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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...


Where's the Prince (or Princess) Charming?

We were talking to a group of senior Republicans recently about the election, and here’s the essence of what they said: Damn it. We should have gotten Chris Christie or Mitch ... read more...


Barney Frank: Neatness isn't everything

In 1964, two years after graduating from Harvard, Barney Frank went to Mississippi as a civil rights worker. That August, at the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic Cit... read more...


A governor's power grab

If you want to know why the congressional debt reduction commission failed so miserably, one reason (among many) is clearly visible in Arizona, where Gov. Jan Brewer is trying... read more...


Assault on courts is downright un-American

Here’s a profound paradox: Republican candidates for president are competing for conservative votes by advancing increasingly radical proposals for eviscerating the federal ju... read more...


Surviving the media primary

More than two months before the first votes are cast in Iowa and New Hampshire, an important primary is actually going on right now. Call it the Media Primary, and it is playi... read more...


The Showdown at Intensity Gap

Barack Obama clearly faces an “intensity gap.” His poll numbers hover in the low 40s, and a tangible sense of disappointment muffles the enthusiasm of even his loyal supporter... read more...


Here's good news – never mind

Something good – not just good, important – happened in Washington the other day with bipartisan support, but you wouldn’t know it by listening to the news or reading the pape... read more...


Is Perry a Goldwater or a Reagan?

“Electability is the fool’s gold of politics,” insists David Carney, Rick Perry’s chief strategist. That’s a foolish thing to say. Politics is about winning unless you’re Ron... read more...


Obama should be moving toward the middle

Cass Sunstein runs regulatory policy in the Obama White House. The administration’s goal, he wrote last month in The Wall Street Journal, is “creating a 21st-century regulator... read more...


GOP posturing obstructs new era of gov’t

Whenever natural disaster strikes, the nation’s governors always have the same response. Where are the Feds? When will help from Washington arrive? Listen to Republican Gov. ... read more...


Time for grownups

Finally, the Responsibility Caucus has spoken. A total of 343 lawmakers, from both chambers and both parties, supported a bill to raise the debt ceiling and avoid financial ca... read more...


Saving Congress from itself

Rancor and recrimination are suffocating Washington like a summer heat wave, but the nasty tone of the debate obscures an important point of agreement. Leaders in both parties... read more...



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