| May 6, 2013
| 8:28 AM
Gabrielle Giffords received a Profile in Courage award this weekend at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston. The award is fitting, though she is displaying a different kind of courage than was celebrated by the late president in his 1957 best-selling...
| Jun 23, 2013
If a person in government says the sun will come up tomorrow, it's sensible to believe that person — but not until the first rays seep over the horizon. Skepticism is even more justified when the government has been caught hiding something from...
| Jun 23, 2013
WASHINGTON — From the evidence so far, there's no good reason to let the National Security Agency continue its massively intrusive practice of logging our private phone calls. Congress should pull the plug.
I'm not ignoring all the officials,...
| Apr 24, 2013
Before we move off the issue of gun control — and it's dead for now, believe me, for reasons this column will make clear — let's take a close look at just how something as popular as expanded background checks failed to pass the U.S. Senate...
| Jun 12, 2013
| 1:21 PM
The attempted seduction of Sen. John Cornyn by immigration reformers is akin to my effort to get Neil Patrick Harris, the best emcee ever of any awards show, to sing at my next birthday. No matter how much I offer him, he'll turn me down.
| Apr 24, 2013
| 8:31 AM
Ordinary people, elected and unelected, behaved heroically last week. Unfortunately, it all happened hundreds of miles from Washington.
In Boston, strangers gave clothes and shelter to shivering runners. They comforted injured spectators. They saved...
| Mar 1, 2013
| 8:41 AM
WASHINGTON -- Most of our top elected officials probably didn't notice -- they were too busy making fools of themselves over an idiotic budget "crisis" of their own manufacture -- but something worth remembering happened in Washington this week: A...
| Feb 19, 2013
| 8:53 AM
Frustrated by the persistence of large deficits and alarmed by the long-term gap between spending and revenue, congressional Republicans are promoting a constitutional amendment to require balanced budgets.
Rep. Trent Franks, an Arizona Republican, tells...
| Feb 7, 2013
| 9:29 AM
You remember that serious conversation we were going to have about guns? Here's how serious it has turned out to be.
Recently, President Obama described himself in an interview with The New Republic as an avid skeet shooter. Conservatives scoffed at the...
| Jan 31, 2013
| 9:14 AM
WASHINGTON -- Wayne LaPierre, the National Rifle Association's chief executive, arrived for his hearing on Capitol Hill in the organization's trademark fashion: violently.
When he and his colleagues stepped off the elevator in the Dirksen Senate...
| Feb 3, 2013
Unlike the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Connecticut, the horrific death of Hadiya Pendleton last week might not have been enough all by itself to spark U.S. Senate hearings on gun violence.
Yet the urban teenager's tragic case is sadly far...