| 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...
| 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...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Even his supporters must have gotten a chuckle out of House Speaker John Boehner's declaration that immigration reform is in its death throes in his chamber because President Barack Obama can't be trusted to enforce whatever law they pass. As a bit of...
| Mar 4, 2014
| 10:39 AM
Class, here's a pop quiz on Washington's view of economics. Who gave the following unsolicited endorsements of the Earned Income Tax Credit, the refundable federal tax credit for low and moderate income workers?
The program gives "families flexibility...
| Mar 8, 2014
| 12:00 PM
Remember when former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney said that Russia was our number one "geopolitical foe" in the world, and that it was bent on expanding its dominance?
He was mocked by President Obama and MSNBC. But now it looks like he was...
| 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...
| 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 —...
| Aug 5, 2013
| 6:47 AM
"He's never seen hair like yours before. That color is called blonde, Daniel, and it's nothing but trouble." -- Pastor Moses
It's nice when a show spells out the theme of an episode right in the title, as "The Newsroom" did this week with "Unintended...
| Aug 19, 2013
| 8:18 AM
"We have it. How long before you're comfortable?" — Jerry Dantana
"The Newsroom" opened "One Step Too Many" in March 2012, with the first meeting of the "Red Team," the fresh set of eyes that Mac had kept out of the loop on the Genoa story.
| Jul 29, 2013
| 6:33 AM
"How many different kinds of disgusting do you have to be to boo a man who volunteered to fight and die for you?" -- Will McAvoy
"Willie Pete," the third episode of "The Newsroom's" second season, opened with a Will McAvoy rave-out during a comment...
| Aug 19, 2013
| 12:35 PM
While many of his fellow Republicans continue seeking the Holy Grail of defunding Obamacare and another possible government shutdown over it, New Jersey's brash Gov. Chris Christie has made them an offer they would be wise not to refuse.
| 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...