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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...


Time for some friendly compromise

“Let us think back to the sense of unity that prevailed on 9/11.” Using his triumphal announcement that Osama bin Laden had been killed, President Obama tried once again to ca... read more...


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...



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