The confession of NBC news anchor Brian Williams that he lied — or as he put it "conflated" — about being aboard an Army helicopter shot down in Iraq in 2003 has revived the issue of a prominent television journalist's credibility, especially one sitting almost as an icon in one of today's coveted network anchor chairs.
Never in memory have so many presidential hopefuls plunged this early before an election year into the money chase to put themselves on the path to the White House. And for whatever reason, all of them are Republicans.
Putting aside any optimism that the Republicans in Congress would somehow be afflicted with sweet reasonableness now that they hold the majority in both houses, President Obama has signaled that in his last two years in office he will more fully embrace the liberal Democratic agenda.
Gov. Martin O'Malley leaves public office next week having ushered in a modern brand of progressive politics and steered the state through the worst economic downturn in a generation. But as he turns over the reins of power on Wednesday to a leader who won by criticizing O'Malley's tenure, the big question for the outgoing governor is what he can do next with that legacy.
In a rare case of editorial initiative, the New York Times editorial board has flatly called for an investigation of former Vice President Dick Cheney and other prominent George W. Bush administration figures involved in authorship of the so-called torture memos, which authorized use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" against suspected terrorists captured in the wake of the 9/11 attacks and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The editorial was more wish that prediction.
Ever since George W. Bush in 2002 began driving up public frenzy for his invasion of Iraq on trumped-up justifications a year later, Congress' constitutional role to declare war has continued to be cold-shouldered.
President Obama's firm determination that no more American combat forces will be introduced in the Middle East battlefield may well thwart his intention to "degrade and ultimately destroy" the new threat of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
The current lame duck session of Congress, which ends on Jan. 3 and includes senators and representatives defeated on Nov. 4, began with the same old partisanship that characterized the last few years in Washington, as the Senate rejected the Keystone XL pipeline construction bill by a single vote.
Before President Obama does anything else in the lame-duck Congress or the new one in January, he needs forthrightly to seek an update or new authorization for the new war he's fighting against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
The other day I found myself at the famous Abraham Lincoln Bookshop in Chicago, talking about my latest effort, a history on the evolution of the American vice presidency. The visit brought to mind a little-discussed Lincoln story in the book that I will convey here in necessarily abbreviated form.
As 2016 Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton joined her party's push to survive the challenges it faces in the midterm congressional elections, she took a page from the comeback playbook of another one-time presidential loser: Richard Nixon in 1966.
The latest disclosures of Secret Service breakdowns in the agency's prime mission, the physical protection of the president, are grim reminders of a most disturbing particularly American malady — the assassination of the nation's political leaders.
In Mr. Obama's 2009 speech accepting the Nobel Peace Prize, he made a defense of the concept of the just war, which he can reasonably argue he has decided to enter on the grounds of long-range self-defense against this newly sprouting terrorist offshoot of al-Qaida. It now looms as the greatest challenge of his presidency, and to a positive legacy.
President Barack Obama laid out a sobering view of the international crises that have beset his administration this year — and tried to make the case for returning Democrats to the Senate majority — at a small gathering of political donors in Baltimore on Friday.
In an exhaustive new book, journalist and researcher Ken Hughes makes the case not only that Richard Nixon, as a presidential candidate, committed treason by interfering in peace negotiations in Vietnam, but also that he sought to use the circumstances to enhance his election chances on the eve of the 1968 presidential campaign.