| Jan 21, 2013
| 5:33 PM
President Barack Obama began his second term Monday by calling for an end to the rigid ideologies of modern politics but laying out a broad policy agenda more likely to stoke partisan confrontation than avoid it.
Looking out over hundreds of thousands of...
| Dec 15, 2012
| 6:00 AM
In "Lincoln," director Steven Spielberg and screenwriter Tony Kushner have pulled off the improbable: They have built this season's prestige hit around congressional proceedings that might seem more appropriate for C-SPAN than the big screen.
| May 1, 2013
Was President Barack Obama really joking at Saturday's White House Correspondents' Association dinner? Or was he showing, as I suspect, early signs of the second-term blues?
It's fashionable for critics — especially if they didn't get invited...
| Apr 17, 2013
| 1:01 PM
They’re still in school but they’re already making their TV debut – on C-SPAN.
Eight South Florida students won C-SPAN’s StudentCam competition that asks middle and high school students to produce five to eight minute...
| Apr 15, 2013
| 4:17 AM
In stepping down last week as a speaker at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine commencement, Dr. Ben Carson again took on the role of media/culture critic and martyr to "political correctness."
"Someday in the future, it is my hope and prayer that...
| Oct 4, 2012
| 2:57 AM
Mitt Romney won Wednesday night's debate with President Barack Obama. That might be a substantial help to him in the presidential race — if enough Americans managed to stay awake through the whole thing.
This first encounter between the...
| Oct 22, 2012
| 7:45 AM
This is bigger than Big Bird or even binders full of women.
The first two presidential debates and vast public reaction have raised too many media-related questions to be addressed in one column. But the ones involving huge conversations in social...
| Mar 26, 2013
| 6:26 AM
The eyes of the world (or at least much of the nation) will be on the U.S. Supreme Court the next two days as it hears oral arguments on gay marriage equality, but don't bother looking for any video of the proceedings.
The U.S. Supreme Court still...
| Nov 17, 2011
A Chicago publisher was recognized during the National Book Awards ceremony as Nikky Finney won the award for poetry for her collection "Head Off & Split," which was published by Northwestern University's Triquarterly imprint. Jesmyn Ward's "Salvage the...
| Feb 14, 2011
| 11:25 AM
It goes without saying that children who are obese would benefit from aerobic exercise. However, they're likely to find the idea of going for a jog or spending half an hour on a treadmill about as appealing as watching Congress debate the fine points of...
| Nov 16, 2011
| 8:21 AM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A cable TV network and a senior Republican senator asked the Supreme Court Tuesday to allow its first live broadcast when it hears arguments in the legal dispute over President Barack Obama's sweeping healthcare overhaul law.