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Here in Washington, yesterday's instant analysis too often becomes today's conventional wisdom. That appears to be the case in the emerging press-political consensus, which holds that freshman U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas -- by gratuitously alienating his GOP congressional colleagues while le…

During the sometimes-heated contest for the Republican 1996 presidential nomination to oppose President Bill Clinton, eventually won by Sen. Bob Dole, one unsuccessful GOP candidate, publisher-editor Steve Forbes spent $38 million of his own fortune to urge a flat-tax and the abolition of th…

You accept that you are completely uncool when you don't tweet, when you still write paper checks to pay your bills and when you continue to call them " tattoos" instead of " body art" or "ink".

The answer to one question in the most recent Wall Street Journal-NBC News national poll startled an awful lot of my friends and colleagues in the press corps who are pro-choice. Because it is written and conducted by two respected pollsters, Democrat Peter Hart and Republican Bill McInturff…

The slump of his shoulders told the story. He cleared his throat and then told the 100 or so reporters waiting at Los Angeles' Good Samaritan Hospital: "Sen. Robert Francis Kennedy died at 1:44 a.m. today, June 6, 1968. With Sen. Kennedy at the time of his death was his wife, Ethel; his sist…

As candidate and later as president, Ronald Reagan had a really good opening line, which almost invariably would make his audiences smile and softly chuckle: "As King Henry VIII said to each of his six wives, 'Don't worry, I won't keep you long.'"

We who live in Washington are admittedly a little defensive about this city we call home. Be honest — you would be, too, if the nation’s elected leaders won their high offices by repeatedly running campaigns that bellowed how much they, and all right-thinking Americans, distrusted and despis…

Dan Jenkins, a sportswriter of rare wit, once gave us the Ten Stages of Drunkenness, which include these separate points on the road to inebriation: "Witty and Charming," "Rich and Powerful," "Clairvoyant," "Patriotic," followed by "Crank Up the Enola Gay" and culminating in Stage 10, "Bulle…

Once again, graduation time is upon us. By some iron rule, every graduation must have a graduation speaker, whose role has been compared to that of the corpse at a great Irish wake: His presence is deemed necessary for the event to be take place, but, other than that, precious little is expe…

According to the Census Bureau, in the year 2020, there will be 214,000 living Americans over the age of 100 and, according to Washington wise-man Mark Russell, all of them will have valid State of Florida driver's licenses.

In politics, maybe even in life, perception frequently becomes reality. If enough people see you as a winner, then you will be treated like a winner, which means that your calls, even to important strangers whom you have never met, are promptly put through.

In spite of the nearly unprecedented velocity of change in American attitudes on the legality and acceptance of same-sex marriage, according to the Gallup Poll -- from 68 percent-27 percent opposition during the Bill Clinton years to 53 percent-46 support after Barack Obama's re-election (a …

"History is written by the victors," as Winston Churchill wrote. But the United States 2003 invasion and occupation of Iraq was indeed a war with no victors.

Miraculously, a single government policy initiative has united Washington, D.C. Elected officials who had been either locking horns or crossing swords over drugs, drones or deficits suddenly found themselves on the same side, thus reminding us of the timeless truth that in every political st…

Let me stipulate at the outset: I do not qualify for any youth movement. In fact, I first voted in the 1960 presidential contest between John Kennedy and Richard Nixon. No conscientious bartender, if I were trying to buy a round of alcoholic drinks for the table, would insist upon seeing my …

From Maine comes this dispatch from a historian friend of mine, Alan Ginsberg, who, like many of us, has become discouraged by the wall-to-wall squabbling that has dominated Washington: "The rhetoric daily seems to grow more bitter, even destructive. The incessant arguing over money, money, …

This past Monday night, along with 680 other lucky people in Washington's historic Ford's Theatre, I was able to enjoy the wit and wisdom of America's dominant political satirist, Mark Russell.

Republicans are seen, and most Republicans see themselves, as the anti-government party. Republican solutions to most of the country's problems begin with, or at a minimum include, shrinking the size, scope and spending of government -- unless you're discussing the military budget. Democrats…

Who the president is when we first come of voting age -- and whether we see that president as a successful leader -- strongly influences our future voting allegiances.

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