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Bill Press


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.

  • It's open warfare over the Fed

    August 15, 2013

    In Washington, D.C., politics never takes a day off. But even in this city of nonstop campaigning, nobody's ever seen anything like this: a full-scale political campaign over who should replace Ben Bernanke as the next chairman of the Federal Reserve.

  • All the news that's no longer in print

    August 9, 2013

    How you greeted the news that the Graham family had sold the legendary Washington Post probably depended on the first thing you do every morning, after you brush your teeth. If you turn on your computer and click to the day's news, you didn't even think about it. If you stumble to the front door and pick up the morning paper, you felt sad.

  • Bradley Manning no hero; no traitor, either

    August 1, 2013

    The news from a Fort Meade courtroom was mixed, at best. Those expecting Pfc. Bradley Manning to be set free were disappointed. But so were those waiting for him to be marched straight to death row.

  • There was never any IRS scandal after all

    July 25, 2013

    When is a scandal not a scandal? Here's a good rule: Whenever Fox News and Rep. Darrell Issa say it IS a scandal, you can be pretty sure it's NOT one. Take the so-called IRS scandal.

  • Stand your ground -- as long as you're white

    July 18, 2013

    Most of us were not surprised by the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial. But millions of us were nonetheless disappointed and ashamed for the world to see that in this great country, in the 21st century, it's still possible for a white man to shoot and kill an unarmed black teenager who did nothing wrong -- and walk.

  • Welcome to the land of second chances

    July 11, 2013

    One thing for sure about American politics: We are quick to condemn. Just ask Bill Clinton, David Vitter, Mark Sanford and Anthony Weiner. But we are also quick to forgive. Just ask Bill Clinton, David Vitter, Mark Sanford and Anthony Weiner.

  • Do we even care about the right of privacy?

    July 4, 2013

    Every Fourth of July, somebody reminds us there's more to this national holiday than hotdogs and fireworks. Take time over the weekend, we are piously admonished, to remember what it's all about. Annoying advice, perhaps, but important. And, this year, more so than ever because one of our most basic rights is under attack.

  • SCOTUS affirms freedom to marry one you love

    June 27, 2013

    Profound political change never happens overnight. The epic struggles for civil rights, voting rights, women's suffrage and workers' rights all took decades to achieve success and, at many levels, are still going on. But no political movement has ever sped to victory as fast as the fight for marriage equality, capped this week by the Supreme Court's historic decision overturning the Defense of Marriage Act.

  • Ending two wars, and starting a third

    June 20, 2013

    This is the time when every second-term president starts thinking about his legacy. But what a mixed one it's going to be for President Obama. After his decision to start arming the opposition in Syria, it looks like historians will profile Obama as the man who stopped two wars in the Middle East -- and then started a third one. Is that really how he wants to be remembered?

  • The next Daniel Ellsberg, or the next Benedict Arnold?

    June 13, 2013

    Well, at least we won't need another big, bad Department of Justice investigation for this latest leak. Eric Holder can call off the dogs. Because the man behind the National Security Agency leak stepped forward and saved us all that money.

  • Obama and Susan Rice get last laugh on Benghazi

    June 6, 2013

    In the last five years, I've been to a lot of uplifting events at the White House, from welcoming NASCAR winners, to awarding the Medal of Honor, to honoring the teacher of the year. But I've never been to a bigger White House celebration than Wednesday afternoon, June 5.

  • Washington mourns loss of tea party queen

    May 30, 2013

    Say it ain't so. There has never been a sadder day in American politics.

  • Time for Eric Holder to spend more time with his family

    May 23, 2013

    One of many good things you can say about President Obama is that he is loyal to his friends. But sometimes, he is loyal to a fault, as is the case with Attorney General Eric Holder. Presidential buddy or not, it's time for Holder to go.

  • The giant, shocking IRS scandal that wasn't

    May 16, 2013

    There's nothing Washington likes better than a scandal. So official Washington was absolutely orgasmic this week while dealing with not one, but three scandals at the same time. Not one of which, sadly, was a sex scandal.

  • Welcome to the 'Stop Hillary Clinton' hearing

    May 9, 2013

    "Mirror, mirror, on the wall. Who's the most powerful woman of them all?"

  • The worst human rights violator in Cuba

    May 2, 2013

    For decades, American politicians have denounced human rights violations in Cuba. With good cause, they've accused the Castro brothers of rounding up political prisoners, torturing them, and detaining them for years with no charges filed and no access to a criminal trial.

