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Obama tries to explain away Gates gaffe

President Barack Obama said Thursday he was surprised by all the hubbub over his comments that a white police officer in Cambridge, Mass., had acted "stupidly" in arresting a prominent…

Obama should have kept his mouth shut

President Obama's prime-time press conference was making little news but moving along smartly, on schedule not to run over into "America's Got Talent," until the last question, from a reporter…

Jobs? What jobs?

The phrase, "jobless recovery" is gaining traction in Washington these days, as the stock market has turned decidedly bullish, home sales are no longer tanking, at least not at last…

Citizens group attacks government secrecy

A public interest group is trying to use the Freedom of Information Act to crack more than three decades of secrecy surrounding how the government deals with wrongdoing by intelligence…

America is losing the long war

In 1993, R. James Woolsey, about to become President Bill Clinton's first director of Central Intelligence, remarked to a Senate committee on the defeat of international communism: "We have slain…

American pessimism returns as Obama fades

That was fast. The hope and optimism that washed over the country in the opening months of Barack Obama's presidency are giving way to…

New ethics questions for Sarah Palin

Days before Gov. Sarah Palin is scheduled to leave office, the former vice presidential candidate is facing yet another legal distraction: An independent investigator found evidence she may have violated…

Yes, cell phones & driving don’t mix

None of this will come as news to anyone who has been nearly run down in a pedestrian crosswalk by a driver happily prattling away on a cell phone. But…

Saddam Hussein’s mother of all bluffs

It looks as though Saddam Hussein, as has been increasingly suspected, pulled off the mother of all bluffs --one that not only changed the course of history but set off…

Get ready for Uncle Barack’s Plantation

What is now being billed as health care reform is but the latest chapter in a process I described in an earlier column as "Back on Uncle Sam's Plantation."