DICK POLMAN

Watergate's twisted legacy

Sunday marks the 40th anniversary of the Watergate break-in, which triggered the scandal that Watergate historian Stanley Kutler has rightly called "the most significant constitutional challenge in this country since the Civil War. Read more

Think the Supreme Court will prove to be dispassionate on Obamacare? Think again

Obamacare's defenders insist the U.S. Supreme Court wouldn't dare nuke the reform law in a 5-4 ideological ruling, lest it shatter the institution's aura of Olympian dispassion. Read more

We've heard these tunes before

One pitfall of political writing is that you eventually feel a bit like Bill Murray in "Groundhog Day," waking over and over to the same morning and same old song. Read more

C'mon, Republicans: Mitt's your man

Memo to Republicans: If you don't nominate Mitt Romney, you're nuts. I'm serious here. You should quit your futile quest for the elusively perfect candidate and focus on the guy right under your nose. Read more

Rick Perry's Social Security stumble

More than half a century ago, a U.S. president insisted it was nuts for any politician to target Social Security. Read more

Cantor, GOP playing Scrooge with disaster relief

The ethos of Ebenezer Scrooge is now infecting federal disaster relief. It was inevitable that this bipartisan practice - helping storm-tossed Americans, regardless of the cost - would become politicized. Read more

GOP hopefuls risk alienating independent voters

Richard Nixon famously said that Republican presidential candidates should run to the right in the primaries, then to the center in the general election. Read more

US political duopoly is failing

If George Washington could witness the partisan warfare that has come to dominate the nation’s capital, he would probably ask to have his... Read more

Deal traps Obama into helplessness on jobs creation

In dysfunctional Washington, this is what passes for a major achievement:

The Republicans snatch Uncle Sam and threaten to drive him over... Read more

Rick Perry's day of prayer: Troubling messages, good politics

Maybe I’m just old-fashioned, but I hew to the traditional American principle that politicians should refrain from promoting one particular... Read more

GOP begins to question the value of Afghan war

In the waning minutes of last week’s Republican presidential debate, Mitt Romney was opining about Afghanistan when he uttered something... Read more

Meet the new Newt

When I first heard that Newt Gingrich was mapping a Republican presidential bid — he formally announced Wednesday — I recalled what... Read more

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