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  • Chuck Hagel's nuclear exemption

    Chuck Hagel's nuclear exemption
    The headlines on the Pentagon budget unveiled by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel this week were all about austerity: the smallest U.S. Army since 1940; fewer aircraft, ships and armored vehicles; even some modest belt-tightening on future military pay and...
  • Putin conducts 'Russia Marches On'

     Putin conducts 'Russia Marches On'
    Last week, before Vladimir Putin annexed the Ukrainian region of Crimea to Russia, I asked a leading Putinologist, Fiona Hill of the Brookings Institution, what the Russian president was likely to do. "He's on the offensive," she said. "In his view, he'...
  • UCLA's John Villasenor takes you inside the world of cryptocurrencies (think bitcoin)

     UCLA's John Villasenor takes you inside the world of cryptocurrencies (think bitcoin)
    You can donate to a PAC, buy a Tesla or order a Domino's pizza using bitcoin. California just repealed a ban on such cryptocurrencies, so the question is not only "Now what?" but "What?," period. Any currency that's not tied to something like gold is...
  • VA scandal fits an established Obama narrative: skilled politician, lousy manager

    VA scandal fits an established Obama narrative: skilled politician, lousy manager
    We don't normally expect our presidents to pay close attention to how long veterans are being asked to wait for care in the vast medical system run by the Department of Veterans Affairs. But we do expect presidents to appoint Cabinet officers and...
  • Vladimir Putin, master player

    Vladimir Putin, master player
    Let us now praise Vladimir Putin. Yes, Russia's president is a cold-hearted autocrat. And yes, he rules through a network of nasty oligarchs bent on squeezing profit from their country's oil riches. If he covets a piece of territory, he's liable to...
  • Goldberg: The wisdom of Dan Quayle

    Goldberg: The wisdom of Dan Quayle
    Almost exactly 20 years ago, Barbara Dafoe Whitehead wrote a controversial essay for the Atlantic titled "Dan Quayle Was Right." In case you forgot (or never knew), let me fill you in on what Quayle was right about. There once was a popular sitcom...
  • A helping hand or cold shoulder for the middle class?

    How's the U.S. economy doing? If you're rich, the answer is "fabulously." Here are some data points from Diane Swonk, chief economist for Mesirow Financial in Chicago. "Spending at luxury retailers has come back," she told the Senate Finance Committee...
  • We need to feel the winds of optimism and compassion

    There are lots of deficits in the United States right now, but one thing that's not in short supply is anti-European sentiment. This is especially true among those vying to run against President Obama. Criticizing the president, Mitt Romney said: "He...
  • The wisdom of Dan Quayle

    Almost exactly 20 years ago, Barbara Dafoe Whitehead wrote a controversial essay for The Atlantic titled "Dan Quayle Was Right." In case you forgot (or never knew), let me fill you in on what Quayle was right about. There once was a popular sitcom...
  • Rachel Marsden: Russia's American PR blitz

    Russian President Vladimir Putin cares a lot about what you think -- about NSA contractor-turned-defector and Russian asylum seeker Edward Snowden, and pretty much everything else -- to the point of spending $300 million of state funds last year on the...
  • Their Nixon

    WASHINGTON -- Political junkies the other night were treated (if that's the proper word for it) to a television rerun of the Richard Nixon era, a chance to wallow in Watergate as of old, through often-grainy home movies of three of its star participants....