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Will George W. Bush Ever Get Historians on His Side?

April 24, 2013 Nearly 60 percent of the historians and political scientists in a 2006 Siena College survey rated George W. Bush’s presidency a failure -- an unscientific sampling that echoed public dismay over Bush's handling of Hurricane Katrina and the Iraq war. Adding insult to injury, two-thirds of the 744 respondents said ...

Analysis: Obama Wasted a Big Chance to Sell His Economic Vision

March 13, 2013 Talk about wasted opportunities. To my mind, President Obama’s interview with ABC News certainly qualifies. Good Morning America is the nation’s No. 1 morning show. It had nearly 6 million viewers as of late last month. Not a bad forum for making your best argument. Instead, Obama and George Stephanopoulos, ...

Analysis: White House Tours Are Fun to Talk About, but Jobs Are the Real Sequester Casualty

March 8, 2013 Republicans are having a great time ridiculing the Obama administration for canceling White House tours as $85 billion in automatic federal spending cuts take hold. They’ve got questions for the White House: Why not instead cancel golf, or calligraphy, or the president’s upcoming vacation? They've also got advice for disgruntled ...

'Argo' Is Great, But 52 American Hostages Are Still Looking for Justice

February 25, 2013 Army Col. Leland Holland would sometimes talk about his 444-day hostage ordeal in Iran “like it was a good old fish story,” says his son, John. But other times, recalling how he was beaten with rubber hoses and telephone books, he’d get angry. The memory of picking a lock with ...

The case for Jennifer Granholm as Labor secretary

January 24, 2013 President Obama says he’s very concerned about income inequality. If he wants to elevate that issue in his second term, he should consider naming Jennifer Granholm as his next Labor secretary. The Current TV host and former two-term Michigan governor would be a highly symbolic choice, given that her Republican ...

Analysis: Second-term exodus leaves zero Hispanics in Cabinet

January 18, 2013 Forget all the caterwauling about women (a bit of which, admittedly, came from me). The impending departures of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar leave President Obama’s Cabinet with zero Hispanics, setting off nervous tremors among Latinos and underscoring the inch-deep Democratic bench in that demographic. Even ...

Does Obama Need Romney's Binder Full of Women?

January 10, 2013 The White House photo of the day on Wednesday showed President Obama meeting with eight “senior advisers,” three of them women. Coincidence? I don’t think so. Who would have thought the nation’s first black president would have an optics problem? But his parade of second-term nominations so far is white, ...

6 reasons Obama chose Chuck Hagel

January 7, 2013 Back at the 2004 Republican convention, when then-Sen. Chuck Hagel was weighing whether to run for president, he paid a call on the Iowa delegation. His obligatory joke about his devotion to ethanolwent over well. But then, to the puzzlement of some in the room, he started talking to his ...

Analysis: Newtown Rampage Proves a Turning Point for Obama

December 17, 2012 The latest slaughter of innocents and those who tried to protect them may not turn out to be a tipping point for the country. But President Obama has left no doubt that it was a tipping point for him. Forgive Republicans if they’d like to see this year end as ...

Analysis: Picking a fight over Susan Rice would not serve the country

December 6, 2012 President Obama has said many times that “part of a president’s job is to be able to deal with more than one thing at once.” But another part of a president’s job is setting priorities, and with the U.S. economy hanging in the balance, installing Susan Rice as secretary of ...