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Sometimes government is essential

Two years ago, President Obama was striding the beaches of New Jersey and spearheading the federal response to the damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy. Gov. Chris Christie was p... read more...


The Democrats’ secret weapon

Bill Clinton campaigned in Arkansas this week, focusing on college campuses and urging students to support candidates like Mark Pryor, one of the most endangered Democrats in ... read more...


Who are we fighting for?

"We've got to win and stop these guys." That was Sen. Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, criticizing the Obama administration on CNN as Islamic State fighters (als... read more...


A consensus on criminals

Partisan antagonism rules the capital, drowning out most attempts at constructive compromise. But on at least one issue, reasonable lawmakers from both parties strongly agree:... read more...


Freedom from fear

Karina Velasco paid her way through college by cleaning office buildings in downtown Washington for five hours every evening. She did her schoolwork after getting home at midn... read more...


One person made a difference

When Cokie was a freshman at Wellesley College in 1960, she met a boy from Harvard named Marc Roberts at a political event. Two years later at another meeting, she saw someone... read more...


What would Jesus say?

Conservatives are quick to embrace religious figures who agree with them on issues like abortion, same-sex marriage, and the right of business owners to deny contraception cov... read more...


Facing facts on immigration

Rupert Murdoch and Sheldon Adelson are both staunch Republicans. Both are also very practical businessmen --Murdoch owns media companies; Adelson, casinos. They became billion... read more...


Walking is the real miracle drug

Scientists have long connected systematic exercise to better health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, regular walkers "live longer and have a lower... read more...


Yesterday's gone

As Hillary Clinton prepares to run for president, she should remember the words of her husband's campaign theme song in 1992: "Don't Stop" by Fleetwood Mac. "Don't stop think... read more...


Governments hide, voters decide

Congress doesn't do much these days, but here's one bill that could command bipartisan support: a federal shield law protecting journalists against overzealous prosecutors. T... read more...


Making hard choices

Speaker John Boehner talks a good game about pushing immigration reform. He told a recent fundraiser in Las Vegas that he was "hell-bent on getting this done this year," repor... read more...


A lifetime of difference

It's graduation week at George Washington University, where Steve has taught for the last 23 years. After the final exam in his class, a student quietly handed him a note that... read more...


The booming Benghazi biz

Search the word "Benghazi," and up pops a paid link to a website that advertises: "Benghazi -- T-shirts, Sweatshirts, Mugs and More." Click on the link and 401 items are offe... read more...


Make the bully sweat

Secretary of State John Kerry recently urged Russian leader Vladimir Putin to dial down the confrontation in Ukraine. "If Russia continues in this direction," Kerry warned, "i... read more...



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