| Jan 22, 2014
| 1:05 PM
In politics, lying is the new sex. Even the lesser sin, exaggeration, is grounds for questions about your suitability to run for office.
Americans may be becoming more like the French in tolerating peccadilloes (just ask Rep. Mark Sanford of South...
| Jul 11, 2013
| 4:30 PM
One thing for sure about American politics: We are quick to condemn. Just ask Bill Clinton, David Vitter, Mark Sanford and Anthony Weiner. But we are also quick to forgive. Just ask Bill Clinton, David Vitter, Mark Sanford and Anthony Weiner.
| Nov 15, 2012
Last week was a historic one for women. Eighteen women won or reclaimed Senate seats, bringing the number of women in that body to 20. Nearly 80 women now occupy the House. New Hampshire became the first state to elect a female governor and an all-women...
| Aug 18, 2013
Compared to other convicted politicians that I have seen, which is a lot, Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife Sandi got off easy. But their case also stands out as more tragically bizarre and more pitiful.
Breathtakingly bizarre describes the crimes to which...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
WASHINGTON -- We Americans like to think of ourselves as a forgiving people, willing to turn the other cheek to offense in the interest of getting on with life. Although the most conservative of us rail against "amnesty" in its many forms, we actually...
| Jul 9, 2013
| 9:30 AM
And now for something completely the same: another disgraced official staging a comeback. Eliot Spitzer, the former New York state governor, announced Sunday that he is running for New York City comptroller. You have to wonder if a sex scandal hasn't...
| Oct 9, 2010
| 7:41 PM
There are plenty of nice online photos of Virginia congressional candidate Krystal Ball — portraits of a serious young woman in a dark suit, sweet shots of a young mother with her baby girl.
But the ones that put her on the map last week are the...
| Jun 9, 2011
| 3:33 PM
We have many bits of tid in today's Friday Files. But first, an update on the battle between the city of Orlando and the activists atLake Eola.
In Wednesday's column, I made a pitch for compromise in this long-running feud, which isn't helping anyone....
| Jun 15, 2011
| 3:06 PM
It didn't start with Twitter — and it won't end with Weiner.
For centuries, the theme of sexual sins committed by the powerful has been scintillating source material for the arts. In poems and plays, in novels and films and TV series, artists...
| Oct 28, 2012
Although different in beliefs, policies, and overall general outlooks, President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney have both given us great examples of what we need to look for, expect and demand of future politicians.
The fact both of these men, unlike...
| Apr 8, 2013
| 3:00 AM
"What's the second paragraph?"
That is my boilerplate response when someone suggests a column idea to me. "Yeah. Right. But where do I go from there?" Not every topic is worth 700 words.
So, today I will offer a few words on recent headlines in the...