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WASHINGTON -The first votes of the Republican primary season don't come until next month, but we already know how it's going to turn out: Washington has won again.

Mon, 12/05/2011 - 8:31pm

WASHINGTON - Things sure do change fast around here. One week it's Rick Perry, the next it's Herman Cain. Now it's . Newt Gingrich? The Republican voter is like a starving man at a free buffet.

Fri, 12/02/2011 - 5:49pm

"Thank you, Mr. Vice President." "That's never going to happen," Portman replied with a smile. As evidence, he offered, "What's the one thing you wouldn't want to do if you wanted to be the VP candidate? Join the supercommittee." I'm not convinced.

Tue, 11/29/2011 - 8:15pm

In March, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear one of its most important cases in years: a constitutional challenge to President Obama's signature health-care program. The case should also be its most closely watched - literally.

Tue, 11/29/2011 - 8:15pm

Whether his recent rise in the polls is lasting or not, Newt Gingrich has already shifted Campaign 2012 for the better. The feisty former speaker of the House has reminded us through his debate performances that knowledge is an important part of a president’s work. That a president must know somet...

Sun, 11/27/2011 - 10:08pm

WASHINGTON — Jon Kyl is different from you and me. In the days following Hurricane Katrina, the nation was reeling over the death and destruction in New Orleans and along the Gulf Coast. But Kyl, now the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, saw opportunity: According to a voice-mail recording left at t...

Fri, 11/25/2011 - 6:20pm

1. Gingrich is an academic. He earned a Ph.D. in history and taught college before winning a seat in Congress. He has often spoken of himself as a historian. In 1995, he told CNN’s Bob Franken, ”I am the most seriously professorial politician since Woodrow Wilson.”...

Thu, 11/24/2011 - 7:58pm

WASHINGTON — Another debate, another episode of ”The Dating Game.” Will the winner be contestant Number One, Two ... Eight? The truth is, everyone has always known who the Republican nominee will be, but we enjoy the game. For a while. By now, self-caricature has evolved into full-blown self-m...

Wed, 11/23/2011 - 7:57pm

WASHINGTON —The headline on Democratic strategist Paul Begala’s recent Newsweek essay dodged subtlety: ”The Stupid Party.” ”Republicans used to admire intelligence. But now they’re dumbing themselves down,” was the subhead. Democrats couldn’t agree more. And quietly, many Republicans...

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:40am

WASHINGTON — Almost exactly a year ago, members of Congress voted overwhelmingly to censure their colleague, Rep. Charlie Rangel, for bringing dishonor on the House. Then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi summoned the New York Democrat to the well and chastised him for 11 ethics violations, which include...

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 12:38am