The Aspen Institute hosted its annual Forum On Communications And Society (FOCAS) August 15–18 in Aspen, Colorado, exploring the theme of "News Cities: The Next Generation of Healthy Informed Communities." Sponsored by the Aspen Institute and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the FOCAS gathering is the latest in a series of conferences and publishing events aimed at boosting the idea that the federal government should pump tens of billions of tax dollars into America's newspapers, broadcast news, and activist "citizen media."

Alaska’s leading GOP Senate primary contender Joe Miller, an Iraq war veteran, voiced concerns last week that his opponent, Lisa Murkowski, will “pull an Al Franken.” By that, Miller means that Murkowski may launch a lengthy legal battle to save her Senate seat.

What happens when government tries to make things better? Usually, it makes things worse. Wind power sounded like a harmless enough idea.

California may be broke, and politicians in the nation’s capital may be drowning in trillion-dollar deficits, but none of that has turned off the spending spigot in every level of government: county, city, state and federal.

This year’s midterm primaries proved that no politician is safe from the wrath of the American people, as establishment Republicans and Democrats like Senators Bob Bennett and Arlen Spector can attest. While a number of incumbents have been ousted in the primaries, perhaps the greatest shock was experienced by establishment Republican and Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, who currently trails Tea Party favorite Joe Miller.