WASHINGTON - H.L. Mencken gets a workout in election years when voters are reminded by pundits of the curmudgeon's observation that no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.
WASHINGTON - The past couple of weeks have marked a turning point in American ugliness as the mob has turned its full fury on first lady Michelle Obama.
WASHINGTON - There is a growing concern that American patients are unknowingly being given unsafe medicines from overseas.
BALTIMORE - Talk about closing the barn door years after the rustlers have made off with your horses!
"The United States does not view Europe as a battleground between East and West, nor do we see the situation in Ukraine as a zero-sum game. That's the kind of thinking that should have ended with the Cold War." - Barack Obama, March 24
WASHINGTON - When it comes to tackling complicated legal issues, one would be hard-pressed to conjure a less likely partnership than Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz and Baylor University President Ken Starr.
If heaven ain't a lot like Georgia, I bet George Washington Carver is really sulking right now.
WASHINGTON - Early in the Ukraine crisis, when the Europeans were working on bringing Ukraine into the European Union system and Vladimir Putin was countering with threats and bribes, one British analyst lamented that "we went to a knife fight with a baguette."
The right side of history is bunk.
WASHINGTON - This week's meeting between Pope Francis and President Barack Obama holds great promise in a time of turmoil, though not necessarily in the ways some may hope.
Will everyone please stop talking about a new Cold War?
WASHINGTON - "Once an agent, always an agent."
SAN DIEGO - As someone who is often prodded to declare my allegiance to the United States, I'm envious of a group of Americans that no longer has to put up with such demands.
WASHINGTON - The president of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council challenges critics of President Barack Obama's Ukraine policy by saying "What are you going to do, send the 101st Airborne into Crimea?" Not exactly subtle. And rather silly, considering that no one has proposed such a thing.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Our withdrawals from Iraq, and now imminently from Afghanistan, are not the reason that we find ourselves dealing with governments in both these countries that are not doing as we think they should.
WASHINGTON -- Late, hesitant and reluctant as he is, President Barack Obama has begun effecting a workable strategy against the Islamic State.
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.
WASHINGTON - Without prior knowledge or intent, I recently was inducted into a club I had no interest in joining, especially in light of the $200 initiation fee.
Everyone has an idea of what the role of parent means.
WASHINGTON - What was the Islamic State thinking? We know it is sophisticated in its use of modern media. But what was the logic of propagating to the world videos of its beheadings of two Americans (and subsequently a Briton) - sure to inflame public opinion?
By all means, let's destroy Islamic State, but let's talk about it first.
WASHINGTON - As a South Carolinian, it befalls me to examine the peculiarities afflicting our former governor and now-congressman Mark Sanford, who, contrary to decorum and taste, continues to demand attention.
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