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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...


The Good Political Wife

PALM DESERT, Calif. – Since her death at 93, Betty Ford has been justly praised for publicizing her battles with breast cancer and alcoholism. As President Obama put it, her c... read more...


Lessons from the 'DSK Moment'

The chambermaid who accused a powerful French politician of attempted rape in a New York hotel last May turns out to be a liar. As her credibility crumbles, so does the legal ... read more...


Master media manipulator

Sarah Palin’s “One Nation” bus tour through America’s historic sites could be the start of a presidential campaign. Or she could be kicking off a new reality-TV series. With P... read more...


A vulnerable voice is heard

They listened to the woman. That is the most remarkable part of the sordid sex scandal ensnaring Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the managing director of the International Monetary Fu... read more...



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