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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...


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...



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