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The Little Engine That Might

June 9, 2010 - 6:00pm

WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon doesn't want it. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says it's unnecessary. Former President George W. Bush was against it, as is Barack Obama, who has threatened to veto a defense authorization bill that includes it.

Libidos Gone Wild

June 3, 2010 - 6:00pm

WASHINGTON -- When a long-ago South Carolina legislator described his state as "too small to be a republic and too large to be an insane asylum," he might have added, "but just perfect for a bordello!"

Perhaps it is the humidity. Throw in a cocktail, stir with human nature, and you've got that ol' fleeting magic.

Nevada Race Tastes Like Chicken

June 2, 2010 - 6:00pm

WASHINGTON -- The only thing you need to know about the upcoming Republican primary race in Nevada is: Who does Harry Reid want to win?

In another instance of strange bedfellows, the answer is the same person the tea party people are backing -- former Nevada Assemblywoman Sharron Angle. When tea partiers and Democrats are on the same team, Republicans might need to worry.

Real Marines Don't Lie

May 23, 2010 - 6:00pm

WASHINGTON -- I have a thing for Marines, always have. It began a long time ago when I watched my older brother amble away in the night toward his barracks at Camp Pendleton near San Diego.

Gender and Geography

May 12, 2010 - 6:00pm

WASHINGTON -- The magnificent author and son of the Great Santini, Pat Conroy, began "The Prince of Tides" with these words: "My wound is geography. It is also my anchorage, my port of call."

Those 13 words imprinted on my brain when I first read them years ago and have stuck with me. Somewhat oddly, they came to mind a few days ago upon the nomination of Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court.

MapQuesting God

May 9, 2010 - 6:00pm

WASHINGTON -- As thousands prayed across the nation Thursday in celebration of National Day of Prayer, the Rev. Franklin Graham held his own vigil in the Pentagon parking lot.

Oh well, it doesnt matter where one prays, right? All prayers lead to heaven. Or do they?

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.

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