| Dec 7, 2012
As President Barack Obama nears the end of his first term, has he finally found an inner LBJ to channel?
His recent words and actions suggest he has turned a corner from his earlier wishful thinking about playing nice with obstruction-minded Republicans...
| Jul 1, 2013
| 10:11 AM
The Senate provided the country with a rare and modest glimpse of bipartisanship in its 68-32 passage of the comprehensive immigration reform bill laboriously accomplished by the Gang of Eight — four Democrats and four Republicans. But overcoming...
| May 10, 2013
In Hillary Clinton's farewell remarks in February on stepping down as President Barack Obama's secretary of state, she echoed one of her predecessors, Madeleine Albright, declaring America to be "the indispensable nation."
"We are the force for...
| Aug 5, 2013
| 10:36 AM
Secretary of State John Kerry still has a long way to go in his intensive quest for Palestinian-Israeli peace. But his diligent and persuasive pursuit of it suggests that his uneven career search for a legacy of his own may finally have found its proper...
| Mar 6, 2013
With the sequester now beginning, I find myself thinking about Robert F. Kennedy -- and 46 years ago, when I was an intern in his Senate office.
The nation was going through a difficult time in 1967. America was deeply split over civil rights and the...
| Aug 10, 2013
| 2:22 PM
The Democratic Governors Association is seeking a ruling that would allow it to expand its role in federal elections as its chief fundraiser, Gov. Martin O'Malley, is considering a run for president, documents filed with the Federal Election Commission...
| Apr 29, 2013
| 6:58 AM
To nobody's surprise, all four living former presidents were on their best behavior last week at the dedication of the library and museum named for the latest of them, George W. Bush, at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
The honoree's father,...
| Dec 3, 2012
| 8:51 AM
There was a time when a president and the opposition party in Congress could agree on certain basics, such as the right of the chief executive to select members of his cabinet with no fuss or bother.
The president's most important choice in this...
| Sep 21, 2012
| 6:21 PM
A leading advocate in Congress for federal workers, Sen. Daniel Akaka says he's pleased by progress on some of his priorities: Legislation to allow employees to work from home, reforms in hiring and the security clearance process, improvements in matching...
| May 7, 2013
| 11:26 AM
The chemical and fertilizer plant in the town of West, Texas, where at least 15 were killed and more than 200 injured a few weeks ago hadn't been fully inspected by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration since 1985. (A partial inspection by a...
| Jul 5, 2013
| 7:53 AM
For a while last year, I started to worry about liking Aaron Sorkin’s “The Newsroom” so much.
Most of my colleagues didn’t like it — not that being out of sync with the herd ever bothered me greatly. It usually turned out...
| Aug 6, 2013
| 8:45 AM
In setting up his campaign accounts for a potential presidential run, Gov. Martin O'Malley is following a long path of politicians from both parties who have managed to raise buckets of cash without having to adhere to federal contribution limits.