Albert R. Hunt

09/25/2014 - 11:00am

    Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia says the question of whether Congress needs to authorize President Barack Obama's declared war on Islamic State was settled by Thomas Jefferson when that president went after the Barbary pirates more than 200 years ago.

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04/13/2014 - 8:24pm

    Two of the most skilled Republican members of the House of Representatives announced their retirement over the past 10 days. Their departure is unfortunate, but the hand-wringing over term limits for committee chairmen is misplaced.

    Ways and Means Committee Chairman...

04/03/2014 - 12:10am

    If Republicans take control of the U.S. Senate in this year's elections, it will be, as Vice President Joe Biden might put it more graphically, a big deal.

    Last week, elections handicapper Nate Silver gave a 60 percent probability that the Republicans would gain...

03/27/2014 - 3:33am

    On Friday, the Showtime cable- television channel will air "Geraldine Ferraro: Paving the Way," a documentary about her 1984 race for vice president. Although she was defeated, it was a seminal moment in politics that was validated by the subsequent extraordinary leap in the number of female...

03/13/2014 - 2:08am

    If Hillary Clinton doesn't run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016 - and there's 1 chance in 5 of that - the party could have a nervous breakdown.

    On the national level, the Democratic bench is weaker, or more overshadowed, than at any time in...

03/13/2014 - 12:07am

    In today's bitterly polarized environment, the Internal Revenue Service has become even more of a whipping boy for politicians as it struggles with deep budget cuts and accusations of incompetence and, some say, illegal actions.

    That makes the tax-collection...

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