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NFL makes Congress look good

September 18, 2014

No wonder members of Congress are walking around with big smiles on their faces these days. They're used to being the most disgraced people in the country. But now there's one group that has an even worse reputation: the NFL.

  • No new war without congressional approval

    September 11, 2014

    How does a war-weary president convince a war-weary nation to start another war? In a prime-time address to the nation on Wednesday evening, President Obama tried.

  • No rush to war in Syria

    September 4, 2014

    Give President Obama credit for one thing. He's accomplished something nobody else could do. In a city long frozen in partisan gridlock, he's done the impossible. He's succeeded in getting Democrats and Republicans to agree on something. Unfortunately for him, what they all agree on is that he's too weak in his response to the growing threat of ISIS.

  • Mitch McConnell's bromance with the Koch brothers

    August 28, 2014

    Control of the U.S. Senate is the most important prize at stake in this year's mid-term elections. There are 36 Senate seats up for election -- 21 are held by Democrats, 15 by Republicans.

  • Shock and awe in Ferguson

    August 21, 2014

    For those of us who lived through the 1992 Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, and for all of us who remember the Trayvon Martin murder, just two years ago, events surrounding the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown look all too familiar. As Yogi Berra would put it, it's "deja vu, all over again."

  • Executive orders? Obama has no choice

    August 7, 2014

    Congress has fled Washington for a five-week summer recess, but don't fret about all of the serious problems left unresolved in their absence. It won't make any difference. Under Speaker John Boehner, members of the 113th Congress accomplish as much out of town as in town. Which is absolutely nothing.

  • Republicans can't stop talking about impeaching Obama

    July 31, 2014

    When Republicans in Congress complained about his relentless attacks on their record, reporters dubbed President Truman "Give 'em Hell Harry." To which Truman fired back: "I never gave anybody hell! I just told the truth and they thought it was hell!"

  • GOP ignores lessons of 1994

    July 24, 2014

    President John F. Kennedy was fond of quoting the philosopher George Santayana: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Indeed, Santayana's advice makes so much sense you'd think nobody could ever ignore it. Yet that's exactly what Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) doing today by refusing to allow a vote on immigration reform.

  • Why doesn't Dick Cheney just shut up?

    July 17, 2014

    Among former presidents, there's an unwritten rule: Once you leave the game, you don't stand on the sidelines and criticize the man who took your place. You never heard George H.W. Bush attack Bill Clinton. Never heard Clinton slamming George W. Bush. And, to his credit, you haven't heard a peep from George W. Bush ever since he went back to Dallas.

  • GOP now embraces frivolous lawsuits

    July 10, 2014

    We all mourn the death of former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker, a great senator and statesman. And, no doubt, before his passing, Howard Baker mourned the death of the Republican Party he once knew and led so well. It ain't the same party anymore.

  • One of the worse Supreme Court decisions ever

    July 3, 2014

    There have been some great landmark Supreme Court decisions: Marbury v. Madison, Brown v. Board of Education, U.S. v. Nixon, and Lawrence v. Texas, to name but a few. And there have been a number of doozies. Among them: Plessy v. Ferguson, Dred Scott v. Sandford, Korematsu v. United States and Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. This week's Hobby Lobby decision now joins the ranks of the worst ever. It will be soon regretted and someday overturned.

  • The IRS scandal that isn't

    June 26, 2014

    Believe me, as a columnist, commentator, and talk-show host, nobody loves a scandal more than I do. Just the thought of verbally hanging some politician or bureaucrat for wrong-doing gets my juices flowing. The problem is, House Republicans don't know a real scandal from a phony one. Today, we have one of each.

  • The unsinkable Jerry Brown

    June 19, 2014

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- There are those who don't believe politicians can ever enjoy a second life. They're wrong. Just go to Sacramento and check in on Gov. Jerry Brown. He's not only enjoying a second political life, he's survived two, three, four, or five lives, depending on which offices you count.

