A Brief History of Joe Biden's Up-and-Down Vice Presidency
January 07, 2013

Just a few weeks ago, Beltway tongues were gossiping about Vice President Joe Biden being a second-term neuter. See, for instance, the Politico article, "Joe Biden waits on sidelines," which opened like this: "Vice President Joe Biden walked the halls of Congress and hosted top-level talks at Blair House during the last fiscal showdown. This time, he’s roaming the aisles of Costco." Then, all of a sudden, Obama gave Biden charge of the gun violence task force he formed in the wake of the Newtown massacre.

Why Are We Fascinated With Post-Election Romney?
December 04, 2012

This is so much more fun than 2008.

The Long Shot
October 12, 2011

Herman Cain’s communications director had a lot on his mind. I was at a Costco in Northern Virginia on a recent Friday, where the GOP candidate of the moment was scheduled to sign copies of his new book. Getting hold of the campaign had not been easy. The communications director, J.D. Gordon, explained to reporters that it had been hectic. “I think I have [my phone] off right now because I get like a call a minute and a hundred e-mails an hour,” he said.

Secretary Sebelius, Read This Article
July 13, 2010

Hospital-acquired infections are the proverbial double-whammy. They make people sick and they force the country to spend more on health care. Cut down on infections and you’ve saved some money. And oh, by the way, you’ve saved a few lives too. A few years ago, an engineer named Thomas Shaw came up with a way to accomplish that. Hospitals had adopted a new system for putting drugs into intravenous catheters. Basically, health care workers would screw specially fitted syringes into a matching receptacle, rather than the traditional method of injecting drugs into catheters with needles.

Hummus Goes Mainstream
June 17, 2010

A few years ago, I wrote an article on Ralph Nader, and I recall coming across this story from 1980 in the Christian Science Monitor, in which the reporter feels compelled to define "hummus": Mark Green, who's just taken a leave of absence as head of Congress Watch to run for the New York legislature, has watched Nader, too, for years as a friend and disciple. He says, "Ralph reminds me of a camel -- he has the discipline to go for 10 or more hours without eating, but when he does it's in such volume that he seems to be storing it away for the future.