Posted: January 6, 2011 at 4:19 pm
Just a few weeks before Christmas in 1996, I was seated in the front row in an auditorium at the Old Executive Office Building across from the White House. My job, then for NBC News, was to cover the announcement of a clutch of new administration officials for Bill Clinton’s second term.
Posted: December 30, 2010 at 4:18 pm
One of the things that I promise reporters who appear on “Washington Week” is that they will never have to make predictions. Even on the PBS NewsHour, where many of our guests actually make their livings by peering into crystal balls, we shy away from the practice.
Posted: December 23, 2010 at 4:14 pm
Why Santa likes political junkies
Let’s face it. If you still have to go to work while everyone else is out shopping and partying and hanging mistletoe, you might as well have fun doing it.
Gridlock is not fun. Poisonous debate is not fun. Being attacked by people who go online just to attack is not fun. But this week was fun.
No matter your political persuasion, if you believe that politics well practiced is an exercise in democracy, the final week of the just-concluded lame duck Congress was an eye opener.
Posted: December 16, 2010 at 6:20 pm
Polls can be confusing. Americans generally hate Congress but don’t mind their own Congressman. And many of them say they hate President Obama but consider him a good father and a generally likeable fellow.
I did a deep dive into two new polls out this week to see if I could figure it out. As I was scouring the graphs and tables, I came across a question I’d never noticed before.
Posted: December 9, 2010 at 5:17 pm
I am not much for putting U.S. Presidents on the couch, but there was something about watching Barack Obama striding into the White House briefing room with fists clenched the other day that appealed to the Sigmund Freud in me.