Margaret Carlson

01/15/2017 - 12:00pm

    Back in October, when the release of a recording of Donald Trump boasting of groping women rocked the presidential campaign, Sen. Jeff Sessions minimized the severity of his candidate's comments: "I don't characterize that as sexual assault. I think that's a stretch." He advised the Republican leadership to "take a deep...

09/12/2016 - 8:00pm

    This should have been the week when both presidential candidates, the summer behind them, seized a back-to-school opportunity for a fresh start -- No. 2 pencils sharpened, pristine notebooks, a new backpack, a fresh chance to elevate the campaign to a level deserving of the office they aspire to. No...

09/06/2016 - 10:00am

    On a recent Saturday afternoon in the dog days of August, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence came to Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia, a state the Republican presidential ticket has almost no chance of winning.

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08/31/2016 - 3:00pm

    Republican Sen. Pat Toomey should be coasting to another term in Pennsylvania, which rarely throws out an incumbent. The state, which has a sizable population of older voters, likes its politicians familiar, its funnel cakes deep-fried and its coffee burnt. Only once...

08/15/2016 - 10:00am

    When there's any question whether Paul Ryan, the U.S. House speaker and 2012 Republican vice-presidential candidate, would win his primary in a carefully sculpted Wisconsin district against a neophyte challenger with ties to the tea party and Sarah Palin, you know...

08/06/2016 - 7:00pm

    Silence is not enough.

    Republicans who refused to attend the convention last month got a lot of praise for not falling in line behind a dangerous demagogue. But after Donald Trump's attacks on the Muslim...

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