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  • Romney's surprising post-mortem

    WASHINGTON -- After three months of licking the wounds of his defeat, Mitt Romney surfaced Sunday on Fox News with a somewhat unexpected rationale for his disappointing election outcome. What cost him the White House, he seemed to say, was what he loved...
  • One more Bush?

    WASHINGTON -- Amid the wreckage of the Mitt Romney presidential debacle and the Republican scramble to find a new savior, now comes ... yet another Bush! The ruminations of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, son of one former president and younger brother...
  • On talking things out

    WASHINGTON -- A Democratic president takes a bunch of Republican senators to dinner and invites the losing GOP vice-presidential nominee to lunch. Meanwhile, a freshman Republican filibusters the Senate for 13 hours against theoretical U.S. use of...
  • Fighting the last political war

    WASHINGTON -- The 2012 Republican vice-presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan, in previewing his revamped plan to balance the federal budget in 10 years, included a continuation of his party's campaign pledge to "repeal and replace Obamacare." Among...
  • The demise of moderate Republicanism

    WASHINGTON -- Among the casualties of the 2012 presidential election, along with Mitt Romney, was the vanishing breed of moderate Republicans of which he once was a star, until his embarrassing lurch into conservatism. Romney first failed to win the...
  • Gun control's timid advocates

    WASHINGTON -- For all the clamor from the White House and many in Congress to address the American scourge of gun violence, signs continue to point to a half-measure solution at best. President Obama's State of the Union plea to the nation's lawmakers...
  • The GOP goes under the knife

    WASHINGTON -- In what unfortunately has been labeled an "autopsy" of the Republican defeat last November, surgeons of the party establishment and its most conservative offshoot had their scalpels out during over the last week, carving up the corpse....
  • Do we need to maintain a dole for former presidents?

    WASHINGTON -- In this era of huge federal debt and fiscal dysfunction, it's less than heartening to learn from the Congressional Research Service that the nation's four living former chief executives got a total of $3.7 million in pensions and operating...
  • Bush's war, 10 years later

    WASHINGTON -- The 10th anniversary of the American invasion of Iraq seems an appropriate time to look back at how it all happened and what it has wrought, not so much for Iraq as for the United States, which poured its own troops, treasure and world...
  • RNC power grab

    WASHINGTON -- Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, in an ambitious effort to direct a party makeover in wake of its defeat last November, has targeted the next presidential cycle's debates and primaries. A new party entity called the...
  • Washington gets its badly needed fix

    WASHINGTON -- Karl Marx is credited with saying that religion is "the opium of the people." But here in the nation's capital, baseball is the drug of choice that rescues political junkies from the unpleasant realities around them. Currently providing...
  • Anthony Lewis: A voice is lost

    WASHINGTON -- My generation of newspapermen lost one of its most lucid, influential and admirable voices the other day with the passing at 85 of retired New York Times columnist and Supreme Court analyst Anthony Lewis. Although Tony dabbled only...