and animal byproducts, and from the peaceful belief that through their work, you can be...

By Jodi Westrick | November 4, 2009; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (13)

Former George Washington University president Stephen J. Trachtenberg received $3.7 million in pay and benefits in 2007-08, $2 million more than the total compensation that year for any other current or former leader in private higher education in the United...

By Jodi Westrick | November 2, 2009; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (10)

Tamiflu shortage

First it was the rush for hand sanitizer. Then it was the quest for the vaccine. Now, as increasing numbers of children are coming down with swine flu, more parents are facing yet another anxiety-provoking chase: the hunt for liquid...

By Jodi Westrick | October 29, 2009; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (4)

Your commute

By Jodi Westrick | October 27, 2009; 12:58 PM ET | Comments (16)

Health insurance compliance

By Jodi Westrick | October 26, 2009; 10:26 AM ET | Comments (39)

Is the recession over?

Despite the views of many economists, more than eight in 10 Americans say the recession is not over, as widespread concerns about the national economy and their own pocketbooks persist. The public remains much more oriented toward deficit reduction than...

By Jodi Westrick | October 23, 2009; 12:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Wall Street pay

By Jodi Westrick | October 22, 2009; 11:37 AM ET | Comments (30)

Swine flu vaccine

By Jodi Westrick | October 22, 2009; 08:56 AM ET | Comments (10)

Should the Vatican make it easier for Anglicans to convert to Catholicism?

The Vatican is making it easier for Anglicans -- priests, members and parishes -- to convert to Catholicism. Some say this is further recognition of the substantial overlap in faith, doctrine and spirituality between the Catholic and Anglican traditions; others...

By Jodi Westrick | October 20, 2009; 10:39 AM ET | Comments (73)

Are You On Facebook?

The Washington Post ran a piece on Thursday about a generation of young users who haven't given in to Facebook peer pressure. What about you? Are you on the popular networking site? Read the piece....

By Jodi Westrick | October 15, 2009; 05:33 PM ET | Comments (12)

White House at War With Fox News?

According to the Post's media critic, Howard Kurtz, the White House is now fighting a three-front war: Iraq, Afghanistan and Fox News. Read more of the article....

By Jodi Westrick | October 13, 2009; 10:21 AM ET | Comments (40)

Obama's Nobel Prize

Does Obama deserve the Prize?

By Hal Straus | October 9, 2009; 07:35 AM ET | Comments (574)

The 2016 Olympic Bid

By Jodi Westrick | September 30, 2009; 11:22 AM ET | Comments (19)

 
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