| Feb 3, 2015
| 4:23 PM
To the editor: Wow! From the gloomy predictability of the Op-Ed page, I find a pinpoint of radiance in Andrew J. Bacevich's piece on the Obama administration's plodding foreign policy. ("Lacking a foreign policy vision, Obama administration muddles along,...
| Feb 3, 2015
| 10:57 AM
Last month, John Kerry, America's peripatetic secretary of state, stopped off in France "to share a hug with all of Paris."
In the annals of American diplomacy, Kerry's hug — even with its requisite reference to Gen. John Pershing ("Lafayette,...
| Jan 11, 2015
| 5:00 AM
Gov. Jerry Brown's three presidential campaigns shared a common theme: He was the underdog waging a grass-roots insurgency. They also were seen as similarly disorganized undertakings and generally did not get great reviews from the press. The Times...
| Nov 6, 2014
| 7:56 AM
Twenty years ago, President Bill Clinton's Democratic Party lost control of the House of Representatives in the midterm congressional elections. Thereafter, he felt the need to declare at a press conference that "the president is relevant here."
| Dec 18, 2014
| 11:43 AM
Fifty years after John F. Kennedy's assassination, Boca Raton resident Carmelo Cottone recalled his years with the president during a presentation at the Downtown Library in Boca Raton.
Cottone's mentors and teachers encouraged his interest in...
| Dec 19, 2014
| 2:32 PM
WASHINGTON — Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, the Republican Party's point man on Cuba, seemed to be struggling to contain his fury as he responded to President Obama's move Wednesday to normalize relations with the Cold War foe.
| Dec 19, 2014
| 3:56 PM
The policy change between the U.S. and Cuba came about because Congress was left out of the discussions; now if we could keep it out of the budget discussions ...
It's funny how liberals, talking about falling gasoline prices, say it's like a tax cut,...
| Nov 10, 2014
| 8:16 PM
Abner Mikva, a five-term congressman for Illinois who also served in all three branches of the federal government, was one of 19 Americans awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.
"I'm just overwhelmed by the...
| Nov 14, 2014
| 2:30 AM
WASHINGTON -- For all the millions spent on advertising in both parties for the midterm elections, voter turnout was the lowest since World War II, according to the U.S. Elections Project at the University of Florida.
The deplorable news only...
| Nov 11, 2014
| 5:35 PM
Remember when pundits were worried that Americans had turned isolationist? As recently as August, polls showed big majorities opposed to military intervention in Iraq, Syria or anywhere else.
But it only took a couple of beheadings by Islamic State to...
| Nov 19, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Iowa can have a magical effect on visiting politicians.
Peripheral concerns become major issues. Long-standing policy positions melt like spring runoff in the Des Moines River.
It’s not the enchanting allure of Ottumwa, or the rhapsody of gazing...