Government

06/25/2015 - 12:42pm

    The sloping red line offers a sobering prognosis for American democracy. Contained in a new report on improving the presidential debate process, it charts the precipitous decline of viewership: from above 60 percent of the voting age population in 1960, when the first televised debates were held, to under...

06/19/2015 - 12:07pm

    On Friday, House Democrats shocked almost everyone by rejecting key provisions needed to complete the Trans-Pacific Partnership, an agreement the White House wants but much of the party doesn't. On Saturday Hillary Clinton formally began her campaign...

06/19/2015 - 12:06pm

    His campaign is a long shot, but I'm happy to see Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders putting forth a good impersonation of a serious challenge to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. Like a near-sighted javelin thrower, the self-described democratic...

06/19/2015 - 12:06pm

    It has come to this: The chairman of the Federal Election Commission and a fellow Democratic commissioner have filed a petition asking their own agency to do its job.

    Don't hold your breath...

06/19/2015 - 12:05pm

    On Saturday mornings, I love to watch reruns of the TV Western "The Rifleman." Each show is a little moral fable, with Chuck Connors' widowed rancher and crack shot, Lucas McCain, teaching his son, Mark, about actions and consequences....

06/19/2015 - 12:03pm

    Anticipating a Republican presidential bid by Scott Walker, the two-term governor of Wisconsin, both The New York Times Magazine and The Washington Monthly recently published lengthy articles about him. (The Times feature, which is in the magazine this...

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