| Apr 21, 2014
WASHINGTON — For decades the Republican Party prided itself for being tough on crime, often putting Democrats on the defensive by pushing for longer, mandatory sentences for convicts.
In 1988, that hard-line stance helped sink the presidential...
| Apr 24, 2014
| 9:26 AM
There are about 7,000 people serving federal prison sentences for crimes related to crack cocaine who would not still be there if they had, instead, possessed or sold powder cocaine. That's the non-sensical and costly result of Congress' panic over the...
| Oct 16, 2013
| 12:16 PM
Pride, it is said, goeth before a fall. Now come the recriminations.
Repeated national surveys have shown public support for the Republican Party tanking since GOP lawmakers banded together to shut down the federal government and bring the U.S. to the...
| Oct 16, 2013
God bless Mitch McConnell.
The Senate Republican leader isn't an especially lovable figure. Even many of his fellow conservatives are lukewarm about him.
He's colorless and charisma-free. He's a thoroughgoing partisan who has launched more filibusters...
| 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 5, 2014
Despite persistent polarization in Washington, a bipartisan consensus is emerging around the proposition that too many Americans are incarcerated for too long. Democrats tend to emphasize the injustice of excessive sentences that disproportionately affect...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 2:30 AM
What you think of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) depends on who you believe.
Is the freshman senator on an "ego trip," putting himself before country (Dana Milbank, The Washington Post), or is he standing on his principles (Cruz's conservative supporters)?
| Mar 6, 2014
| 9:33 AM
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.--The potential choice facing voters in the next Republican presidential race was on full display Thursday at the kickoff of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, where Ted Cruz and Paul Ryan offered conservative...
| Mar 13, 2014
| 7:20 AM
WASHINGTON -- Daniel Bongino, the former Secret Service agent and Republican candidate in Maryland's 6th congressional district, secured the endorsement Thursday of GOP Sen. Mike Lee of Utah.
Lee, a Tea Party favorite, had also endorsed Bongino in his...
| Mar 18, 2014
| 3:00 AM
California Sen. Dianne Feinstein's accusation that the Central Intelligence Agency has illegally spied on Congress has caused everyone from South Carolina's hawkish Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham to on-the-run whistleblower Edward Snowden to weigh in.
| Mar 26, 2014
| 7:15 PM
SALT LAKE CITY — Four years ago, the fledgling tea party claimed one of its first and greatest victories in Utah, ousting the state's veteran Republican senator in a thunderclap of anti-incumbent anger.
Now the establishment has struck back,...