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The guys don’t get it

The guys still don't get it. The latest example of men behaving badly is Michael Hayden, the former CIA director. He said on Fox that Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the chair of the ... read more...


Senior officers protective association

"The Army has disgraced us all with the Sinclair sentence." That's what our friend, a retired general, wrote about the case of Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair, who was accused... read more...


The election is not quite over

By Steve and Cokie Roberts, NEA Columnists Democrats are reeling. They're playing defense, not offense. Their loss in a Florida election for a vacant House seat -- in a distr... read more...


One card, two dads, two kids

It's just one of countless holiday cards, stacked in a basket on our hall table. Our friends Kevin and Grant are holding their twin sons, Gustav and Alton, while each toddler ... read more...


The rise of Liberal self-delusion

The civil war ripping through the Republican Party is familiar by now. But a similar battle inside the Democratic Party is just starting to emerge. Orthodox liberals are tryin... read more...


How we got here

This is not the most acrimonious period in American political history. In 1804, Vice President Aaron Burr killed his longtime rival, Alexander Hamilton, in a duel. Fifty-two y... read more...


Who is a journalist and why does it matter?

Who is a journalist? That's not a question limited to college classes, like the one Steve teaches on media ethics at George Washington University. Congress is now grappling ... read more...


Why Obama failed on Syria

While a lot about Syria remains unsettled, one fact is clear: President Obama has failed to convince the public, and the Congress, that attacking the Assad regime is The admin... read more...


The epidemic of distracted driving

Many high school students returning to classes this fall will find a new topic added to their curriculum: the dangers of distracted driving. Or to put it in blunt terms a teen... read more...


Filling the fertility gap

MONTERCHI, ITALY – It was a lovely summer evening. Large families filled the terrace at La Pieve Vecchio, a restaurant occupying an old convent on the outskirts of this hillto... read more...


How a true democracy operates

Cokie's mother, Lindy Claiborne Boggs, was born on a plantation in the segregated south before women could vote. When she died last week at 97, Barack and Michelle Obama celeb... read more...


Loving strangers, courting votes

Republicans have long portrayed themselves as the party of faith, and religious practice is a reliable indicator of political behavior. Among voters who attend worship service... read more...


One last chance for democracy

Can democracy survive when voters choose a government that destroys democratic values and institutions? That's the critical question posed by the turmoil in Egypt, where the m... read more...


The virtues of diversity

It was graduation weekend at George Washington University, where Steve has taught for the last 23 years. At a brunch for students and their families, one group stood out: a ha... read more...


Fixing Fox News – and the GOP

Roger Ailes, the head of Fox News Channel, is a very smart man. And he knows how to count, a skill that has apparently eluded many of his fellow conservatives. Moreover, he r... read more...



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