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

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

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.

  • NRA gathers its best troops in an echo chamber

    April 29, 2014

    Second Amendment absolutists complain that gun-control advocates are an out-of-touch elite seeking to destroy the way of life of real men who pack heat, pass weapons on to their sons and are a rampart against government tyranny. It's dangerous out there.

  • Can Hillary Clinton rock the cradle and the world?

    April 22, 2014

    There are few happier events than becoming a grandmother, and almost none that says quite so loudly "over the hill."

  • Republican misdirection on tax investigations

    April 15, 2014

    Happy Tax Day, when just getting the forms filled out and mailed is cause for celebration.

  • Teens trading naked selfies for mugshots

    April 11, 2014

    Will teenagers ever learn? You think yours will. Maybe so. But it's likely that was also the hope of the parents of children who were so shamed by nude photos of themselves that went south — how else can they go? — that they killed themselves.

  • Women can't afford the drinks on Equal Pay Day

    April 8, 2014

    Gentlemen, raise a glass to Equal Pay Day. You've won again. You are still making about 25 percent more than the woman next to you who is pushing the same pencil, tapping the same computer keys, devising the same software or screwing in the same widget.

  • GM, Christie travel path of no resistance

    April 2, 2014

    Lawyering-up used to be a sign of guilt. Hiring lawyers to try to pre-empt a raft of independent investigations is a sign of futility.

  • Hobby Lobby doesn't have religious rights

    March 26, 2014

    The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. Let's concentrate for a moment on the "Inc." part.

  • Scott Brown may bet his shirt on New Hampshire seat

    March 20, 2014

    Republicans are feeling so heady about running against Obamacare that they're thrilled that Scott Brown is all but certain to run for a U.S. Senate seat in New Hampshire. Yes, you heard right, the former one-term senator from Massachusetts who lost to newcomer Elizabeth Warren in 2012 announced at a Republican gathering Friday that he has formed an exploratory committee to run against the New Hampshire Democratic incumbent, Jeanne Shaheen.

  • Florida special election means little, or much

    March 12, 2014

    Welcome to the first Republican victory of 2014, which should make Democrats very, very worried.

  • Military justice bungles latest day in court

    March 11, 2014

    Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair's trial on sexual assault charges began the day after the Senate blocked a bill that would change the way such cases are handled. Sinclair, the former deputy commander of the 82nd Airborne Division and a onetime rising star in the Army, is Exhibit A in why the current system needs to be changed and it isn't the reason you may think.