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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...


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...



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