| Jul 19, 2014
| 7:00 AM
Thirty years ago tonight, all she had to say were five words and, just like that, thousands of delegates to the Democratic Party's 1984 convention nearly blew off the roof of San Francisco’s Moscone Center.
“My name is Geraldine Ferraro,&...
| 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...
| Feb 8, 2014
| 4:47 PM
It's always more fun to be inclusive when it comes to NBA midseason awards.
So for every Kevin Durant (our most valuable player), we like to mix in a Larry Sanders (most exasperating) or a Kendall Marshall (most unlikely rise to a starter).
| Sep 3, 2013
| 5:00 AM
There isn't even a finished script yet, but NBC has already run into trouble with its planned biopic about Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Executives in July announced plans for a miniseries starring Diane Lane that would look at the life and career of the...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 2:06 PM
For all the hyped indignation over GOP "anarchism," there has been remarkable media reticence about the president's intransigence. He has refused to negotiate anything unless the Republicans fully fund the government and raise the debt ceiling —...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 6:00 AM
There is a new poll out in New Hampshire, the first presidential primary state, but we won’t bother sharing the results for a simple reason: They’re meaningless.
Yes, the numbers can influence donors, shape the narrative of the campaign (to...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 3:00 AM
"Could people like Bob Dole, even Ronald Reagan -- could you make it in today's Republican Party?" Chris Wallace of "Fox News Sunday" asked former Senate Majority Leader and 1996 GOP presidential nominee Bob Dole.
"I doubt it," Mr. Dole replied. "Reagan...
| Jan 20, 2014
| 4:45 PM
In 1984, Gary Hart experienced the whole meteoric-crash-and-burn phenomenon in textbook fashion.
The Colorado senator and dark horse presidential candidate finished a distant second behind former Vice President Walter Mondale in the 1984 Iowa caucuses,...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 1:56 PM
You're going to be hearing a lot about 50th anniversaries this year.
PBS' "American Experience" has a two-hour program called "1964" that premiered this month. It included such milestones as Barry Goldwater's presidential campaign, which though...
| Apr 21, 2014
| 10:30 AM
One of the enduring misperceptions of American politics is that the vice presidency is a steppingstone to the presidency. Of the 47 men who have held the office, only four were elected to the Oval Office as sitting standbys: Adams, Jefferson, Van Buren...
| Apr 9, 2014
| 7:25 PM
In a final passing of the torch to a new generation of late-night talk show hosts, David Letterman announced last week that he would retire in 2015. As intelligent and unique a force as he's always been, the timing seems right.
Since beginning his late-...