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Published October 15th, 2013 - 12:05AM
WASHINGTON — A crazy thing is happening in shuttered, dysfunctional Washington: Democrats are pushing back.
Published October 11th, 2013 - 12:05AM
WASHINGTON — Don’t feel sorry for John Boehner. His party and his country may be losers in this absurd crisis, but he clearly intends to come out a winner.
Published October 8th, 2013 - 12:05AM
WASHINGTON — While Republicans were throwing their silly tantrum, Obamacare became a fact. There is no turning back.
Published October 4th, 2013 - 12:05AM
WASHINGTON — Republicans in Congress are like a dog that chases cars and finally catches one. There is a fleeting sense of accomplishment, followed by sheer panic.
Published October 1st, 2013 - 12:05AM
WASHINGTON — Skeptics and deniers can make all the noise they want, but a landmark new report is unequivocal: There is a 95 percent chance that human-generated emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are changing the climate in ways that court disaster.
Published September 27th, 2013 - 12:05AM
WASHINGTON — If President Obama ever was a foreign policy idealist, he’s not one now. The address he delivered Tuesday at the United Nations amounted to a realist manifesto for defending U.S. “core interests” — using force, when necessary — without trying to impose American values on unready or unwilling societies.
Published September 24th, 2013 - 12:05AM
WASHINGTON — To understand the crisis in Washington, tune out the histrionics and look at the big picture: Republicans are threatening to shut down the federal government — and perhaps even refuse to let the Treasury pay its creditors — in a desperate, last-ditch attempt to keep millions of Americans from getting health insurance.
Published September 20th, 2013 - 12:05AM
WASHINGTON — Republicans in the House are like a bunch of 3-year-olds playing with matches. Their hapless leaders don’t have the sense to scold them and send them to their rooms — which means President Obama has to be the disciplinarian in this dysfunctional family.
Published September 17th, 2013 - 12:05AM
WASHINGTON — Washington was under siege on Monday, with SWAT teams racing through the streets and military helicopters circling overhead. Not immediately threatened, however, was the complacency that allows our elected officials to argue endlessly about the threats we face rather than work together to lessen them.
Published September 13th, 2013 - 12:05AM
WASHINGTON — As I read Vladimir Putin’s sanctimonious op-ed article about U.S. policy in Syria, I imagined the Russian president sitting at the keyboard in a lovely pink negligee.
Published September 10th, 2013 - 12:05AM
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration keeps undermining its own case for a punitive strike in Syria. If the president wants permission from Congress and support from the American people, he and his aides had better get their story straight.
Published September 6th, 2013 - 12:05AM
WASHINGTON — Congress is asking the wrong questions about Syria. The issue can’t be who wins the civil war. It has to be whether the regime of Bashar al-Assad should be punished for using chemical weapons — and, if the answer is yes, whether there is any effective means of punishment other than a U.S. military strike.
Published September 3rd, 2013 - 12:05AM
WASHINGTON – Are we really going to do this? Are we going to wade into a struggle we don’t really want to fight? Are we going to mire ourselves in a senseless, grinding conflict whose possible outcomes range from bad to worse?
Published August 30th, 2013 - 12:05AM
WASHINGTON — President Obama’s words from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial were bound to be criticized as underwhelming, no matter what he said. The context, though, was nothing short of mind-blowing.
Published August 27th, 2013 - 12:05AM
WASHINGTON — History says don’t do it. Most Americans say don’t do it. But President Obama has to punish Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad’s homicidal regime with a military strike — and hope that history and the people are wrong.