The Risch Doctrine…

Idaho Sen. Jim Risch became chairman of the prestigious Foreign Relations Committee last week and as nearly his first act he bashed the...

The Risch Doctrine…

Idaho Sen. Jim Risch became chairman of the prestigious Foreign Relations Committee last week and as nearly his first act he bashed the...

Assessing LBJ

Dallek titled one of his volumes on Johnson – Flawed Giant. That, I suspect, will be the ultimate verdict of history. A big, passionate...

Heart and Soul

Brewer, an often erratic politician who once championed most causes of the far right of her party, took her time in doing it, but she...

Bethine Church

Bethine Church died at age 90 on Saturday. Her health had failed markedly in the last few months and, as son Chase said, she simply died...

The Rhyme of Political History

It was 1966 and three-term incumbent Republican Robert E. Smylie, pictured here dressed like he might have been trying out for The Sons...

Are You Listening?

Here’s a prediction. When the history of the Obama Administration is written, the admittedly monumental screw ups with the health...

Everything Old…

As the media fixates on security leaker Edward Snowden and his every movement, it may be worth remembering the role Church played in...

Bigness

On the downhill side of the Gilded Age in American political and business life – that would have been in the late 1800’s – progressive...

The Spy from Boise

Years ago as a very young, very naive reporter, the boss handed me a piece of wire copy ripped straight off the teletype machine and told...

Tucson

A year ago this weekend Tucson, Arizona was at the center of the world. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, a vibrant up-and-coming moderate...

Winter in the Desert

It can be difficult – maybe even impossible – to think worried thoughts about the failure of the Super Committee, the Greek debt crisis...

A Little History

Edward R. Murrow famously said of Wisconsin Sen. Joseph McCarthy that he had not created the fear of Communism that swept the nation...

Heck Of A Job Brownie

It is hard to find in the recent history of the U.S. Senate a bigger upset than the game changer in Massachusetts yesterday. Republican...

Like Father, Like Son

It has been 26 years since the death of Idaho’s acclaimed United States Senator Frank Church, but as I listened to the tributes for his...

Saving The Forest By Burning It

A fine series of articles focused on a smarter approach to wild land fire management is rolling out this week in the Arizona Daily Star....

Obama’s War

I have a clear memory of an old basketball coach from high school who preached a simple strategy. Coach would say when someone was trying...

Establishing a Vision

A fascinating series of stories in the venerable Arizona Daily Star, the Tucson paper, reporting on a massive statewide public opinion...

Forrest Church

Forrest Church, who died last week at 61, could, with his writings and sermons, be both strikingly eloquent and stunningly insightful. ...