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Backsliding Under the Ceiling

At fancy Washington dinner parties decades ago, it was the custom for men and women to part ways after the meal.

Posted on Apr 6, 2011 READ MORE


Truth About a False Choice

It’s time to retire the false choice. As a rhetorical device, particularly as a political rhetorical device, the false choice has outlived its usefulness, if it ever had any.

Posted on Mar 31, 2011 READ MORE


Filling in the Blanks

In his speech Monday night to a public thoroughly, and understandably, befuddled about U.S. policy in Libya, President Obama began to fill in some important blanks.

Posted on Mar 30, 2011 READ MORE


Parents Behaving Badly

Lawsuit Mom Nicole Imprescia took a quintessentially American approach to raising her child. First, she paid someone else to handle the work for her. Then she sued to get the money back.

Posted on Mar 17, 2011 READ MORE


March of the Deficit Pandas

It’s possible to simultaneously worry about the debt and believe in an active and compassionate role for government. In fact, it’s required.

Posted on Mar 16, 2011 READ MORE


Dave Broder: A Reporter at Heart

In an era of instant pontificators on every subject imaginable, Broder was willing to say, “I have no clue.” When Dave did allow as to how he had a clue, you quickly learned that it paid to listen.

Posted on Mar 9, 2011 READ MORE


Sheen Madness

If there is a better illustration of the decline of American culture, the triumph of technology over privacy, and the end of shame as a motivating force, I can’t think of one.

Posted on Mar 3, 2011 READ MORE


A ‘Where’s Waldo?’ Presidency

For a man who won office talking about change we can believe in, Barack Obama can be a strangely passive president.

Posted on Mar 1, 2011 READ MORE


Lifting the Heavy Thumb

Mike Huckabee made a great argument for gay marriage. The once and perhaps future Republican presidential candidate didn’t mean it that way, of course.

Posted on Feb 24, 2011 READ MORE


Unintended Consequences

House Republicans voted to increase the number of abortions, raise federal health care costs and swell the welfare rolls.

Posted on Feb 23, 2011 READ MORE


The Reason for the Rush to Change Social Security

Procrastination is rarely a cost-free strategy. That is true when it comes to fixing Social Security—as much as the Obama administration and, even more forcefully, its allies on the left may wish to believe otherwise.

Posted on Feb 18, 2011 READ MORE


The Leadership Vacuum

Failure of political leadership knows no party. The past few days have offered an unfortunate demonstration of this sad maxim.

Posted on Feb 16, 2011 READ MORE


How Mama Grizzlies Say ‘Touché’

Just in case his wife doesn’t take Sarah Palin up on her offer, I’ll say it: Rick Santorum is a knuckle-dragging Neanderthal.

Posted on Feb 10, 2011 READ MORE



MTV

Getting Under Your ‘Skins’

American parents owe a debt of gratitude to MTV for its series of public service announcements illustrating the dangers of illegal drugs, excessive drinking and casual sex otherwise known as “Skins.”

Posted on Feb 9, 2011 READ MORE


Countering the Usurpers

I’ve been bristling recently at conservatives’ dual hijacking: morality and the Constitution as the domain of small-government conservatives. I’d like them back.

Posted on Feb 3, 2011 READ MORE


Governor Laser Beam

The man once known as Governor Moonbeam sounded more like Governor Laser Beam when it came to addressing California’s fiscal crisis.

Posted on Feb 2, 2011 READ MORE


All Talk, No Action on Deficit

The president talks the talk about fiscal responsibility. But the evidence suggests he’s not willing to spend the political capital to translate that talk into action.

Posted on Jan 28, 2011 READ MORE


Discretion Advised

Discretionary spending, the part of the federal budget that is not on autopilot and is subject to annual appropriations, generally constitutes less than 40 percent of federal spending. Take out defense spending and that share drops to well under 20 percent.

Posted on Jan 23, 2011 READ MORE


Parenting: To Push or Not to Push

I come from a family where the “joke,” if you came home with a 97 on a math test, was to ask what happened to the other three points.

Posted on Jan 18, 2011 READ MORE


Words That Don’t Heal

Blood libel is a term with a specific and terrible history. It refers to the scurrilous accusation that Jews kidnapped and murdered Christian children to use their blood to prepare Passover matzo.

Posted on Jan 12, 2011 READ MORE


How Many Bullets Do You Need?

“High Capacity Magazines ... When ten rounds isn’t enough,” the Internet site offers. When, exactly, would that be? Enough for what?

Posted on Jan 11, 2011 READ MORE


Underwhelmer of the House

If you programmed a computer to generate a speech laden with cliches; solemnly vowing to achieve the unobjectionable; and all but devoid of substance, it would have come up with something approximating John Boehner’s remarks.

Posted on Jan 6, 2011 READ MORE


Filibuster This Plan

Liberal activists are demanding filibuster reform—now. They should be careful what they wish for.

Posted on Jan 5, 2011 READ MORE


A Recess Appointment That Makes Sense

The treatment of President Obama’s nominee to be second in command of the Justice Department exemplifies the dysfunctional nature of the current confirmation process. It’s not broken—it’s shattered.

Posted on Dec 30, 2010 READ MORE



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Save Us From Our Devices

Mr. Speaker, please don’t. Go ahead, if you must, and cut taxes. Slash spending. Repeal health care. I understand. Elections have consequences. But BlackBerrys and iPads and laptops on the House floor? Reconsider, before it’s too late.

