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Islamic radicalism: The questions that Rep. Peter King is right to ask

Wed, 09 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

Rep. King is right to be asking about radical Islam's role in terrorism.

Obama's 'Where's Waldo?' presidency

Wed, 02 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

Barack Obama is often strangely absent from the most important debates.

Mike Huckabee, gay-marriage defender

Fri, 25 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

The Republican didn't mean to but he offered a good rationale for same-sex marriage.

Side effects of the GOP's war on family planning

Wed, 23 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

Beware the many side effects of the GOP's plans to cut funding.

Where is Boehner and Obama's courage to lead?

Tue, 15 Feb 2011 20:00:00 EST

Obama and Boehner have shown that failure of political leadership knows no party.

MTV's 'Skins' teaches teens some valuable lessons

Wed, 09 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

Is it really 'the most dangerous program that has ever been foisted on your children'?

What Obama could learn from California's Jerry Brown

Tue, 01 Feb 2011 20:00:00 EST

Maybe not, but Obama would benefit from a dose of his candor.

From President Obama, lots of talk, little leadership

Thu, 27 Jan 2011 20:00:00 EST

Obama talks the fiscal talk with no plans for action.

Parenting question: Be a tiger mother, or cheer the B-minus?

Wed, 19 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST

Intervening in your child's life too much is a lot less risky than intervening too little.

Arizona shootings underscore the dangers of high-capacity magazines

Wed, 12 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST

Why are people allowed to buy high-capacity magazines?

Be careful what you wish for on filibusters, Democrats

Wed, 05 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST

The proposed filibuster reform could cause more problems for Democrats than they would solve.

Keep electronics off the House floor

Wed, 29 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST

Do we want this chamber of Congress to be the world's greatest tweeting body?

START is just the latest Joe Biden success

Fri, 24 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST

The vice president calls, more than an hour after the appointed time but with an impeccable excuse: He was presiding over the Senate's vote to ratify the New START treaty .

'Help' for Haley Barbour's distorted lens

Wed, 22 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST

A novel way for the GOP leader to get past mythmaking on race.

Cry, Boehner, cry

Wed, 15 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST

Critics of his tearfulness should argue for gender equity in crying instead.

The benefits of Obama's deal on the Bush tax cuts

Tue, 07 Dec 2010 20:00:00 EST

Extending the tax cuts allows for a much-needed discussion.

Don't touch my junk? Grow up, America.

Wed, 24 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

The uproar over new airport security measures is immature.

In memoir, Bush spins fiscal fiction

Wed, 17 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

The former president shows no regret for leaving the budget in tatters.

Debt proposal is an invitation to Professor Obama

Sat, 13 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

The president must lay out in detail the trade-offs necessary to balance the budget.

What Bill Clinton could teach Obama about a shellacking

Wed, 10 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

Bill Clinton could teach President Obama a thing or two about a shellacking.

Obama's message for the day after

Wed, 03 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EDT

A proposed script for Obama's news conference today.

Which Darrell Issa would run House oversight panel?

Wed, 27 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDT

It's not too soon to start worrying about Darrell Issa.

It's not Ginni Thomas who deserves an apology

Thu, 21 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDT

As a wife, I understand Ginni Thomas. As a reporter, I don't.

'Manning up' isn't the problem this election

Wed, 20 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Lawmakers of both genders don't need to man up -- they need to grow up.

British Conservatives tackle their fiscal crisis with 'real' magic

Wed, 13 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Why can't American conservatives approach politics like their counterparts in Great Britain do?

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Justice Brennan forever changed the court's architecture

Wed, 06 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Justice Brennan knew how far his colleagues were willing to go.

Stephen Colbert becomes another circus of Congress's making

Wed, 29 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Stephen Colbert's testimony was not history repeating itself as farce -- it was history starting as farce.

From Wal-Mart Moms: Tough love for President Obama

Wed, 22 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Their rage is aimed more at Congress than at President Obama.

The little engine that can't: The myth about small businesses and jobs

Wed, 15 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

A big misnomer that both Democrats and Republicans buy into.

O'Donnell's scary victory

Tue, 14 Sep 2010 23:53:55 EDT

Democratic partisans are elated. The rest of us should be despondent.

The harsh math behind Obama's tax-cut pledge

Wed, 08 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The former budget director makes a strong case against Obama's position on tax cuts.

Glenn Beck's rally: A church picnic with buzz

Wed, 01 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

I find it creepy, but Glenn Beck's brand clearly attracts hundreds of thousands of people.

Boehner's cheap opposition strategy

Wed, 25 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Here's how his opposition strategy ignores reality.

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Broken confirmation: High court nomination process gets worse

Wed, 11 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

If we're not careful, the next Supreme Court nominee could face an all-out filibuster.

