Robert Schlesinger: In politics the perfect is often the enemy of the good.
Pat Garofalo: Obama’s Commerce Department nominee has some Romney-esque tax issues.
Chad Stone: His recommendations reflect mainstream thinking – and so run counter to GOP prescriptions.
Eric Cantor & Luke Messer: The federal government has a lot of data that could help parents and students make informed decisions.
Wit and wisdom from all sides of the political spectrum.
It says something when the president's handling of a heckler becomes a story in and of itself, especially when that story is a sideline to a very important and substance-filled speech about the future prosecution of terrorists and the use of unmanned drones. And what it says isn't good.more »
Obama's nominee to be the next head of the Commerce Department, Penny Pritzker, faced her Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday. Surprisingly, the members of the Senate Commerce Committee did not grill her on an area that seems ideal for criticism: her family's storied history of tax dodging.more »
A teacher's job used to entail, well, teaching. Kids went to class and were expected to listen to their teachers' lessons and to do their homework. Parents were expected to make sure kids got to school ready to learn, and to make sure that the youngsters did their part in getting an education, such as paying attention in class and completing their work.more »
It has been a bad few weeks for the First Amendment.
The sinister commonality to the Internal Revenue Service and AP scandals and the James Rosen affair is that each appears to have been (strike "appears ": each was) an attempt to suppress a core American right.more »
The last time New York City elected a Democrat mayor was in 1989 – that was David Dinkins, whose stint was an unmitigated disaster.more »
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 »