| Oct 7, 2013
"We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate." — President Obama, in his second inaugural speech
So much for that.
I happen to hold with those who think that...
| Oct 9, 2013
| 4:34 PM
WASHINGTON - Koch Industries, the multibillion-dollar company led by David and Charles Koch, tried to distance itself Wednesday from any blame for the government shutdown and congressional quagmire.
But doing so requires some explaining given the long...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 10:28 AM
WASHINGTON — House Speaker John A. Boehner delivered an uncharacteristically forceful response to conservative groups lining up against the budget compromise announced Tuesday, accusing them of “using” people to advance their own goals...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 8:14 PM
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Rep. Paul D. Ryan are friends and political allies, one helping the other in 2012 when Walker faced a recall attempt and Ryan ran for vice president on the Republican ticket.
But when it comes to winning the White House,...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 8:46 PM
WASHINGTON — The Senate appeared set to approve a budget deal this week after a handful of Republicans announced they would vote to advance the bill, which has deeply divided the party.
Their backing, along with that of most Democrats, would be...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 5:19 PM
There is red and there is red. As in fire engine-ruby-crimson-blood-cardinal red.
Politically speaking, Utah falls into the latter category.
It has been nearly half a century since the state voted Democratic in a presidential election. President Obama...
| Oct 11, 2013
| 2:30 AM
WASHINGTON -- The political peril of letting perceived public-opinion polling drive policy has now been clearly demonstrated in the failure of the Republican campaign to repeal, replace or defund President Obama's health care insurance law.
| Oct 12, 2013
| 7:51 PM
WASHINGTON — Rep. Devin Nunes was a low-profile Republican from California's Central Valley, perhaps best known for his battles with environmentalists over water, including once bringing a bowl of fish to a Capitol Hill hearing to argue that their...
| Oct 13, 2013
| 5:18 PM
WASHINGTON – Talks in the Senate aimed at resolving the crisis over the federal budget hit a setback Sunday as Democrats, emboldened by GOP disarray, pushed their advantage, leading Republicans to warn against efforts to “humiliate”...
| Oct 13, 2013
| 2:30 AM
WASHINGTON -- Now that both sides in the Great Shutdown Fiasco seem to be inching their way toward an exit strategy, the central concern appears to be how to arrive at it with the least political damage to each of them.
Already left in the wreckage is...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 12:29 PM
WASHINGTON – They’re not perfect measures of public interest, but the year-end roundups released by tech giants Google, Twitter and Facebook do provide some insight into the online political curiosity of the nation.
Of the year’s...
| Oct 14, 2013
| 2:06 PM
European history was always one of my favorite subjects in school. It was an endless and Byzantine narrative of venality, Machiavellian intrigue, greed, lust for power and self-interest, with little concern for the poor slob at the bottom of the food...