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Congress actually may do something on gun control

OK, so Congress hasn't managed to pass a budget, fix the tax code or avert the automatic spending cuts of the dreaded sequester.

March 05, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

US must decide what its mission in Afghanistan is

Amid partisan questioning from both sides in former Sen. Chuck Hagel's confirmation hearing last week, a major opportunity was lost.

February 05, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

From combative Obama, a clenched fist

On the eve of Inauguration Day, White House political strategist David Plouffe promised that President Obama's inaugural address would include a call for bipartisan cooperation.

January 23, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Here's proof that this columnist isn't always right

Back in 2011, at the dawn of a long presidential campaign, I established a fine baseline for my credentials as a political prognosticator: I told readers that Mitt Romney's strongest challengers for the Republican nomination would be Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

January 03, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Too much security could hamstring US ambassadors

Soon - perhaps very soon - the Syrian government of Bashar Assad will fall. On that day, and for months after, Damascus will probably be a disorderly and dangerous place, a risky place for American diplomats to be.

December 28, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Signs abound that Norquist is becoming passé

Grover Norquist is losing his grip. It once seemed as if Washington's most powerful anti-tax crusader had the Republican Party firmly in hand. Signing Norquist's public pledge not to raise taxes was almost mandatory in GOP politics. Nine of the 10 candidates initially vying for the Republica…

November 25, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

People talking face to face: It's a potent political force

Outside the old red-brick City Hall in Manassas, Va., Dorothy Cummings was beaming. She had finally persuaded her son Charles to register to vote - and now she was marching him into the registrar's office to make sure he got it done.

October 23, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Fiscal gurus Simpson, Bowles split on election

Here's one thing the two presidential candidates agree on: the federal government's current fiscal course will lead to disaster.

October 03, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Romney's lack of momentum doesn't augur well

Romney's lack of momentum doesn't augur well

There's an old saying in Republican politics: Massachusetts produces only two exports - lobsters and liberals - and neither one travels well.

March 20, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

History shows Romney is no closet moderate

For months, Mitt Romney's rivals in the Republican presidential race have hammered him as a closet moderate, especially on third-rail social issues such as abortion and gay marriage.

January 24, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Old Newt likely simmers beneath the new one

When Richard M. Nixon ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 1968, he faced a daunting problem: A lot of voters just didn't like him. Nixon had made his name in politics as an angry, partisan hatchet man, famous for lashing out against Democrats and the news media. To win the pres…

November 18, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Safer phones give democracy activists a chance

Early this year, as street protests began spreading across the Arab world, a young Internet expert from Germany, Katrin Verclas, asked Egyptian democracy activists what kind of technology they needed most. More laptop computers? Better access to the Web?

September 21, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

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