George W. Bush

How the Right Wing Lost in 2012

The right wing has lost the election of 2012.The evidence for this is overwhelming, yet it is the year's best-kept secret. Mitt Romney would not be throwing...

Unclear Choice, Troubling Policies

The third American presidential debate was of negligible interest as a test of the qualities of the candidates, whatever it did or did not do to the presidential...

From Etch A Sketch to Sketchy

"Lead from behind" may be a sound bite the Obama administration regrets, but debating from behind is clearly something President Obama is very good at. He got the...

Obama's Electoral College Ph.D.

If we elected the president by popular vote, we would have heard some different spin going into the debates. With the presidential election looking closer in the...

Friendly Advice From Egypt

The interview given the New York Times by the new president of Egypt, Mohamed Morsi, on the eve of his trip to New York for the annual United Nations General...

Does Romney Dislike America?

The most incisive reaction to Mitt Romney's disparaging comments about 47 percent of us came from a conservative friend who emailed: "If I were you, I'd wonder why...

Witness for the Defense

[This is an updated version of an earlier post.]Bill Clinton is typically described as the empathetic, feel-your-pain guy. But his greatest political skill may be...

Two Parties, One Policy

Political parties in the United States, like a spatting couple in a bad marriage, have been fighting over the law of counterterrorism for more than a decade. And...

Executive Overreach

For campaign operatives and cable-news anchors, it is a job requirement to insist earnestly, if overconfidently, that each upcoming election is historic, realigning...

Supporting Terrorism?

Last New Year’s Eve, President Obama signed into law the “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012.” Intended to reinforce the 2001 law that...

Campaigns Touch Briefly on Wars

Politics tends to wring all seriousness out of speech. Sometimes this is a demonstration of unforgivable ignorance. Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan...

The Most Important Election Since 1932?

You don’t have to be a Republican to consider Barack Obama a less-than-ideal president. Indeed, disappointment with the president is rife among progressives. Taking...
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Book Reviews

Defensive Secretary

May 14, 2014 | 7 comments

Outside the Law

April 22, 2013 | 1 comment

Continental Divide

May 3, 2010 | 0 comments