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WASHINGTON — After this past weekend, perhaps Republicans will finally end the disastrous Iowa Straw Poll. In five tries, the circus in Ames has picked a future president once, which is about the same success rate you’d get by picking names from a hat. Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney w...

Thu, 08/18/2011 - 4:29pm

About that bus: What could the White House have been thinking? Here the country is reeling from depression, recession and oppression, and the president decides to take a heartland tour in the visual equivalent of an armored hearse? The infamous black bus that has been toting Barack Obama around for ...

Wed, 08/17/2011 - 6:34pm

NEW YORK — Texas Gov. and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry can resist the comparison all he wants, but he’s more like George W. Bush than George W. Bush. The comparisons were unavoidable. They’ve both been Texas governors. They’re both fluent in Bubba and both unapologetically ha...

Tue, 08/16/2011 - 8:03pm

NEW YORK — The latest trend in the media world is “trending.” That is, monitoring what people are buzzing about and directing coverage accordingly.  Just as the unspoken sometimes reveals more than the spoken, what’s not trending suggests more than what’s trending. In all the many tho...

Sun, 08/14/2011 - 5:13pm

WASHINGTON — Rep. Austin Scott of Georgia, a Tea Party favorite and president of the House Republicans’ freshman class, got off to a slow start as a legislator but finally introduced his first bill last week.  His draftsmanship should please the people who chant “read the bill” at polit...

Fri, 08/12/2011 - 6:28pm

WASHINGTON — Just what is the meaning of weird?  It’s hard to put a finger on weird when nearly everyone has turned pro, but President Obama is planning to make Mitt Romney the face of “weird.”  So go reports that Obama’s re-election campaign is plotting a personal assault on Rom...

Thu, 08/11/2011 - 6:49pm

WASHINGTON — A familiar air of indecision preceded President Obama’s pep talk to the nation.   The first draft of his schedule for Monday contained no plans to comment on the downgrading of the U.S. credit rating by Standard & Poor’s. Then the White House announced that he would ...

Wed, 08/10/2011 - 7:40pm

WASHINGTON — Rep. John Mica, the Florida Republican blamed for single-handedly shutting down the Federal Aviation Administration, sounded like a beaten man when he called me Thursday evening.  The usually biting chairman of the House Transportation Committee spoke with remorse about the stand...

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 8:29pm

NEW YORK — When George W. Bush took up residence in the White House in January 2001, total U.S. debt stood at $5.95 trillion. Last week it was $14.3 trillion, with $2.4 trillion more freshly authorized by Congress. Ten years and $8.35 trillion later, what do we have to show for this decade of defi...

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 8:28pm

WASHINGTON — Actually, no, Mr. Vice President, the Tea Party gang wasn’t “acting like terrorists.” They were acting like kidnappers. Let’s get our insults correct. They weren’t inflicting harm on members of a group of people in order to terrorize the larger group. They acted like kidnapp...

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 8:20pm