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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...


None of the above

The Doug Marlette cartoon shows a huge billboard hawking the slogan, “NONE OF THE ABOVE 2008.” A woman driving by cracks, “Looks like Fred Thompson’s getting serious.” That t... read more...


The Powell factor

Colin Powell confirmed on “Meet the Press” that he twice met with Barack Obama to discuss foreign and defense issues. More significant: President Bush’s first secretary of sta... read more...


‘The Woman From Park Ridge’

Coming soon to a Web site, campaign rally or TV interview near you: “The Woman From Park Ridge.” Americans want a president who has suffered adversity and overcome hardship –... read more...


The lost art of compromise

Sen. Jon Kyl has done something very rare in Washington today. Compromise. Last fall, the Arizona Republican was re-elected on a tough anti-immigration platform. But when Dem... read more...


Run, ladies, run

They will come by the tens of thousands. They will be young and old, women and men. They will be of all races, clothed in many colors. But mostly they will be women and they w... read more...


Don’t listen to labor on trade

Years ago, a labor leader explained to us why his union opposed free-trade pacts. “You have to understand,” he said, “we only represent workers who have jobs now. We don’t rep... read more...



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