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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

WASHINGTON — Abortion provider Merle Hoffman called a news conference at the National Press Club this week to announce the results of an alarming new study she commissioned:...

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 6:34pm

By FRED HIATT Washington Post Why is the Republican presidential field so weak? Six months ago, that might have seemed an unfair question, or at least premature.

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 5:22pm

Five months ago, in this space, I wrote that something was wrong with the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial.

Mon, 01/16/2012 - 4:47pm

WASHINGTON - As Republican leaders watch with horror Newt Gingrich's one-man campaign to bring down the party's likely presidential nominee, they should remind themselves of this: Gingrich is a monster of their own making.

Mon, 01/16/2012 - 4:45pm

WASHINGTON - I can't speak for Michelle Obama, but call me an angry white woman. If the first lady isn't angry, she certainly has every right to be. Like every woman I know, black or white, I've watched Mrs. Obama with respect, admiration and arm-envy.

Sun, 01/15/2012 - 9:35pm

Why let the political junkies of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina have all the fun? The calendar has turned to election year 2012 and it's time to ruminate, deliberate and flat-out speculate about central Minnesota politics. Question No.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 8:33pm

NASHUA, N.H. - Mitt Romney is fast becoming the Scrooge McDuck of the 2012 presidential race. In Disney's version, McDuck is Donald Duck's rich uncle, fond of diving into his money bin and swimming through his pile of coins.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 4:44pm

WASHINGTON - Iowa front-runners Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum have a little problem. Both are too nice to be mean to each other. Who can throw the first punch in a tight race growing tighter? This is why God made Newt Gingrich.

Tue, 01/10/2012 - 5:12pm

Tuesday's New Hampshire primary looms large on the political horizon.

Tue, 01/10/2012 - 11:00am