| Sep 15, 2013
Everyone elected president comes into office modeling himself on some predecessor: Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan. But those who win re-election eventually end up wondering whether they should have emulated James K. Polk instead. Why?...
| Sep 15, 2013
I love all James Bond movies for one compelling reason. I've seen most of them countless times because of it and will no doubt continue to do so.
It doesn't matter who's playing Bond. When one of the cable channels airs them non-stop, as sometimes...
| Sep 8, 2013
| 7:31 PM
SACRAMENTO — If you get busted using methamphetamine, the D.A. can charge you with a misdemeanor or a felony. His choice. But if you're caught with cocaine or heroin, there's no option. It's a felony.
If there's logic in that, it escapes me. They'...
| Nov 13, 2012
| 12:04 PM
In the days following Barack Obama's re-election, we learned that Mr. Obama didn't win because voters trusted him more than Mitt Romney on the economy, or because he ended the Iraq war and killed Osama bin Laden. He didn't win because he started to turn...
| Dec 11, 2012
| 10:24 AM
The most ironic part of the partisan fight over the "fiscal cliff" is that, if Republicans want Barack Obama to act according to Republican principles, they should encourage the president to do nothing and simply let the country — and the...
| Nov 24, 2013
"Cocaine Congressman" Trey Radel, as headline writers have rebranded him, voted to allow states to drug test all food stamp recipients. Congress, it turns out, should have drug-tested Radel.
The 37-year-old former TV reporter and radio show host arrived...
| May 28, 2013
| 11:14 AM
May has been a rough month for President Barack Obama: more Benghazi developments, plus the breaking IRS and journo-bugging scandals.
Taken separately, none of these episodes is fatal. They do not reach Watergate levels. Given that previously classified...
| Nov 24, 2013
The millions of victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines are lucky Florida's Sen. Marco Rubio and tea party-Republicans don't represent them; if they did, they wouldn't be sending help to the victims anytime soon.
Instead, they'd be playing...
| Sep 4, 2013
Every member of the Senate with a glimmer of ambition to run for president — and that's most of them — knows that a vote for war can make or break a political career. The example of Hillary Rodham Clinton, whose vote to authorize the 2003...
| Aug 25, 2013
The make-believe crusade by publicity hound Republicans to somehow stop Obamacare is one of the most cynical political exercises we've seen in many years. And that, my friends, is saying something.
Charlatans are peddling the fantasy that somehow they...
| Jan 30, 2013
Can Republicans find a way out of the political dead end they marched into during the 2012 campaign? Can President Obama make his second term more productive than the final gridlocked years of his first? Can Democrats and Republicans in Congress relearn...