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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...


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...



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