Gene Lyons

02/06/2016 - 5:00pm

    I used to have this poster in my office reflecting the timeless wisdom of a relief pitcher named Larry Andersen. Today he does radio broadcasts for the Philadelphia Phillies. A friend who's a calligrapher made it for me.

    "Hey, you're only young...

11/13/2015 - 1:30pm

    At the expense of spoiling all the fun, let's get real about Dr. Ben Carson's presidential campaign. Every four years, rural Iowa Republicans fall raptly in love with a Bible-brandishing savior who vows to purge the nation of sin. In 2008, it was Mike Huckabee...

11/05/2015 - 5:15pm

    The current Republican presidential race is less a political contest than a reality TV series: a stage-managed melodrama with a cast of characters selected to titillate and provoke. By that standard, last week's CNBC debate succeeded far beyond expectations -- all...

10/30/2015 - 1:15pm

    Here's a controversial opinion: fiction doesn't belong in newspapers unless clearly labeled as such. Anonymous sources are tricky enough, but journalists simply have no business contriving dramatized scenes with dialogue and characters -- describing their...

10/23/2015 - 3:30pm

    An awful lot of people think about foreign relations the way they think about football. That is, they view the United States as the beloved home team, perennially competing for victories in a season that never ends.

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10/15/2015 - 4:30pm

    If the self-styled Republican "Freedom Caucus" understood the first thing about the United States Constitution they profess to revere, they'd recognize that it's a conservative document purposely crafted to frustrate radicals like them. As men of the...

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