WASHINGTON - I repeat: I'm not a global warming believer. I'm not a global warming denier. I've long believed that it cannot be good for humanity to be spewing tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. I also believe that those scientists who pretend to know exactly what this will cause in 20, 30 or 50 years are white-coated propagandists.
WASHINGTON - We've heard much about the Republican war on women. Exhaustingly.
Of all the time-honored failings for which we criticize sitting presidents - by "we" I mean pundits, academics and other members of the chattering phylum - two charges stand out: imperialism and shrinkage. Usually it's one or the other.
WASHINGTON - Republicans have excelled at concealing their brilliance in recent years and Democrats have exalted in their own good fortune.
SAN DIEGO - Justice Sonia Sotomayor has injudiciously reignited the conversation over words used in the immigration debate just when the prospects for immigration reform in Congress are holding on by a thread.
WASHINGTON - In the ongoing saga of the Affordable Care Act, oddly referred to by Democrats as the law of the land even as it is amended at will by presidential fiat, we are beginning to understand the extent of its war on jobs.
WASHINGTON - It is easy these days to imagine that one is living in a fairy tale, albeit a dreary one.
SAN DIEGO - Unlike the theme of the hit television show he helped create, the brouhaha involving Jerry Seinfeld and comedians of color is not about nothing.
Of course it's too early to talk about 2016. Now that we've gotten that out of the way ...
SAN DIEGO - "People don't care about politics."
"Job-lock!" It's only February, but it's already my favorite word - or phrase, I guess - of the year. (Who knows, by December it may be shortened to "joblock.")
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama gave a lovely speech at the recent National Prayer Breakfast - and one is reluctant to criticize.
WASHINGTON - Swedish researchers report that antioxidants make cancers worse in mice. It's already known that the antioxidant beta-carotene exacerbates lung cancers in humans. Not exactly what you'd expect given the extravagant - and incessant - claims you hear made about the miraculous effects of antioxidants.
On my wife's side, I have a very large family in Fairbanks, Alaska. Culturally, Fairbanks is a lot further from New York City (where I grew up) or Washington, D.C. (where I live now), than the several thousand miles on the map might suggest.
WASHINGTON - We have officially reached the take-a-step-back moment in the unfolding - or unraveling - of the Chris Christie alleged bridge/political retribution/Sandy funds political scandal.
In December, President Barack Obama said that he wished to see Iran ultimately become a "very successful regional power." His wish - a nightmare for the Western-oriented Arab states - is becoming a reality. Consider:
How should one think about the unfolding allegations rocking the Clinton Industrial Complex (which includes both her campaign and her foundation)?
BISHOPVILLE, S.C. - Lee Correctional Institution, South Carolina's largest maximum-security prison, gets plenty of bad press - from a riot and a lockdown in February to drone-delivered contraband a few days ago. But within the walls of this all-male complex, something rare and beautiful is also happening.
Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is thinking about running for president on the Democratic ticket by appealing to Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren's populist fans. Warren is a very bright former Harvard law professor. So it is interesting that O'Malley thinks the best way to reach out to her fans is to say remarkably stupid things.
When postal worker Doug Hughes - otherwise known as the gyrocopter dude - landed his gizmo on the West Lawn of the Capitol, he wasn't worried about being shot down, he says.
Here we go. If you're a woman who might prefer someone other than Hillary Clinton as the next president of the United States, you're a self-loathing, anti-woman traitor.
In news only slightly more surprising than this morning's sunrise, Hillary Rodham Clinton announced she is running for president again.
Like any presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida has strengths and weaknesses.
Americans, perhaps more than anyone, worship the future and resent the past.
Michelle Obama is a good mother. When raising her daughters, 13-year-old Sasha and 16-year-old Malia, the first lady means business. She takes the job very seriously. Even when the girls were younger, she didn't pass off her parental duty to nannies or babysitters.
How about now?
"As we asked ourselves how we could have gotten the story wrong . . ."
It was but a year and a half ago that Barack Obama endorsed the objective of abolition when he said that Iran's heavily fortified Fordow nuclear facility, its plutonium-producing heavy-water reactor and its advanced centrifuges were all unnecessary for a civilian nuclear program. The logic was clear: Since Iran was claiming to be pursuing an exclusively civilian program, these would have to go.
The first thing one needs to know about the nuclear deal with Iran is that it is not, in fact, a deal.