  • Political earthquake shakes nation's capital

    June 12, 2014

    You know what they say: "You can't believe everything you read in the newspaper." Eric Cantor learned that the hard way.

  • Did Sgt. Bergdahl deserve to be rescued?

    June 5, 2014

    There's a new trend in American politics. Call it the "Benghazi Syndrome." It used to be, when our nation was attacked, as on September 11, Americans rallied behind the president and said: "Let's go get the guys who did this to us." No longer. When terrorists attacked our consulate in Benghazi, Republicans decided to play politics instead: "Let's see how we can blame this on President Obama."

  • Time to clean house at Veterans Affairs

    May 22, 2014

    They call him "No Drama Obama" for a reason. Most of the time, it's Professor Obama who meets with us White House reporters: notorious for showing no emotion and taking so long to answer questions that, by the time he stops talking, everybody forgets what the question was in the first place.

  • Rubio fiddles while Miami sinks

    May 15, 2014

    Here's a novel idea. Since president of the United States is not only the most important job in this country, but also the most powerful on the planet, doesn't it make sense to require an IQ test before anybody can run for that office? Of course, it does. And Marco Rubio should be the first.

  • Playing politics with Benghazi

    May 8, 2014

    A funny thing happened on the way to Obamacare this week. House Republicans summoned insurance executives to Washington to help make the case that Obamacare was a total failure -- and, instead, they said just the opposite. In testimony before the Energy and Commerce Committee, they reported that over 8 million people had signed up, 80 percent of whom had already paid their initial premiums. They rejected the notion that premiums would increase sharply next year. And, most significantly, they said Obamacare was no "government takeover" of the health industry. In fact, they acknowledged, insurance companies were making record profits.

  • State-approved torture in Oklahoma

    May 1, 2014

    Pity the poor people of Oklahoma. Nobody deserves a governor this incompetent.

  • Congress for sale, now more than ever

    April 3, 2014

    As chief justice, I have no doubt that John G. Roberts' number one goal is to turn this democracy into a plutocracy. And he's well on his way to doing so.

  • A challenge from the left for Hillary?

    March 27, 2014

    Most political reporters have already written the script for 2016: Hillary Clinton announces she will run for president shortly after the mid-term elections of November 2014, Democrats clear the field for her, she romps unscathed through the primaries, crushes her hapless Republican opponent, and skates triumphantly into the White House, with former president, now America's first "First Gentleman," in tow.

  • There once was a land named Crimea

    March 20, 2014

    Thanks to some strange alignment of the planets, there were two competing, yet remarkably similar, news stories this week. Both involved the disappearance of things that should never get lost: an entire passenger plane and an entire country. But, at this point, both Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and Crimea are still missing -- and may never be found again.

  • Straight out of Mad magazine: Spy vs. spy

    March 13, 2014

    Truth is, indeed, stranger than fiction. We found that out again this week. Not even John le Carre or Daniel Silva could write a spy novel as multi-leveled, complicated, and unpredictable as the plot unveiled by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

  • Is Obama a tyrant or a weakling?

    March 6, 2014

    I'm not ashamed to admit it: I love politics. I've been at it for decades. It's important. It's fun. I've made a good living out of it, as campaign manager, candidate and commentator. But there are times when partisan politics has no place. And this is one of them.

  • An executive order Obama should sign

    February 27, 2014

    What a difference a year makes. It was only a year ago that Republicans were among the loudest voices for comprehensive immigration reform. Of course, they were speaking, not out of conviction, but out of desperation, after their party's disastrous showing among Latino voters in November 2012.

  • Is it time for a second look at LBJ?

    February 20, 2014

    The contrast could not be greater. Last year, we marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. This year, we note the 50th anniversary of the election of President Lyndon Baines Johnson. One president is still revered, and rightly so. The other is still reviled, but unfairly so.

  • Monica Lewinsky, the sequel

    February 13, 2014

    OK, let's say you're a freshman Republican senator, but already a force within your party and a rising media star, and you're thinking about running for president in 2016. After all, there's no obvious frontrunner. You've got as good a chance as anybody. All you need is a good, strong, popular issue to run on.

