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Imperial presidency has long history

February 22, 2006 In the beginning was King Harry -- a modest sort who surely never expected to mount a throne. That can't be said of King Lyndon or King Richard -- both of whom became intoxicated by their lofty perch and, in the end, paid dearly for this character flaw. King Ronald ...

The Daddy State

March 31, 1998 The Nanny State. For decades, this has been the Right's term of opprobrium for the liberal approach to social welfare problems. But now, in an era dominated by conservative political ideas, a provocative new approach to chronic social ailments is gaining ground, and it turns out to be every bit ...

Scoops Ahoy!

May 19, 1997 Psst. Want to know today what's going to be in The Washington Post tomorrow? Check out the Drudge Report, available on the Internet. It's a tip sheet put out by Matt Drudge, a 30-year-old media junkie based in Hollywood whose dispatch is rapidly becoming a must-read in the capital's power ...

Gored by an Old Law

March 11, 1997 "The Executive Mansion is besieged, if not sacked," a gaggle of critics in the Senate declared, "and its corridors and chambers are crowded each day with the ever-changing, but never-ending, throng." No, this purplish declaration didn't come from anybody in a lather over the courting of money givers by Bill ...