Biography

Margaret Carlson is a Bloomberg View columnist, a former White House correspondent for TIME and was also TIME's first female columnist.

A ...

Read full bio

Margaret Carlson

Margaret Carlson

Margaret Carlson

E-mail | Facebook | Twitter
Margaret Carlson: Can Hillary Clinton really change her ways?

Margaret Carlson: Can Hillary Clinton really change her ways?

April 13, 2015

By email, video and on Twitter, Hillary Clinton made it official Sunday afternoon: She is a candidate for president.

  • Margaret Carlson: Can Huckabee woo 'Fifty Shades' evangelicals?

    March 9, 2015

    Presidential hopefuls Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Chris Christie are working the Republican big-money circuit of Palm Beach, the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Aspen. In Jeb's case, it's going so well that last week he sent word to the deep-pocketed to hold off with donations in excess of $1 million.

  • Margaret Carlson: Boehner's fake red meat for angry Republicans

    December 3, 2014

    Question for Speaker John Boehner: Are you better off than you were a month ago? Yes, yes, yes. Finally, the conditions are ripe for a duffer with a year-round tan, a pack of smokes and a glass of Merlot to do some business.

  • Margaret Carlson: Richard Clarke's formula on confronting ISIS

    September 19, 2014

    Remember Richard Clarke, the presidential counterterrorism adviser whose hair was on fire about al-Qaida long before the Sept. 11 attacks and whose warnings of a threat from hijacked planes were ignored by the administration of President George W. Bush?

  • Rick Perry's comeback headed off at the pass

    August 28, 2014

    It was all going so well for Texas Gov. Rick Perry — until the indictment. His efforts to move past a disastrous 2012 presidential run that had become a reliable punch line for a senior moment seemed to be working.

  • Real cowboys don't summer on Martha's Vineyard

    August 12, 2014

    For most people, summer is a treasured time to cool your heels in a cottage by a lake or in a hammock in the backyard. It's not so simple for politicians. For them, deciding when and where to vacation can be perilous. Repair to a beach on the East Coast and you're an out-of-touch elitist; stay away too long and you'll be asked who's minding the store.

  • Love, lies, luxury goods and a Virginia governor

    August 6, 2014

    Romance, designer gowns, lavish parties, fast cars, private jets and lakeside mansions.

  • Senators earn an 'A' for plan to curb sexual assaults in college

    July 31, 2014

    Sen. Marco Rubio doesn't have much time for Democrats. But he does have two daughters. And so it was that Wednesday morning, he found himself standing in solidarity with a bipartisan group of senators that included Democrats Kirsten Gillibrand and Claire McCaskill as they announced legislation to curb the scourge of sexual assault on U.S. campuses.

  • Tea party versus business backers in the bayou

    July 29, 2014

    Fresh from helping save Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi from a tea party upstart, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is on the verge of endorsing an embattled Senate Democrat.

  • Rick Perry's kid-size standoff at Texas border

    July 23, 2014

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry recognizes that a crisis is a terrible thing to waste. Tuesday, wearing his smart glasses, his hands chopping the air, he called out the National Guard to go to the border to deal with the influx of more than 50,000 children crossing into the U.S. illegally.

  • Republican first round pits Rand Paul vs. Rick Perry

    July 16, 2014

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky are the first would-be contenders for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination to go mano-a-mano.

  • When Warren Harding bared all to his mistress

    July 9, 2014

    Every so often, we get a poignant reminder of what has been lost now that letter writing has been replaced by texting, emoticons or nothing at all, if you're a politician afraid to commit anything to paper for fear it will show up on page one or be read aloud by a committee chairman on a tear.

  • The nice Chris Christie no match for Hillary Clinton

    June 26, 2014

    These days, Chris Christie will go just about anywhere. He no longer wants to be seen as the in-your-face governor of New Jersey, but as the genial ambassador from the Republican Governors Association who just wants to help, or as the non-presidential candidate, who just wants to wander Iowa and New Hampshire.

  • Thad Cochran — A Republican surprise that shouldn't have been

    June 25, 2014

    Just a few years ago, this probably wouldn't have been worth mentioning: Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi, a six-term incumbent with a strong conservative record who had ceaselessly brought home the bacon for his state, defeated a Republican primary challenge from a rookie state legislator and former radio host.

  • Tea party hangs on to seat at the kids' table

    June 18, 2014

    The tea party, joined by right-wing populists who just don't want to take it anymore, took out House Majority Leader Eric Cantor last week, and they didn't even get a lousy T-shirt for their trouble.

  • Jim Webb is just the leader to fix broken VA

    May 27, 2014

    Let's hope the situation at the Department of Veterans Affairs gets just a little bit worse. Not dying worse, but enough to stir President Barack Obama to forceful action.

  • Jill Abramson shows what a female editor is made of

    May 20, 2014

    Monday morning, Jill Abramson kept a promise she'd made months ago to deliver the commencement address at Wake Forest University. She had every reason to cancel. She didn't.

  • Monica tries conscious uncoupling from Hillary

    May 13, 2014

    An essay in Vanity Fair last week taught us more about Monica Lewinsky than we had learned since Ken Starr wrote his sordid X-rated report in 1998.