  • Drawing the line on Obama haters

    February 6, 2014

    If you thought political rhetoric had sunk as low as it could, think again. We've never seen as much hate speech directed against any president as the vitriol unleashed by extremists every day against President Obama.

  • The imperial Obama presidency

    January 31, 2014

    What was Obama thinking? He's never made any secret of his disdain for members of Congress. After all, he made it all the way to the White House after serving only three years on the Hill. What's wrong with those dumbbells who've spent half a lifetime there? They're clearly not as smart as he is.

  • My big stoned gay wedding

    January 23, 2014

    One of the first lessons every political activist learns the hard way is: Change doesn't happen overnight. No matter how noble the cause, it usually has to simmer for years before it finally heats up and public support turns around. Then, finally, your efforts pay off, you win the day, and you wonder why it took so long -- or how anybody could have opposed your idea in the first place.

  • Does anybody believe Governor Christie?

    January 16, 2014

    Only in New York. Yes, only in the New York media market would a barely-sworn-into-office mayor get in hot water so fast over so trivial an issue. But there was Mayor Bill de Blasio last week, forced to apologize for eating pizza with a fork and knife, like they do in Italy, instead of shoveling it in with both hands, like they do in New York City.

  • Et tu, Brute? Robert Gates stabs Obama in the back

    January 9, 2014

    There are many things wrong with former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' new book, starting with the title. He calls it: "Duty." It should have been called: "Bobby, We Hardly Knew Ye."

  • First test of the post-gridlock Congress

    January 3, 2014

    It's nothing short of a miracle: The fact that, after three years of lurching from one fiscal crisis to another, a badly-divided Congress, in the waning days of 2013, was able to come together and agree on a budget with strong bipartisan support. True, in terms of substance, it wasn't much of a deal. But the fact that, given all we've been through, they were able to reach any deal at all was itself a big deal.

  • First test of the post-gridlock Congress

    January 2, 2014

    It's nothing short of a miracle: The fact that, after three years of lurching from one fiscal crisis to another, a badly-divided Congress, in the waning days of 2013, was able to come together and agree on a budget with strong bipartisan support. True, in terms of substance, it wasn't much of a deal. But the fact that, given all we've been through, they were able to reach any deal at all was itself a big deal.

  • Edward Snowden's revenge

    December 19, 2013

    Fasten your seat belts. We've seldom seen a more sudden reversal of public policy on any issue than we saw this week with the National Security Agency. And it's all in the right direction.

  • Can a handshake ever be more than just a handshake?

    December 12, 2013

    It was one of the most awe-inspiring events of our lifetime: Ninety world leaders joining 100,000 South Africans in Johannesburg's World Cup Stadium for a four-hour-long celebration of the life of Nelson Mandela.

  • How could they bungle it so badly?

    December 5, 2013

    "There's a difference between book smart and street smart," a frustrated White House staffer told me last week. He didn't have to say any more. His meaning was clear. The Obama White House is filled with book smart people. It's the street smart ones that are in short supply. And that was nowhere more obvious or painful than in the disastrous launch of

  • The Kennedy legacy is real and lasting

    November 21, 2013

    It was especially poignant to see Caroline Kennedy, America's new ambassador to Japan, present her credentials to Emperor Akihito this week. Coming just three days before the 50th anniversary of her father's assassination in Dallas, it was a vivid demonstration that the impact of John F. Kennedy's presidency is still very much alive.

  • No rush to jump on Christie bandwagon

    November 14, 2013

    It's no secret why the media loves a new political star. It's so much easier than digging into serious issues and doing real reporting. Last year, for 15 minutes each, they went gaga over Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry and Herman Cain. But, no doubt about it, for the media this year's new political darling is Gov. Chris Christie.

