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  • A year consumed by Obamacare fight, with more to come

    WASHINGTON -- As the end of 2013 approaches, seldom has a domestic issue so dominated the political center stage as Obamacare did this year. The president's health-care insurance law has ridden a policy roller-coaster and will still have a huge question...
  • Do gubernatorial elections point to midcourse correction for GOP?

    WASHINGTON -- Because New Jersey and Virginia are the only two states that choose their governors in the first year after a presidential election, much significance -- perhaps too much -- is ascribed to the results of this week's elections. Tuesday's...
  • Obama's broken promise, weak apology

    WASHINGTON -- President Obama's sort-of apology for saying, "If you like your heath care plan, you can keep it," is in keeping with the tradition of Oval Office occupants trying to cover their posteriors when they are suddenly exposed. It brings to...
  • Remembering wartime unity, national purpose, now long gone

    WASHINGTON -- Another Veterans Day has come and gone, celebrating the millions of Americans who served in the so-called War to End All Wars and all the wars since. The day was originally observed as Armistice Day, commemorating the all-quiet on the...
  • Rx for Obama's recovery: First, do no harm

    WASHINGTON -- The instruction to medical practitioners generally ascribed to the Hippocratic Oath -- above all, do no harm to the patient -- obviously applies to President Obama in the enrollment fiasco bedeviling his health-care insurance law. He had...
  • His cool gone, Obama needs to show competence

    WASHINGTON -- Until recently, one thing about Barack Obama that voters could count on was his coolness -- that through all tribulation he would remain unflappable and steadfast. He was notably able to retain his composure in the face of unremitting...
  • The fateful politics of November 22, 1963

    WASHINGTON -- Among the greatest ironies of President John F. Kennedy's fateful visit to Texas in late November 1963 was that it was a political mission to resolve a rift among Texas Democrats looking toward his own re-election bid in 1964. The chief...
  • Obama's unheralded goal: Getting foreign policy off combat track

    WASHINGTON -- The most poignant moment in President Obama's fifth State of the Union address came near the end, when he introduced the Army Ranger severely wounded in Afghanistan sitting in the House gallery, to thundering and heartfelt applause from...
  • Jules Witcover: Remembering the national tragedy 50 years ago

    WASHINGTON -- Any American old enough remember 50 years ago is likely to recall just how and where he or she heard of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and the sorrowful and dramatic days following November 22, 1963, culminating in his...
  • Senate Democrats go nuclear to preserve majority rule

    WASHINGTON -- The old axiom, be careful what you wish for because you may get it, is back in play here with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's successful change in Senate rules dealing with that old albatross, the filibuster. After five years of...
  • After a fruitless year in Washington, New Year's blues ahead

    WASHINGTON -- As President Obama greets the new year amid the balmy breezes of Hawaii, he must brace himself for the stiff winds that await him back here in the nation's dysfunctional capital. Desperate to accentuate the positive, his political...
  • As Democratic left revives, will Hillary join its ranks?

    WASHINGTON -- Much is being made of former President Bill Clinton's swearing-in of New York's new mayor, Bill de Blasio, with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo at their side at City Hall. The cameo apparently...