  • New Bush Library, same old Bush record

    April 25, 2013

    It was inspiring to see them side by side at Southern Methodist University in Dallas: Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. For their service to this country, we are indebted to each one of them.

  • Shame on Senate -- send 'em all home!

    April 18, 2013

    Let me begin this column with an apology. Once a week, I pick an important issue and offer my reasoned analysis, based on the facts, of what it all means and how we should react. But there are times when the intellect fails and the heart and gut take over. And this is one of them.

  • Newtown tragedy brings bipartisanship back to Congress

    April 11, 2013

    They started out with a lot in common -- Joe Manchin and Patrick Toomey. Sure, one's a Democrat and one's a Republican, but they're both conservatives, both longtime gun owners and both sport an "A" rating from the National Rifle Association.

  • Don't believe media: Sequester already causing real pain

    April 4, 2013

    Regular readers of this column have heard me say it before, but I'll say it again: I'm often embarrassed by the questions my colleagues ask at White House briefings. This week was no exception.

  • Supremes waffle on marriage equality

    March 28, 2013

    Over the last 40 years, I've been involved in a lot of political battles for a lot of different causes: workers' rights, women's rights, gay rights, environmental protection, anti-war, anti-nuclear power, anti-urban sprawl, animal rights, gun control, clean air, open space, small farms, global warming. But I've never seen the public turn around and embrace any issue faster than marriage equality.

  • Can anybody save the Republican Party?

    March 21, 2013

    The year 2012 was a disaster for the Republican Party. They failed to regain control of the U.S. Senate. They lost eight seats in the House of Representatives. They didn't just lose the White House to Barack Obama, they got clobbered: losing the Electoral College, 332 to 206, and losing the popular vote by almost 5 million. They've lost the popular vote in five of the last six elections.

  • The unmasking of Paul Ryan and his budget

    March 14, 2013

    Quick! Somebody tell President Obama. Alert the members of Congress. Shout it out to the media: I have balanced the budget!

  • Are there no limits on the use of drones?

    March 7, 2013

    A rare beast was spotted this week in Washington. An event as rare as the sighting of Big Foot. We actually saw a real filibuster in action.

  • Americans risk losing our most sacred right

    February 28, 2013

    It suddenly hit me this week: I don't live in the real world. I live in Washington, D.C.

  • Republicans can't escape blame for sequester

    February 21, 2013

    If aliens came to earth from outer space in search of intelligent life, Congress is the last place they would look for it. The Republican-led 112th Congress -- in a good week, in session no more than two and a half days -- let the Standard & Poor's credit rating of the United States decline for the first time since 1917, failed to pass a farm bill, and refused to do anything about assault weapons, global warming or other important issues, as well as voting to repeal Obamacare 33 times.

  • Can a new pope save the Catholic Church?

    February 14, 2013

    It's been a busy week. The Senate voted 78-22 to renew the Violence Against Women Act. Christopher Dorner, ex-cop turned cop killer, was finally tracked down near Big Bear, Calif. Leaders of the International Olympic Committee voted to drop wrestling from the Summer Games in 2020. And President Obama delivered a powerful State of the Union address.

  • A license to kill Americans: no judge, no jury

    February 7, 2013

    Have you heard? George W. Bush and Dick Cheney are up to their old tricks.

  • Ronald Reagan's lead on immigration

    January 31, 2013

    Yes, good things still happen in this country. They just don't happen overnight.

  • Liberals true defenders of freedom

    January 24, 2013

    Most inaugural addresses are not memorable. Second inaugural speeches are even less so. But President Obama's second inaugural address is an exception. Only 18 minutes long, it will go down in history as one of the most powerful inaugural addresses ever.

  • This is how we will be judged: saving our kids

    January 17, 2013

    As a member of the White House Press Corps, I've attended a lot of events at the White House. But none more moving or powerful than this week's announcement by President Obama and Vice-President Biden of their plans to deal with gun violence.

  • Smear a bagel, not Chuck Hagel

    January 10, 2013

    OK, I want to admit right up front: I stole that headline. No, it's not original with me. I stole it from the pro-Israel, pro-peace organization J Street. I stole it because it's funny. And because it perfectly sums up the phony, trumped-up campaign against Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense.

  • John Boehner takes Republican Party over cliff

    January 3, 2013

    Well, what do you know? We didn't go over the fiscal cliff, after all. In the end, the country was spared. Only the Republican Party was destroyed. Or, at least, severely damaged. Thanks to John Boehner.

