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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…

A new year with the same old problems in Washington

A new year with the same old problems in Washington

Congress returns to Washington after the Christmas recess but it would be an error to say the House and Senate are “returning to work.” Work, sadly, is a lost ethic…

Sarah Palin: A female Bill Clinton when it comes to sex?

Sarah Palin: A female Bill Clinton when it comes to sex?

Interesting that one of the most vocal and often-quoted supporters of controversial “Duck Dynasty” reality show star Phil Robertson is another figment of celebrity-fantasy — failed Alaska governor Sarah Palin,…

Phil Robertson: A homophobe, bigot and sexual predator

Phil Robertson: A homophobe, bigot and sexual predator

Sadly, the New Year begins with revelations of even more rantings from the questionable star of a reality TV show who is praised by supporters as a “man of God,”…

A valuable lesson on the price of secrecy

A valuable lesson on the price of secrecy

The ease with which the United States government creates new state secrets masks the ultimate cost of the secret’s production. Once minted, a secret must be guarded lest a spy…

Punitive, Puritan politics

Punitive, Puritan politics

‘Tis the season of giving, charity and good will — unless you happen to be a Republican, and then ‘tis the season of pusillanimity, churlishness and bad will. Congressional Republicans…

Phil Robertson: A scripted phony or a real Christian?

Phil Robertson: A scripted phony or a real Christian?

Instead of focusing on the true meaning of Christmas, the public in this final week before the holiday appears focused on the rantings and ravings of Phil Robertson, the “patriarch”…

Fallout from NSA debacle can serve the nation

Fallout from NSA debacle can serve the nation

The fallout from the Edward Snowden revelations continues to snowball. With each disclosure, allies, businesses and influential authors call for reform. There is ever growing pressure on the Obama administration…

Washington’s growing irrelevance is good

Washington’s growing irrelevance is good

After three years of sclerosis, Congress is poised to at last pass an actual budget. We’ve been so consumed with the dysfunction of the parties on Capitol Hill that this…

So, where’s political accountability for pension disasters?

So, where’s political accountability for pension disasters?

Five years after the financial crisis, there’s still a hue and cry about sending people to jail. After all, financiers were, at best, self-servingly optimistic about the future. At worst,…