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81 members of Congress see ground for compromise

Here are words I don't often get to type: There is good news from Washington. Last Thursday, about 70 members of Congress braved brutal heat to stand in the shadow of the Capitol and pledge their allegiance to work together amid a climate of hyper-partisanship.

July 25, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Let's draw line between officials' private, public lives

There might be more at stake in the race for comptroller of New York City than the future of former Gov. Eliot Spitzer. This could be a final referendum on the sex scandal as we know it, and a reboot on the level of intrusion into the private lives of public servants.

July 18, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Remembering Arlen Specter's appeal for moderation

When I heard on Sunday that Arlen Specter had died, I sought solace in rummaging through personal remnants of our 30-year friendship.

October 16, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Memories of the horror of 9/11 already are fading

Memories of the horror of 9/11 already are fading

Tuesday is the 11th anniversary of 9/11. And three months later, we will mark the 71st anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The two worst attacks on American soil each resulted in nearly 3,000 deaths and led the nation to war. Still, given the passage of time, Dec. 7 will be n…

September 11, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Freedom to be liar at root of fake-medals debate

A new movie about Navy SEALs opened Friday, and it has Doug Sterner concerned. The film, "Act of Valor," revolves around a team of SEALs trying to rescue a captured CIA agent. What's unusual about it is that it features several actual, active-duty SEALs as actors. Sterner, who hunts military…

February 28, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Romney must meet critics of business dealings head-on

It was as if Oliver Stone had written a Mitt Romney sound bite when last week the candidate was quoted as saying, "I like firing people." After all, Stone directed Michael Douglas, as Gordon Gekko, saying similar things in the 1987 movie classic "Wall Street."

January 17, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Business, not politics, was behind NFL's rejection of Limbaugh

The NFL's rejecting Rush Limbaugh was a bit like the members of the Merion Cricket Club blackballing Thurston Howell III. The owners' objection to Limbaugh wasn't based on his politics — they overwhelmingly share his views. They refused to allow him to join their club in the name of good business.

October 22, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Joe Wilson shouted at wrong president

I doubt that Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., would have disgraced himself by shouting at Ronald Reagan as he did during Barack Obama's address Wednesday night. And yet, his beef might be more with the former than the latter.

September 16, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

How to eulogize flawed public figures?

Forty years after the Summer of Love, the summer of mourning is coming to a close.

September 01, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Information undertow pulls readers from front page

People are really fired up about the health-care debate — or are they?

August 22, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

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