Posted on Dec 28, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

For Biden, Mission Accomplished

START was the finish of a great few weeks for Joe Biden. A great few weeks for President Obama too but in a sense even better for Biden because so many of the successful initiatives were on the vice presidential to-do list.

Posted on Dec 23, 2010 READ MORE


Haley Barbour’s Civil Rights Airbrush

It’s too bad for Haley Barbour, a smooth pol who seems to stumble whenever he encounters the subject of the South and race, that he’s not in my book group.

Posted on Dec 22, 2010 READ MORE


So Far Health Care Rulings Are Disturbingly Predictable

I’m hoping for the moment when a federal judge picked by a Democratic president strikes down the health care law. Or when a Republican-appointed judge upholds it.

Posted on Dec 16, 2010 READ MORE


Weeper of the House

The speaker got weepy. No, not her—him. The incoming House speaker, Ohio Republican John Boehner, turns out to be a veritable waterworks of emotion.

Posted on Dec 15, 2010 READ MORE


No Time for Tax Talk When There’s iPad Scrabble

I could write more about the tax deal, but you’re probably tired of hearing about it, and, to be honest, I’ve been too busy playing iPad Scrabble.

Posted on Dec 9, 2010 READ MORE


Opportunity in a Tax Deal

President Obama’s tax deal offers him a relatively painless way to wriggle out of his most irresponsible campaign promise: to permanently extend the so-called middle-class tax cuts, the middle in this case amounting to 98 percent of households.

Posted on Dec 7, 2010 READ MORE


A Childish Tantrum Over TSA Rules

Some of the loudest howls of outrage over the new airport security rules emanate from those who would be quickest to blame the Obama administration for not doing enough to protect us if a bomber did slip through.

Posted on Nov 24, 2010 READ MORE


Britain’s Modern Bride

Judging by England’s biggest engagement, relationships have come a long way in the royal family.

Posted on Nov 18, 2010 READ MORE



White House

La Vie en Denial

I read “Decision Points” and it turns out that George W. Bush is the Edith Piaf of fiscal policy: He regrets nothing.

Posted on Nov 17, 2010 READ MORE


Professor Obama’s Teachable Moment

The predictably childish reactions of the left and right to the budget blueprint unveiled by the co-chairs of President Obama’s debt commission offer the president a chance to play a role to which he may be uniquely suited: the grown-up in the room.

Posted on Nov 14, 2010 READ MORE


More Than a Failure to Communicate

The day after his shellacking, the bruised president offered a sober, tripartite analysis of voters’ message.

Posted on Nov 10, 2010 READ MORE


Message for the Day After

Good afternoon. Well, we got thumped. I’m disappointed, but I continue to believe that our actions were necessary and correct.

Posted on Nov 3, 2010 READ MORE


Why Anita Hill’s Testimony Matters

If Anita Hill told the truth—and I believe she did—then Clarence Thomas lied repeatedly and under oath.

Posted on Oct 28, 2010 READ MORE


Playing the Mommy Card

Excuse me, Mary Fallin, did I just hear you say, “Woman up”?

Posted on Oct 27, 2010 READ MORE


Annoyer in Chief

The election is less than a week away. Democratic control of the House is in jeopardy. So it’s not too soon to start worrying about Darrell Issa.

Posted on Oct 27, 2010 READ MORE


The Thomas Clown Affair

As a wife, I understand where Ginni Thomas is coming from. As a reporter who covered every sordid minute of the Thomas-Hill hearings, I don’t.

Posted on Oct 20, 2010 READ MORE


Don’t Man Up, Grow Up

In this, the year of the Mama Grizzly, let’s stop stirring the moose chili for a moment to ponder three words—man up and whore—and what they have to tell us about the muddled state of gender politics.

Posted on Oct 19, 2010 READ MORE


They All Do It

Both parties and their allies exploit and stretch campaign finance laws. To expect otherwise is to expect lions not to eat zebras when the opportunity arises.

Posted on Oct 14, 2010 READ MORE


Tory vs. Voodoo Conservatism

I’m not a witch. But if I were, the first spell I’d cast would be to turn House Minority Leader John Boehner into British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Posted on Oct 13, 2010 READ MORE



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Repulsive but Protected

I don’t know if there’s a hell, but if it exists, the Rev. Fred Phelps and other members of the Westboro Baptist Church deserve a place. In this world, their repulsive actions are shielded by the Constitution.

Posted on Oct 7, 2010 READ MORE


Harvest Champion of the Court

Just in time for the opening of the Supreme Court’s new term arrives a biography of one of history’s most influential justices.

Posted on Oct 6, 2010 READ MORE


This Joke’s on Congress

Stephen Colbert is no Elmo—which is why it was crazy for House Democrats to have him testify before a subcommittee last week about migrant labor.

Posted on Sep 28, 2010 READ MORE


Twisting Obama’s Words

The right’s atwitter—literally, in some cases—about President Obama’s comment to Bob Woodward that America “can absorb a terrorist attack.”

Posted on Sep 22, 2010 READ MORE


Tough Love for Obama

The Wal-Mart moms were pessimistic, bordering on despondent, about the state of the country, but they were also surprisingly understanding about the president’s plight.

Posted on Sep 22, 2010 READ MORE


Driving Phone-Toxicated

I am, as of this writing, 144 days away from never again being able to sleep soundly. That is when my 15-year-old daughter, as she delights in constantly reminding me, will receive her learner’s permit.

Posted on Sep 16, 2010 READ MORE


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