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After the Recession, Belt-Tightening

This is no time for retrenchment, but the deficit projections coming out of the Congressional Budget Office are alarming and will only get worse if we dawdle.

Posted on Jul 4, 2010 READ MORE


Political Preschool

In understanding the foibles of politicians, I’ve always found it is a benefit to have spent large amounts of time with toddlers.

Posted on May 20, 2010 READ MORE


Those Were the Days

The partisan segmentation of newspapers that existed in the early part of last century is gone, along with too many newspapers themselves, only to be replaced by partisan segmentation in other forms of media.

Posted on Mar 25, 2010 READ MORE


Going Nuclear, Again

Get ready for the new nuclear option. You may remember the old version, legislatively speaking, which came up during the George W. Bush-era controversy over filibustering judicial nominees.

Posted on Mar 3, 2010 READ MORE


Feckless on Ethics

Sometimes I think I’ve gotten too cynical after so many years in Washington. Then I remember the House Ethics Committee.

Posted on Mar 3, 2010 READ MORE


A GOP Star Is Born

If you are asking, as former President George W. Bush did jokingly the other day, “Who the hell is Marco Rubio?” you probably won’t be for long.

Posted on Feb 18, 2010 READ MORE


What Bayh’s Departure Says About the Senate

The Senate, with its endless holds and 60-vote points of order, may be the epitome of a place that knows neither victory nor defeat.

Posted on Feb 16, 2010 READ MORE


Some Healthy Summit Skepticism

I’ve been trying, because I’d truly like to see health reform pass, to find something nice to say about President Obama’s plans for a summit. Here’s the best I could come up with: It can’t hurt.

Posted on Feb 10, 2010 READ MORE


A Victim, After All

Jenny Sanford was my role model, until I read her book. I once wrote that the wife of South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford offered “a new and improved version of the betrayed political spouse—neither enabler nor victim.” I was wrong.

Posted on Feb 7, 2010 READ MORE


Baby Sitter Blues

With 70 percent of children living in households where all adults are working, we need to reexamine the disparity that makes child care a luxury working families can’t afford.

Posted on Feb 3, 2010 READ MORE


Three Nagging Questions About Barack Obama

Since the start of his presidency, I’ve been wrestling with three questions about Barack Obama: Did he take on too much? Is he too hands-off in his dealings with Congress? And the biggest, which puzzled me throughout the campaign as well—where is he, exactly, on the political spectrum?

Posted on Jan 20, 2010 READ MORE


Sweat Time for Hill Democrats

It’s not time for presidential panic, but lawmakers up for re-election could be in a different boat if Obama’s ratings stay in this slump.

Posted on Jan 14, 2010 READ MORE


Mrs. Robinson Scores One for Gender Equality in a Bad Way

So the tables-turned, she-cheated-on-him political sex scandal we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived, albeit across the pond.

Posted on Jan 13, 2010 READ MORE


Harry Reid’s Poor Choice of Words

The Senate majority leader acted like an idiot when he commented on Barack Obama’s race, but he was also right.

Posted on Jan 10, 2010 READ MORE


‘Faux-Countability’

After the screw-up comes the inevitable demand for a head to roll. Call it faux-countability, the phenomenon by which someone takes the fall for a mess for which he or she is at most only partly responsible.

Posted on Jan 7, 2010 READ MORE


A Case for Presidential Power

Much of the criticism of the Obama administration’s decision to bring criminal charges against the failed Christmas Day bomber is ill-informed, ill-intentioned or both. All that said, I’m left with one nagging worry.

Posted on Jan 6, 2010 READ MORE


Too Much Access to Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston

I have a hard time seeing why the custody fight between Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston ought to be splayed out on the public record for all to see.

Posted on Dec 31, 2009 READ MORE


Red Flags Waved—and Ignored

The more I think about the Christmas all-but-bombing, the angrier I get.

Posted on Dec 29, 2009 READ MORE


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Feeling Burned on Health Care

Those who denounce the Senate plan imagine that Obama and fellow Democrats possess political muscle to achieve something more. They don’t.

Posted on Dec 17, 2009 READ MORE


In Need of a Watchdog on Health Spending

There was a nice, albeit fleeting, moment in the spring when hospitals, doctors, drug companies and insurers came together at the White House, pledging to do their part to get health care costs under control.

Posted on Dec 16, 2009 READ MORE


Thank You for Not Sharing

Tiger Woods’ determined silence in the aftermath of his wee-hours encounter with a fire hydrant is a timely antidote to the too-much-information celebrity culture.

Posted on Dec 1, 2009 READ MORE


Like It or Not, Health Care Mandate Is Constitutional

Law students may debate whether Congress has the right to mandate health insurance, but in the real world, it’s not a big worry.

Posted on Nov 24, 2009 READ MORE


Three Abortion Coverage Myths

Let’s dispense with three fallacies swirling about the question of abortion coverage in health care reform.

Posted on Nov 18, 2009 READ MORE


Democrats Wooing Evangelical Christians

Just as the GOP tried to pull African Americans away from the Democratic Party, so too are Democrats going after the Republicans’ base: evangelical Christians. But a Washington Post columninst asks: “What does it profit a party to gain a demographic but lose its soul?”
Earlier: The Religious Left Rises Again

Posted on May 23, 2006 READ MORE


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