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‘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...


Beware of good friends bearing gifts

Are we all suckers? Like most Americans, we grumble at the size of our tax bills, but we pay them. Now, it turns out, some of Barack Obama’s pals don’t feel that same obligat... read more...


Bush fumbles, Obama recovers

President Bush does not admit mistakes very often, so it’s worth paying attention when he does. And as he leaves office, Bush has been emphasizing two critical missteps on the... read more...


Score one for the first lady

Vast areas of the Pacific Ocean will be protected as national monuments, thanks to an 11th-hour proclamation by President Bush. Score one more for Laura Bush. Perhaps because ... read more...


A hard year ahead

Here’s a New Year’s resolution that can be summed up in two words: Fight hunger. The economic crisis is crushing the ability of many parents to feed their children. Donations... read more...


Heading off a national disaster

Rosa is a senior at George Washington University (where Steve teaches). Her father, a dockworker who speaks little English, lost his job last fall. The family’s meager savings... read more...


Time for creative thinking

Lawmakers busy drafting the big jobs bill for President Obama’s signature early next year need to stay focused on two things – fairness and creativity – to think beyond the ki... read more...



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