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  • Security vs. privacy

    Security vs. privacy
    The latest open debate over security and privacy is a welcome pivot from the irksome father-knows-best attitude that has prevailed too long regarding the government's contention of superior judgment in the realm of national security. As with most...
  • Obama's revealing reflections

    Obama's revealing reflections
    Probing questions at presidential news conferences sometimes have a way of getting their principals to reflect on their state of mind -- and at the same time the state their presidency, particularly when things aren't going well. Back in 1995, when Bill...
  • What Obama legacy?

    What Obama legacy?
    There is something about the start of a second presidential term that induces talk and speculation about the incumbent's eventual "legacy." Such notions are usually based on the president's accomplishments in the first term, plus expectations -- or...
  • Is anybody sad that Jim DeMint is leaving the Senate?

    Is anybody sad that Jim DeMint is leaving the Senate?
    In a profession like politics and in a town like the nation's capital, the phenomenon of a U.S. senator voluntarily surrendering his seat for a think-tank job would have been unthinkable some years ago. The decision of Republican Jim DeMint of South...
  • Gut-check time for the GOP

    Gut-check time for the GOP
    While Republican leaders console themselves that they salvaged control of the House from the defeat of Mitt Romney, they need to ponder the long-term future of the party of Lincoln and of Ronald Reagan. The course of the Grand Old Party from the Great...
  • President Biden? History says no

    President Biden? History says no
    I read with interest Jules Witcover's recent column regarding Vice President Joe Biden ("Could Biden benefit from Clinton's handling of Benghazi?" May 14). He infers that the Benghzai scandal could cost Hillary Clinton the Democratic presidential...
  • Obama is a lame duck who knows how to quack

    It's sometimes said that a lame-duck president is a weakened leader from the first day of his last term. The two-term limit of the 22nd Amendment, imposed by wrathful Republicans in 1951 in response to FDR's breach of the George Washington tradition, is...
  • John Edwards' fake sincerity wears off

    John Edwards' fake sincerity wears off
    Now that a North Carolina jury has ruled that former Sen. John Edwards is not a crook, at least in terms of misusing campaign contributions, he is free to go on conning his fellow citizens that he remains an instrument of The Almighty to serve the...
  • Jules Witcover: Romney courts confusion

    Jules Witcover: Romney courts confusion
    Poor Mitt Romney. Even when he is handed the football with a clear path to the goal line, he seems almost unable not to fumble it along the way. In his majority opinion ruling the Affordable Care Act consitututional, Supreme Court Justice John G. Roberts...
  • George McGovern at 90

    George McGovern at 90
    Being a losing presidential candidate is like what Mr. Dooley said about vice presidents: "It isn't a crime exactly. You can't be sint to jail f'r it, but it's kind iv a disgrace. It's like writin' anonymous letters." So it has been, unfairly, for former...
  • Jules Witcover: Romney's presumption

    Jules Witcover: Romney's presumption
    As Mitt Romneycontinued to build his delegate count for the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday night with five more primary victories, his new campaign slogan proclaimed: "A better America begins tonight." The message seemed to announce that...
  • Jules Witcover: Goodbye, Gingrich

    Jules Witcover: Goodbye, Gingrich
    The silence of the other shoe dropping pretty much describes the clamor that greeted the departure of Newt Gingrichfrom his overblown, self-centered fight for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. The man who vowed he would go all the way to the...