N.Y. Mayor Bloomberg attacks Washington, stokes the center

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has long hungered to be at the center of the national debate, to be regarded as one of New York’s greatest mayors, even to be seen as a possible president. If he becomes a candidate in 2012, and that is still a decided long shot, his speech Wednesday may be seen as […]

Capehart: Love Obama’s smack at the ‘sanctimonious’ left

As someone who frequently catches more hell from liberal Democrats than from conservative Republicans, I am completely sympathetic to President Obama’s exasperation at the “sanctimonious” folks in his party who cling to “unrealistic” “purist position[s].” He was at his best yesterday when he push… Read more…

Diehl: Obama’s double-or-nothing moment in the Middle East

The latest collapse of the Middle East peace process has underlined a reality that the Obama administration has resisted since it took office — that neither the current Israeli government nor the Palestinian Authority shares its passion for moving quickly toward a two-state settlement. And it ha… Read more…

Obama charts his own course

One of the realities about President Obama is the degree to which he is a singular politician, a self-contained person who rose to power largely on the strength of his own intelligence, guile and self-confidence. He has always charted his own course – one that sometimes defied the customary or ap… Read more…

The Plum Line: Does Obama have contempt for the left?

Yesterday, President Obama gave a combative response to criticism he’s been receiving from the left for his proposed deal with Republicans to extend both the middle and upper income tax cuts. Sounding a note that resembled his rebuke to neoconservatives regarding the “satisfying purity of indigna… Read more…