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Chris Christie and his scandal of hubris

Chris Christie and his scandal of hubris

The scandal involving New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie, whose aides virtually shut down Fort Lee by throttling its access to the George Washington Bridge into New York City, reportedly…

Chris Christie and the art of political vendettas

Chris Christie and the art of political vendettas

The art of the great American political vendetta was born in New Jersey, just a short drive – barring heavy traffic – south of the George Washington Bridge. There, in…

Yes, America did well in the ‘war on poverty’

Yes, America did well in the ‘war on poverty’

In an unabashed endorsement of government action to alleviate the plight of the poor, this week President Obama commemorated the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty with his own…

What is populism? Do any populists really exist?

What is populism?  Do any populists really exist?

In the American political lexicon, few words are as prevalent — or as confusing — as “populism.” Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) gets described as a populist because she wants to…

Two Democrats quitting in the House

Two Democrats quitting in the House

Two House Democrats, Carolyn McCarthy of New York and Mike McIntyre of North Carolina, plan to retire at the end of their terms, their offices announced Wednesday. McCarthy, 70, has…

A last, perhaps futile, grasp at immigration reform

A last, perhaps futile, grasp at immigration reform

His agenda tattered by last year’s confrontations and missteps, President Barack Obama begins 2014 clinging to the hope of winning a lasting legislative achievement: an overhaul of immigration laws. It…

Rand Paul’s latest fantasy: A lawsuit over NSA spying

Rand Paul’s latest fantasy: A lawsuit over NSA spying

Republican Sen. Rand Paul, the rabid right-winger who thinks he could be the next President of the United States, is filing suit against the Obama administration over the data-collection policies…

Justice delays birth control mandate in Obamacare

Justice delays birth control mandate in Obamacare

The Supreme Court has thrown a hitch into President Barack Obama’s new health care law by blocking a requirement that some religion-affiliated organizations provide health insurance that includes birth control.…

Boehner ends a tough year on a high note

Boehner ends a tough year on a high note

It says a lot about House Speaker John Boehner’s rough 2013 that even friends debate when the low point hit. Some say it was Jan. 3, the first day of…

Obama closes out the year on a low key

Obama closes out the year on a low key

President Barack Obama is closing out a difficult year in low-key fashion, with hopes for better results to come in 2014, particularly for his troubled health care law. Obama kicked…