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Pelosi puts politics over principle

Never let it be said that Nancy Pelosi isn't principled. Actually, her main principle seems to be that when politics dictate, give up the…

Using drug money to finance terror

Expect to hear more in coming months about Middle East terrorists turning to the illegal drug trade to finance their evildoing.

Just another silly season in Congress

August is supposed to be quiet time in the national capital. Congress is in recess, the Supreme Court is adjourned and the president is usually at his ranch in Texas.…

Irradiating our mail

Since the 2001 anthrax attacks, the feds have spent $75 million on nuking millions of pieces of mail sent to Congress, the White House and Cabinet departments, to protect against…

An arrogant sense of entitlement

One of the hazards of being both powerful and in Washington a long time is arrogance and a sense of entitlement. How else to explain Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens' indictment…

Stevens: Another nail in GOP coffin?

The indictment of Alaska Republican Sen. Ted Stevens on charges that he lied about accepting gifts from an oil contractor only adds to his party's already bleak electoral prospects in…

Housing bill goes to Bush

The US Senate on Saturday approved an elaborate housing rescue plan designed to help thousands of homeowners avert foreclosure and bolster mortgage finance…

Gonna play, gotta pay

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac -- the government-chartered mortgage giants tumbling toward a taxpayer bailout -- have not been penurious about making campaign contributions and engaging top lobbyists to grease…

Remembering the real Jesse Helms

In adulthood people will spend any amount of money, seek any therapy, and commit any act just to prove their parents were right. The pursuit to become what parents tell…

Helms: Dead on the 4th of July

Former Sen. Jesse Helms (right), an unyielding champion of the conservative movement who spent three combative and sometimes caustic decades in Congress, where he…