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Root for the home team

Washington is getting excited these days about two heroes, but they’re not named Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. They’re Stephen Strasburg and Ryan Zimmerman. For those of you ... read more...


Women have a civilizing influence on Congress

“Is it possible that Congress would get more done if there were more women in Congress?” President Obama asked recently. Then he answered: “I think it’s fair to say. That is a... read more...


Wives speak out as character witnesses

Voters don’t make decisions based on a candidate’s spouse. But when a man runs for president, his wife plays an important role as validator, as character witness, testifying t... read more...


Romney can count, but can he connect?

Two words help explain why Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008: organization and engagement. Mitt Romney’s team has closely studied Obama’s model in setting up his campaig... read more...


Election outcome is in women’s hands

It’s the women, stupid! Barack Obama cannot win re-election without piling up a sizable majority among female voters. Sorry, fellas, but the ladies will pick the next presiden... read more...


Santorum needs lesson on value of education

Candidates say nutty things, but usually they’re accidental, unscripted remarks. No adviser or focus group ever suggested to Mitt Romney that he mention his wife’s two Cadilla... read more...


Obama’s secret weapon

Team Obama trotted out its secret weapon for the fall campaign the other day. To quote an email message sent to supporters by deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter, that we... read more...


Obama stacking up well against Romney

A choice or a referendum? With Mitt Romney emerging as the likely Republican nominee, that is the question on which voters can now start focusing. And a new ABC/Washington Pos... read more...


Obama's Catholic problem

“Religious liberty in our country is in jeopardy.” Catholics in the Washington, D.C., area heard those ominous words from their archbishop read during Masses last Sunday. With... read more...


Good Newt, Bad Newt

We’ve covered Newt Gingrich for 30 years, and there has always been two sides to the man. The Good Newt and the Bad Newt. Towering talent and awesome arrogance. Boundless ener... read more...


GOP attack on voting rights is un-American

When this country was founded, only white men owning property could vote. Since then, the franchise has gradually expanded to include blacks and women, the poor and the young.... read more...


Oh, the stories candidates tell!

The Gipper. The Boy From Hope. The Reformed Drinker. The Commander of PT-109. Running for president is often about telling stories that convey a candidate’s character, values ... read more...


The ‘Oh, all right’ candidate

Now that real voters in Iowa have actually made real choices, two things are increasingly clear about the Republican race. Mitt Romney has the organization, money and ruthless... read more...


Women are still waiting

Here’s a tale of two photographs distributed recently by news agencies. In one, two sailors embrace on a pier in Virginia and exchange the traditional “first kiss” as one of t... read more...


No one returns a turkey

Here’s a last-minute holiday gift idea: food. This country is caught in a damaging cycle. Hard times mean that hunger is rising while donations to food banks are dropping. Go... read more...



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