| Dec 1, 2013
Senators have long considered any change to filibuster rules to be "the nuclear option." But the recent action by Democrats to limit the use of filibusters in blocking most presidential nominations didn't go nearly far enough.
Now is the time to get rid...
| Feb 4, 2013
| 8:47 PM
A week before Christmas in 2003, a retired Los Angeles schoolteacher stood before a phalanx of news cameras and 250 reporters in a South Carolina ballroom and declared, "I am Essie Mae Washington-Williams, and at last I am completely free."
| Jun 6, 2013
| 6:00 AM
WASHINGTON – Say what you will about Vice President Joe Biden – the man can deliver a eulogy. Just ask him.
“I’ve spoken at more eulogies than I’d like to remember,” he said Wednesday at a service for Frank R....
| Mar 26, 2013
| 4:32 PM
Attorney Charles J. Cooper offers a lame, confused response in the Supreme Court today to the question of, if procreation is to integral to marriage, why do we let prisoners and the elderly marry? JUSTICE BREYER: What precisely is the......
| Nov 20, 2012
| 9:32 PM
Don’t stop me if you’ve heard this before. Because you probably have. There’s a move afoot in the U.S. Senate to reform the filibuster. But this time — No, really, wait! Don’t leave! — this time, it might actually...
| May 22, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Sen. Frank Lautenberg died Tuesday at age 89, the Senate’s oldest member. He had missed most Senate votes since late 2012 because of declining health -- but managed to make it into the Capitol to vote for Gina McCarthy as secretary of...
| Jan 25, 2012
— Ted Kennedy had a brain tumor. Joe Biden had two brain aneurysms. Tim Johnson had a rare brain anomaly that led to strokelike symptoms. Lyndon Baines Johnson had a heart attack.
The lawmakers, all stricken while in public office, were afforded...
| Apr 3, 2012
| 1:03 PM
At the height of the so-called culture wars of 20 years past — when the late Senators Strom Thurmond and Jesse Helms were raging against the "obscene" solo artists funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and performers like Tim Miller and...
| Jun 3, 2011
| 4:36 PM
Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez may have known about Arnold Schwarzenegger's love child? And was that information ever used?...
| Sep 22, 2011
| 4:22 PM
I’m a term limits guy. I know the arguments against them: “We have term limits – they’re called elections!” “All that turnover would deprive us of legislative experience.” “With term limits and constant...
| Nov 17, 2011
| 10:30 PM
Few figures in America ever hold serious political power for half a century.
Senators Strom Thurmond and Robert Byrd, as well as Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, are among the few who did. But no one held as much power as J. Edgar Hoover did as...
| Mar 9, 2010
Karl Rove is a true believer, as the subtitle to his memoir suggests, in a fighting faith. Much that vexes our current politics flows from the fact that he is an exemplar rather than a singular case.
"Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in...