| May 2, 2014
| 6:20 PM
A push by congressional Republicans on Friday to increase pressure on the Obama White House over the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, has put Baltimore Rep. Elijah E. Cummings back to his role as one of the administration's...
| Apr 21, 2014
| 10:30 AM
One of the enduring misperceptions of American politics is that the vice presidency is a steppingstone to the presidency. Of the 47 men who have held the office, only four were elected to the Oval Office as sitting standbys: Adams, Jefferson, Van Buren...
| Apr 7, 2014
| 8:00 AM
Forty years ago, Congress enacted sweeping limits on political campaign spending in the wake of a shocking disclosure that one man — Chicago insurance executive W. Clement Stone — had given more than $3 million for the 1972 reelection of...
| Mar 17, 2014
| 9:26 AM
In American domestic politics, messing with Social Security is known as "the third rail," referring to the power source for trains that is fatal to the touch. In foreign policy discussions, invoking the name of Adolf Hitler promises the same lethal...
| Feb 25, 2014
| 11:06 AM
It came as no surprise to hear that certain U.S. Supreme Court justices hold misgivings about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulating greenhouse gas emissions from power plants — and potentially other stationary sources. In arguments...
| Mar 13, 2014
| 11:35 AM
Amid the storm created by Russian President Vladimir Putin's extralegal incursion into the Crimean peninsula, the U.S. and Europe risk allowing an event equally important to Ukraine's future to fall out of focus: the May 25 election in which the divided...
| Mar 13, 2014
| 9:00 PM
Six months ago, President Barack Obama, speaking at the United Nations, stated that the three primary priorities for his administration were the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, Iran and Syria.
With visits this month from Israeli Prime Minister...
| Apr 9, 2014
| 11:13 AM
If you haven't yet felt pity for Secretary of State John Kerry, you will after seeing "Camp David," the new play by Lawrence Wright at Arena Stage about the most famous attempt to broker peace in the Middle East.
Every issue that has frustrated Kerry...
| Nov 25, 2013
| 10:21 AM
Since the Iran nuclear deal was announced late Saturday, the criticism has been predictable. Israel's leadership isn't happy; neither is Saudi Arabia's. And there's a customary skepticism in Congress, particularly from Republicans, the most outlandish...
| Aug 12, 2013
| 3:00 AM
One can only applaud the restarting of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, which controls the West Bank. Yet, given the other problems the United States currently faces in the Middle East — crises in Egypt, Syria and Iraq, to...
| Aug 13, 2013
| 10:28 AM
Secretary of State John Kerry has accomplished what many Middle East experts felt was not possible. As a result of his hard work and skill, Israelis and Palestinians are scheduled to resume negotiations on resolving their decades-long conflict in...
| Jan 4, 2014
| 8:00 AM
While reading the summary of key 2013 events, when I got to the description that "Syria blinked," I had to blink myself. I assume the writer meant "Syria winked." At least that's about as much attention as Bashar al-Assad paid to President Barack Obama'...