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  • Bush’s Campaign to Be Seen as Another Truman

    The dedication this week of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum was more than an opportunity for the five living U.S. presidents to compare notes on what Stefan Lorant called “the glorious burden” of the office.

  • The End of Washington Gridlock?

    That sound you’re hearing may be the cracking of gridlock in Washington.

  • Obama Wants Afghanistan Wind-Down Before 2012 Election: Review

    Jonathan Alter’s “ The Promise: President Obama, Year One ” is just what the title suggests. If you haven’t been paying attention for the past 18 months (since he begins with the campaign), this book’s for you.

  • Meet the Man Who Showed Us Romney’s Hidden Side

    History sometimes has a way of tying itself up with a little bow. That’s the way I felt in January when I introduced Scott Prouty, the bartender-turned- videographer who helped sink Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, to Teddy Goff, the 28-year-old director of digital media for President Barack Obama’s re-election.

  • Jarrett Says Obama Wants Overhaul of Tax Code (Transcript)

    Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to President Barack Obama, said at a Bloomberg breakfast in Charlotte, North Carolina that the president would work with the business community to overhaul the tax code in a second term, as Democrats today kick off their national convention that aims to propel his re-election bid.

  • Huntsman, Coolest in Republican Race, Eyes 2012: Jonathan Alter

    The big news these days is who isn’t running for president. Without Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump , the Republican contest will be less colorful, of course, but also even more unsettled than it has been for the last few months. That leaves room for another Mormon governor and businessman.

  • Sputnik Dreams Lost to Space Shuttle Realities: Jonathan Alter

    It’s hard to believe that less than six months ago President Barack Obama was talking about a “Sputnik moment.” In his State of the Union address he proposed huge investments in infrastructure, innovation and education to help us “win the future.”

  • Coming Lobbyist Brawl May (Really) Fix Our Taxes: Jonathan Alter

    Lobbyists, of all people, may soon inadvertently bring us what lobbyists have long fought against - - a flatter, simpler tax code that offers fewer gifts for special interests. As a bonus, it would also help bring down the deficit.

  • The Big Foreclosure Mess, Made Worse by Politics: Jonathan Alter

    In a sweet form of payback, a couple in Collier County, Florida, this week foreclosed on a local branch of Bank of America. Sheriff’s deputies and lawyers appeared at the bank and told the branch manager that if he didn’t pay the couple’s legal fees -- as ordered months ago by a court in a wrongful-foreclosure case -- they would seize the branch’s furniture and other assets. With TV cameras on the scene, the bank finally paid.

  • Republicans Are Unprotected on Contraception: Jonathan Alter

    During the 1928 presidential campaign, nutty right-wing Protestants claimed that Al Smith, the first Catholic nominated for president by a major party, was planning to extend New York’s Holland Tunnel all the way to the Vatican.

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