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WASHINGTON - Here in the capital, there is a whole new etiquette at stoplights. Upon arriving at a red light, drivers apply the brakes, pick up their mobile devices, and begin reading and sending emails.

Mon, 12/19/2011 - 4:36pm

The Republicans' final debate preceding the Iowa caucuses is suddenly uncompelling. There is nothing to do but write about Christopher Hitchens, whose death has made the world immeasurably less interesting.

Sun, 12/18/2011 - 9:41pm

WASHINGTON - It has become commonplace to say that Washington is broken, but rarely does one get to see all the broken parts perform live and in concert as they did on the Senate floor Wednesday morning.

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 8:26pm

WASHINGTON - Oh, quelle gaffe. Rarely has such a small, innocuous, truth-based remark garnered so much attention from the chattering classes as Mitt Romney's proposed $10,000 bet with Rick Perry during this past weekend's Republican primary debate.

Thu, 12/15/2011 - 7:44pm

WASHINGTON - The conservative radio host Michael Savage this week presented an unusual offer to Newt Gingrich. "Newt Gingrich is unelectable," Savage said of the improbable new front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination.

Wed, 12/14/2011 - 5:20pm

WASHINGTON — The campaign of Mitt Romney, the Rip van Winkle of presidential politics, finally awakened last week with a savage counterattack against Newt Gingrich, the man who against all odds is threatening to wrest the Republican nomination from Romney. In a conference call Thursday sponso...

Sun, 12/11/2011 - 7:53pm

WASHINGTON - Rep. Trent Franks established his credentials as a civil rights leader last year when the Arizona Republican argued that, because of high abortion rates in black communities, African-Americans were better off under slavery.

Thu, 12/08/2011 - 10:57pm

President Obama's speech in Kansas on Tuesday was the most direct condemnation of wealth and income inequality, and the most expansive moral defense of the need for government activism to combat it, of his entire presidency.

Thu, 12/08/2011 - 10:57pm

WASHINGTON - The folk-rocker Jackson Browne showed up on Freedom Plaza here to perform for the Occupy D.C. protesters. He played five political tunes but left out the one most relevant to the protest movement: "Running on Empty.

Wed, 12/07/2011 - 8:59pm

WASHINGTON - It is a rare day when Al Sharpton emerges as the voice of sagacity, but when Newt Gingrich has the microphone, all things are possible.

Tue, 12/06/2011 - 9:28pm