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It is fashionable among conservative pundits and GOP operatives to bemoan the state of the Republican presidential primary race. But even without a Paul Ryan, Wis., or a New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in the race, there is still a good shot at beating President Obama — the best shot at upsetting a...

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 6:09pm

WASHINGTON — If history, as Mark Twain supposedly said, does not repeat itself, this must be one of those times when it rhymes in unusually precise pentameter.   On Wednesday morning (May 25), Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., author of the House Republicans’ plan to end the Medicare guarantee, ...

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 6:29pm

NEW YORK — In a slender essay titled “Here Is New York,” E.B. White wrote about the implausibility of the great city, mentioning among other things the millions of gallons of water needed each day just so people could brush their teeth. That was in 1948. Since then, the implausibility factor h...

Mon, 05/30/2011 - 8:40pm

 WASHINGTON — First there was the claim that global warming was a hoax. Then came the assertion that President Obama’s Hawaiian birth was a fiction. And now we are hearing that the prospect of a U.S. government default is, likewise, a fantasy.  Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner says that...

Wed, 05/25/2011 - 6:22pm

wlenty’s moment of truth. Actually, several moments of truth.  “We’re going to have to look the American people in the eye and tell them the truth, and that’s what I’ll be talking about,” the former Minnesota governor proclaimed to Erica Hill on CBS’ “Early Show” on Monday as ...

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 7:51pm

NEW YORK — Once upon a time, Ma would say: “Sit up and eat your vegetables.” Pa said: “Don’t talk with your mouth full.” Other common utterances included: “Go outside and play.” And, “After you finish your chores.” Families may not have been happier — and family dinners may hav...

Sun, 05/22/2011 - 6:26pm

WASHINGTON — Dear Reader,  I’m sorry to say that this will probably be my last column, due to circumstances beyond my control. Apparently, the world is ending. ...

Sun, 05/22/2011 - 6:25pm

 WASHINGTON — Having Donald Trump in the presidential race gave it the feel of a carnival. ABC News described his “roller-coaster flirtation” with a run for the White House. The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza wrote of the “circus-like speculation” about his presidential aspiration...

Fri, 05/20/2011 - 5:08pm

  WASHINGTON — Mitch Daniels, the conservative intelligentsia’s choice for president in 2012, came to Washington to give a speech on education policy to a conservative think tank. But not 10 minutes into his address, he took an unexpected turn. ...

Wed, 05/18/2011 - 5:02pm

WASHINGTON — From China last week came the rare news that twin girls had been born with a single body and two heads.  Here in America, though, we have an even more unusual case: Two people conjoined in the body of a 64-year-old man. His name is Mitt Romney.  One head of Romney defends hi...

Sun, 05/15/2011 - 5:32pm