SAN DIEGO - You would think that liberals would like Megyn Kelly. And they might if they weren't so quick to judge the popular Fox News host by the company she works for.
SAN DIEGO - There comes a moment when you find that you disagree with someone on an issue, and you still agree with him/her on other things and respect how he/she presents his/her views. So you think back to the disagreement, and wish that we lived in a world where we could celebrate our differences instead of always getting hung up on them.
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President Barack Obama told Chris Matthews he had discovered that "we have these big agencies, some of which are outdated, some of which are not designed properly."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.
Things are moving far too fast in Kiev, Moscow and Crimea to write about events there. But the past isn't going anywhere. Though you wouldn't know that from the way the Obama administration talks about it.
WASHINGTON - In matters cultural, California has always been America's petri dish. Whatever happened in California usually infiltrated the rest of the country.
SAN DIEGO - Selma. Mexico City. Johannesburg. Tiananmen. Tehran. Kiev. Caracas.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's new outreach initiative to help at-risk boys of color - "My Brother's Keeper" - is cause for cheer.
WASHINGTON - Henry Kissinger once pointed out that since Peter the Great, Russia had been expanding at the rate of one Belgium per year. All undone, of course, by the collapse of the Soviet Union, which Russian President Vladimir Putin called "the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the (20th) century."
Down with stakeholders.
SAN DIEGO - U.S. officials want to extradite the notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, who was captured last week by Mexican marines and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents.
SAN DIEGO - I keep waiting for just one prominent Republican elected official to condemn in the strongest possible language President Barack Obama's horrendous record of deporting illegal immigrants.
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.
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