| Nov 19, 2013
In Britain to promote her film "The Butler," Oprah Winfrey gave an interview to the BBC last week. Not surprisingly, she promoted her movie about race relations in the White House with comments about race relations and the White House.
The BBC's Will...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 9:15 PM
Manny Pacquiao resides at the intersection of life, death, misery and showtime.
He is a professional boxer. His country, the Philippines, is a mess.
He is also a high-ranking government official, one of 289 members of the country's 16th Congress. He...
| Oct 18, 2011
Weirdest Friday news dump ever.
Very late in the day on Oct. 14, the Obama administration released a lot of politically problematic information, including the news that the deficit for 2011 hit $1.3 trillion (the second biggest ever, after 2009) and that...
| Nov 9, 2013
| 5:00 AM
I was apprehensive about asking Harry Pregerson the specifics of his war injury, but apparently I didn't need to be.
Pregerson, the longest-serving justice in the history of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, leveled his gaze at me in a room with...
| Jan 19, 2013
| 10:14 PM
WASHINGTON — The first time Barack Obama ran, the euphoria that attended his election captivated Kamilah Aquil. Then came his presidency, a bracing reality check.
Hope faded. Not enough changed. But for Aquil, that doesn't make Obama a...
| Nov 3, 2013
Only two weeks ago, President Obama looked like a man on the rise. He and his party had successfully stared down Republicans in a 16-day government shutdown. Voters were angrier at the GOP than any time since, well, the last government shutdown. A...
| Sep 22, 2013
"The American people don't want the government shut down, and they don't want Obamacare. The House has listened to the American people."
That's what Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said at the GOP's victory rally Friday after the House voted to pass...
| Sep 17, 2013
Chemical weapons are evil, but you could also say they're cursed. They have a talismanic power to bend and distort U.S. foreign policy. You can ask George W. Bush or Barack Obama.
In 2003, then-Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz gave a lengthy...
| Sep 15, 2013
President Obama and his aides were surprised this month by the strength of public opposition to their call for military action against Syria. They shouldn't have been.
Americans have almost always been reluctant to go to war. In 1939, polls showed...
| Sep 3, 2013
| 7:15 PM
Is it that time again?
Syria will be foremost on Congress' mind when it returns from vacation next week, but lurking on the horizon like an ever-present cloud bank will be the debt limit. Treasury officials say the limit, currently set at $16.7...
| Aug 20, 2008
Steve Thorne, 54, watched approvingly as his girlfriend tried on a pair of boots at the Jimmy Choo boutique on Rodeo Drive last week.
"I can't complain," he said when I asked how the economy's been treating him. With sales of new cars down, Thorne said,...