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Hillary Clinton opposes Pacific trade deal

MOUNT VERNON, Iowa — Hillary Clinton declared her opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade accord Wednesday, her most significant break with President Barack Obama since launching her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Date: 10/08/2015 | Business Wire

Alabama closes driver’s license offices in black areas

Hillary Clinton joined Democratic officials in Alabama in criticizing a decision by state officials to shutter 31 satellite driver’s-license offices, mostly in areas heavily populated by African-Americans, a move that could make it harder for those residents to get photo IDs needed to...

Date: 10/03/2015 | Nation & World

Jeb Bush on Oregon shootings: Stuff happens

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Presidential hopeful Jeb Bush and other Republicans declared their opposition to stiffer gun laws Friday in the aftermath of the Oregon college mass shooting, while Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton called for a national movement to counter the power of the...

Date: 10/02/2015 | Nation & World

Despite Warren’s wins, money still trumps populism

Elizabeth Warren, collector of corporate hides, is on the hunt again.Fresh from her triumph Tuesday over the Brookings Institution in which she forced the ouster of a corporate-backed scholar, the populist Democratic senator from Massachusetts was at Lutheran Church of the...

Date: 10/02/2015 | Opinion Columnists

McCarthy comments on Benghazi a gift to Hillary Clinton

Hillary Rodham Clinton's upcoming appearance before the U.S. House Select Committee on Benghazi was supposed to be a crucible: a chance for Republicans to prosecute the former secretary of state for her handling of the 2012 terrorist attacks that killed four Americans as well as for her...

Date: 10/01/2015 | Nation & World

GOP toasts Boehner’s exit with weak tea

The Republican Party's "Freedom Caucus," which has several less-charitable nicknames on Capitol Hill, is the dog that caught the car.Now what?Having (sort of) unseated Speaker John Boehner, these 37 or so uber-conservative House members are now...

Date: 10/01/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Clinton takes on Trump, spares Sanders in New Hampshire

MANCHESTER, N.H. — An energized Hillary Clinton didn’t sound at all like a presidential candidate losing ground as she delivered a rousing speech here on Saturday to the state Democratic convention, casting herself as a candidate prepared to fight for solutions to a wide array of problems...

Date: 09/20/2015 | Nation & World

Carly Fiorina rises in GOP debate

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — Carly Fiorina emerged Wednesday as a formidable challenger to front-runner Donald Trump, as issues such as national security got a serious airing in the second GOP debate and suggested a turning point in the 2016 campaign.Trump will likely remain...

Date: 09/16/2015 | Nation & World

Lindsey Graham stands out with humor in undercard debate

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham stood out in the Republican presidential undercard debate Wednesday for his mix of dark foreign-policy warnings and cornball one-liners.Graham campaigned on a split personality: half gloom and war, half cornball humor.

Date: 09/16/2015 | Nation & World

Honor 9/11 with shared purpose, sacrifice

It's easy to recall the horror of 9/11, when it happened, the disbelief, the shock, the realization, as I watched, that people were dying, thousands of them. The sense that things had changed, irrevocably, forever.I was impressed with George Bush with his megaphone at ground...

Date: 09/16/2015 | Opinion Columnists

As Trump, Sanders rise, the major parties fall

Does the 2016 presidential campaign seem chaotic? For good or ill, that's because it is. The rise of Donald Trump on the right and Bernie Sanders on the left is proof that the country's two major political parties have lost their grip on the nominating process. They can...

Date: 09/13/2015 | Commentary

With a year to go, Obama is hitting his stride

Attention has been focused on who becomes our next president, but meanwhile the incumbent is on quite a roll.Throughout his tour of Alaska, President Obama looked full of his old swagger. He took photos of Denali — the former Mount McKinley — through the windows...

Date: 09/08/2015 | Opinion Columnists

As rumors fly, Joe Biden hits the road

WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday embarks on a series of public and private stops from the Southeast to the Rust Belt that may provide him key feedback on how much appetite exists in the Democratic Party for him to challenge Hillary Clinton for the nomination.

