| Jun 15, 2011
| 1:21 PM
Last night on his show, comedian Jon Stewart picked up on an important part of Monday night's debate: The "baby-off."
He played clips of candidates Tim Pawlenty, Herman Cain, Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney all pleasantly informing the audience of their...
| Jun 15, 2011
| 12:04 PM
GOP presidential candidate and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has been catching a lot of criticism for his timidity in Monday night's debate. He refused to criticize frontrunner Mitt Romney over his Massachusetts health care plan despite doing so a...
| Aug 12, 2011
| 12:57 PM
I hate the unprecedented extent to which Fox News has involved itself in Republican politics, but I have to admit the channel presented a first-class, rousing and illuminating debate among GOP candidates Thursday night.
Most of the credit has to go to...
| Aug 19, 2011
A moment ago, I Googled "Ron Paul ignored by media" and came up with 9,222 links. That's a lot of stories about someone being ignored. Here's what happened.
In last weekend's Iowa Straw Poll of GOP presidential candidates, the Texas congressman had an...
| Dec 25, 2011
In Iowan Meredith Willson's "The Music Man," Marian, the River City librarian, spends a lot of time looking for love, while pretending not to. In the end she does, in fact, find it, with a huckster — a man who may be slightly less than sincere. We...
| Jun 23, 2011
| 10:44 AM
Las Vegas is one of my favorite places, but there's a tinge of sadness on the Strip these days.
It's not a lack of crowds or dearth of attractions. The streets, shows, restaurants and casinos are packed as always. No, what's made the people of Las...
| Dec 29, 2011
| 11:06 AM
A year ago, soon after the Tunisian uprising, I demonstrated my powers of prediction in a column about the democracy movement in the Arab world. The revolution in Tunisia, I wrote, "arose from local circumstances that don't foretell what will happen...
| May 31, 2011
| 12:20 PM
Just when you thought the Republican presidential field was getting set, up pops the most mischievous force in American politics, Sarah Palin. The former Alaska governor — the real deal this time, not actress Julianne Moore channeling her for the...
| Jun 8, 2011
| 10:21 AM
Of the 44 U.S. presidents, all but a handful have been affiliated with a relatively narrow list of traditional Protestant denominations.
Eleven were Episcopalians (12 if you count Thomas Jefferson, whose adult beliefs are a subject of debate), eight were...
| Jun 14, 2011
| 3:04 PM
The event was pegged as the first major debate among GOP presidential hopefuls in 2012, but Monday night's gathering turned out to be less a clash of competing ideas than a rote recital of hoary political nostrums that Republican primary voters have...
| Mar 5, 2012
| 3:00 AM
That catchy little tune from "The King and I" that trumpets the virtues of "getting to know you, getting to know all about you" hasn't seemed to work out too well for the Republican Partythis year. Even after 20 or more televised debates among its...
| Feb 25, 2014
| 4:50 PM
WASHINGTON Someone is installing a solar power system in the U.S. every four minutes. Generous state and federal tax credits for hooking up solar panels on roofs or in fields make solar energy attractive to homeowners and businesses.
Another bonus is...