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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...


Worse than a clown

Steve recently took part in a lunchtime panel sponsored by a local radio station. A beefy young man in the audience grabbed the microphone and challenged the speakers, in a sn... read more...


Lubricating the legislative process

During the 1960s, Cokie’s father, Hale Boggs, served as the Democratic whip in the House of Representatives. For much of that time, the Republican leader was Gerald Ford, and ... read more...


Unlikely allies promote policy change

“Twenty years ago, the military were strong advocates of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ when I was secretary of defense,” Dick Cheney said last Sunday on ABC News, “I think things h... read more...


Geaux Saints!

The cheer, with its inside joke of a “French” spelling for go, serves as the standard greeting among New Orleanians these days. The NFC champions have become so much more than... read more...


Pitchfork Barry at the gates

Coming soon to your radio, television, Twitter feed, YouTube screen and Facebook wall: Pitchfork Barry, the People’s Friend! Over the last week, the president has been flight... read more...


Face of the nation, face of the world

As we recently boarded a plane in Jamaica after a family vacation, our three small grandsons were patted down – twice – by security agents. After we landed, late at night, hau... read more...


It’s OK for Superman to cry

We met Joe Gonzalez at a golf outing for wounded veterans last summer. Outside, he seemed in good shape, trim and tanned as he swatted balls off a practice tee. His calf muscl... read more...


The deadly triumph of statistics

What were they thinking? A panel of scientists has issued guidelines for breast-cancer screening that could undo years of education and advocacy that have saved tens of thousa... read more...


The buck stops nowhere

The good news: Both parties finally agree on an important element of public policy. The bad news: What they agree on is doing nothing real about the deficit. True, the coun... read more...



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