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  • Remembering Richard Ben Cramer and his magnum opus

    Remembering Richard Ben Cramer and his magnum opus
    An old reporter often begins his daily routine by turning to the newspaper's obituary page with mild trepidation, fearing another friend has gone to that great newsroom in the sky. So it was this week in reading of the death in Baltimore, at only 62, of...
  • 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...
  • To Romney's chagrin, Obama is no Jimmy Carter

    To Romney's chagrin, Obama is no Jimmy Carter
    As Mitt Romney continues his quest for the silver bullet that will wipe out all the deep reservations about his qualifications to be president, the man who still owns the job is demonstrating every day why incumbency gives him a major advantage in...
  • Obama evolves, with a nudge from Biden

    Obama evolves, with a nudge from Biden
    Vice President Joe Biden was accused of committing another gaffe the other day when he declared on a Sunday television talk showthat he was "absolutely comfortable" with the idea of same-sex marriage. His crime supposedly was that he embarrassed his boss,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Dangerous mischief-making in Ukraine

    WASHINGTON -- The report that protesters have declared two eastern Ukraine cities to be independent republics questions President Obama's assurance that there is no "military solution" to the crisis that began with Russian President Vladmir Putin's land...