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Friday, January 20, 2017 - 8:00am
    Looking around the ballroom, the first thing you notice is the lack of regalia -- no tuxes, no flowing gowns, no shiny footwear, no clinking jewels.     Nor should there be, for this is the Inaugural Consolation Ball...
Friday, January 20, 2017 - 7:45am
    For decades, American presidents have used their inaugural addresses to celebrate the values of freedom. In his second inaugural address in 2005, President George W. Bush declared, "The best hope for peace in our world is the...
Friday, January 20, 2017 - 7:30am
    We shouldn't be surprised anymore.     There's apparently no depth too low for Donald Trump to sink in his unpresidented attacks on anyone who challenges him. And Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., certainly did that,...
Friday, January 20, 2017 - 7:15am
    When Donald Trump takes the oath of office Friday, becoming the 45th president, two factors will have helped in a big - no, huge - way. He had one dominant message and one dominant messenger.     A new Pew Research...
Friday, January 20, 2017 - 7:00am
    As a young man, Congressman John Lewis, who represents most of Atlanta, literally put his life on the line in pursuit of justice. As a key civil rights leader, he endured multiple beatings. Most famously, he led the demonstration...
Friday, January 20, 2017 - 6:45am
    As Barack Obama packs up his belongings and prepares to not be president anymore, the postmortems and assessments of his administration are coming in at a rapid pace. I have a pretty strong interest in foreign policy, have written at...
Friday, January 20, 2017 - 6:30am
    How did you celebrate MLK Jr. weekend?     President-elect Donald Trump decided it was the perfect occasion to criticize a living civil rights icon, unloading a series of tweets describing Rep. John Lewis's...
Friday, January 20, 2017 - 6:15am
    Whatever else President-elect Donald Trump represents, it's clear he premised his appeal in large measure on the idea that he "built a very great company" -- inviting voters to think of him as America's CEO. At last...
Friday, January 20, 2017 - 6:00am
    On Friday, the Georgia congressman, civil rights icon and Donald Trump inauguration-boycotter John Lewis told NBC’s Chuck Todd something that I believe millions of Americans are thinking.     “I don...
Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 3:00pm
    Humor writer Andy Borowitz recently joked that Donald Trump had been named the Kremlin’s “employee of the month.” I giggled at that, and then winced. It’s painful even to joke about.     Some...
Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 2:00pm
    I take my next-door neighbor's political temperature by perusing his bumper stickers. During the reign of Bush II, Rob's work van sported this exhortation: "Visualize No Liberals." I didn't take it literally. I...
Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 1:00pm
    Watching Donald Trump conduct his news conference Wednesday, it suddenly struck me that, underneath all those now-familiar idiosyncrasies, the president-elect is just like many successful entrepreneurs and owners of family businesses...
Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 12:00pm
    To liberal Democrats and a few Republicans: Get over it. Donald J. Trump will become president of the United States this week. Accept it.     As unsettling as the prospect may be, it's better to go in open-eyed,...
Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 11:00am
    It's literally impossible for Donald Trump to shake things up too much in Washington, in the eyes of those who backed him for president.     That's my big takeaway from a post-election focus group of a dozen...
Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 10:00am
    At the northeast corner of the National Archives building sits Robert Aitken's sculpture "The Future," inscribed with some famous words from Shakespeare's "The Tempest": "What is past is prologue....
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