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WASHINGTON - In 2011, Gallup's polling showed that President Obama averaged an 80 percent approval rating among Democrats and 12 percent among Republicans, making his third year in office one of the most polarizing on record.

Tue, 02/07/2012 - 6:29pm

WASHINGTON - Fallen super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff is out of prison now but still doing penance.

Tue, 02/07/2012 - 6:26pm

WASHINGTON - Park Romney says some pretty wild things. Mormonism, he claims, is "an insidious contemporary fraud." The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is "an American cult," he professes.

Mon, 02/06/2012 - 6:44pm

WASHINGTON - Two of the top news stories this past week have revolved around reproductive rights, though both raise far more troubling issues than a woman's right to contraception or abortion.

Mon, 02/06/2012 - 12:08pm

WASHINGTON - When a friend was writing a novel, he was concerned that his protagonist was too perfect. People can't identify with perfection, he said. For the character to be sympathetic, he needs to have a flaw.

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 7:52pm

WASHINGTON — A Friday New York Times story that essentially indicted and convicted a 22-year-old star football player on an alleged sexual assault charge by an anonymous accuser should have begun as follows: “We know absolutely nothing about this rumor except what six people told us anon...

Sun, 01/29/2012 - 9:10pm

WASHINGTON - They likened him to a traitor. They hinted darkly that he might suffer violence because of his actions in office. They said they wanted him fired.

Fri, 01/27/2012 - 4:26pm

WASHINGTON - During his brief and ill-fated presidential bid, Tim Pawlenty pursued the role of attack dog about as well as you would expect a golden retriever to do. The former Minnesota governor was just too cuddly.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 4:35pm

WASHINGTON - God knows what has become of the religious right. The movement of Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson has been in decline for some time, but events of recent days suggest it is wandering in the political wilderness.

Sun, 01/22/2012 - 9:29pm

WASHINGTON — Newt Gingrich’s standing ovation Thursday night, when he attacked CNN moderator John King for asking about allegations that Gingrich wanted an “open marriage” with his second wife, told us little about South Carolina, but much about human nature. The query, for w...

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 3:59pm