Margaret Carlson

03/26/2015 - 8:36pm

    It takes a lot to catch the not-so-watchful eye of the Capitol ethics police. Members of Congress monitor their own ethics, which works about as well as you might expect. The Federal Election Commission regulates campaign finance, but it's as gridlocked as Congress, which seems to suit both major...

01/15/2015 - 4:30am

    Everything you need to know about the state of the Republican presidential race is explained by the schedules of the first two candidates to publicly dip their toes into the 2016 waters.

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01/01/2015 - 10:11pm

    The headline out of Friday's news conference was that the president was happy. Barack Obama's post-midterm-election scowl was gone, replaced by the wide smile that once charmed the country. Emerging from his bunker, he blithely engaged reporters(all...

12/11/2014 - 3:59pm

    Question for Speaker John Boehner: Are you better off than you were a month ago? Yes, yes, yes. Finally, the conditions are ripe for a duffer with a year- round tan, a pack of smokes and a glass of Merlot to do some business.

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12/04/2014 - 2:57pm

    Two standing ovations. That's what Bill Cosby, in a "Hello Friend" sweatshirt and with a fist clenched above his head in defiance, received Friday night at a performance in his "Bill Cosby 77" tour at a Melbourne, Florida, theater....

11/06/2014 - 5:33pm

    With a now-famous ad in which she boasted of her prowess as a hog castrator, Iowa State Sen. Joni Ernst rode to victory in the Republican primary for the seat of Sen. Tom Harkin, a Democrat who is retiring at the end of the year.

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