| Nov 30, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Two recent Presidential pronouncements reflect the essential Barack Obama. Each also explains why so many view him to be the weakest of American presidents.
Example one pertains to Mr. Obama's public reaction to the gruesome terrorist murders of five...
| Jan 6, 2015
| 6:19 PM
This early stretch of presidential campaigns used to be known as the invisible primary. The action — would-be candidates drawing up strategies, courting donors and recruiting aides — occurred beyond the sight of ordinary voters.
Only it's not...
| Nov 28, 2014
| 7:06 PM
To the person who ranted that Gov. Rick Scott did not get 51 percent of the vote, remember Bill Clinton served two terms as president and never received 50 percent of the vote.
Now the Republicans want to shut down the government to prevent...
| Oct 27, 2014
| 5:47 PM
“What day is it?”
“It's today,” squeaked Piglet.
“My favorite day,” said Pooh.
As a proud member of the “don't just do something, sit there” school of politics, I don't fret much about partisanship and...
| Nov 1, 2014
| 5:00 AM
At some point during the last two weeks, Democrats in Washington began privately acknowledging that they will almost certainly lose their majority in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday. Rather than discussing strategies for winning, they have shifted to excuses...
| Jan 8, 2015
| 6:30 PM
"As a Democrat, you must be so depressed starting off this new year with Republicans in control of both houses of Congress." With those words, legendary San Francisco talk show host Ronn Owens greeted me when I sat down for an interview this week during...
| Nov 2, 2014
| 4:00 PM
The voters casting ballots in Tuesday's election will disagree on many things. But on one thing, at least, Americans are in agreement: They're frustrated with gridlock.
But here is something to consider. While the intense partisanship in Washington...
| Nov 6, 2014
| 8:30 AM
In "The Secret Life of Barack Obama," our story begins, as such stories often do, with our hero in a dream.
He's photographed on a Hawaiian beach, posed by his handlers like some Hollywood starlet, droplets of sea foam dripping from his Chicago...
| Dec 30, 2014
| 2:18 PM
It is no crushing insult to Ava DuVernay's "Selma" that experts dispute its accuracy. In today's movie culture, accuracy only matters when the movie is worth arguing about.
Guardians of President Lyndon B. Johnson's memory are upset that he is portrayed...
| Nov 6, 2014
| 12:30 PM
In what will no doubt be remembered as the understatement of the century so far, President Obama confessed at his news conference the day after the midterm elections: "There's no doubt that Republicans had a good night."
A good night, sir? Republicans...
| Nov 8, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Even before the drubbing his party suffered in last week's congressional election, President Obama was visibly frustrated by Republicans' tenacious opposition to his second-term agenda. Now he's heading into the final years of his presidency facing a...