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  • Jules Witcover: Default averted, a fresh start for Obama

    WASHINGTON -- While the tea party faction of the Republican Party licks its wounds and strains to put a positive spin on its abysmal failure to defund Obamacare, President Obama emerges with a stiffened spine for the budget and debt limit battles ahead....
  • Despite myopic blame game, one party can act to get nation out of congressional deadlock

    WASHINGTON -- The current row over who's to blame for the latest government showdown brings to mind the story of the two men arguing on a street corner whether the world is round or flat. They agree to ask an amiable passer-by to settle the matter. He...
  • A real referendum on Obamacare

    WASHINGTON -- A year and a month from now, in the November 2014 congressional elections, American voters will have their next opportunity to cast a real vote for or against President Obama's beleaguered health care law. The result then, which will decide...
  • Change comes to Washington

    WASHINGTON -- When Barack Obama was seeking the presidency in 2008, he pledged to change the way Washington works. Well, it has changed all right, but he has not been the architect. As emphatically confirmed in this week's government shutdown, that...
  • Targeting Hillary

    WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's swan song before the Senate and House committees on foreign affairs was in a sense a prelude to any future bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. It gave Republicans a last chance to cast her...
  • Taking Biden seriously

    WASHINGTON -- As the second Obama term gets underway, much is being said and written about the president finally emerging as a tougher, stronger Democrat in the liberal mold of past party greats. His second inaugural address pressed Republicans in...
  • The resilient Jerry Brown

    WASHINGTON -- It's said in politics that timing is everything, that success depends on picking the right time to make one's move. When Barack Obama decided in early 2007 to launch a presidential bid as a freshman U.S. senator at age 45, the naysayers...
  • Why annihilate the GOP?

    WASHINGTON -- Still reeling from the Republican defeat in the 2012 presidential election, House Speaker John Boehner warned in a Ripon Society speech the other day that the re-elected Obama administration is now out to kill off their party. The embattled...
  • Obama's second coming

    WASHINGTON -- The first two weeks of the second Obama administration have signaled that a more assertive president now sits behind the Oval Office desk than the one who settled in there after his first inauguration four years ago. The starry-eyed...
  • State of the union, at home and abroad

    WASHINGTON -- President Obama's first State of the Union address of his second term, following in the fashion of his second inaugural address, focused on the state of the nation at home: the need for more jobs and a revived middle class, as well as such...
  • GOP to showcase Rubio as new face of party

    WASHINGTON -- In the Republican Party's developing effort to put on a new face after last November's presidential defeat, the latest gesture is trotting out freshman Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida to deliver the GOP response to President Obama's State of the...
  • Where the buck still stops

    WASHINGTON -- A rare phenomenon occurred on Capitol Hill the other day when two ranking officials of the Obama administration testified that they had differed with the president they still served over providing arms to the rebels in Syria seeking to...