| Nov 9, 2014
| 2:30 AM
The first time he said it was 10 years ago.
Back then, it seemed a brisk wind in a stuffy room, a reclamation of defining verities somehow lost in the smoke and haze of political expedience. He said it again last week and the effect was starkly different...
| Nov 11, 2014
| 5:33 PM
Have you heard? The Republican war on women is over! Well, the "Republican war on women" is over. The trope, if not the actual phenomenon, has joined the ranks of retired political euphemisms.
At least according to Republicans.
The GOP victories in...
| Nov 12, 2014
| 9:10 AM
In the early 3rd century B.C., after King Pyrrhus of Epirus again took brutal casualties in defeating the Romans, he told one person who offered congratulations, "If we are victorious in one more battle with the Romans, we shall be utterly ruined."
| Oct 20, 2014
| 9:03 PM
When it comes to getting information on politics and government, Fox News has a far greater hold on conservatives than any single media outlet has on liberals.
That’s one of the finding of a new survey by the Pew Research Center, and I suspect...
| Oct 21, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Die-hard liberals and down-the-line conservatives have segregated themselves into strikingly different news universes, relying on sources of information that often reinforce their views and discussing politics mostly with others of like minds, according...
| Oct 19, 2014
| 6:08 AM
| Oct 16, 2014
| 5:27 PM
Ebola fever in the United States -- the social, not the medical, phenomenon -- is moving toward a climax.
Nearly two-thirds of respondents in a fresh Washington Post-ABC News poll said they're "concerned about a widespread Ebola epidemic in the United...
| Oct 10, 2014
| 9:26 PM
Sometimes it's hard to tell which is more terrifying: Ebola or the commentary about the virus.
On Monday, radio host Rush Limbaugh suggested that President Barack Obama is refusing to divert flights from Liberia and other Ebola-infected countries...
| Oct 6, 2014
| 3:13 AM
Paul Carpenter's column would have played in the opinion space today where it has appeared every Sunday since 1989.
With its quiet disappearance is how Paul chose to mark his retirement, effective this week. Bill White is taking over Paul's regular...
| Oct 1, 2014
| 1:40 PM
It has long been accepted by the conventionally wise that the Republican Party is waging a "war on women."
Let's be clear. The war on women is based on just one thing: abortion rights. While it is true that access to abortion has been restricted in...
| Sep 2, 2014
| 7:04 PM
It must be said at this point: Sen. Al Franken is just dull.
How dull is he? He says the most memorable conversation he's had as a senator — "hilarious" even — was a wonkish discussion with former President Clinton about how to finance...