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The Forces That Set the Agenda

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:48:54 GMT

In the grand scheme of things, Social Security isn't the nation's biggest fiscal problem. That's not my view. That's the assessment of Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a Bush political appointee before he became head of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, who says that looming financial calamities in Medicare and Medicaid are larger and more immediate worries in a strictly budgetary sense.

How the Nats Brought Me Home

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:48:54 GMT

The oddest thing happened to me on Metro a few weeks ago. I had a conversation with a complete stranger.

A Gallery of Might-Have-Beens

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:48:54 GMT

Pity John Bolton. As a rule of thumb, senators give the president the benefit of the doubt when he chooses people for the executive branch or his diplomatic team. Although the Constitution gives the Senate responsibility for reviewing and confirming presidential appointments (the famous "advise and consent" provision), nominees for executive branch jobs are rarely subjected to the sort of intense scrutiny Bolton has endured.