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He is perhaps the premiere 1st Amendment lawyer, and he has an ardent following among liberals – and now, too, among some conservatives. I interviewed Floyd Abrams for this week’s “Patt Morrison Asks” column, and where liberals...
My boyhood political hero was a guy named Dan Evans. The rare Republican candidate elected in the Democratic landslide of 1964, Evans served three terms as governor of Washington. Upon the death of Sen. Henry “Scoop” Jackson in 1983, Evans was...
Theodore Roosevelt was appalled by the lack of firearms training within the constabulary when he was appointed president of the New York City Police Department Board of Supervisors, a rank now known as police commissioner. He would, I suspect, be...
Republicans make the claim that their party represents the concerns of average, hard-working, family-centered Americans. It is a curious claim, given that their party unfailingly opposes any measure that gives those average Americans a break. Average...
Theodore Roosevelt, America’s 26th president, reveled in the platform the job gave him to comment on all matters great and small: “I have got such a bully pulpit!" he declared. Eighteen presidents and nearly a century later, President...
This month marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 16th Amendment, which gave Congress the power to tax American incomes. Unlike the contentious congressional drama in passing the American Taxpayer Relief Act to avert going over the "fiscal...
WASHINGTON--Pinnacles National Monument in central California is set to become the 59th national park under a bill headed to President Obama’s desk. The Pinnacles National Park Act cleared the Senate during a rare Sunday session of the lame-...
When we were classmates at Ingraham High School in Seattle, Jay Inslee was quarterback of the football team and a key player on the state champion basketball squad. I was a fledgling cartoonist and editorial writer on the student newspaper. On Wednesday...
Revolutionary changes are coming at us at supersonic speed, bringing new challenges that are existential and global. Yet our political system seems incapable of adapting to, or even fully acknowledging, those changes. Instead, the system is constricted by...
No one expected Franklin Delano Roosevelt to show his wheelchair to the nation and pepper his speeches with details about his battle with polio. No campaign strategist ever thought to have Pat Nixon come onstage to talk about the homey details of her...
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Los Angeles Times Staff WriterJune 18, 2008 At 82, Gore Vidal is America's most formidable man of letters. The page of previously published work included in the front matter of this latest volume -- "The Selected Essays of Gore Vidal" -- lists 24 novels, a nonfiction book, two...
This being the Christmas season, I’m going to give the nation’s political leaders a little gift, an excuse for bringing America to the edge of a so-called fiscal cliff: They’re only human. It’s easy to look back at other moments...
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