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Time to tell the truth about taxes and benefits

Both candidates for president failed to tell the truth about the biggest issues facing the country: spending, taxes and deficits. Every reasonable and realistic person in Was... read more...


Charges of polling bias hint at desperation

Are the polls biased in Barack Obama’s favor? Are the news media conspiring to rig the election for the president? Looking at the facts, the only fair answer to both question... read more...


Women are flexing their political muscle

This really is the Year of the Woman. We know, you’ve heard this all before. But consider these numbers: More women are running for Congress than in any previous year — 16 fo... read more...


Romney’s trust problem

The most important word in American politics is trust. And that’s why Barack Obama is maintaining a slight lead over Mitt Romney, despite a sputtering economy and a gloomy ele... read more...


Why the President’s stories matter

Barack Obama was reflecting recently on what he’s learned as president. At first, he told CBS, he thought “this job was just about getting the policy right.” But now he realiz... read more...


Shine a light on political donations

Here’s a simple idea that both parties should agree on: disclosure. Anybody who contributes money to influence an election — corporations, unions, advocacy groups, individuals... read more...


On the side of love

Our friend Barney is getting married. That’s hardly newsworthy — this is the wedding season, after all — except for one thing. Barney’s last name is Frank, he was the first ga... read more...


Staple those green cards!

In a recent speech to Latino leaders, Mitt Romney said: “If you get an advanced degree, we want you to stay here. So I’d staple a green card to the diploma of someone who gets... read more...


Immigration and the powers of incumbency

There are a lot of drawbacks to running for re-election when the unemployment rate hits 8.2 percent and a majority of Americans think the country is headed in the wrong direct... read more...


Slips and blips don’t decide elections

The political world is overheated and overtweeted. Every little blip and slip is treated as a decisive turning point in an election still almost five months away. The same pun... read more...


Boring is beautiful

Incredibly boring white guy. Vanilla, wonky and unflappable. Bloodless technocrat. Dry as dust. Those are some of the phrases used recently to describe Sen. Rob Portman of Oh... read more...


DVD Patrol

Stay cool, Patrollers! The DVD Patrol has been busy keeping the movies going on our end and the Toddster is almost out of breath seeing everything there is to see. The past fe... read more...


Healing the invisible scars of war

One troubled veteran blows himself up on a busy street in the nation’s capital. Another former soldier kills dogs, birds and finally a Cabinet officer in an increasingly despe... read more...


Will voters look forward or back?

“Forward.” That is Barack Obama’s new campaign slogan, and it’s another way of saying, “Don’t look back, don’t judge me on my record, don’t think about the last four years. Th... read more...


Agents of intolerance return

Mitt Romney made an important speech at Liberty University, preaching the virtues of tolerance. But some members of the Republican Party he will lead next fall are not listeni... read more...



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