WASHINGTON - 'Tis the season and Nancy Pelosi has given the hands-down best gift to the American people - her phrase "Embrace the suck."
WASHINGTON - In explaining the disastrous rollout of "Obamacare," President Barack Obama told Chris Matthews he had discovered that "we have these big agencies, some of which are outdated, some of which are not designed properly."
WASHINGTON - Make a woman laugh, Marilyn Monroe supposedly said, and you can make her do anything.
SAN DIEGO - The idea of a fast intended to push a political cause is to turn nothing into something.
WASHINGTON - Three crises, one president, many bewildered friends.
WASHINGTON - We have reached a new level of political absurdity when the right is mad at the pope and the left wants to anoint his head with oil.
SAN DIEGO - If Americans want to fix the immigration system, the first thing they need to do is cut through the fog of lies, contradictions and partisan spin that make it hard to see what is really going on.
Maybe someone can explain to me how, exactly, conservatives are the aggressors in the culture war?
WASHINGTON - As the government health care website chugs along, the Obama administration has initiated a counter-initiative to combat Republican naysaying - and its weapons are of superior grade.
WASHINGTON - For all the gnashing of teeth over the lack of comity and civility in Washington, the real problem is not etiquette but the breakdown of constitutional norms.
WASHINGTON - If you peruse the news on any given day, the farm bill/food stamp debate produces two general impressions: Republicans are heartless turkey thieves; Democrats are spendthrift welfare caterers.
"I'm not a particularly ideological person," President Barack Obama told an audience of donors in Seattle last weekend. He added (in Reuters' words) that "pragmatism was necessary to advance the values that were important to him."
WASHINGTON - For children, Christmastime may be the favorite holiday, even if their families don't celebrate the birth of Christ. The twinkling lights and aura of magic that suddenly transfigure the most plebian edifices are nearly as seductive as a round-trip ticket to Never-Never Land.
In Britain to promote her film "The Butler," Oprah Winfrey gave an interview to the BBC last week. Not surprisingly, she promoted her movie about race relations in the White House with comments about race relations and the White House.
WASHINGTON - By now, most of the world has digested the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination, and millennials can sigh relief that another such re-examination is at least 10 years away.
WASHINGTON - The president's demeanor is worrying a lot of people. From the immigration crisis on the Mexican border to the Islamic State rising in Mesopotamia, Barack Obama seems totally detached. When he does interrupt his endless rounds of golf, fundraising and photo ops, it's for some affectless, mechanical, almost forced public statement.
"You are all a lost generation."
WASHINGTON - Israel accepts an Egyptian-proposed Gaza cease-fire; Hamas keeps firing.
"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."
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