  • The NRA: Nothing for politicians to be afraid of

    December 20, 2012

    There's no secret why, for years, politicians of both parties have been afraid to stand up and support tighter controls on guns: Because they're afraid of the NRA. But, after the slaughter of innocents at Sandy Hook Elementary School, that fear is all but gone.

  • Scalia has no right to rule on same-sex marriage

    December 13, 2012

    Once upon a time, Supreme Court justices were seen but not heard. The only time they spoke in public was to ask a question at oral arguments. Otherwise, they kept their counsel and spoke through written opinions or dissents.

  • No deal is better than a bad deal

    December 6, 2012

    If you really thought we were going to avoid going over the fiscal cliff, if you seriously believed Republicans in Congress would come to their senses and agree on a reasonable compromise then consider what happened in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

  • What did Susan Rice know and when did she know it?

    November 29, 2012

    We haven't heard much about the "politics of personal destruction" since Bill Clinton. But if you thought the days of mean, personal, political attacks were over, just ask Susan Rice. The campaign against her -- led by John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Susan Collins, and Fox News -- is perhaps the ugliest, and most meaningless, ever.

  • Would you buy a used candidate from Karl Rove?

    November 15, 2012

    No doubt who the big winners were on November 6. Two years ago, he was considered toast. But President Obama scored a decisive victory: winning the popular vote by three and a half million, racking up a 126 margin in the Electoral College, locking up eight out of nine battleground states -- and losing North Carolina by less than 100,000 votes. Give that man a mandate.

  • Obama won, but did he get a mandate?

    November 8, 2012

    Americans can breathe a sigh of relief. No more "I'm Barack Obama, and I approve this message." No more robocalls by celebrities asking for your support. No more back-to-back TV commercials telling lies.

  • First debate: Romney delights, Obama disappoints

    October 5, 2012

    When Mitt Romney took the stage in Denver, he already had two strikes against him.

  • Scabs can't replace good union workers

    September 29, 2012

    Politics is a lot of things. But, as we learned this week, it's not everything. President Obama addressed the UN General Assembly. Both Obama and Mitt Romney spoke before the Clinton Global Initiative. But all America was talking about -- was football.

  • Is Mitt Romney a charter member of the 47 percent?

    September 21, 2012

    In politics, there's nothing more fun than watching a politician self-destruct. Mitt Romney's doing a better job of it than most.

  • Republicans have bad case of buyer's remorse

    September 14, 2012

    As consumers, we know our rights, one of the most important of which is the right to return and exchange. Whether you're buying a new flat-screen TV from Best Buy, the new iPhone from Apple, or Daniel Silva's latest spy thriller from Amazon, if you're not happy with your purchase you can always take it back and exchange it.

  • The only question that counts in 2012

    September 8, 2012

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- In the wake of the Democratic Convention, only one question counts for voters: "Are we better off today than we were four years ago?"

  • Paul Ryan: Prevaricator-in-chief

    August 31, 2012

    Starting with Jerry Brown in 1976, I've been to nine Democratic conventions and seven Republican conventions. And, for better or worse, there are some convention speeches I'll never forget. Ted Kennedy in 1980, promising "the dream shall never die." Pat Buchanan in 1992, urging Republicans to fight the "culture wars." And Barack Obama in 2004, declaring: "There is not a liberal America and a conservative America -- there is the United States of America."

  • Who's telling the truth about Medicare?

    August 24, 2012

    Having failed to make their case talking about jobs and the economy, Republicans now say they want to make this campaign a debate about Medicare (when they're not talking about abortion). That's why Mitt Romney named Paul Ryan, the longtime champion of radical change to Medicare, as his running mate.

  • The Ryan-Romney ticket: Double trouble for GOP

    August 17, 2012

    Scary things sometimes come in pretty packages. Take Paul Ryan.

  • John Boehner's do-nothing Congress

    August 10, 2012

    In case you didn't know, Congress is in recess. They've given themselves a five-week break. Unanimously. This week they voted "without objection" not to come back to Washington until Sept. 10.

  • The dirtiest presidential campaign ever

    August 3, 2012

    I don't have to tell you. Politics has sunk lower than ever before. All we see from the Obama campaign are negative ads. And this, despite the fact that, back in April 2008, candidate Barack Obama promised: "This is a different time. This is an extraordinary time; we've got to run a different kind of campaign. So we're not going to run around doing negative ads."

