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From the Internet to the streets

Barack Obama's campaign held 5,000 local meetings across the country last weekend, and along with the nachos and celery sticks, supporters munched on a pep talk from the candi... read more...


A nest on the beach

PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. – A pair of doves are building a nest in the eaves of our front porch. They picked a good view, looking straight out to the ocean. And they are very indus... read more...


Oversight in action: A credit to Congress

With 51 votes in the Senate, Democrats fall far short of the numbers they need to break a filibuster (60) or override a veto (67), so their legislative record this session is ... read more...


America’s mayor or Broadway Rudy?

To much of America, Rudy Giuliani is a genuine hero, but not to his ex-wife or their children. So which images will have more power? America’s Mayor or Broadway Rudy? The Fait... read more...


Cursed with the Senate gene

Hillary Clinton defends her murky position on Iraq by saying she is working to pass a broad-based Senate resolution criticizing the president’s troop build-up. “I’m still in t... read more...


The hypocrisy factor

An old adage called “Miles’ Law” reads: Where you stand depends on where you sit. That’s a mild way of saying that politicians are often hypocrites. They profess to be acting ... read more...


The cooling abortion debate

Often a speech is significant for what it leaves out. In his State of the Union address, President Bush never mentioned the word “abortion,” even though the 34th anniversary o... read more...


The crowded media marketplace

President Bush has been selling his new Iraq strategy in all the traditional ways: A solemn prime-time speech from the White House; a “60 Minutes” interview at Camp David in a... read more...


Scenes from the season

It's been a long two weeks around the Roberts household. Since we're a Jewish-Catholic couple we celebrate both traditions, and as one holiday ended we immediately started pre... read more...


The Hillary and Barack show

Here’s the problem the Democrats face: They know too much about Hillary Clinton and not enough about Barack Obama. Clinton has a boatload of baggage after 15 years in the nati... read more...


Stop attacking the press

When the new Congress convenes next month, it should pass a Federal shield law enabling journalists to protect their secret sources. The threats to press freedom are growing a... read more...


Look for the foreign label

A TV commercial 20 years ago, urging shoppers to buy American-made clothing, contained the memorable refrain: “Look for the union label.” That era is long over. Buying only do... read more...


Five rules for presidential politics

It didn’t take long. Within hours after this year’s voting had ended, at least four presidential aspirants – Republicans John McCain, Rudy Giuliani and Duncan Hunter, and Demo... read more...


The vital ‘dynamic center’

Which George Bush will show up in January? The president who worked with Democrats as governor of Texas and during his first year in Washington? Or the hard-edged ideologue wh... read more...


The Devil made me do it

“It’s his responsibility and he accepts it.” Those words were spoken by the lawyer for Lester Crawford, the former head of the Food and Drug Administration, who pleaded guilt... read more...



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