Charles Rangel, Maxine Waters and the House culture of entitlement

Wed, 04 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The cases of Charles Rangel and Maxine Waters reflect the House culture of entitlement.

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Civil rights groups are picking the wrong fight with President Obama

Fri, 30 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Teachers unions are making a terrible mistake in opposing Obama's education plan.

Why Congress should let the Bush tax cuts expire

Wed, 28 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Why Congress should let the Bush tax cuts expire.

Vote for us! We're not Democrats!

Fri, 23 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

True, but where is John Boehner's post-November agenda for Republicans?

For Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston, celebrity cures all

Wed, 21 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

They represent the perfect marriage of politics-as-infotainment and low-rent celebrity culture.

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Lobbying fight over infant formula highlights budget gridlock

Wed, 14 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Debate over infant formula ingredients illustrates how hard it is to save taxpayers dollars.

Overtaxing the rich isn't the answer

Wed, 07 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The AFL-CIO president ought to know that soaking the rich only gets you so far.

Unhinged on the right

Wed, 30 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Some comparisons in political campaigns should be be off-limits.

You can't plug this satire spill

Wed, 23 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The oil spill might be stoppable, but the satire keeps spilling out.

Our gadgets, ourselves

Wed, 09 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The Internet's won over not just our minds, but our hearts.

Intoxicated on fundraising

Wed, 02 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

How to end the "You don't have to drink. You just have to pay" mentality on Capitol Hill.

Sarah Palin's fact-free commentary on Paul and BP

Wed, 26 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

It's clear from her remarks on the oil spill and Rand Paul that she's failed to kick a bad habit.

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Someone needs to be in timeout

Fri, 21 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Arlen Specter, Richard Blumenthal, Mark Souder: What do they share with toddlers?

Elena Kagan: A smart woman with fewer choices?

Fri, 14 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Elena Kagan might just be too successful for Mr. Right.

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Advise and wimp out

Wed, 12 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Before the Senate, Kagan must avoid echoing the sort of behavior she once critiqued.

In Arizona, election reform's surprising consequences

Wed, 05 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Arizona's political landscape has inadvertently paved the way for conservatives.

It's lonely being line-crossing Lindsey Graham

Wed, 28 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

In today's Tea Party era, is line-crossing safe for Lindsey Graham?

Yes, we can fix the filibuster

Wed, 21 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

There are four and a half steps to mending the filibuster.

Vilifying Tom Coburn for a moment of civility

Wed, 14 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

If he's too nice to Nancy Pelosi, we've got a problem.

A Supreme Court shift to the right?

Sat, 10 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Here is an unsettling thought for those who waited eight years to have a Democratic president appointing judges: Barack Obama could well end his first term with a more conservative Supreme Court than the one he inherited.

Should we be criminalizing bullies?

Wed, 07 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Criminal prosecution is the best way to punish or prevent bullying.

President Obama is making nobody happy

Sat, 03 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

President Obama is not making anybody happy.

A generous dose of caution on health reform

Wed, 24 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The most honest rhetoric for health bill backers would have been "Gee, I hope this works."

On health reform's price tag, score one for skepticism

Fri, 19 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDT

There's a reason to be skeptical about the CBO's deficit numbers.

Health bill's abortion fight is much ado about little difference

Wed, 17 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Health bill's abortion fight is much ado about little difference.

A sibling rivalry bonded in love

Wed, 10 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EST

My youngest daughter's transition taught me something about sibling rivalry.

Where's the enforcement of House ethics rules?

Wed, 03 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EST

Sometimes I think I've gotten too cynical after so many years in Washington.

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Obama's continued audaciousness on health reform could backfire

Wed, 24 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST

Obama's continued audaciousness on health reform could backfire.

Both parties lose as Bayh leaves

Wed, 17 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST

Could anything good come from Evan Bayh deciding he's had it with the Senate?

Don't ask, don't judge?

Wed, 10 Feb 2010 17:55:00 EST

With a well-honed message, the former governor has to be taken seriously.

Obama's health-care summit: Chicken soup for the legislative soul

Wed, 10 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST

Will Obama's health-care summit with Republicans divert from politics as usual?

The victim I imagined Sanford not to be

Sat, 06 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST

Jenny Sanford was my role model, until I read her book. Well, not role model, exactly, but improbable heroine. When her cheating, blubbering, disappearing-with-his-soul-mate husband turned up on national television to confess that he had not been hiking the Appalachian Trail, Jenny Sanford was ne...

A working parent's babysitter blues

Wed, 03 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST

The answer has a lot to do with a policy dilemma for middle-class families.

Why the filibuster is frustrating but necessary

Wed, 27 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

It might seem frustrating but both parties need the filibuster.

