Joe Biden and the war on cancer

After Joe Biden’s Rose Garden announcement, news reports naturally focused on his decision not to seek the presidency. But the overarching theme of his short address was something more powerful and less political: This is a great country that ought to be more optimistic about its potential, more ambitious in its goals, more confident about […]

The Pope can’t move GOP on immigration

In a more generous political climate, an adorable little girl who gave a letter and a hug to Pope Francis could make a difference. In an era with a more pragmatic Congress and a less balkanized electorate, five-year-old Sophie Cruz could break through the gridlock around immigration reform. But we are living through a deeply-polarized […]

Donald Trump’s not-so-winning strategy

Not so long ago, leaders of a chastened Republican Party issued a report urging a new way forward for a GOP spurned by voters of color. Following Mitt Romney’s unfortunate language about “self-deportation,” which likely contributed to his defeat, party strategists were especially concerned that the GOP find a way to reach out to Latinos, […]

Poor babies and the ‘pro-life’ crowd

Another year, another controversy over Planned Parenthood. Selectively-edited videos filmed by an anti-abortion activist have given partisans another excuse to attack women’s reproductive services, starting with those provided by a well-established non-profit dedicated to women’s healthcare. Never mind that abortions represent a tiny percentage of Planned Parenthood’s work. Some Republicans have gone so far as […]

The truth about Newt Gingrich’s first divorce

UPDATE: Newt Gingrich has now set up a Web site designed to combat what he calls errors, false claims and outright lies about his past. In fact, Gingrich’s Web site, not surprisingly, misrepresents the past — cleaning up old misstatements, lying about past indiscretions and generally rewriting history. In this post, I took special notice […]