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David S. Broder writes about politics and policy for The Washington Post.


Striking out on Egypt and the weather

Sun, 06 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

Broder's final column for The Washington Post.

Will Republicans play the favorite-son game?

Thu, 03 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

This year, the location of potential 2012 GOP candidates could mean everything.

Obama missed an opportunity on tax reform

Sun, 30 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST

While I was out ill for six weeks in December and January, the world changed. Before that, the White House had badly misjudged the political climate. When I went to Ohio with Vice President Biden in October, he did his best to ignore the evidence of economic pain, giving a pep talk to skeptical...

Obama takes his case to the independent center

Wed, 08 Dec 2010 20:00:00 EST

The president was right to define himself as a moderate.

Watching Charlie Rangel fall: A painful experience

Sun, 05 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST

This was a sad time for many of us watching Charlie Rangel receive the censure of his colleagues in the House of Representatives - not because of our disagreement with their judgment but simply because of who he is.

From the debt commission proposal, a bipartisan path forward

Thu, 02 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST

Bowles and Simpson have opened the door to awaken our slumbering economy.

Suppose neither political party can solve America's problems

Sun, 28 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

Suppose he is serious. What if Barack Obama is telling the truth about his own beliefs when he says that neither party by itself can realistically hope to solve the challenges facing the United States?

What Murkowski's write-in win says about the electorate

Thu, 25 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

Murkowski's win in Alaska shows what the 2010 election was really about.

The GOP's lame-duck hardball

Sun, 21 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

Washington began last week to come to grips with the new order of things, a regime in which Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell holds as much sway as the president of the United States.

The bad omen in Democrats' reorganization of House leadership

Thu, 18 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

Congressional Democrats aren't showing they can make hard choices.

Sober suggestions from Obama's debt commission

Sun, 14 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

What Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson have given America is the equivalent of a cold shower after a night of heavy drinking. It's sober-up time.

The right role for the lame-duck Congress

Thu, 11 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

People who have been voted out of office can attempt to make policy for those who remain.

Election results and President Obama's mistakes

Thu, 04 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EDT

He spent two years governing on the model preferred by Democrats; now he should govern his own way.

Election results and President Obama's mistakes

Wed, 03 Nov 2010 16:19:01 EDT

He spent two years governing on the model preferred by Democrats.

How Obama might recover

Sun, 31 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The president is still a superior politician - but can he spur economic growth

Voter verdict? More uncertainty

Wed, 27 Oct 2010 19:19:01 EDT

The public rightly senses that neither party presents compelling arguments.

What America might learn from the British austerity model

Sun, 24 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The most important political news last week came from across the Atlantic, where the coalition government of British Prime Minister David Cameron ordered an austerity budget that radically reduces government spending on the welfare state. Both the policy and the political circumstances that brought...

Dole-Ford era offers model for Obama-GOP cooperation

Thu, 21 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Here's how Republicans and Obama can achieve a productive post-election atmosphere.

A tentative step toward the Oval Office by a GOP policy guru

Sun, 17 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDT

While much of Washington was preoccupied Thursday evening by the contrast between the unacceptable and the profoundly uncomfortable -- the first televised debate between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and the challenger for his Nevada seat, Sharron Angle -- a different scene was unfolding in a...

As the gulf between GOP and Democrats widens, the center is lost

Thu, 14 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Republicans who are in love with extremist notions ought to be brought back in touch with reality.

Ohio's GOP Senate candidate is a man to watch

Sun, 10 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDT

CLEVELAND There is a pattern to the political life of Rob Portman , as he reflected over dinner the other night. It is one that has brought him to the verge of victory in the Ohio Senate race and conceivably could make him the Republican presidential nominee in 2016.

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Chatty Joe Biden tries to keep voters hopeful about the economy

Thu, 07 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDT

He's trying to keep voters optimistic about the economy; will his work pay off?

John Boehner's useful thoughts on fixing Congress

Sun, 03 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The Democrats were lying in wait for John Boehner when the Republican leader of the House announced that he would address the subject of congressional reform in a speech Thursday at the American Enterprise Institute .

The new math adds up to losses for the Democrats

Thu, 30 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

If Gallup is right, there simply are fewer liberal votes to be won this election cycle.