Date: 09/02/2015 | Nation & World

Clinton lawyer says her email server was wiped clean

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton’s personal lawyer has told a Senate committee that emails and all other data stored on her computer server were erased before the device was turned over to federal authorities.

Date: 08/20/2015 | Nation & World

Inconveniences to voting can’t be allowed to be barriers

The students at Miami Central Senior High frustrated me, and I frustrated them. The topic was Ferguson and my opinion that African-Americans in that torn-up Missouri city could get the city government they want if only they voted in greater numbers. After all, they are a clear majority...

Date: 08/13/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Trump shows at debate why he’s leading pack — for now

CLEVELAND — It was billed as "The Donald Trump Show," and the Republican front-runner delivered. He mugged. He pouted. He projected outrage without being troubled by specificity or fact. When he got punched — and the moderators threw haymakers all night —...

Date: 08/09/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Why Bernie Sanders is worth a listen

Inconceivable as it is that a Jewish socialist could become president, I'm glad Bernie Sanders is running. For one thing, it might stimulate inquiry into what Bernie means when he describes himself as a "democratic socialist." People toss around political labels like...

Date: 08/05/2015 | Opinion Columnists

GOP debates should be must-see TV

I feel like a kid the week before Christmas. There’s just one present under the tree, but it’s all a columnist could ever hope for: the first Republican debate!

Date: 08/02/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Abortion's clash of values

Viewpoints: Should Planned Parenthood lose funding?

Date: 08/02/2015 | Commentary

Obama looks like a statesman next to hyperbolic critics

It is good to be President Barack Obama these days. In the midst of a visit to Africa, including Kenya, where Republican front-runner Donald Trump has insisted Obama was born, the president seems to have been liberated by events and circumstances to speak his true mind.

Date: 07/30/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Neither Dole, nor ADA, would be welcome in today’s Senate

Bob Dole, now 92 and in a wheelchair, made a rare return visit to Congress on Monday to celebrate this week's 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act — the sort of big bipartisan triumph of yore that now seems unimaginable.How, I asked Dole, can we get...

Date: 07/29/2015 | Opinion Columnists

What do so many Americans see in Trump?

Donald Trump is now the 2016 GOP frontrunner.That sentence would have sounded ridiculous a month ago, but here we are. The billionaire real estate mogul and reality star has tough-talked his way to the top of the ticket for 24 percent of Republican voters, according to the...

Date: 07/26/2015 | Commentary

Populists are the new New Democrats

Scenes from an insurrection: In Madison, Wisconsin, on Wednesday, 10,000 people show up to rally for longshot presidential candidate Bernie Sanders — giving the self-declared "democratic socialist" the largest crowd any candidate has had so far this election cycle.

Date: 07/06/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Resisting court ruling will only lead to regret

After the Supreme Court's historic 1954 ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, Southern politicians adopted a strategy that became known as "massive resistance." It doomed the South to a losing battle not just against the court, but a majority of Americans.Some...

Date: 07/02/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Why no vote on export tool?

It might only be temporary, but Congress' failure to reauthorize the charter of the federal Export-Import Bank by yesterday's deadline offers an alarming look at the potential effect of its absence.The federal export credit agency, frequently shortened to Ex-Im Bank,...

Date: 07/01/2015 | Editorials

As tea party wanes, liberal label embraced

Since the 1988 presidential campaign, when George H.W. Bush and Lee Atwater turned "Massachusetts liberal" into an epithet, the label has been tainted — so much so that many liberals abandoned it for "progressive."But new polling shows a...

Date: 06/22/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Keeping guns out of the wrong hands

Another shooting. More shock. More disbelief. More fumbling about for answers. But mostly there's either an uncertainty of how to move forward or an unwillingness to do so.Following Wednesday night's massacre of nine people at Charleston, South Carolina's Emanuel African...

Date: 06/21/2015 | Editorials

Rand Paul plans to ‘blow up’ U.S. tax code

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul called Thursday for a “fair and flat tax” that would “blow up” the nation’s tax code, offering a proposal his campaign said would cut taxes by $2 trillion over the next decade.

