Gene Lyons

08/28/2014 - 2:59pm

    I once knew a curmudgeonly physician whose wife practiced family therapy. In her off hours, she often counseled a small army of girlfriends through romantic entanglements. One evening at dinner, the grumpy doctor decided he'd heard enough secondhand tales of woe.

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07/10/2014 - 1:45am

    If you pay too much attention to opinion polls, as most people do, doubtless you've heard that a plurality of voters has judged Barack Obama the worst president since World War II. Thirty-three percent, to be precise, which as it conflates almost exactly with the number of hard-core Republicans, merely tells...

07/03/2014 - 4:15pm

    Exactly why the Washington press clique has always had it in for Hillary Clinton has never been entirely clear. Only that their collective sneer has been the single constant in her political career ever since she and Bill Clinton descended upon the capital from darkest Arkansas more than 20 years ago.

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06/26/2014 - 4:40pm

    Remember the Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at President George W. Bush? It happened on Dec. 14, 2008, near the end of the president's second term. Bush had traveled to Baghdad for a press conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. The two announced the signing of the U.S.-Iraqi Status of...

06/19/2014 - 1:14am

    Here's an amazing fact that most of the Chicken Little rhetoric about the crisis in Iraq fails to take into account: The city of Mosul, population 1.5 million, fell to ISIL insurgents because two divisions of Iraq's army (30,000 soldiers) shed their uniforms, abandoned their weapons, and fled from 800...

06/12/2014 - 3:09am

    "You don't need a weather man to know which way the wind blows." -- Bob Dylan, "Subterranean Homesick Blues"

    So the Bonnie and Clyde of the great Bundy ranch standoff thought they could start a national uprising by murdering two cops in...

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