| Feb 2, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Chew on these for a minute:
"Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives, who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay, is that who they are? Because if that is who they are, and if they are the extreme conservatives, they have no place in...
| Jan 27, 2014
| 11:54 AM
Documentaries were supposed to be a dying genre -- and living proof that we were becoming dumber as a nation.
Reality TV is cheaper and easier to make. And who has time for lengthy, in-depth explorations of anything any more in the age of Twitter? Docs...
| Jan 13, 2014
| 12:37 PM
Not since Richard Nixon assured an audience of newspaper editors in 1973 that "I am not a crook" has a major political figure so conspicuously defended his character as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has done in declaring, "I am not a bully."
| Jan 12, 2014
While mainstream Republicans and even some Democrats may accept Chris Christie's apology, our tea party group and others we have contacted do not ("'Stunned' Christie fires top adviser," Jan. 10). His claims that he didn't know about the politically...
| Dec 24, 2013
| 3:00 AM
Three years before the next presidential election, Republican also-rans are making noises about trying again. The most conspicuous is former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who won the Iowa caucuses in 2008 but quickly faded and pivoted to his own television...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Tuesday marks the fourth anniversary of the Supreme Court's Citizens United v. FEC ruling, when the court ruled that corporations can spend unlimited amounts to influence elections.
Our democracy is built on the basic premise that people —...
| Jan 6, 2014
| 10:24 AM
Much is being made of former President Bill Clinton's swearing-in of New York's new mayor, Bill de Blasio, with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo at their side at City Hall. The cameo apparently sought to declare...
| Jan 8, 2014
| 7:57 AM
President Barack Obama's foreign policy over the past six years has come under attack from progressives and conservatives alike. From the progressive point of view, there is much to criticize: the killing of civilians by drones, excessive surveillance...
| Dec 22, 2013
| 5:00 AM
One of the interesting aspects of public life (even for those of us retired from public life) is the frequency with which total strangers engage me in political conversation.
Most of these unscheduled encounters are pleasant. They can break out...
| Oct 24, 2013
| 12:02 PM
In some important ways, the last month or so has seen some impressive advances for President Barack Obama. Under ordinary circumstances, his success so far at staring down Syrian dictator Bashar Assad over chemical weapons and then his rebuff of the House...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 10:44 AM
A new post-mortem account of the 2012 presidential campaign holds that President Obama's strategists toyed with, but rejected, the notion of dropping Vice President Joe Biden from the Democratic ticket and replacing him with then Secretary of State...
| Nov 18, 2013
| 10:47 AM
Until recently, one thing about Barack Obama that voters could count on was his coolness — that through all tribulation he would remain unflappable and steadfast. He was notably able to retain his composure in the face of unremitting partisan...