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The war of the Web worlds

The Internet was a critical factor in Barack Obama’s defeat of Hillary Clinton. But it could also jeopardize his chances against John McCain in the fall. Obama has been calle... read more...


The long view of ‘The View’

Suddenly, Michelle Obama is everywhere: Hosting ABC’s “The View”; dissected on page one of the New York Times; occupying movie-star space on the cover of US Weekly magazine. A... read more...


Fathers, faith and family

On Father’s Day, Barack Obama delivered a sermon in a Chicago church chiding black men for their failures as parents. “Any fool can have a child,” he preached. “That doesn’t m... read more...


Two little words – ‘judges’ and ‘vetoes’

As the general-election campaign begins, one critical question is whether both parties will be able to unify around their nominees. Will dissidents swallow their grievances an... read more...


Voters rewrite the political playbook

What a season! Even as many Americans heave huge sighs of relief that it’s finally over, no one can argue this primary campaign hasn’t been exciting, not to mention instructiv... read more...


It could be a long wait

We’ve heard it from women throughout this campaign: “I’d love to see a woman president – just not this woman. I’ll wait for the right one.” Don’t hold your breath. Hillary Cli... read more...


Sharing pain and land

“What really connects us is the pain,” said Rami Elhanan. A 58-year-old Israeli, Elhanan lost his 14-year-old daughter to a suicide bomber in the center of Jerusalem. An Isra... read more...


Media shield law in the pipeline

On the campaign trail, there is much talk of bipartisanship, but back on Capitol Hill, that spirit has vanished. The latest example: collapse of Senate negotiations to help ho... read more...


Congressional districts deny democracy

When Cokie interviewed President Bush a few weeks ago, the talk turned to the issue of immigration. The president has a long history of reaching out to Hispanics and advocatin... read more...


The president and the pontiff

“The thing I like is that he speaks with moral clarity,” said President Bush about Pope Benedict XVI on the way to Andrews Air Force Base. Explaining why for the first time in... read more...


The greatest game lives on

We took our twin grandsons to the circus recently, and they showed up in full baseball regalia: Washington Nationals hats and shirts. When we got home they grabbed their bats ... read more...


Open the gate for the next Gates

This year, April Fools’ Day has a new meaning. The fools are the foes of immigration and globalization who demand strict limits on the number of skilled foreign workers eligib... read more...


For Hillary Clinton, it’s now up to women

“I’m actually questioning my life because of what Hillary’s going through,” tennis icon Billie Jean King recently told Cokie during an interview for USA Weekend magazine. “It’... read more...


Flak and the fighter pilot

Now the spotlight swings to John McCain, who emerged from Super Tuesday with a commanding lead for the Republican nomination. Even though Democrats will enter the fall campaig... read more...


Why Washington is broken

Washington is broken. That’s the slogan Mitt Romney adopted in the waning days of the New Hampshire primary. And while the former Massachusetts governor trailed John McCain, h... read more...



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