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Smoke and mirrors

As if to make positively sure no one missed the point that congressional Democrats don't have the slightest idea what they're doing with the stimulus package, Nancy Pelosi told the…

Questions on another nominee

The Senate Intelligence Committee is taking up the last of President Barack Obama's nominee for a high-profile national security post, the surprising pick of…

Still better than government wages

In the end, the Obama administration's caps on executive pay for foundering financial institutions that receive major public bailout money may be largely symbolic. But it is symbolism that taxpayers…

Obama at sea on wave of debt

 I've handed over today's column to my friends in the drunken sailor community, who have an important message for America.

A lot of water has passed under the…

Obama tries damage control

His infant presidency already shaped by mounting national troubles, President Barack Obama now faces an added challenge: weathering the fallout of a spate of…

A measuring stick for scandals

Along with Tom Daschle, Tim Geithner and Nancy Killefer, plus Joe Biden, David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel and all the president's vexing vetters, I also must share some the blame for…

The devil is in the details

President Obama greeted Thomas Daschle's decision to withdraw as nominee to be secretary of Health and Human Services with "sadness and regret" -- and surely with something approaching relief. The…

Obama meets reality

It wasn't so long ago that Barack Obama was on the campaign trail, talking about hope and change, about the purity he would bring to Washington. A true believer could…

Daschle withdraws as nominee

Tom Daschle withdrew his nomination on Tuesday to be President Barack Obama's Health and Human Services secretary, faced with problems over back taxes and…

Obama’s broken promises

Barack Obama promised a "clean break from business as usual" in Washington. It hasn't quite worked out that way.

From the start, he…