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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...


Here’s to the ladies who lunch

RALEIGH, N.C. – October can be a great month for the Ladies who Lunch. The food might not be particularly filling, but the stories of people helped by the women sitting around... read more...


Keep running, and wearing pink

When NFL players take the field dressed in pink, you know something has changed. We’ve come a long way from the days when breast cancer was a taboo subject. In this 25th-anniv... read more...


What if men had ovaries?

“This is insane.” Those are the words of Sen. Patty Murray, who has seldom raised her voice during 17 years on Capitol Hill. So what provoked such outrage? A finding by the Na... read more...


The perils of moderation

A Republican politician who inherited a family tradition of moderation was fuming with frustration: “What a crazy place Congress is! My wonderful dad has to be turning over in... read more...


Obama’s army missing in action

Where is Obama’s army? As the healthcare debate was accelerating this summer, the president sent an e-mail message to his followers, saying, “This is the moment our movement ... read more...


Obama’s army missing in action

Where is Obama’s army? As the healthcare debate was accelerating this summer, the president sent an e-mail message to his followers, saying, “This is the moment our movement ... read more...


Blessed are the majority makers

As lawmakers begin their August recess, the airwaves back home are filled with ads arguing all sides of the healthcare debate. But one commercial stands out. Two liberal inter... read more...



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