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Where Have You Gone Howard Baker?

Steven Conn | Posted 12.18.2016 | Politics
Steven Conn

By the time Howard Baker died in 2014 at the ripe-old age of 88, he had served as a Senator from Tennessee for nearly 20 years, as Senate Majority Lea...

What Should a Morally Responsible Republican Do Now?

Andy Schmookler | Posted 05.18.2016 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

This is not addressed to those Republicans who think Donald Trump is an appropriate kind of person to be President of the United States. If you like what you see, go ahead and vote for him.

60 Years in Journalism: Debates, Then and Now

Irv Chapman | Posted 08.30.2016 | Politics
Irv Chapman

Little wonder that candidates increasingly do their best to rehearse and rehearse and stick to prepared talking points. However, there are plenty of other opportunities besides the debates for missteps to go viral on the web.

Howard Baker: Courageous Leader and Congressional Cutup

Rep. John Yarmuth | Posted 09.14.2014 | Politics
Rep. John Yarmuth

I have a treasure trove of Baker memories, all of which reinforce my sense of Howard Baker as one of the most decent people with whom I have worked. While I was simply a young staffer, he never treated me or my colleagues as anything else but equals.

Howard H. Baker Jr.: Teaching Us to Listen

Rick Jacobs | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics
Rick Jacobs

Joe Biden, Mitch McConnell, Harry Reid, the governor of Tennessee and so many others of high office present listened, but did not speak. And after the twenty one-gun salute, after taps, after everyone left the graveside, there stood the simple casket of the simple man who changed the world.

Remembering Howard Baker

Philip K. Howard | Posted 08.30.2014 | Politics
Philip K. Howard

You never felt Howard Baker was making an argument, or debating you. He always seemed to be calling it as he saw it. That's one of the reasons he had that rare quality -- almost impossible to find in Washington nowadays -- of moral authority. People trusted him.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 06.29.2014 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This was a week of winning, losing, and sometimes winning by losing. On Wednesday, the Obama administration finally won the wide-ranging consensus it's always wanted by losing to a unanimous Supreme Court, which ruled decisively that police must get a warrant to search a cell phone during an arrest. On Thursday we all lost, as former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker passed away. Known as "the Great Conciliator," he was a symbol of a more moderate -- and more effective -- Republican Party. In the World Cup, Uruguayan star Luis Suarez avoided using his hands, but not his teeth. For his toddler-worthy meltdown he was banned nine matches and given a four-month time-out. Meanwhile, the U.S. won by losing, advancing to the knockout stage of the tournament even while losing to Germany, thanks to Portugal beating Ghana. The U.S. fell only one goal short of remaining unbeaten, but, unlike Italy, they at least remained unbitten.

Week to Week News Quiz for 6/27/14

John Zipperer | Posted 08.27.2014 | San Francisco
John Zipperer

While you ponder whether to join John Boehner's lawsuit, take our Week to Week news quiz to see who else is mad at the week's newsmakers.

CNN and Fox News -- Who Got It Worst?

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 09.05.2012 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

For CNN and Fox News, the race seems to be not who got it first, but who got it worst with the Supreme Court ruling.

Long Ago, When Politicians Put Governance First

Jim DiPeso | Posted 07.14.2012 | Politics
Jim DiPeso

Yet every time voters throw the bums out -- firing Republicans in 2006, firing Democrats in 2010 -- the dynamic remains the same. Congress watchers fear matters will only get worse, regardless of who wields the gavels when the 113th Congress convenes next January.

Bob Dole: Still a Man to be Reckoned With

Al Eisele | Posted 04.08.2012 | Politics
Al Eisele

While he declined to offer an assessment of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, or compare his performance to his own as minority leader from 1987-95, Dole criticized the "use and overuse" of the filibuster.

Friday Talking Points -- What Would Ronald Reagan Do?

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.21.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Since the Republican Party now worships at the altar of "Saint Ronald of Reagan," it's always fun to point out the hard, cold fact that Reagan would simply not be acceptable to the Republican Party as it stands today.

Michael McAuliff

Reagan Is Liberal Icon In Debt Debate | Michael McAuliff | Posted 09.19.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats have a new icon these days: Ronald Reagan. That's because, unlike many Republicans in the House, the fiscally conservative ...

CNN Killed Gabrielle Giffords, But We Didn't Kill Jim Brady

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

None of the sources on Giffords "death" were "in the room" either. Maybe the news networks will remember to get "in the room" reports before they report a story next time, but I doubt it.

Goldman Sachs and the Ghost of Sam Erwin

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

Any stand-up comic knows that a great way to draw attention is to use profanity. Thus, it is truly sad to see a Senator I used to respect like Carl Levin fall for that tactic.

The Self-Destruction of the Republican Party

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

From a political standpoint, the Tea Party extremists are a godsend for Democratic politicians, since they offer up candidates like Rand Paul, who are the poster children for regressive, even racist, political ideologies.

A Bogus Choice Between Creating Jobs and Protecting Federal Lands

Bill Wade | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Wade

Sadly, short-sighted politicians have presented a bogus choice between creating jobs and better protecting areas that the federal government, and therefore the American people, already own.

Top Ten Things Democrats Should Do Before Abandoning Ambitious Health Care Reform

Matt Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Miller

If Conan can be paid $30 million not to host The Tonight Show, can't some Democratic billionaire offer Scott Brown $31 million not to take his seat?

Daschle At Odds With Obama On Health Care

The Daily Beast | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Tom Daschle, Obama's original pick to overhaul the health care system, is now floating a rival plan, to the administration's chagrin. The Daily Beast'...