"I should have anticipated the optics," President Barack Obama said by way of acknowledging that golfing right after making a statement about the beheading of James Foley looked bad. "Part of this job is also the theater of it," he said. "It's not something that always comes naturally to me. But it matters."
On the Internet, you're never really alone. Name any fad, any cause, any hobby or passion - Shaker furniture? Dungeons and Dragons, Bolivian tree frogs? - and you're only a few clicks away from someone who shares your obsession.
Does the president think the world is a TV show?
I never liked it when George W. Bush used the term "evildoers" to describe al-Qaida and other terrorists. A lot of other people objected as well, but for different reasons.
The hawks (including me) were wrong about a lot, but some got one thing right. It's going to be a long war.
World War I started one century ago. Wait! Don't stop reading.
"Sorry to email you late on a Friday, but I need your urgent support," Nancy Pelosi wrote me.
"Here's the difference between us," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu explained on "Fox News Sunday." "We're using missile defense to protect our civilians, and they're using their civilians to protect their missiles."
All you need to do is look at the headlines out of Central America to see why tens of thousands of children are ending up at our border.
Abortion-rights protesters gathered outside the Supreme Court building Monday holding signs that read "Birth Control: Not My Boss's Business."
You wouldn't think, five years into the Obama presidency, that so many liberal Americans wouldn't like America.
It's a fact of human nature that it's easier to talk about who's to blame for a problem than it is to figure out what to do about the problem.
For understandable reasons, the IRS scandal has largely focused on the political question of whether the White House deliberately targeted opponents. To date there's no evidence that it did.
"Congressional investigators are fuming over revelations that the Internal Revenue Service has lost a trove of emails to and from a central figure in the agency's tea party controversy."
Hillary Clinton's State Department memoir, "Hard Choices," has just come out, and who among us can contain their excitement?
Last Friday, the White House announced its "It's On Us" initiative aimed at combating sexual assaults on college campuses. I'm all in favor of combating sexual assault, but the first priority in combating a problem is understanding it.
By all means, let's destroy Islamic State, but let's talk about it first.
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