Court's campaign finance decision a case of shoddy scholarship

Sat, 23 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

The court's verdict to open the floodgates for corporate money in election campaigns is a case of shoddy scholarship.

It's too soon to grade Obama's performance as president

Wed, 20 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

For instance, in mapping his agenda, should he have chosen a more modest course?

Gender aside, the fall of Irish politician Iris Robinson is the same old sex scandal

Fri, 15 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

So the tables-turned, she-cheated-on-him political sex scandal we've all been waiting for has finally arrived, albeit across the pond. The fortuitously named Iris Robinson -- and here's to you, etc. -- is a 60-year-old member of Parliament from Northern Ireland. Robinson not only had an affair; s...

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Gender aside, the fall of Irish politician Iris Robinson is the same old sex scandal

Thu, 14 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

Finally, an adulterous female politician. So why is the story drearily familiar?

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A case for presidential power on terrorism detainees

Wed, 06 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

Obama shouldn't have backed away from outlining his authority to detain terrorists.

Eight years after 9/11, another cascade of security failures

Wed, 30 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST

The story of the Christmas all-but-bombing is an enraging litany of how-can-it-be's.

The next decade from hell?

Wed, 23 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST

There are fewer reasons to cheer about the next.

ISO a watchdog for health-care costs

Wed, 16 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST

To put some teeth in the health reform, the bill needs a mechanism to control costs.

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Why I'm thankful for Tiger's silence on his accident

Wed, 02 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST

Tiger Woods is the refreshing converse of the loathsome White House party-crashers.

Ruth Marcus on the constitutionality of a health-care mandate

Thu, 26 Nov 2009 00:00:00 EST

Congress has every authority to force every American to buy health insurance.

Ruth Marcus on fallacies over abortion and health reform

Wed, 18 Nov 2009 00:00:00 EST

I'm opposed to the Stupak amendment, but it not worth killing health reform over.

Ruth Marcus on debunking health reform myths

Wed, 11 Nov 2009 00:00:00 EST

The House health-reform bill looked better after I heard a GOP blizzard of falsehoods about it.

Ruth Marcus on empty harbingers in Virginia and New Jersey

Wed, 04 Nov 2009 00:00:00 EST

Tuesday's election results won't forecast much for anyone.

Today's women cling to domestic tasks while bemoaning them

Wed, 28 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDT

There are some loads women still don't want to share even while they're winning Nobels.

For parents, everyday life is full of balloon moments

Wed, 21 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDT

The Balloon Boy saga offers a good lesson on when to let go.

Sadly, There Are Still Many Glass Ceilings Yet to Crack

Wed, 14 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Elinor Ostrom's Nobel in economics reminds us how many ceilings have yet to be cracked.

The Senate Is Holding Up a Long List of Obama Nominees

Wed, 07 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Slow-walking nominations is a bipartisan sport, and now it's Obama's turn to suffer.

President Obama's Slow but Steady Progress on Education

Wed, 23 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Amid health care turmoil, the president is overseeing quiet upheaval in education reform.

From an Obama Ally, Alarm Bells on Health Reform

Wed, 16 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT

If the Energizer Bunny of health-care reform is worried, we ought to be, too.

Let's End the Fear-Mongering Over Abortion

Wed, 09 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Misleading statements from the GOP do a disservice to a complex public policy issue.

Labor Squanders Opportunities on 'Card Check' and a Health-Care Public Option

Sun, 06 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT

How defining its success downward could help labor celebrate.

Behind Bob McDonnell's 'Macaca' Moment

Wed, 02 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Good luck playing down what you wrote about gays, working women and feminists.

Paging Grassley's Gumption

Wed, 26 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDT

The last, faint hope for health-care reform may be wilting under the heat.

What Happened to Obama's Campaign Promises?

Wed, 12 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Obama faces a perilous gap between his campaign rhetoric and governing's reality.

On Health Care, Obama's Advisers Whisper Hard Truths

Wed, 05 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDT

The president who talked about a new politics squelches honest talk on taxes.

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Will the High Court Resist Activism on Campaign Finance Law?

Sun, 02 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Could judicial activism enable companies such as Wal-Mart to buy elections?

Two Bipartisan Paths to Health-Care Reform

Wed, 29 Jul 2009 00:00:00 EDT

If President Obama wants health reform to succeed, here are two legislative plans to examine.

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The F-22 Model for Medicare

Wed, 22 Jul 2009 00:00:00 EDT

What the fate of the fighter jet teaches about health-care reform.

Obama and Deference for a President's Supreme Court Pick

Wed, 15 Jul 2009 00:00:00 EDT

How much deference should senators show a president's Supreme Court pick?