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The rise of Liberal self-delusion

The civil war ripping through the Republican Party is familiar by now. But a similar battle inside the Democratic Party is just starting to emerge. Orthodox liberals are tryin... read more...


How we got here

This is not the most acrimonious period in American political history. In 1804, Vice President Aaron Burr killed his longtime rival, Alexander Hamilton, in a duel. Fifty-two y... read more...


Who is a journalist and why does it matter?

Who is a journalist? That's not a question limited to college classes, like the one Steve teaches on media ethics at George Washington University. Congress is now grappling ... read more...


Why Obama failed on Syria

While a lot about Syria remains unsettled, one fact is clear: President Obama has failed to convince the public, and the Congress, that attacking the Assad regime is The admin... read more...


The epidemic of distracted driving

Many high school students returning to classes this fall will find a new topic added to their curriculum: the dangers of distracted driving. Or to put it in blunt terms a teen... read more...


Filling the fertility gap

MONTERCHI, ITALY – It was a lovely summer evening. Large families filled the terrace at La Pieve Vecchio, a restaurant occupying an old convent on the outskirts of this hillto... read more...


How a true democracy operates

Cokie's mother, Lindy Claiborne Boggs, was born on a plantation in the segregated south before women could vote. When she died last week at 97, Barack and Michelle Obama celeb... read more...


Loving strangers, courting votes

Republicans have long portrayed themselves as the party of faith, and religious practice is a reliable indicator of political behavior. Among voters who attend worship service... read more...


One last chance for democracy

Can democracy survive when voters choose a government that destroys democratic values and institutions? That's the critical question posed by the turmoil in Egypt, where the m... read more...


The virtues of diversity

It was graduation weekend at George Washington University, where Steve has taught for the last 23 years. At a brunch for students and their families, one group stood out: a ha... read more...


Fixing Fox News – and the GOP

Roger Ailes, the head of Fox News Channel, is a very smart man. And he knows how to count, a skill that has apparently eluded many of his fellow conservatives. Moreover, he r... read more...


Obama rallies supporters

“We must act,” President Obama declared in his inaugural address. A critical part of his strategy is harnessing the energy and enthusiasm of his campaign supporters to promote... read more...


Cops know firsthand the urgency of gun control

When members of the Newtown police force entered the school auditorium where President Obama was about to speak, the crowd rose and applauded. The officers’ quick response to ... read more...


It’s time to jettison rigid party pledges

“The only pledge I’d sign is a pledge to sign no more pledges.” That bit of wisdom came from Rep. Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican, during his successful run for a U.S. Senat... read more...


The New American Family

We all know the famous Norman Rockwell painting of a typical American family gathered around Grandma as she serves up a huge turkey. If Rockwell were painting today, his portr... read more...



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