  • Requiem for the tea party

    November 7, 2013

    Coast to coast, the dust has settled from last Tuesday's elections, and one thing is clear. Democrats won some, Republicans won some. There were winners and losers on both sides. But, overall, the big loser -- was the Tea Party.

  • Angela Merkel fumes over NSA phone-tapping

    October 31, 2013

    Remember "Reach out and touch someone"? Well, President Obama did reach out and touch someone. The only problem is, the person he touched just happened to be Angela Merkel, chancellor of Germany. And she wasn't happy about it.

  • The gang that can't shoot straight

    October 24, 2013

    It's too early to write the history of the Obama administration. But, at this point, it looks like, for the most part, that history may be summed up in three words: coulda, woulda, shoulda. I "coulda" signed an immigration bill, but Congress was too busy shutting down the government. I "woulda" closed the gun show loophole, but the NRA wouldn't let me. "I "shoulda" done something about climate change, but I just ran out of time.

  • Big loser: Republican Party; Big winner: Ted Cruz

    October 17, 2013

    Whew! That was close. We almost went over the cliff, but were spared at the 11th hour by a half-hearted deal that re-opens the government -- but only till January 15; raises the debt ceiling -- but only till February 7; and creates a bicameral, bipartisan conference committee -- which should have been created six months ago when the Senate passed a budget and sent it to the House.

  • Republicans in denial over the debt ceiling

    October 10, 2013

    There are as many different opinions as there are men and women on the planet. Still, it's hard to believe what some people believe. There are those who still believe that we never landed a man on the moon, that George Bush personally ordered planes to fly into the World Trade Center and that Barack Obama was not born in the United States.

  • Get serious: Shut the whole thing down!

    October 3, 2013

    As luck would have it, I had two interesting experiences last week: visiting my granddaughter's kindergarten class; and watching Republicans in the House of Representatives deal with their constitutional responsibility to pass a budget. The two events were quite similar, with one big difference: the kindergartners behaved more like grown-ups than House Republicans did.

  • 'Two Americas' -- now more than ever

    September 19, 2013

    There were two great speeches at the 2004 Democratic Convention -- and, in a way, they complemented each other. The first, by a young state senator from Illinois, rejected the notion that America is hopelessly divided politically into blue states and red states: "There is not a liberal America and a conservative America," declared Barack Obama, "there is the United States of America."

  • Dealing with Putin: 'Trust, but verify'

    September 12, 2013

    In his masterful portrayal of John F. Kennedy, Ted Sorensen, special counsel to the president, revealed JFK's occasional frustration with the job of president. One evening, while changing clothes to get ready for a televised address to the nation on the Cuban missile crisis, following a contentious meeting with leaders of Congress, Kennedy turned to Sorensen in disgust and said: "If they want this ----- job, they can have it."

  • Obama's 'rookie' mistake on Syria

    September 5, 2013

    It was one of the biggest surprises pulled off by any president. The entire nation tuned in on Saturday afternoon, August 31, to hear President Obama detail his plans to bomb Syria in retaliation for Bashar al-Assad's use of chemical weapons. Instead, we heard the president announce that while he'd made his own decision about the need to launch a military strike against Syria, he would not proceed until Congress had a chance to debate the issue and vote it up or down.

  • No easy answer on Syria

    August 29, 2013

    To bomb, or not to bomb Syria? That is the question of the day. And there's no easy answer.

Editorial Poll


Andy Green, the opinion editor, has taken the "know a little bit about everything" approach in his time at The Sun. He was the city/state editor before coming to the editorial board, and prior to that he covered the State House and Baltimore County government.

Tricia Bishop, the deputy editorial page editor, was a reporter in the business and metro sections covering biotechnology, education and city and federal courts prior to joining the board.

Peter Jensen, former State House reporter and features writer, takes the lead on state government, transportation issues and the environment; he is the board's resident funny man and capital schmooze.

Glenn McNatt, who returned to editorial writing after serving as the newspaper's art critic, keeps an eye on the arts, culture, politics and the law for the editorial board.

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