Angel Rabasa: The U.S. already has a successful model for providing aid to opposition groups.
Pat Garofalo: By nominating E.W. Jackson, Virginia Republicans hope extremism will save them.
Peter Fenn: The word "scandal" doesn't appropriately describe anything going on in Washington.
Lara Brown: Democrats should be more worried about President Obama's approval ratings.
Wit and wisdom from all sides of the political spectrum.
In September 1802, journalist James Callender published the first of a series of articles detailing a long-term affair between President Thomas Jefferson and his household slave Sally Hemings. The story was a sensational revelation that definitively fit the definition of political scandal: The exposure of corruption, illegal or unethical practices, or a moral violation committed by public officials. Jefferson broke 19th century norms of anti-miscegenation by committing racial admixture.more »
You'd think the conservative base would have learned its lesson in 2010, when, in a fever pitch of epic magnitude, it nominated Christine O'Donnell, Ken Buck, Sharron Angle and Joe Miller to run for the U.S. Senate. Suddenly, what looked like a prime opportunity for Republicans to flip the upper chamber and send Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., packing turned into an example of a party letting its base lead where the rest of America dared not follow. Or perhaps in 2012, when Indiana Senate nominee Richard Mourdock was sunk by an extremely ill-advised and incorrect rape comment.more »
I have to confess that I am the only Washington political junkie who has not watched the series "Scandal," or even the much acclaimed "House of Cards." Maybe that makes me not competent to comment on what is going on in Washington these days – IRS, Benghazi, Associated Press reporters tracked. I hope not.more »
Democrats are relieved. Despite the trio of political scandals encircling the White House, President Obama's approval rating has remained steady over the last few weeks.more »
The headline story this week is the devastating storm that hit Moore, Oklahoma on Monday, killing 24, seven of whom were children. Mother Nature showed her power and her wrath once again.more »
What could be more quintessentially American than the song "God Bless America," a tune Irving Berlin wrote to boost the spirits of U.S. troops during World War II?more »