| Dec 19, 2011
| 2:26 PM
The most surprising element of Kim Jong Il's death is that it apparently was due to natural causes and that it came 17 years after he took office. Back then, no one expected "the Dear Leader" and his regime to survive.
The death of his father, Kim Il...
| Dec 21, 2011
| 2:10 PM
No, that headline is not meant sarcastically. Yes, flying this time of year can be a crowded, delay-ridden hassle whose cost has risen significantly. Going through airport security is an intrusion that affects the law-abiding far more than it does...
| Jun 27, 2011
| 12:18 PM
Corruption has been a plague on Illinois politics and government for decades, and most of the practitioners have gotten away with it most or all the time. Voters have only modest means to clean up the system, because of limited choices and limited...
| Jul 1, 2011
| 1:47 PM
After repeatedly saying President Obama had taken over during a recession and made it worse, Mitt Romney now denies making that statement, which makes him look silly. He'd have been better off sticking to his original claim -- which by one important...
| Aug 26, 2011
| 1:40 PM
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke used his annual speech in Jackson Hole to indicate he may take more steps to stimulate growth. But at this point, neither he nor anyone else can really expect it to make much difference.
The Fed has already gone...
| Sep 5, 2011
| 1:28 PM
In his new memoir, Dick Cheney presents himself as someone who understood that the 9/11 attacks changed the world. Those attacks, he says, made it clear: "We had to do everything possible to be sure they (the terrorists) never got their hands on weapons...
| Sep 6, 2011
| 11:55 AM
With unemployment high, consumer confidence battered and the general outlook as grim as a Cormac McCarthy novel, Barack Obama may have virtually no chance of victory in 2012. Or so I thought until his Homeland Security chief, Janet Napolitano, offered a...
| Sep 18, 2011
When Ronald Reagan ran for re-election in 1984, his slogan was "Morning in America." For Barack Obama, it's more like midnight in a coal mine.
The sputtering economy is about to stall out, unemployment is high, his jobs program may not pass, foreclosures...
| Apr 18, 2012
| 1:28 PM
It would be irresponsible to make too much of the photos of American troops posing with dead Afghan insurgents published today in the Los Angeles Times. This is not My Lai or even Abu Ghraib. The killings themselves, as far as we know, were legitimate. In...
| Jan 2, 2012
| 1:45 PM
Iowa may be "too white, too evangelical, too rural" to be a good representative of the U.S. electorate, as NBC's Andrea Mitchell puts it. The caucuses, requiring a big commitment of time, may also be an awkward proxy for a real vote. Some people think the...
| Jan 4, 2012
| 2:50 PM
After the Iowa caucuses one year, I recall, every candidate in the field went before TV cameras to proclaim the outcome a victory for him. This time, the claims were not quite so universal. But it seems clear that there was only one winner last night:...