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In the world of shifting political fortunes, little is permanent

In the world of shifting political fortunes, little is permanent

A month ago, in the aftermath of the government shutdown debacle, President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats rode high in the polls and the Republicans looked like a party…

The end of the filibuster means trouble for Supreme Court

The end of the filibuster means trouble for Supreme Court

Now that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has ended the filibuster for district and appeals court nominees and executive branch appointments, it’s only a matter of time before the filibuster…

The day someone killed the President of the United States

The day someone killed the President of the United States

On November 22, 1963, I worked on a story in a high school journalism class in Floyd, Virginia, when assistant principal William Davis came on the intercom to announce President…

Can Obama ever keep his promise to close Gitmo?

Can Obama ever keep his promise to close Gitmo?

Twelve years ago this month, President George W. Bush issued an order authorizing the U.S. military to detain non-U.S. citizen “international terrorists” indefinitely, and try some of them in military…

The JFK legacy: Camelot and conspiracies

The JFK legacy: Camelot and conspiracies

Within an hour after President John F. Kennedy was shot on November 22, 1963, Washington became a ghost town. It was still early on a Friday afternoon but, except in…

GOP strategy on killing Obamacare: Divide and conquer

GOP strategy on killing Obamacare: Divide and conquer

“Remember the strategy for stopping Obamacare we laid out to you back in July,” Speaker John Boehner (R-Oh.) told the House Republican conference last week. “Targeted legislative strikes aimed at…

Voters don’t always decide the outcome of elections

Voters don’t always decide the outcome of elections

Voters decide who wins an election, right? Not necessarily. In fact, we may see partisan operatives determine the winner in the razor-thin race for Virginia’s attorney general. After the initial…

Political parties? We don’t need no stinkin’ political parties

Political parties? We don’t need no stinkin’ political parties

Always happens.  I write something that raises the question of misdeeds or dishonesty of an elected official I get accused of being a member of the “other party.” Recent pieces…

Obama’s humble act was just that…an act

Obama’s humble act was just that…an act

Barack Obama strode to the podium of the White House press room Thursday wearing a carefully-prepared face of humility as he told the nation that he realized he needed to…

Time to scrap Obamacare and find something that works

Time to scrap Obamacare and find something that works

The Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare and once considered the President’s signature accomplishment, is now the latest example of inept administration, flawed policy and glaring failure. With increasing…