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Sneak and Sprint

May 26, 2015 - 12:39pm

WASHINGTON -- As Democrats consider shoving health care reform through the House with a process known as "deem and pass," it is helpful to return to square one and ask: What, again, is the rush?

A year ago, when reform work got under way, Democrats were hell-bent on passing legislation before year's end. Because? There was no way, Democrats believed, that they could accomplish such sweeping reform in an election year.

Saving the World, One Woman at a Time

March 11, 2010 - 6:00pm

WASHINGTON -- If your impression of an Afghan woman is of a shapeless, frightened form engulfed in yards of heat-trapping fabric, you haven't met Shafiqa Quraishi.

Make that Colonel Quraishi, who earned her title as one of 900-plus female members of the Afghan National Police.

Quraishi, who today is director of Gender, Human, and Child Rights within the Afghan Ministry of the Interior, was one of nine women in town to receive the International Women of Courage Award from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

She and fellow Afghan award recipient Shukria Asil sat down Thursday for lunch and conversation with members of the U.S.-Afghan Women's Council to discuss ways to help women and children struggling for rights and security.

King Kandy and the Gingerbread People

March 8, 2010 - 6:00pm

WASHINGTON -- Skipping through the Candy Land of the health care bill, one is tempted to hum a few bars of "Let Me Call You Sweetheart."

What a deal. For deal-makers, that is. Not so much for American taxpayers, who have been misled into thinking that the sweetheart deals have been excised.

Theater of the Electorate

March 2, 2010 - 6:00pm

WASHINGTON -- For all our bemoaning the tortures of health care reform, the debate has been healthy for the nation.
Everybody's crazy aunts and uncles have been let out of their respective attics and basements, and it's good to know who they are. It's also been helpful for Americans to see how the sausage is made and figure out whether they really want any.

Tilikum's Very Bad Moment

February 28, 2010 - 6:00pm

WASHINGTON -- Reaction to the horror at SeaWorld, a nightmare seldom seen outside Peter Benchley's imagination, has run the exhausted gamut.

"Kill. The. Fish." was one talk-radio host's suggestion. "Save the whale" has been the sentiment of animal lovers, including the victim's family. So goes life in the Land of Twitter.

Benedict Brown

February 25, 2010 - 6:00pm

WASHINGTON -- The RINO hunt is back on and the coveted trophy is Scott Brown.
Inevitably and predictably, the new senator from Massachusetts -- Mr. 41, Mr. I-Drive-A-Truck, tea party poster dude -- has disappointed his base by, alas, representing his constituents.
It's the purity test all over again; only this time, the stakes are high and the weird are turning seriously pro.

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