July 2011

Scolding and Scheming: Politics at its best

Posted: Fri, 07/08/2011 - 12:00pm

Updated: July 8, 2011 | 12:00 p.m

The President knotted his tie and strode into the White House press briefing room Thursday to announce that he’d just concluded a “very constructive” meeting with members of Congress.

Grand Bargains: Why they are so elusive

Posted: Thu, 07/14/2011 - 6:08pm

I’ve been afflicted this week with a disorienting sense of déjà vu that affects any reporter who has covered Washington long enough. Even the most consequential and operatic standoffs begin to seem eerily familiar.

Eating One’s Peas and Other Dilemmas

Posted: Thu, 07/21/2011 - 5:11pm

It’s a conundrum. We in the news business are constantly justifying to ourselves why we cover the stories we cover, and why you should care.

It is the second part of that formula that confounds news decision makers on a daily basis. Because if you don’t care, you don’t watch. And we kind of like it when you watch.

Debating the Debate: When Words Substitute for Action

Posted: Thu, 07/28/2011 - 5:23pm

As Washington’s debt ceiling debate approaches its deadline, those of us who watch and cover it anxiously await its drop-dead date. Or its do or die moment. Or, its my-way-or-the-highway climax.

Skyrocketing interest rates. Huge tax hikes. Bottom lines. Gimmicks. Smoke and mirrors. Ticking clocks.
You name it, someone has said it.

The View from Aspen

Posted: Fri, 07/01/2011 - 3:54pm

ASPEN --Since we established in this space that I am a professional skeptic, I arrived at the Aspen Ideas Festival -- a kind of Rocky Mountain think-fest -- prepared for a pretty dreary recounting of where the nation stands right now.