| Dec 15, 2011
| 8:04 PM
In the final debate before voting starts in the 2012 presidential contest, front-running Newt Gingrich battled renewed criticism Thursday night from rivals over his activities outside of government, including taking $1.6 million from mortgage giant...
| May 30, 2012
| 9:17 AM
Mitt Romney hit his party's "magic number" on Tuesday, unofficially clinching the Republican presidential nomination in a race he entered as the front-runner and has had to himself for weeks.
Romney led the pack when he announced his second run for the...
| Jun 23, 2011
If I had a dollar for every time a Sarah Palin supporter accused me of not taking her seriously because I'm jealous of attractive women who've combined powerful careers with large families, I'd be in another tax bracket, one that might encourage me to...
| Aug 15, 2011
| 1:21 PM
Back from vacay on the municipal island in a sea of corn, Fort Wayne, Indiana. I'm happy to report that my father, Robert Wayne Englehart Sr., the Iron Man, is still playing golf and cursing his bad shots, but he has slowed down considerably at 89 years...
| Apr 25, 2012
| 7:11 AM
Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen caused a furor with her comments about Ann Romney, wife of Mitt Romney. Rosen has apologized for saying that Mrs. Romney "never worked a day in her life," but the controversy will drive a lot of Sunday morning talk....
| Apr 19, 2012
A quick review of the long and illustrious career of Facts reveals some of the world's most cherished absolutes: Gravity makes things fall down; 2 + 2 = 4; the sky is blue.
But for many, Facts' most memorable moments came in simple day-to-day realities,...
| Mar 2, 2012
After locking up much of the Republican establishment's heavyweight fundraisers, Mitt Romney is going after the little guy.
"Donate $3 today to be automatically entered to be Mitt's special guest for Election Night on Super Tuesday," reads an email...
| Jul 11, 2011
| 10:08 AM
WASHINGTON -- A debt crisis is a terrible thing to waste in a presidential election season, and Democrats and Republicans alike are responding on cue.
The news Saturday night that Republicans won't support a $4 trillion deficit reduction plan was a...
| Jan 18, 2012
One of the many pleasures of Sara Paretsky's V.I. Warshawski novels is that the sharp-tongued, short-tempered detective often seems to be following clues that lead not just to the heart of whatever mystery is at hand, but also into the red-hot center of...
| Sep 14, 2011
Presidential debates are often the birthplace of catchphrases that outlive the race in question—and sometimes the candidates themselves. Sarah Palin's "you betcha," Al Gore's "fuzzy math," and Lloyd Bentsen's "Senator, you are no Jack Kennedy"...
| Oct 12, 2011
Oh, the irony.
On the heels of presidential candidate Michele Bachmann famously mispronouncing "chutzpah" during an interview with Fox's Greta van Susteren comes "Yiddishkeit: Jewish Vernacular and The New Land" (Abrams), a new book that traces the...
| Aug 29, 2012
| 7:28 PM
TAMPA, Fla. — A little more than a year ago, Frank VanderSloot contributed $1million to a "super PAC" supporting Mitt Romney. Now, the Idaho-based health products executive is a sought-after donor at the Republican National Convention as he makes...