  • Praise the Lord -- and stockpile the ammunition!

    July 27, 2012

    For me, the first sentence of a New York Times article, the Monday after the Aurora, Colo., shooting, says it all: "Unhindered by federal background checks or government oversight, the 24-year-old man accused of killing a dozen people inside a Colorado movie theater was able to build what the police called a 6,000-round arsenal legally and easily over the Internet, exploiting what critics call a virtual absence of any laws regulating ammunition sales."

  • Massachusetts amateur hour

    July 20, 2012

    Somewhere, Newt Gingrich is laughing. Sure, we made fun of him during the primaries. And we cheered when Mitt Romney poured in the big bucks and crushed him like a bug.

  • Is this heat wave telling us something?

    July 13, 2012

    Over the last decade, I've published more than 500 columns. But none got more reaction than my column of March 15 entitled "Politicians Fiddle While Earth Burns," lamenting the fact that Congress was doing nothing about global warming. Clearly, Americans are starting to worry about the survival of our planet and the indifference of our elected leaders.

  • Relax: 'Obamacare' is here to stay

    July 6, 2012

    There are still a lot of questions about last week's 5-4 Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act. What does this mean for the Commerce Clause? How many states will refuse to expand Medicare? What does it say about John Roberts?

  • Supreme victory for health care

    June 29, 2012

    We know the Supreme Court. On December 12, 2000, it decided that George W. Bush would be the next president of the United States. On June 28, 2012, it decided that Barack Obama would be re-elected president of the United States.

  • No, no, no -- both sides are not equally to blame

    June 22, 2012

    This is the political season. So you can expect to hear a lot of lies, and we do. "The stimulus did not create one single job." (John Boehner) "Barack Obama is the most dangerous president in modern history." (Newt Gingrich) "I was a severely conservative Republican governor." (Mitt Romney)

  • What would Washington do without leaks?

    June 15, 2012

    Washington insiders have a bipolar fascination with, and reaction to, leaks.

  • Nuns on the run -- and on the bus

    June 8, 2012

    Don't look now, but the pope and his posse of bishops are on the warpath. The Vatican and American bishops are out to squash those they consider the greatest threat to the authority of the almighty Catholic Church.

  • Back to the future: Election rigging in Florida

    June 2, 2012

    They said it could never happen again. Well, don't look now, but Florida is well on its way to stealing another election.

  • Bain Capital is fair game

    May 25, 2012

    Every time I hear somebody say there's no difference between the two parties, I want to scream! There are huge differences between Republicans and Democrats, and one of the biggest is: Republicans take great pride in standing up for their team; Democrats take great pleasure in stabbing their team members in the back.

  • Didn't Boehner learn anything in 2011?

    May 18, 2012

    He's the biggest sensation in the UK since Susan Boyle. He trounced the competition in winning the big prize on "Britain's Got Talent." And he accepted his $500,000 pound award -- on all fours!

  • Obama leads way on same-sex marriage

    May 10, 2012

    Samuel Gompers, the cigar maker who became a labor leader and founder of the AFL, was once asked: "What does labor want?" His answer was simple and direct: "More!"

  • Drones coming to a town near you

    May 3, 2012

    With a dramatic trip to Kabul, President Obama announced the beginning of the end of the war in Afghanistan. But while wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are winding down, a third war is winding up: a war conducted entirely with drones.

  • Here's the sleaze, but where's the crime?

    April 26, 2012

    After hearing the latest daily take from the John Edwards trial, now under way in Greensboro, N.C., you almost want to take a shower. It's better (or worse) than any daytime soap. It makes tabloids look tame.

  • The 'Mommy Wars' are back: And Republicans are losing!

    April 19, 2012

    If there's one special talent of Republicans, it's turning a nothing issue into a raging controversy. They've done it before: with Van Jones, ACORN, and Obama's birth certificate.

  • On taxes, Republicans repudiate Ronald Reagan

    April 12, 2012

    It's a pretty big deal to have a bill named after you, especially if you're not a member of Congress. But, with any luck, this bill will actually soon become the law of the land.

  • Mexicans pull the trigger; we supply the guns

    April 6, 2012

    Not much news came out of this week's North American Leaders' Summit at the White House. Probably because most reporters fell asleep in the Rose Garden, listening to President Barack Obama, President Felipe Calderon of Mexico and Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada -- aka "The Three Amigos" -- drone on and on about trade, tourism, and border security.