Date: 06/19/2015 | Nation & World

Trump brings his road show to Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa — By the time Donald Trump arrived at Hoyt Sherman Auditorium here Tuesday night, he was running more than an hour behind schedule. "This has been a really wild day," he exclaimed. It would only get more so.By then, the audience had already...

Date: 06/18/2015 | Nation & World

Two years after Snowden, what has changed?

Two years ago this month, a 29-year-old government contractor named Edward Snowden became the Daniel Ellsberg of his generation, delivering to journalists a tranche of secret documents shedding light on the government's national security apparatus. But whereas Ellsberg released the...

Date: 06/16/2015 | Opinion Columnists

House rejects Obama appeals, imperils trade bill

WASHINGTON — Led by union-backed Democrats, the House delivered a stinging blow to President Barack Obama on Friday and left his ambitious global trade agenda in serious doubt.

Date: 06/11/2015 | Nation & World

Pointing out a problem isn’t ‘politicizing’ it

Megyn "Benghazi!" Kelly, of Fox "Benghazi!" "news" would like you to know that people who "politicize" the Amtrak crash in Philadelphia are "despicable." By which she means those who've pointed out the disasters waiting to...

Date: 06/10/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Ben Carson campaign in turmoil after staff quit

WASHINGTON — The presidential candidacy of Ben Carson, a tea party star who has catapulted into the top tier of Republican contenders, has been rocked by turmoil with the departures of four senior campaign officials and widespread disarray among his allied super PACs.

Date: 06/05/2015 | Nation & World

Move to digital medical files will need time

I rarely do follow-up columns. I'm averaging one every 10 years. And while my last such exercise resulted in a written apology from the White House (for accusing me of making up facts over its removal of Churchill's bust), today's is not a complaint. It's merely a recognition that the...

Date: 06/05/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Hillary Clinton: Expand access for voters

HOUSTON — Hillary Clinton on Thursday called for sweeping changes in national voter access laws aimed at making it easier for young people and minorities to take part in elections, putting her on a collision course with Republicans who say such reforms are a political ploy that...

Date: 06/04/2015 | Nation & World

1 reason ­— and counting — to separate religion, politics

Several years ago, I heard Republican strategist Karl Rove give a most eloquent answer to a question about his faith, rendered here from memory:"Faith is a gift that, unfortunately, I have not received."I feel the same way about reality shows.

Date: 06/01/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Why is GOP infatuated with the Duggars?

Why did Republicans embrace the Duggars in the first place?Rick Santorum no longer digs the Duggars.Back in 2012, I watched the Republican presidential candidate campaign in Iowa alongside Jim Bob Duggar and several of his many children — the celebrity...

Date: 06/01/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Do boomers deserve Bill Kristol's vitriol?

One can understand why The Weekly Standard's William Kristol would try to nullify Hillary Clinton's presidential candidacy, but smearing all baby boomers in the process seems a stretch of veracity in the service of a blank page.In the June 1 issue of the conservative...

Date: 05/29/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Five Republicans tie for first in poll

No fewer than five contenders are atop the crowded Republican presidential pack, according to a Quinnipiac University poll out Thursday.Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, and former Arkansas...

Date: 05/28/2015 | Nation & World

GOP ought to hope four words don’t kill Obamacare

How many politicians, aides, lobbyists, lawyers, insurance moguls, professional groups and interns — both the political and medical kind — agonized over the details in the Affordable Care Act? The number is big.But despite thousands of hands in the kitchen, the...

Date: 05/28/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Freedom Act would rein in NSA's offenses

Once in a great while, House Republicans get it right. So let me praise them for leading a bipartisan effort to curtail the National Security Agency's bulk collection of data on the phone calls of innocent Americans.The USA Freedom Act, which the House passed earlier this...

Date: 05/25/2015 | Opinion Columnists

How to move left, right back toward center

Hillary Clinton's move to the left on trade and other issues is a reminder of the growing power of activists on the wings in presidential nominating politics — and a corresponding diminution of the power of the center."Social and demographic shifts mean that no...

Date: 05/24/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Fox News will thin out GOP candidates

Fox News announced guidelines Wednesday that will winnow the field of participants in the first Republican debate of the 2016 presidential campaign.The network will require contenders to place in the top 10 in an average of the five most recent national polls in the run-up...

