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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...


Don’t ask, don’t tell, don’t wait

Dan Choi was a career army officer, a combat veteran, a fluent Arabic speaker. In March, he announced he was gay, and in May, he was discharged. “When I got the letter, I was... read more...


Why do guys have to be guys?

Who knew the now-infamous C Street House could serve as the set for “Sex and the City”? The titillating tales just keep flowing from the congressional house of Christian fello... read more...


What mentors do

When Sonia Sotomayor was a law student, she told a professor that her career goal was to be a federal judge. But more than a decade later, when she was urged to apply for an o... read more...


Not-so-lame ducks

What’s so bad about lame ducks? It’s one of the many questions Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin raised when she stunned the political world with her announcement that she would soon b... read more...


Happy anniversary, Title IX! Now what?

Lost in all the eye-popping news of last week was an event the Obama administration hoped would garner good press: The first White House celebration of the anniversary of Titl... read more...


‘Only I’m the president’

White House press conferences are often pallid and pre-scripted affairs. But President Obama’s occasionally testy exchange with reporters this week revealed a key dimension o... read more...


Studies in friendship

The success of “The Girls from Ames,” the best-selling book about the 40-year friendship of a group of women originally from Iowa, has prompted a spate of national news stori... read more...


Sonia from the block

In her now-famous speech at the University of California in 2001, Judge Sonia Sotomayor probably made a political mistake. She spoke the truth. “Our experiences as women and ... read more...


Obama must mind the gaps

In the London Underground, a recorded voice warns travelers to “mind the gap” between an incoming train and the station platform. The phrase became so popular that it has spaw... read more...


Turning the page on 9/11

If one theme sums up President Obama’s first extended foreign trip, it is this: The era defined by 9/11 is over. It’s time to turn the page and start a new historical cycle ma... read more...


The playing field is still tilted

When President Obama recently announced the formation of a White House Council on Women and Girls, he caught heat from both sides – from women who accused him of doing too lit... read more...


Praising the president’s friends

Let us now praise five Republicans who are placing the country’s economic interests ahead of their party’s political interests. The list includes two governors, Charlie Crist ... read more...


A bad wind blowing

The ugly odor of protectionism is wafting through Washington, and President Obama should shut it off before it gets stronger. The huge economic-stimulus bill he signed this w... read more...


Obama campaigns to govern

Brenda Earvin joined 1,700 residents of Elkhart, Ind., who crammed into a high-school auditorium this week to hear President Barack Obama pitch his stimulus package. “He could... read more...



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