| Mar 27, 2013
| 12:23 PM
WASHINGTON -- To see the future of gay marriage, you didn't have to set foot in the Supreme Court chamber Tuesday morning as the justices took up the first of two landmark cases on the issue.
You needed only to stand in the plaza in front of the court...
| Feb 12, 2013
| 6:28 AM
The world seems surprised that an 85-year-old globe-trotting pope who just started tweeting wants to resign, but should it be? Maybe what should be surprising is that more leaders his age do not, considering the toll aging takes on bodies and minds amid a...
| Feb 4, 2013
| 8:47 PM
A week before Christmas in 2003, a retired Los Angeles schoolteacher stood before a phalanx of news cameras and 250 reporters in a South Carolina ballroom and declared, "I am Essie Mae Washington-Williams, and at last I am completely free."
| Jun 6, 2013
| 6:00 AM
WASHINGTON – Say what you will about Vice President Joe Biden – the man can deliver a eulogy. Just ask him.
“I’ve spoken at more eulogies than I’d like to remember,” he said Wednesday at a service for Frank R....
| Nov 20, 2012
| 9:32 PM
Don’t stop me if you’ve heard this before. Because you probably have. There’s a move afoot in the U.S. Senate to reform the filibuster. But this time — No, really, wait! Don’t leave! — this time, it might actually...
| Apr 3, 2012
| 1:03 PM
At the height of the so-called culture wars of 20 years past — when the late Senators Strom Thurmond and Jesse Helms were raging against the "obscene" solo artists funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and performers like Tim Miller and...
| Jan 25, 2012
— Ted Kennedy had a brain tumor. Joe Biden had two brain aneurysms. Tim Johnson had a rare brain anomaly that led to strokelike symptoms. Lyndon Baines Johnson had a heart attack.
The lawmakers, all stricken while in public office, were afforded...
| Aug 9, 2012
| 9:55 PM
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently said of the Chick-fil-A fast-food franchise that "Chick-fil-A's values are not Chicago's values." Why? Because Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy is on record as being opposed to gay marriage -- as is close to half the U.S....
| Nov 21, 2012
Don't stop me if you've heard this before. Because you probably have.
There's a move afoot in the U.S. Senate to reform the filibuster.
But this time — No, really, wait! Don't leave! — this time, it might actually happen.
All seven newly...
| Jun 3, 2011
| 4:36 PM
Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez may have known about Arnold Schwarzenegger's love child? And was that information ever used?...
| Sep 22, 2011
| 4:22 PM
I’m a term limits guy. I know the arguments against them: “We have term limits – they’re called elections!” “All that turnover would deprive us of legislative experience.” “With term limits and constant...