  • Mexicans pull the trigger; we supply the guns

    April 5, 2012

    Not much news came out of this week's North American Leaders' Summit at the White House. Probably because most reporters fell asleep in the Rose Garden, listening to President Barack Obama, President Felipe Calderon of Mexico and Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada -- aka "The Three Amigos" -- drone on and on about trade, tourism, and border security.

  • Catholic bishops silent on issues affecting poor

    March 29, 2012

    When it comes to certain political issues, there's no group more vocal today than the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. They are quick to speak out. And they make sure you know where they stand.

  • Where's the outrage over Trayvon Martin?

    March 22, 2012

    There was a time in the southern United States when racially-charged murders of innocent civilians were routine. We remember the deaths of four little girls in the bombing of Birmingham's 16th Street Baptist Church in September 1963; the June 1963 killing of Medgar Evers in Jackson, Miss.; and the murder of three young civil rights workers in June 1964 outside of Philadelphia, Miss.

  • Politicians fiddle while the earth burns

    March 15, 2012

    American politicians have the attention span of a gnat. Consider the silence and inaction on global warming.

  • Requiem for Rush

    March 8, 2012

    One thing about Rush Limbaugh: When he steps in it, he steps in it big time. And he sure did so this time.

  • Santorum makes me want to throw up

    March 1, 2012

    Here's a good idea. Let's say you're a former senator. You're running for president of the United States. You want to appeal to blue-collar, middle-class voters.

  • Is Santorum running for president or pope?

    February 16, 2012

    Headline from the Detroit Free Press website: "New Polls Show Rick Santorum Leading Mitt Romney in Michigan Primary Race."

  • Catholic bishops cry wolf on contraception

    February 13, 2012

    I love protests, and have taken part in many of them. My first was picketing in front of Safeway in San Francisco, urging shoppers to support California farm workers and boycott grapes.

  • Koch brothers driving anti-Obama hate machine

    February 2, 2012

    "If not now, when?" It's one of the most famous maxims of history, attributed to the great Rabbi Hillel, who's also credited with a down-to-earth version of the Golden Rule: "What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor. This is the whole Torah; all the rest is commentary."

  • The three big lies of Newton Leroy Gingrich

    January 26, 2012

    Political junkies like me have never seen anything like it: Running 20 points behind, just a week before the South Carolina primary, Newt Gingrich catapulted to the top of the pile and ended up defeating Mitt Romney by 12 points. It's almost enough to make a believer out of you.

  • How not to run a Republican primary

    January 19, 2012

    CHARLESTON, South Carolina. --You have to see it on the ground to believe what a mess Republicans have made of this election. It's the worst way to run a primary campaign -- unless your goal was to lose the election, in the first place.

  • Mitt Romney bumper sticker: Greed is good!

    January 13, 2012

    He barely won the Iowa primary. He handily won New Hampshire. He's going to win South Carolina next. So now we know the Republican nominee for president will be: Gordon Gekko.

  • Santorum gets his (brief) moment in the sun

    January 5, 2012

    Mitt "Landslide" Romney may have won the Iowa caucuses by a whopping eight votes, but everybody knows the real winner was former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.

  • John Boehner destroys Republican record on taxes

    December 22, 2011

    OK, enough already. I don't want to hear any more whining from Democrats about how hard it's going to be for President Obama to win re-election in 2012. Because the political landscape has just shifted dramatically.

  • Thank John Boehner -- for raising your taxes

    December 22, 2011

    OK, enough already. I don't want to hear any more whining from Democrats about how hard it's going to be for President Obama to win re-election in 2012. Because the political landscape has just shifted dramatically.

  • God doesn't care about politics or football

    December 15, 2011

    Psssst! Don't tell anybody, but I have a secret. I talk to God every day. And she told me herself: She doesn't give a fig who wins the Republican primary. But you'd never know that, listening to today's Christian political charlatans.

  • Channeling Teddy Roosevelt

    December 8, 2011

    You could never accuse Republicans of going "back to the future." In fact, there are many past leaders of their own party whom today's Republicans would never vote for, and would just as soon forget.

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.

Negative campaign ads [Poll]

Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler rolled out the first negative advertisements in the Democratic primary campaign for governor last week, criticizing the leadership of front-runner Anthony G. Brown. Do you find such ads useful in a political campaign?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Not sure