Trumping the Shark…

“And we’ve got our soldiers sitting there [in South Korea] watching missiles go up. And you say to yourself, ‘Oh, that’s interesting.’...

Fear Itself…

Obama’s response to the attacks also raises a more political question: Why hasn’t a man known for his rhetorical gifts done more to...

Guns and Myths…

“I can make the case that if there were guns in that room other than his, fewer people would’ve died, fewer people would’ve been so...

Calling out the False Prophets…

“The Bible says beware of false prophets. And there are people out there spreading noise about how much can get done…We have got groups...

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...

The Education of the Younger Brother

It’s difficult, no matter your personal politics, to not have some sympathy for Jeb Bush and his efforts to articulate a plausible...

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...

Just Say No…

By all accounts Barack Obama has his work cut out for him convincing Congressional Republicans – and some Democrats – that his proposed...

The Water’s Edge…

“…the president may serve only two 4-year terms, whereas senators may serve an unlimited number of 6-year terms.  As applied today, for...

Not the Party of Lincoln

Lincoln’s Social and Economic Policy In one year of his presidency, 1862, Lincoln signed four nation changing acts. One was the Homestead...

A New Judge for Idaho – Part 2

The New York Times reported recently on a little noted aspect of Barack Obama’s legacy that will have lasting impact for the country. In...

Post-Racial

Americans of color may have significantly more challenges to overcome with employment, education, health and housing than most white...

Playing the Hand

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

The Pope of Hope

From the partisan breakdown in Washington politics, including the now distant memory of a pointless and costly shutdown of the federal...

Not Getting the Word

The president was making his way to the Oval Office after his daily swim that Saturday when he was told by an aide of the unwelcome news...

Go Big or Go Home

The president might start by remembering that there are three things in politics that can be enormously powerful, but are almost always...

The Age of Unreason

“If there is that degree of disruption, that lack of certainty, that lack of trust in the US signature, it would mean massive disruption...

What’s In a Name

While the nation dangles one foot over the fiscal cliff and while most of the federal government remains shut down, the epicenter of...

A Failure of Politics

From Harry Truman to George W. Bush American presidents have committed the United States military to wars based on every justification...