A Capital View

March 2006

Humor and presidential press conferences

Since live presidential press conferences started when John F. Kennedy was in office, every chief executive since then has wanted to emulate his ability to use humor as a way to keep the reporters in line and sway the public with that natural gift.

I've attended at least some press conferences with ...

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Rummy needs two lessons

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's stormy term at the Pentagon proves two lessons that cabinet officers, especially those in high-profile departments, should heed:

• Never go back to an office you've held previously. Rumsfeld served briefly as Pentagon chief of staff in 1975 during Gerald Ford's ...

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Mired in Memphis

The Republican would-be presidential candidates, or most of them, displayed their wares earlier this month in Memphis.

Judging from the content of the speeches, it was a rather dismal performance.

Even before 2,000 faithful partisans at the Southern GOP Leadership Conference, the lineup was hardly ...

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Bonds is no Roger Maris

CLEARWATER, Fla.–Barry Bonds is a great baseball player, one of the greatest of all time. He is a slugger for the ages. Until recently, he was a sure bet for the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Barry Bonds, however, is an alleged cheater. He denies it and says he hasn't used performance-enhancing ...

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Carving up Texas for political gain

If ever there was a case of blatant political chicanery, it is the redistricting controversy in Texas. And it appears the Supreme Court may not enter the fray even though it should.

To remind readers, former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay could not wait for the 2010 census to deliver his own ...

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After the hype, an Olympics flop

As a loyal American and huge sports fan, I am relieved that the Olympic Games in Torino have ended. I watched some events, but I have to admit that Major League Baseball as well as college football, basketball, and hockey rank far above curling in my interest.

I think NBC and its advertisers are not ...

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