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 - A president desperate to change the subject and a secretary of state desperate to make a name for himself are reportedly on the verge of an "interim" nuclear agreement with Iran. France called it a "sucker's deal."
WASHINGTON - Meet simile and sui generis.
WASHINGTON - Let's recap: If you like your insurance policy, you can keep it. No, wait. If you liked your policy, it was probably worthless anyway. Scratch that.
"Even if it takes a change to the law, the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they got." - Bill Clinton, Nov. 12
Watching Barack President Obama's press conference Thursday, I almost started humming the old ditty the "Farmer in the Dell" because all I could think was: "The cheese stands alone."
WASHINGTON - In spite of everything - the GOP's internal scrimmages, the government shutdown, the party's transparent attempts to derail Obamacare - Republicans keep getting second chances.
"Obama to campaign to ensure health law's success" - The New York Times, Nov. 4
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is no lip-biting, tear-streaking, chin-trembling apologist.
We cannot get past it, we Americans. Not a half century later. Maybe not even ever.
Many of the president's supporters are in barely concealed panic over the fact that he didn't tell the truth when he was selling the Affordable Care Act.
WASHINGTON - Among the many rules I grew up with, two stand out. The first was never call someone a liar, which was considered the worst possible character indictment one could issue. The accuser had best be prepared to fight or be fleet of foot.
WASHINGTON - Every disaster has its the moment of clarity. Physicist Richard Feynman dunks an O-ring into ice water and everyone understands instantly why the shuttle Challenger exploded.
The European Space Agency's Rosetta project accomplished one of the most impressive scientific feats in our lifetime. It essentially moved a clunky machine from one speeding bullet onto another, by remote control, from 310 million miles away. It's hoped this achievement will help usher in a new era of space exploration by teaching us how to exploit the raw materials swirling around the solar system. Also, it was really cool.
News that Pope Francis will visit the U.S. next year for the triennial World Meeting of Families brings elation to Catholics, excitement to pope watchers - and perhaps a little chagrin to some who too soon interpreted Francis' broad compassion as a precursor to doctrinal changes related to marriage.
It's not exactly the Ems Dispatch (the diplomatic cable Bismarck doctored to provoke the 1870 Franco-Prussian War). But what the just-resurfaced Gruber Confession lacks in world-historical consequence, it makes up for in world-class cynicism.
In the old Soviet Union, Kremlinologists would read the state party newspaper Pravda not so much for the news it contained, but to glean what the commissars wanted readers to believe the commissars were thinking.
WASHINGTON - Post-election analysis falls somewhere between amusing and clueless.
We know Barack Obama is good at least one thing: getting Barack Obama elected president of the United States. How good he is at being president of the United States is a subject of considerable debate.
WASHINGTON - Memo to the GOP: You had a great night on Tuesday. But remember, you didn't win it. The Democrats lost it.
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