America’s Battles with Demagogues

“With his victories yesterday, I believe it is now time for Republicans to accept and respect the will of the voters and coalesce behind...

America’s Battles with Demagogues

“With his victories yesterday, I believe it is now time for Republicans to accept and respect the will of the voters and coalesce behind...

Advise and Consent…

Years ago I enjoyed a delightful series of conversations with John Corlett, a true old-school newspaper reporter in Idaho who could...

Advise and Consent…

Years ago I enjoyed a delightful series of conversations with John Corlett, a true old-school newspaper reporter in Idaho who could...

The Most Important Election…

There is a wide-open field on the Republican side for the presidential nomination, with at least a half dozen serious contenders, while...

The Most Important Election…

There is a wide-open field on the Republican side for the presidential nomination, with at least a half dozen serious contenders, while...

Playing the Hand

First the admissions: Democrats – thank Nancy Pelosi as well as the president for this – completely lost control of any coherent message...

Downton Upper

A few million of us have been, sort of, introduced to Lloyd George thanks to the PBS import of Downton Abbey, the Masterpiece series that...

Power to the People

Among the raft of Executive Orders signed by Roosevelt, and permitted under the Emergency Act, was the creation of the Rural...

Why Politics Ain’t Fun…Anymore

Germond, who died this week at age 85, was definitely of the “old school.” He knew how to change a typewriter ribbon and I’ll bet he once...

Jim Crow’s Playmates

By all accounts Mr. Rickey, as everyone called him, wasn’t much of a ballplayer himself. He only played in the majors for four seasons,...

The Architect

Idaho Public Television in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, Peter Morrill was behind the camera making me look as good as was humanly...

The Presidents

Ol’ Silent Cal came to the Black Hills of South Dakota to vacation in the summer of 1927 and the magnanimous native people who considered...

Themes That Repeat

Yet, amid the dismal economic news, Roosevelt had succeeded in his first term in passing tough new banking regulations, massive public...

When Conventions Mattered

By 1932 McAdoo had assembled a remarkable political resume. He married well – Woodrow Wilson’s daughter – and served as his...

The Veep

For sure Ryan brings youth, partisan excitement, strong conservative credentials and a certain policy wonk attractiveness to the GOP...

Action This Day

The (Almost) Case for Unilateral Action In September 1940, just in front of the election that would make Franklin Roosevelt the first and...

Stumbles

Skillful politicians, it is often said, make their own luck. They have – or develop – the instincts to act, speak or hold their tongue at...

House of Morgan

A little over one hundred years ago J. Pierpont Morgan ran much of the world’s business from an elegant office at 23 Wall Street in New...

FDR’s Great Blunder

Two years ago in his State of the Union address, Barack Obama called out the Supreme Court of the United States for its ruling in the...