No tea parties on McCain's calendar

Sun, 19 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

As Republican leaders assess a Tea Party movement that has both energized and polarized their ranks, John McCain takes a generally benign view of the political landscape -- but clearly comes down on the side of the traditional establishment rather than with the young rebels.

The GOP paradox: Strong and yet weak

Thu, 16 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The GOP is paying a price for its lack of coherent policy leadership.

When JFK defused the Catholic question

Sun, 12 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Fifty years ago today, John Kennedy gave one of the best political speeches I ever heard, a plea for religious tolerance that has strange pertinence now when a little-known minister had been threatening to burn copies of the Koran to strike a blow against Muslims.

The Obama era, phase two

Thu, 09 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The second act of Obama's presidency begins now.

Pa. race on the edges instead of in the middle

Sun, 05 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

PHILADELPHIA For decades, Pennsylvania has perfected a unique politics of ambivalence in its Senate races, sending to Washington nonconformists who do not fit comfortably into their parties' norms but reflect accurately the subtle variations within their constituencies.

Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidates are on a national stage

Thu, 02 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Whether they're ready or not, Pennsylvania's gubernatorial candidates have reached the national stage.

There was nothing to fear on Aug. 28, 1963

Sun, 29 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Idid not stick around to see Glenn Beck's extravaganza at the Lincoln Memorial, not out of protest but because I had work to do in Philadelphia. But I was more than satisfied by my memories of the earlier event at that site I'd covered for the old Washington Star, when the theme was civil rights and...

John McCain, your country is calling

Thu, 26 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Can he steer the GOP away from an experiment in extremism?

Why Obama's spokesman is angered, and pessimistic

Sun, 22 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

'The professional left' has been unusually loud in recent weeks.

Wanted: A few stand-up candidates

Thu, 19 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Washington needs candidates who can restore faith in principled politics.

Tom Vilsack in context

Sun, 15 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Despite the Shirley Sherrod saga, the Agriculture secretary is the man I've always known.

Get ready for Congress's NIMBY politics on budget cuts

Thu, 12 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Congress is ready to play politics on budget cuts.

Mitch McConnell comes to the Senate's defense

Sun, 08 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Mitch McConnell thinks the world's greatest deliberative body is doing just fine.

The Senate, running on empty

Thu, 05 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

There are many reasons the Senate has lost esteem, but it starts with its leaders.

What the GOP can do for Obama

Sun, 01 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Even as he steps up his campaigning and fundraising for Democratic candidates, President Obama appears to be adjusting mentally and emotionally to the prospect that his post-November life will feature more dealings with Republicans.

In Delaware campaign for Senate, civility rules

Thu, 29 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Civility rules in the senate campaign for the first state.

2010's battlegrounds are in the races for governor

Sun, 25 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

In this high-stakes election of 2010, much attention naturally focuses on Republican efforts to come back in Congress and the Democrats' drive to retain their large majorities in the House and Senate.

With another woman, the Supreme Court can't help but change

Thu, 22 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

With Kagan aboard, the Supreme Court can't help but change.

Either Reagan or George W. Bush could shape the fall election

Sun, 18 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

When Congress stays in session during the dog days of a Washington summer, rebellion is always bubbling just beneath the surface. And sure enough, it erupted at a caucus of House Democrats one night last week, triggered by an injudicious comment from White House press secretary Robert Gibbs.

Outside Washington, feeling hopeful on the budget crisis

Thu, 15 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

A commission that most dismiss as a joke may just come up with a plan.

Building a more positive Tea Party?

Sun, 11 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

What the movement needs is a more positive vision.

House budget plan? A dereliction of duty

Thu, 08 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Congress made a mistake in abandoning long-term fiscal policy.

How Henry Clay shaped America in the 19th century

Sun, 04 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Just as this year, Independence Day in 1852 fell on a Sunday. But in New York City the traditional celebration was upstaged by another event. The casket bearing the remains of Henry Clay had arrived aboard the steamboat Trenton.

Sen. Robert Byrd's vanished ethic

Thu, 01 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Sen. Byrd's demise has left a hunger for leaders who act in the national interest.

Obama walks a tightrope domestically and in Afghanistan

Sun, 27 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Two departures from the Obama administration go a long way toward illuminating what is important -- and what is not -- in determining its political fate.

A better path to campaign-finance reform

Thu, 24 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Congress can implement a better campaign-finance reform.