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Rocks and Hard Places

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Why Governing Is So Hard

Every four years as I set off to cover another Presidential election cycle, I secretly ask myself: why do any of these people want to be President?

Mixed Signals

Gwen's Take

When to Send Them; How to Read Them

I was sitting behind the wheel on Pennsylvania Avenue Thursday afternoon in the kind of traffic clog that those of us who live in Washington, DC have become accustomed to. The clamor of sirens signaled that President Obama’s motorcade was about to pass. And until he – and about 14 other speeding vehicles carrying the Presidential entourage – sped by, the rest of us would not be going anywhere.

The View From Indiana

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INDIANAPOLIS -- This otherwise unprepossessing state capitol has in recent weeks morphed into one of several hot spots around the nation that are testing what it means to govern and be governed.

Close To The Edge

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Tales from Tripoli, Madison and Washington

When I was just a young thing, I loved a song by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five called “The Message.” “Don’t push me, cuz I’m close to the edge,” the refrain went. “I’m trying not to lose my head.”