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  • Court ruling may boost influence of political parties

    WASHINGTON -- Like an optimist looking through a pile of manure in hope of finding a pony, if one examines the latest Supreme Court decision on campaign finance law, one positive outcome comes into view: It will give a helping hand to our struggling two-...
  • 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...
  • Republicans eye Ohio

    WASHINGTON -- While other Republicans zero in on November's midterm congressional elections in the hope of derailing the Obama presidency, the GOP National Committee is busy making plans for its 2016 national convention. Seven cities are finalists to host...
  • A more realistic president?

    WASHINGTON--As President Obama embarks on his sixth year in the Oval Office, he does so with a greater reality of the political equation he faces, as clearly demonstrated the other night in his State of the Union address. The freshman chief executive...
  • Obama's cool-headedness is diplomacy, not appeasement

    WASHINGTON -- To hear some American hawks talk about President Obama's reaction to the Russian move into Crimea, you'd think he's grabbed Neville Chamberlain's umbrella of appeasement and rushed off to Munich. But Obama's response to Russian President...
  • What makes Jerry run?

    WASHINGTON -- At age 75, Gov. Jerry Brown, California's onetime political wunderkind, has just announced his candidacy for a fourth term. After three long-ago failed presidential bids, it's not that he's given up the notion of someday occupying the...
  • Christie back in form, but Trafficgate cloud lingers

    WASHINGTON -- Gov. Chris Christie, beleaguered back in New Jersey and in the national media over the scandal of contrived traffic jams on the George Washington Bridge, unveiled his strategy for putting his 2016 presidential aspirations back on track the...
  • Remembering Joe McGinniss, chronicler of presidential image making

    WASHINGTON -- In the history of presidential campaign books, Theodore H. White's "The Making of the President" series in the 1960s set the standard for inside-the- campaign books to follow. He combined unique access and a sweeping view of the process to...
  • 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...
  • High expectations dashed, on the gridiron and in Washington

    WASHINGTON -- The peril of high expectations, in sports as in politics, was emphatically driven home Sunday to millions who watched the Denver Broncos' and Payton Manning's performance in the Super Bowl. The premature anointment of Manning as the greatest...
  • Kibitzers seek to mess with the presidential debates

    WASHINGTON -- One of the best features of our quadrennial presidential campaigns is the series of debates between the major party nominees, plus another between their running mates. Voters tune in the by millions and get a better look at them than they...
  • Obama's fate and legacy

    WASHINGTON -- When American presidents leave office, they hope they will have left behind a legacy of good works earning history's good judgment. Some, like Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and FDR, achieve that distinction, but most others fall short in...