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  • Chris Christie: Still in your face

    WASHINGTON -- As New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie plays the victim in the George Washington Bridge scandal, betrayed as he puts it by underlings in his office, much political crepe is being draped around his broad shoulders. But it doesn't necessarily...
  • Advice to candidates: Don't underestimate New Jersey

    WASHINGTON -- It's called the Garden State and in earlier days was known for the many vegetable farms in its rural central and southern counties. But New Jersey's reputation beyond its borders more often casts it now as a rough-edged place where the...
  • Anticipating tough midterm elections, Obama mounts bully pulpit

    WASHINGTON -- Nine months before the midterm congressional elections that could make or break the final push for President Obama's legacy, he is revving up a broader outreach effort in the hope of reviving the support and spirit that brought him two terms...
  • Robert Gates, the silent fox in the chicken coop

    WASHINGTON -- One of the best and enduring aspects of presidential cabinets has been the willingness of many chief executives to appoint at least one member from the opposition party. The practice demonstrates bipartisanship and also gives the president...
  • In Christie's denial, shades of Tricky Dick

    WASHINGTON -- Not since Richard Nixon assured an audience of newspaper editors in 1973 that "I am not a crook" has a major political figure so conspicuously defended his character as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has done in declaring, "I am not a bully....
  • Gates' complaints about Biden are wide of the mark

    WASHINGTON -- The new tell-all memoir of former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, the Obama carryover from the George W. Bush administration, breaks with the traditional code of cabinet members. It dictates that they keep their reservations on...
  • Obama's relevance hinges on unifying party behind him

    WASHINGTON -- As President Obama faces the new year presumably refreshed by his Hawaii vacation, he also faces a growing impression, fanned to be sure by his Republican critics, that he somehow has become irrelevant, especially in the wake of the...
  • Obama administration firm: No boots on the ground in Iraq

    WASHINGTON -- The U.S.-financed and trained Iraqi army of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has had to scramble to regain control over of the once-liberated Anbar province against the latest incarnation of the al-Qaida terrorist menace. Not surprisingly, the...
  • After a fruitless year in Washington, New Year's blues ahead

    WASHINGTON -- As President Obama greets the new year amid the balmy breezes of Hawaii, he must brace himself for the stiff winds that await him back here in the nation's dysfunctional capital. Desperate to accentuate the positive, his political...
  • As Democratic left revives, will Hillary join its ranks?

    WASHINGTON -- Much is being made of former President Bill Clinton's swearing-in of New York's new mayor, Bill de Blasio, with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo at their side at City Hall. The cameo apparently...
  • A year consumed by Obamacare fight, with more to come

    WASHINGTON -- As the end of 2013 approaches, seldom has a domestic issue so dominated the political center stage as Obamacare did this year. The president's health-care insurance law has ridden a policy roller-coaster and will still have a huge question...