| Dec 29, 2013
To err is human. To err twice a week, you have to be a columnist.
In 2012, I cemented my reputation as a pundit by making some notable blunders — predicting, for example, that the presidential election would be too close to call. The race was...
| Sep 4, 2013
Every member of the Senate with a glimmer of ambition to run for president — and that's most of them — knows that a vote for war can make or break a political career. The example of Hillary Rodham Clinton, whose vote to authorize the 2003...
| Jan 22, 2014
"Poverty is not some rare disease from which the rest of us are all immune," a leading American politician said last week. "It is but the worst strain of a widespread disease otherwise known as economic insecurity. Most families worry about making ends...
| Feb 11, 2014
Of course it's too early to talk about 2016. Now that we've gotten that out of the way....
The most interesting dynamic so far is that the Democrats are behaving like Republicans — and vice versa.
Since 1940, with the arguable exception of Barry...
| Oct 5, 2013
| 10:28 AM
Common Core may be the most controversial education issue you know nothing about. It's been trashed on radio talk shows and touted in speeches, and it will be the subject of three public hearings across the state this month. Yet 55 percent of parents...
| Dec 24, 2013
| 3:00 AM
Three years before the next presidential election, Republican also-rans are making noises about trying again. The most conspicuous is former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who won the Iowa caucuses in 2008 but quickly faded and pivoted to his own television...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 10:24 PM
WASHINGTON— Republicans took multiple tries to deliver their reaction to President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night.
In addition to the officially sanctioned Republican Party response by Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and a...
| Jan 12, 2014
| 1:08 PM
WASHINGTON -- A growing number of Republican and some Democratic leaders said Sunday that, for now, they are accepting at face value New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s word that he knew nothing about the George Washington Bridge traffic-jam scheme...
| Jan 13, 2014
| 11:59 AM
The push is on in Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, and so too is the conservative counterattack.
In the vanguard of the pushback is Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who dismisses the minimum wage as a "stale" weapon in the war on...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 3:35 PM
WASHINGTON -- Congress gave final approval Thursday to a $1-trillion spending bill, but not without a last-minute standoff in the Senate by tea party Republicans who opposed the measure.
Conservative Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) kept senators in suspense...
| Jan 17, 2014
| 12:45 PM
The parent-and-child relationship is a fraught one, as anyone who has even been either a parent or child can attest.
But those push-pull tensions are all the more acute when the parent is a former first lady and the mother of an ex-president and the son...