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It's Tea Party Time

May 5, 2010 - 6:00pm

WASHINGTON -- No one doubts the sincerity or power of the tea party movement anymore. We get it: free market principles, limited government and individual liberty.

Those are the three fundaments of the tea party's "Contract from America," to which any serious Republican must subscribe, nay, sign in blood. Make it real red.

Abortion's Route to Rare

May 1, 2010 - 6:00pm

WASHINGTON -- When Bill Clinton said in 1992 that he wanted to make abortion safe, legal and rare, many Americans applauded. Even if one dismisses this as rhetoric, it is a sentiment shared by the large middle and provides nearly everyone a thread of hope.

Draw to Be Free

April 27, 2010 - 6:00pm

WASHINGTON -- Once you've gone viral, there's no turning back.

That's the hard lesson for a Seattle cartoonist who sketched some doodles and unwittingly launched a movement.

No Defense for Animal Cruelty

April 25, 2010 - 6:00pm

WASHINGTON -- Some things are too horrific to consider, and yet consider them we must.

"Crush videos," for instance.

George's Own Library

April 20, 2010 - 6:00pm

MOUNT VERNON, Va. -- It was fitting that the buzz around George Washington's homestead recently was about the first president's overdue library books, just as the estate's guardians were plotting a new presidential library in the founding father's name.

A Sprig of Verbena

April 14, 2010 - 6:00pm

WASHINGTON -- One of President Obama's consistent education themes has been the wish that every child cross paths with that one teacher who hits the light switch and changes one's life.

Michael Steele: Pride or Prejudice?

April 5, 2010 - 6:00pm

WASHINGTON -- When you're Michael Steele, there's no waking up and thinking: Ahhhh, at least the worst is over.

Whatever the week, Monday is the start of another very bad one. No exception to the trend, this week began dramatically.

The View From Canteyville

April 3, 2010 - 6:00pm

CANTEYVILLE, S.C. -- If thy name is Incumbent, you might want to start packing up those D.C. tchotchkes.

November is likely to be a cruel month.

That, at least, is the view from Canteyville, which you wont find on a map. There is no town by this name in South Carolina, though there ought to be. Canteys are as common as front porches in this part of the

His Imperial Highness Michael Steele

March 30, 2010 - 6:00pm

What a difference $2,000 in a lesbian bondage strip club makes.

Then again, the latest Republican National Committee scandalita (Press three for Spanglish: "Small scandal") is, alas, just that -- the latest in a string of problems plaguing the RNC when it should be stocking champagne for November.

Who are these goofballs?

A Pretense Masquerading as Virtue

March 23, 2010 - 7:00pm

Etymology: Eponym for Congressman Bart Stupak.
Function: verb

1: In a legislative process, to obstruct passage of a proposed law on the basis of a moral principle (i.e. protecting the unborn), accumulating power in the process, then at a key moment surrendering in exchange for a fig leaf, the size of which varies according to the degree of emasculation of said legislator and/or as a reflection of just how stupid people are presumed to be. (Slang: backstabber.)




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