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Why Americans hate Washington

Americans hate Washington these days, and for good reason. The president and Congress can’t solve even the most obvious and pressing problems. The clearest example of their fa... read more...


Rudy’s new best friend

So why is Rudy Giuliani – a thrice-married, pro-choice, Italian Catholic from New York – the leading candidate in a party that has moved steadily to the South, the West and th... read more...


The ‘agents of intolerance’ return

What role should faith play in American politics? How compatible is orthodox religion with the practical functioning of democracy? Those questions are posed by leaders of the... read more...


Getting tough with China

It’s time to get tough with China. On issue after issue – human rights, trade, Darfur, Iran – the leaders in Beijing have been playing a destructive role. And now, in Burma, t... read more...


Warming up to Hillary

Last spring, we gave a party honoring a friend who had written a book. The buzz among the guests was all about Barack Obama. One close ally of the Clintons confided that he wa... read more...


A gathering consensus on health care

Here’s the good news: Health care has emerged as the leading domestic issue in the presidential election. Finally, candidates are talking about something that matters to every... read more...


No witch hunts, no cover-ups

Sen. Larry Craig blamed the Idaho Statesman for conducting a “witch hunt” into his private life and triggering his downfall. But in fact, the Statesman was scrupulously fair, ... read more...


No cronies need apply

In 1975, President Gerald Ford named Edward H. Levi, the president of the University of Chicago, as attorney general. Eulogizing Levi 25 years later, Ford said that in the aft... read more...


The sound of a lame duck quacking

Of course George Bush is a lame duck. His poll numbers are dreadful, a hostile Democratic leadership runs Congress and core advisers like Karl Rove are checking out. But any ... read more...


Plantations and log cabins

Mitt Romney is a very rich man. According to financial forms released this week and reported in major newspapers, the former Massachusetts governor earned between $17 million ... read more...


The kids are counting on Congress

SALINAS, Calif. – Dr. Pablo Romero’s clinic is filled with the happy sounds of healthy kids and pregnant moms – punctuated by the occasional wail from a youngster facing the b... read more...


Wanted: Authenticity in Iraq

Authenticity. That’s what the YouTubers said they were trying to elicit when they submitted video questions for the Democratic debate. They were hoping to get past the candida... read more...


Battling for Bush’s heart and mind

“Winning hearts and minds” is an ancient cliche in Washington. During the Cold War, it meant convincing folks in places like Vietnam and Nicaragua to reject communism. Today... read more...


Who will cry for you?

According to the Pew Research Center, the percentage of Americans who consider children to be “very important for a successful marriage” has dropped to 41 percent, down from 6... read more...


The kindness of strangers

NEW ORLEANS – It looks better. It really does. No longer do you see cars on top of houses, boats marooned in the middle of the street, piles and piles of personal possessions ... read more...



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