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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...


James Baker’s last mission

Political insiders are buzzing with the question: will Mark Foley, the disgraced lawmaker, cost Republicans control of Congress? But Washingtonians with a longer view are aski... read more...


The return of the Mommy vote

As the former page was exchanging suggestive comments with the 52-year-old Congressman on Instant Messenger, the boy suddenly wrote, “my mom is yelling.” He had to go do his ... read more...


This cannot be

Iraqi voters waving purple fingers became instant folk heroes, and rightly so – they showed incredible courage in claiming their rights as free citizens. But apparently House... read more...


June dreams, November realities

If this year’s election had been held on June 7 or even Sept. 7, the Democrats probably would have won the House and maybe the Senate. But Election Day is Nov. 7, and a Democr... read more...


Storefronts instead of high rises

As college students return to classes this week, William Chace has some gloomy news. Writing in The New York Times, the former president of Emory and Wesleyan warned: “How wil... read more...


Can we trust this guy?

Much has been made of two photographs that define George Bush’s presidency. After Sept. 11, he stood in the smoldering ruins of Ground Zero and rallied the nation’s resolve. A... read more...



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