| Dec 12, 2008
Barack Obama may soon face a defining dilemma in the wake of Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich's alleged attempt to sell the president-elect's Senate seat: What standard of conduct should Obama impose on aides acting on his behalf?
Here's what we know:...
| Nov 24, 2009
| 9:34 PM
And the official toasts by India's prime minister Manmohan Singh and Obama....
| Jan 18, 2009
The Founding Fathers wanted to separate the center of government from the center of commerce. So after contentious wrangling they decided to move the capital from New York to a swamp on the Potomac.
And in some senses, it still is a swamp. Purely in...
| Dec 3, 2009
| 4:34 PM
Hiding behind the Constitution's separation-of-powers doctrine, the White House refused today to allow Social Secretary Desiree Rogers to testify on Capitol Hill on that embarrassing lapse of protocol and security when a couple not on the invite list...
| Aug 27, 2008
Far from center stage, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa spent the first day of the Democratic National Convention straining to speak over clattering dishes as he addressed a breakfast meeting Monday of the Florida delegation.
On the second day,...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 3:10 PM
Two statements explain the huge failure of Obamacare. One is by President Barack Obama, the other is about him.
The first was made in St. Paul, Minn., at the end of the 2008 primary campaign, when candidate Obama predicted that generations would look...
| Nov 15, 2013
You'll be forgiven if you just aren't that into reliving the 2012 presidential election. As for looking toward the election coming up — in sooner-than-it-sounds 2016 — well, for some voters it's just a lot too early to be forced to think about...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 11:09 AM
Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday continued the victory lap one day after lawmakers sent him a measure to legalize gay marriage in Illinois, saying he plans to sign the bill into law before the end of the month.
The governor said the exact timing depends...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 6:30 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — For three years, the Obama administration has been preparing for this moment: the launch of new insurance exchanges, intended to expand health coverage to millions of uninsured Americans. But this is far from the grand opening that...
| Aug 13, 2013
Bizarre only to those who don't know Ernie Banks, Mr. Cub answered a question Monday asking what he did to deserve the Presidential Medal of Freedom by breaking into the song his buddy Sammy Davis Jr. made famous.
"Whether I'm right or whether I'm...
| Aug 2, 2013
| 10:27 AM
Many years ago, I convinced the now-shuttered Chicago Daily News to send me from Chicago to Washington to join the paper's D.C. bureau.
This piece first ran in Printers Row Journal, delivered to Printers Row members with the...