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Time to get serious about debt reduction

It’s finally time to get serious about reducing the national debt. It’s time to get serious about the phrase that is used often but seldom sincerely: “Everything is on the tab... read more...


GOP praying for options

Mitt Romney’s face looks as if it should be chiseled in stone. But he has all the warmth of a slab of granite. Team Romney rolled out Mitt 2.0 in a taped message announcing –... read more...


Listen to the listeners

“An awful lot of conservatives listen to NPR,” Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss told his local public radio station this week. The conservative Republican added: “I think total el... read more...


Job one is term two

J-O-B-S. Four huge banners spelling out that word decorate the U.S. Chamber of Commerce headquarters, directly across Lafayette Square from the White House. But those same ba... read more...


Edit first, publish later

“Giffords Shooting Highlights a Digital News Danger.” That was the headline over a column by the Washington Post ombudsman, Andrew Alexander, criticizing his paper’s coverage ... read more...


No halo? Try a hat

This week we tell again the age-old story of the baby born in a manger. Creches crown our mantelpieces – Joseph standing guard, Mary kneeling beside the baby, maybe some cows ... read more...


Compromise does not mean sell out

President Obama was thrilled after a key Senate vote strongly endorsed the package of tax cuts and unemployment benefits he had negotiated with congressional Republicans. “Thi... read more...


Liberals in fantasyland

Welcome to another episode of liberals in fantasyland! The “professional left” (as White House spokesman Robert Gibbs calls them) is going crazy over President Obama’s deal wi... read more...


Your duty for your country

Richard Lugar is the most knowledgeable senator in either party on arms-control issues. He is pleading with his fellow Republicans to support a treaty, called New START, which... read more...


DVD Patrol

Let’s go on the trip, Patrollers! The DVD Patrol is back on the voyage to find some good picks for the week and find a few things along the way. The guy at the head of the pac... read more...


The pig has died

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs is in deep trouble for committing one of Washington’s most unforgivable sins. He spread a vicious truth. Speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press,... read more...


Government is us, not them

The number is startling. Only 22 percent of Americans “trust the government in Washington almost always or most of the time,” according to the Pew Research Center. “Trust in g... read more...


Government is us, not them

The number is startling. Only 22 percent of Americans “trust the government in Washington almost always or most of the time,” according to the Pew Research Center. “Trust in g... read more...


Think like an immigrant

“To keep my edge, I must think and act like an immigrant.” Those are the words of Omid Kordestani, who was born in Iran, moved to California as a teenager, and became a senior... read more...


The rope in the partisan tug of war

So you think the partisanship in Washington is bad now? Just wait – it’s likely to get worse after the fall elections. The capital is gripped by a tribal blood feud. Republic... read more...



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