| Jan 26, 2014
| 8:20 AM
Sen. Ted Cruz's appearance on CBS' "Face the Nation" seemed to astonish moderator Bob Schieffer and other guests Sunday.
Schieffer asked: "Can you conceive of any situation in which you would do that again, try to shut down the government in exchange or...
| Dec 29, 2013
The Republican Party, which should have the wind at its back, enters 2014 in disarray bordering on open warfare.
President Obama and the Democrats have had, let's face it, a bumpy few months. The debut of the Affordable Care Act was not quite the hair-...
| 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...
| Dec 31, 2013
| 9:21 AM
WASHINGTON -- Even in the year of the filibuster, it turns out that slow and steady wins the race.
Though some of his Republican colleagues made marathon stands on the Senate floor in 2013, it is Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) who has the distinction of...
| Jan 1, 2014
| 2:30 AM
WASHINGTON -- As President Obama greets the new year amid the balmy breezes of Hawaii, he must brace himself for the stiff winds that await him back here in the nation's dysfunctional capital.
Desperate to accentuate the positive, his political...
| Dec 28, 2013
| 6:38 AM
Cable network A&E said on Friday it was bringing back family patriarch Phil Robertson to the hit reality show "Duck Dynasty" after fans protested his suspension over anti-gay remarks and big-name corporate sponsors stuck by the series.
| Jan 8, 2014
| 2:52 PM
Politicians who rise to the pinnacle of their profession amass thousands of dear friends, valued colleagues and allies along the way. Close friends, not so much. Every office on Capitol Hill has its power wall of broad smiles and shoulder-squeezes as...
| Jan 16, 2014
Letters to the editor from Tinley Park, Bolingbrook and Lockport.
Nature in charge
When the snow fell and there was hardly a car on the road to challenge it, you knew that nature has the upper hand. It actually felt good for a couple of days to simply...
| Jan 11, 2014
| 10:34 AM
JERUSALEM -- President Obama and other top American officials past and present offered their condolences on the passing of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who died on Saturday, eight years after suffering a massive, debilitating stroke....
| Jan 12, 2014
Surprise. Some of the ideas that Republican presidential hopefuls offer for a conservative "war on poverty" aren't bad, although too many sound like a war on the poor.
The good news is that last week's 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson's...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 8:30 PM
House Speaker John Boehner will make his first appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on Jan. 23.
Boehner is the latest Republican to venture into late-night, with former President George W. Bush having appeared on "The Tonight Show" in...