Excerpt: Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” is a gooey confection of seasonal sentiment. It also is an economic manifesto that Dickens hoped would hit with “twenty thousand times the force” of a political tract.

10:30 AM May 12, 2013

Excerpt: Enough with this “enough” business.

Latest to the question of whether a person is sufficiently identifiable as belonging to a particular demographic is Ted Cruz — the conservative Texas senator who happens to be of Hispanic descent.

8:30 AM May 10, 2013

Excerpt: Two of the three most infamous Supreme Court decisions were erased by events. The Civil War and postwar constitutional amendments effectively overturned Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857), which held that blacks could never have rights that whites must respect. Plessy v.

8:30 AM Apr 30, 2013

In a reprieve from the horror of the most recent terrorist attack, the nation’s attentions turned to the man who declared the war on terrorism, George W. Bush.

10:30 AM Apr 29, 2013

Excerpt: As the manhunt for the Boston bombers reached its climactic conclusion, Americans of all hues and backgrounds heaved a sigh of relief. Thank goodness it wasn't ... fill in the blank:

A white Christian from the South;

A dark-skinned Muslim foreigner;

8:30 AM Apr 25, 2013

Excerpt: America’s most interesting development since November is the Republican Party becoming more interesting.

Consider the congressman from Grand Rapids, Mich., who occupies the seat once held by Gerald Ford, embodiment of vanilla Republicanism.

8:30 AM Apr 23, 2013

Excerpt: As the reporter said to the novelist: Why bother to make stuff up?

11:00 AM Apr 22, 2013

Excerpt: “Please help us do something before our tragedy becomes your tragedy.”

10:30 AM Apr 17, 2013

Excerpt: The recent kerfuffle over a secret recording of Sen. Mitch McConnell’s campaign strategy meeting, which focused on opposition research about a likely opponent, actress Ashley Judd, has divided observers into two groups.

12:30 PM Apr 15, 2013

Dear Barry:

Ordinarily, I’d address you as Mr. Obama or Mr. President, in deference to your office. But we need to have us a guy-to-guy chat here, so I hope you’ll excuse the familiarity, because I just have to ask:

7:30 AM Apr 12, 2013
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