Date: 05/21/2015 | Nation & World

Colleges shield students from opposing views

Trigger warning: This column will include discussion of ideas that may conflict with your own.Those accustomed to reading or listening only to liberal commentators may not be aware of "trigger warnings" and "safe zones" on college campuses.

Date: 05/20/2015 | Opinion Columnists

How long can Clinton avoid taking a stand?

President Obama, so often cool and cautious in his language, gave a full-throated roar on trade last week, saying that Sen. Elizabeth Warren was "absolutely wrong" in her criticism of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and that "her arguments don't stand the test of fact...

Date: 05/17/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Jeb Bush: I would not have gone into Iraq

TEMPE, Ariz. — After days of refusing to say whether, with the benefit of hindsight, he would have ordered the invasion of Iraq in 2003, Jeb Bush relented Thursday and said he would not have invaded.

Date: 05/14/2015 | Nation & World

Judging by anti-gay venom, the battle’s won

By Dana MilbankThe biblical-marriage demonstrators were outnumbered 5-to-1 or more outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday morning, but they were not lacking in vitriol or vulgarity.

Date: 04/30/2015 | Opinion

We can take a joke; can we face the truth?

True words are often said in jest, it has long been said. But a harsher idiom has been taking shape in recent years: Jest is becoming the only way to express truth.It is the columnist's curse to entertain such thoughts about disparate events that seemingly share only...

Date: 04/30/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Republicans, Democrats take different views on selecting presidential candidates

Washington Democrats and Republicans are taking different views of how to select delegates to the 2016 presidential nominating conventions.

Date: 04/28/2015 | South County Politics

Fact Check: Navy ship claims on the campaign trail

"The budget cuts that we've enacted in Congress are insane. We're having the smallest Army by the end of this decade since 1940, the smallest Navy since 1915, the smallest Marine Corps in modern history, at a time when we need them all the most."

Date: 04/23/2015 | Nation & World

Senate thaw, brief as it was, shows promise

They were rolling the credits on the Senate floor Tuesday morning.Harry Reid thanked Patrick Leahy and Patty Murray, who praised Amy Klobuchar, who gave a nod to Mitch McConnell, who credited John Cornyn, who touted Chuck Grassley, Mark Warner, Heidi Heitkamp and Susan...

Date: 04/23/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Senate GOP refusal on Lynch keeps Holder in office

In a sane world, the Republican-led Senate would have confirmed Loretta Lynch as attorney general months ago. But sanity hasn't been seen around here in some time.No one has raised the slightest question about Lynch's qualifications. No one disputes that she has been a...

Date: 04/21/2015 | Opinion Columnists

We have met the partisans, and they are us

After a political rally last week in which Democrats criticized the Obama administration for siding with Republicans on trade, I had a talk about the future of the party with Rep. Alan Grayson, a Florida Democrat who is one of the most ferocious partisans in the House.It...

Date: 04/21/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Abortion issue keeps women from advancing in politics

Here we go. If you're a woman who might prefer someone other than Hillary Clinton as the next president of the United States, you're a self-loathing, anti-woman traitor.Already, women I know report that they're feeling the heat from their more-liberal friends. Not a Democrat...

Date: 04/19/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Rubio finessing his stance on immigration

"We must change the decisions we are making by changing the people who are making them," Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, proclaimed in his presidential campaign kickoff Monday. It was impossible not to think of when Barack Obama in 2008 — a freshman senator with an...

Date: 04/19/2015 | Opinion Columnists

If only Republicans were as libertarian as they profess

In Republican primary politics, the libertarian brand carries cachet, which explains why many of the GOP's presidential candidates are battling to position themselves as the one true standard-bearer of small government conservatism. But a funny thing is happening on the way to the...

Date: 04/19/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Democrats line up against trade legislation

It was another one of those rallies on Capitol Hill where lawmakers line up to take shots at the Obama administration. But this time the lawmakers were all Democrats.A quartet of senators and a dozen members of the House took the stage in a park across from the Capitol...

