| Nov 26, 2012
Of all the jobs in Southern California, it's hard to think of one that is harder to do well than serving as superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District. The mission — to educate hundreds of thousands of young people of varying...
| 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.
| Dec 11, 2012
| 1:31 PM
It’s all about the three strains in the American character. America was founded on the principle of rugged individualism, the pioneer spirit of self-reliance and “each according to his abilities.” That’s another way of saying...
| Dec 28, 2012
| 11:32 AM
As I’ve said many times before, don’t blame our hard-working representatives for Washington gridlock. Blame the morons who elect them. In other words, look in the mirror.
The latest conventional wisdom on why the nation is about to...
| Jan 2, 2013
| 12:25 PM
We know that Congress is a bunch of weasels. That’s not a value judgment, just a statement of fact. The curse and the genius of our system is that each member of that body happens to be a kept weasel. We can’t vote out somebody else’s...
| Nov 29, 2012
| 1:55 PM
I detest the term, “fiscal cliff.” I am repelled by the analogy, if that’s what it is. I swore to myself that I would not stoop to the level of using the “cliff” visual in a cartoon.
But when it came time to making a...
| Feb 8, 2013
| 11:05 AM
– Donald Trump, the ultra-opinionated real estate mogul and reality TV host, was dismissive of failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney's efforts and wants his fellow Republicans to implore their leaders to take a much harder line with President...
| May 6, 2013
— Fate is fickle, power cyclical, and nothing is new under the sun. Especially in Washington, where after every election the losing party is sagely instructed to confess sin, rend garments and rethink its principles lest it go the way of the Whigs....
| Apr 15, 2013
— Well, at least we're starting to get the procedure right. Washington has rediscovered the beauty of the boring. It's called "regular order," using the normal, routine, constitutional process to arrive at, for example, a budget.
| Mar 4, 2013
WASHINGTON — "The worst-case scenario for us," a leading anti-budget-cuts lobbyist told The Washington Post, "is the sequester hits and nothing bad really happens."
Think about that. Worst case? That a government drowning in debt should cut back by...
| Dec 29, 2012
Her bags are packed. She's found an apartment on craigslist and the utilities just got hooked up. And Lois Frankel, a Floridian for four decades, has a new and toasty winter coat, hat and boots.
On Tuesday, 20 years after she first hoped to move to...