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Inside the NRA's Zany Press Conference
December 21, 2012

TV viewers saw a single rambling man at a podium. But at the NRA's disastrous press conference about Newtown, there was so much more crazy on display.

Plan B Dies, Prepare to Go Over the Cliff
December 21, 2012

Obama's hand looks better by the day.

Why Is Ben Bernanke The Only Man in Washington Who Cares About Jobs?
December 21, 2012

JARED BERNSTEIN, a Washington wonk and former economic adviser to Joe Biden, recently posed an interesting question. Why is it, Bernstein asked on his blog, that the only part of the government acting with any urgency to ease joblessness—the economic problem affecting the greatest number of Americans—is the unelected Federal Reserve? Bernstein was referring to Chairman Ben Bernanke’s announcement that the Fed would keep interest rates close to zero as long as unemployment remained above 6.5 percent.

Lincoln in Hollywood, from Griffith to Spielberg
December 21, 2012

Spielberg's film ought to put an end to the Lost Cause mythology.

In Fiscal Talks, It's Groundhog Day
December 20, 2012

Yes, the House Republican caucus is still crazy.

Susan Rice Isn’t Going Quietly
December 20, 2012

BY THE TIME Susan Rice withdrew her name from the running for secretary of state earlier this month, she had emerged in the media as one of Washington’s most nefarious personalities.

Don't Let Chuck Hagel's Hardline Israel Critics Sink His Nomination
December 18, 2012

The former Republican senator deserves a fair shot to become the next Secretary of Defense.

Why Obama Should Lead From Behind on Gun Control
December 18, 2012

Obama has been ripped before for "leading from behind." But here, it's the right strategy.

A Fiscal Deal Is Emerging—But Is It Any Good?
December 17, 2012

Obama and Boehner may be near agreement on the fiscal cliff. Should liberals be satisfied?

What Will Secretary of State John Kerry's Foreign Policy Look Like?
December 17, 2012

A roundup of Sen. John Kerry's foreign policy stances, including a little bit of dirty laundry.

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