Date: 04/19/2015 | Opinion Columnists

State Democrats look at caucus system for presidential nomination

Washington state Democrats expect to use a system of caucuses and conventions to choose delegates to the 2016 national presidential nominating convention.

Date: 04/16/2015 | South County Politics

Clinton, Rubio campaign launches a contrast in message

Americans, perhaps more than anyone, worship the future and resent the past.This is never truer than during a political season. It doesn't matter whether the past (meaning all of four years ago) trumps the present — or whether the future carries a whiff of embers and...

Date: 04/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Waiting for Clinton to fill us in on the details

Hey, "everyday Americans," what are you getting ready for? One couple is having a baby boy. Another couple wants to train the dog to stop eating the trash. Some people are starting new jobs, others retiring. And what about you, Hillary Clinton? "I'm running for...

Date: 04/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Hillary Clinton will run for president

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton's long-anticipated entry into the 2016 presidential race took shape Friday, with Democrats saying she will announce her candidacy Sunday and begin a series of deliberately small discussions with voters next week.The low-key rollout —...

Date: 04/11/2015 | Nation & World

Hillary Clinton campaign slogan: Think small

The Republicans declared for the presidency so far have come out big - Ted Cruz in front of thousands of Christian college kids in Virginia; Rand Paul in a packed Kentucky ballroom; Marco Rubio plans a glitzy Monday evening launch in front of the iconic Freedom Tower in Miami.

Date: 04/10/2015 | Nation & World

Corporations turning tide on climate change denial

There is no denying it: Climate-change deniers are in retreat.What began as a subtle shift away from the claim that man-made global warming is not a threat to the planet has lately turned into a stampede. The latest attempt to deny denial comes from the conservative American...

Date: 04/08/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Schumer could be effective for Democrats

Sen. Chuck Schumer introduced fellow New Yorker Loretta Lynch, the attorney general nominee, to the Senate Judiciary Committee in January as a public servant who "has earned a reputation for keeping her head down and avoiding the spotlight — just like me."

Date: 04/03/2015 | Opinion Columnists

People leading on gay rights; Will R’s follow?

The good news for Republicans: They have a path to victory in 2016. The bad news for Republicans: They are not on that path.At the moment, in fact, they have wandered into a dense thicket and are picking nettles from their skin while being bitten by mosquitoes.

Date: 04/02/2015 | Opinion Columnists

U.S. Rep. Larsen to hold town hall event in Everett

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen will meet citizens at a town-hall event Wednesday evening in Everett.

Date: 03/31/2015 | South County Politics

New adviser antidote to past Obama hires

In the early days of the Obama administration, my Washington Post colleague Shailagh Murray and I used to trade tales of the arrogance of White House officials more interested in their insular club and the prestige of their positions than in the responsibility they had.

Date: 03/30/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Tighter bonds for Japan, U.S. can aid both

TOKYO — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he wants to restore "animal spirits" in the long-moribund Japanese economy. That kind of muscular talk makes some critics anxious, but Abe gave a compelling explanation Thursday of how he's trying to push Japan out of its 15-year...

Date: 03/29/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Larsen touts virtues of Affordable Care Act on fifth anniversary

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen used the fifth anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act to tout the virtues of the health care law.

Date: 03/24/2015 | South County Politics

Coffee's for sippin'; papers are for opinin'

I'm standing in the Starbucks line behind 10 other sleepyheads waiting to order my tall skinny cappuccino, otherwise known as a shot of coffee described as I wish to be.Absolutely no one is talking about race.In fact, no one is talking at all except to mumble an...

Date: 03/23/2015 | Opinion Columnists

GOP in yet another mess over Lynch vote

Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, was getting his demagogue on.He stood on the Senate floor, talking up to the galleries, waving papers in the air, and displaying a big poster with a photograph of President Obama's pick for attorney general and the words...

Date: 03/22/2015 | Opinion Columnists

The unfailing belief in tax cuts and other head-scratchers

Here are some things I'll never understand.How can anyone still claim cutting taxes increases revenue and magically provides the means to keep a country functioning? Why don't the Bush and Reagan failures to do so, and the contemporary lessons of such laboratories of...

