There’s nothing Washington likes better than a scandal. So official Washington was absolutely orgasmic this week while dealing with not one, but three scandals at the same time. Not one of which, sadly, was a sex scandal. First, there were accusations of a “cover-up” in the aftermath of the... Read more
“Mirror, mirror, on the wall. Who’s the most powerful woman of them all?” No doubt about it. Not Queen Elizabeth, Angela Merkel or Oprah Winfrey. The most powerful woman on the planet is former first lady, former senator from New York, former presidential candidate, former secretary of state, now... Read more
It was inspiring to see them side by side at Southern Methodist University in Dallas: Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. For their service to this country, we are indebted to each one of them. It’s just too bad they got... Read more
Let me begin this column with an apology. Once a week, I pick an important issue and offer my reasoned analysis, based on the facts, of what it all means and how we should react. But there are times when the intellect fails and the heart and gut take... Read more
They started out with a lot in common — Joe Manchin and Patrick Toomey. Sure, one’s a Democrat and one’s a Republican, but they’re both conservatives, both longtime gun owners and both sport an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association. But now the two senators share a bigger... Read more
Regular readers of this column have heard me say it before, but I’ll say it again: I’m often embarrassed by the questions my colleagues ask at White House briefings. This week was no exception. Among reporters inside the Beltway, the latest narrative, repeated without qualification, is that the Obama... Read more
Over the last 40 years, I’ve been involved in a lot of political battles for a lot of different causes: workers’ rights, women’s rights, gay rights, environmental protection, anti-war, anti-nuclear power, anti-urban sprawl, animal rights, gun control, clean air, open space, small farms, global warming. But I’ve never seen... Read more
The year 2012 was a disaster for the Republican Party. They failed to regain control of the U.S. Senate. They lost eight seats in the House of Representatives. They didn’t just lose the White House to Barack Obama, they got clobbered: losing the Electoral College, 332 to 206, and... Read more
Quick! Somebody tell President Obama. Alert the members of Congress. Shout it out to the media: I have balanced the budget! That’s right. Me. Bill Press, talk show host. I did it. I can’t balance my own checkbook, but I balanced the federal budget. In fact, I also created... Read more
If aliens came to earth from outer space in search of intelligent life, Congress is the last place they would look for it. The Republican-led 112th Congress — in a good week, in session no more than two and a half days — let the Standard & Poor’s credit... Read more
It’s been a busy week. The Senate voted 78-22 to renew the Violence Against Women Act. Christopher Dorner, ex-cop turned cop killer, was finally tracked down near Big Bear, Calif. Leaders of the International Olympic Committee voted to drop wrestling from the Summer Games in 2020. And President Obama... Read more
Have you heard? George W. Bush and Dick Cheney are up to their old tricks. It wasn’t so long ago that they cited congressional authorization for the war on terror, passed by Congress one week after September 11, 2001, to justify their use of rendition, torture and widespread wiretapping.... Read more
Most inaugural addresses are not memorable. Second inaugural speeches are even less so. But President Obama’s second inaugural address is an exception. Only 18 minutes long, it will go down in history as one of the most powerful inaugural addresses ever. As a proud liberal, I am often asked:... Read more