| Dec 11, 2013
| 6:58 PM
WASHINGTON — In an uncharacteristically forceful tone, House Speaker John A. Boehner on Wednesday lambasted the conservative advocacy groups that helped bring his party to power, saying their opposition to a bipartisan budget proposal amounted to an...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 1:40 PM
WASHINGTON --White House press secretary Jay Carney said on Saturday that any lawmaker who votes for a new House Republican government funding bill is "voting for a shutdown."
In a brief statement, Carney said the Republican-led House of...
| Sep 24, 2013
| 3:00 PM
President Obama has been burned again by a hot microphone, with an offhand joke that he had to quit smoking “because I’m scared of my wife,” captured during the U.N. General Assembly.
“I hope you quit smoking,” Obama told...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 3:56 PM
WASHINGTON -- President Obama warned Republicans on Capitol Hill, who are holding up a government spending bill in an attempt to eliminate money for the healthcare law, not to “threaten to burn the house down simply because you haven’t...
| 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...
| Sep 23, 2013
| 8:04 AM
House Republicans are behaving like children in their threats to shut down the government, especially when they have better options to move their agenda.
The House has passed a bill to keep the government funded at current levels after September 30,...
| Oct 4, 2013
A vast scholarly literature spanning more than six decades exists on the subject of leadership. The characteristics of effective leaders have been pored over, cataloged and debated. Among them, one trait stands out as axiomatic: Effective leaders take...
| Dec 18, 2013
| 9:12 AM
In 2013, Washington seemed to lurch from one crisis to the next, with lawmakers setting an example for Americans on the best ways not to get along. Blame was launched in all directions.
Efforts to pass gun control fizzled in Congress, and immigration...
| 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...
| Nov 3, 2013
Only two weeks ago, President Obama looked like a man on the rise. He and his party had successfully stared down Republicans in a 16-day government shutdown. Voters were angrier at the GOP than any time since, well, the last government shutdown. A...
| Oct 8, 2013
This is the first year in more than four decades that I haven't been in the legislative branch of government. During that span, I've witnessed government's greatest potential as well as its calamitous capacity for dysfunction. Unfortunately, the latter is...