Date: 03/21/2015 | Opinion Columnists

House GOP budget doesn’t rely on gimmicks; it is one

Six men in green ties took the stage in the House television studio Tuesday, and House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, a slight leprechaun of a man with silver hair and dark eyebrows, approached the microphone."Good mor — top o' the mornin' to ya!"...

Date: 03/20/2015 | Opinion Columnists

A bungled invitation to talk

Starbucks and its CEO Howard Schultz set themselves up for criticism.And the media obliged, as if its name had been misspelled on its...

Date: 03/20/2015 | Editorials

Congress tries to kill union voting rule

WASHINGTON — The Republican-controlled Congress has sent the White House a bill repealing a National Labor Relations Board rule intended to streamline union elections, defying a threat by President Barack Obama to veto the measure.

Date: 03/19/2015 | Nation & World

How’s that hopey, changey thing going for GOP?

It's been just a few weeks since Republicans took full control of Congress, but already it is safe to say they have no earthly idea of what they want to accomplish.What we're seeing is not just a bit of sputtering before the GOP machine cranks up and begins to systematically...

Date: 03/18/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Why so few challengers for Clinton?

Martin O'Malley, the former Maryland governor and a man who would very much like to challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, is making his case."We took measurable actions to reduce storm-water runoff and to expand the number of acres...

Date: 03/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists

What frat boys on a bus tell us about racism

See, I keep telling you that old-fashioned racism is alive and well in this country. After the fraternity bus sing-along at the University of Oklahoma, do you hear me now?Frankly, the happy-go-lucky bigotry of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity brothers —...

Date: 03/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists

For a change, we could base actions on rational thought

I wonder how many people recall when Benjamin Netanyahu urged the invasion of Iraq, "guaranteeing" it'd bring "enormous" benefits to the entire Middle East and, maybe, even lead to the downfall of Iran.Do they also remember that he started saying Iran...

Date: 03/14/2015 | Opinion Columnists

What Watergate taught Clinton: hit the delete key

She burned the tapes.Had Richard Nixon burned his tapes, he would have survived Watergate. Sure, there would have been a major firestorm, but no smoking gun. Hillary Rodham was a young staffer on the House Judiciary Committee investigating Nixon. She saw. She learned.

Date: 03/13/2015 | Opinion Columnists

GOP apparently intent on setting up its own government

The New York Daily News branded Senate Republicans "TRAITORS" in large type across its cover Tuesday, saying, "GOPers try to sabotage Bam nuke deal."That's not quite right. It's true that 47 Republican senators did their level best to bring us closer...

Date: 03/12/2015 | Opinion Columnists

GOP gives Iran hard-liners out they sought

Even by congressional Republican standards, the naysaying letter to Iran sent Monday by 47 GOP senators was grossly irresponsible. Not only did it undercut President Obama's ability to negotiate a diplomatic agreement but it also undermined the aspect of the Iran nuclear deal that would...

Date: 03/12/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Senate GOP foils Obama and own goals

With a few tweaks to Scripture, herewith today's relevant verse: What therefore President Obama hath joined together, let Republicans put asunder.The letter from 47 Republican senators to Iran's leaders proffering a civics lesson on the U.S. Constitution has predictably...

Date: 03/12/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Politics of insult robbing us of good people

We often hear in politics, "at least nobody died," to explain away some regrettable act. As in:So, yeah, maybe President Obama wasn't telling the complete truth about keeping your doctor, but at least nobody died.Or: Oh, sure, we said mean things...

Date: 03/08/2015 | Opinion Columnists

The politics of Spock

Nimoy was key to the cultural commentary of 'Star Trek'

Date: 03/08/2015 | Commentary

Latest challenge to Obamacare withers in court

The Supreme Court, it would seem, did not want you to see what it was up to on Wednesday.The robed nine were hearing oral arguments in King v. Burwell, a legal effort by conservatives to dismantle Obamacare and probably the most politically charged case to appear before the...

