This Is Not Over…

My latest column that run Friday, October 5, 2018 in the Lewiston (Idaho) Tribune. ———- Most Americans today won’t recognize his name....

The Rules Matter…

Director Steven Spielberg’s latest offering – Bridge of Spies – works on several levels as his best films tend to. In fact, it may be one...

Deal or No Deal…

There was bipartisan understanding that when the Iranians indicated a readiness to talk the U.S. would lead the negotiations to test...

Selma: The Movie, The History

The Movie… If you haven’t seen the Oscar-nominated film Selma you should. While mostly snubbed by those who Like all films that set out...

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...

First Draft

Tom Wicker was a southern liberal, born and educated in North Carolina and passionate about civil rights and civil liberties. He also...

For the People

Put a man on the moon in the decade of the 1960’s and return him safely to Earth – no problem. Create a Peace Corps and send idealistic...

Who Did It?

Anyone alive then – I was ten years old – holds their own searing memories of that fateful Friday in November and the awful days that...

So Much and So Little Has Changed

The great theme in all the coverage leading up to the actual anniversary of the March and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s remarkable “I...

Judicial Radicals

Having already conceded that passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act would cause his Democratic Party to lose the south for a generation – a...

It Is Never Easy…

As Sarah Kliff wrote recently in the Washington Post “nobody knew whether the new program would provide benefits to millions or fail...

It’s the Demographics, Stupid

On the very day the GOP issued a highly critical 100-page report on its performance during the 2012 election and what it might do to get...

The Veep

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

Unfair? Sure…And Politics Always Is

allegedly involving sex and an animal – against a political opponent. His staff pushed back arguing that the allegation was untrue, but...

Weekend Reads

There is a fascinating piece planned for publication Sunday, and already online, in The New York Times on legendary Lyndon Johnson...

LBJ

The steady re-examination and reinterpretation of our 36th president is one of the most interesting developments in the shifting world of...

Kennedy

The abbreviated presidency and unfinished life of John Fitzgerald Kennedy is, 48 years after his murder in Dallas, one enduring subject...

JFK…What If

John Kennedy’s best biographer made a startling revelation recently that was both ominous and eerie and says a good deal about Kennedy’s...

Odds and Ends

Boston has had 50 inches of snow this winter. Do you think Red Sox fans are anxious for spring? I’m still nursing the hurt over the...

Fifty Years Ago…

The Kennedy Presidential Library has launched a fabulous new website – http://www.jfk50.org/ – to mark the 50th anniversary of the...