Date: 03/08/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Many 2016 hopefuls have used private email

ATLANTA — Hillary Clinton continues to catch heat for her extensive use of a private email account to conduct official business while she was secretary of state. But the Democrats’ 2016 presidential favorite isn’t the only White House hopeful whose transparency has come into question.

Date: 03/07/2015 | Nation & World

Freedom Caucus shows it’s freely losing

I'm getting that deja vu feeling as House Republicans these past several days have failed to alter the public's perception that they're incapable of governing. This week marked Episode 2, Season 2 in the series "Homeland Security Face-Off." Subtitle:...

Date: 03/05/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Democrats chose to make Netanyahu visit political

Nancy Pelosi was near tears. After Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to Congress on Tuesday, the House minority leader sent out a press release informing the media, "I was near tears throughout the Prime Minister's speech — saddened by the insult to the...

Date: 03/05/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Netanyahu’s path commits U.S. to war

Nancy Pelosi looked as if she might charge the well of the House and confront Benjamin Netanyahu personally.When the Israeli prime minister, in his controversial address to Congress on Tuesday, suggested that the deal the Obama administration is negotiating with Iran only...

Date: 03/05/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Netanyahu makes Israel's demands clear

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lobbied powerfully against a nuclear agreement with Iran in a well-crafted speech to Congress on Tuesday. The problem is that he has now created a zero-sum game with the Obama administration, in which either the president or the prime minister...

Date: 03/05/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Jeb Bush woos conservatives at CPAC

OXON HILL, Md. — Jeb Bush didn't back down Friday as he faced skeptical conservatives, staunchly defending his stands on immigration and education policy while pointing to his record as a tax-slashing governor as proof of his conservative bona fides.The former Florida...

Date: 02/27/2015 | Nation & World

Regulators approve Internet neutrality

WASHINGTON — Internet activists declared victory over the nation's big cable companies Thursday, after the Federal Communications Commission voted to impose the toughest rules yet on broadband service to prevent companies like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T from creating paid fast...

Date: 02/26/2015 | Business Wire

Democrats take advantage of minority status

For Harry Reid and his Senate Democrats, revenge is a dish best served bold.For years, they complained that the Republican minority had tied the chamber in knots. But now, just weeks into their stint in the minority, Democrats are brazenly using the same knot-tying...

Date: 02/26/2015 | Opinion Columnists

GOP needs to prepare better for litmus tests

Republicans seem ceaselessly enamored of litmus tests, but the newest one — Do you believe President Obama loves America? — makes birthers seem witty.The question arose after former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani told a private audience that he doesn't think...

Date: 02/24/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Abolishing the filibuster would aid GOP with immigration, more

I've been radicalized. By Harry Reid and Barack Obama. Goodbye moderation and sweet reason. No more clinging to constitutional and procedural restraint. It's time to go nuclear.In the fourth quarter of his presidency, Obama unbound is abusing presidential authority at will...

Date: 02/20/2015 | Opinion Columnists

A trade deal that works for all

The trick in negotiating a trade agreement with 11 other Pacific Rim nations is in securing the economic benefits of opening up trade with those countries while at the same time not weakening the environmental, labor and other laws we depend upon at home.Negotiations...

Date: 02/19/2015 | Editorials

Record nags Jindal, other GOP hopefuls

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal took his presidential campaign-in-waiting to Washington, D.C., on Monday trailed by an unwelcome, unsavory and downright unpleasant companion: his record.The interloper followed the Louisiana Republican into the St. Regis Hotel and crashed his...

Date: 02/11/2015 | Opinion Columnists

GOP's alternative to Obamacare very familiar

Congressional Republicans took a novel approach to announcing their Obamacare alternative last week: out with the old and ... well, back in with the old.On Thursday, the Senate Finance Committee put out a news release announcing "Burr, Hatch, Upton unveil Obamacare...

Date: 02/10/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Paul’s libertarian views paint him into a corner

Sen. Rand Paul believes that vaccinating children should be up to the parents, an increasingly unpopular view after recent outbreaks of measles, mumps and other diseases. And throwing a newt's eye of quack science into the vat, the Kentucky Republican promotes the myth that these shots...

Date: 02/10/2015 | Opinion Columnists

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