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04/21/19: The last column (I promise!)
08/23/18: No Turkish delight today
08/17/18: United we stand, divided we fall -- and how!
08/13/18: A guest at the table
07/27/18: A nomination that sounds like a rerun
07/18/18: Until we see their faces
07/03/18: Supreme Court strikes a blow for bricks and mortar
06/28/18: Play ball!
06/14/18: How the Obama administration played a double game with Congress and Iran
05/22/18: Journalism, redefined by Wolfe
05/18/18: Supreme Court decision on sports betting a shining example of judicial restraint
05/17/18: War and peace: Either may break out without warning
05/11/18: Lest we forget, old alliances need maintaining
05/10/18: Anatomy of a revolution
05/08/18: Don't count on us
04/24/18: The saints next door
04/12/18: How a trade war becomes a world war
04/05/18: Solidarity again
04/04/18: Around they go
04/03/18: UFO-logists, unite!
03/30/18: The science of history
03/29/18: Bolton's back
03/28/18: Vote here, comrades
03/27/18: Ruthless Erdogan will show no mercy on the Kurds
03/23/18: Let's hear it for tyranny!
03/01/18: Mideast forecast: Steady violence with occasional resolve
02/21/18: Uninvited guests
02/15/18: What use are prodigies?
02/14/18: The soul of R2-D2
01/19/18: The two Donalds
01/11/18: What cannot continue eventually won't
01/10/18: Full speed backward
12/27/17: I have no name
12/26/17: For free trade, free ideas and institutions sure to follow
12/22/17: Pour-down economics
12/13/17: A promise kept
12/12/17: Politics change; political ambitions don't
12/05/17: Who's the enemy, and does the FBI know?
11/28/17: Perishable moments
11/23/17: What goes up ... Sir Isaac meets the market
11/16/17: Dems win big ... back to normalcy
11/14/17: Our language, ourselves
11/10/17: The day that gives Jew-haters asthma
11/08/17: Intergalactic news
11/07/17: The runaway prosecutor
09/19/17: Farewell from Cassini
09/13/17: A higher education
09/06/17: My advice to the Fed: Simplify, simplify, simplify
08/28/17: Great teachers I have known
08/11/17: Vocabulary is all
08/09/17: Shame the devil
08/08/17: Let's go to the dogs
07/25/17: Who was Joe George? Remember him --- and Pearl Harbor
07/21/17: A modest proposal
07/18/17: How a conservative icon shook the establishment, lost an election and got the last laugh
07/12/17: The crazy lady across the street
07/07/17: What's an education for? Economic development, says university
07/04/17: Words fail
06/28/17: Play ball!
06/23/17: War of the words
06/13/17: How to think
06/06/17: Astounding science fiction
06/02/17: Vesta may have met its match instead of meeting Earth
05/25/17: Duct tape and its diversions
05/16/17: American exceptionalism
05/09/17: Casey Stengel
04/27/17: Teacher of the year
04/26/17: Mind of a killer
04/24/17: Letter from the madhouse
04/20/17: Being wrong about race
04/19/17: The world watches
04/13/17: Do we really need consultants to impart the golden rule?
03/14/17: 'The True Believer' is relevant again
03/08/17: Hear America talking
03/07/17: The figure 7 in gold
03/01/17: On the decline of lying
02/09/17: Tom Cotton screws up
02/09/17: Newspeak lives on
02/03/17: Letter from limbo
02/01/17: Call this number now
01/27/17: American art
01/20/17: Save the children
01/13/17: Written on the snow
01/05/17: New year, new man
12/20/16: Hillary's next phase
12/15/16: Pelosi clings to power, to her party's detriment
12/13/16: Betsy DeVos is a fighter and a winner
12/06/16: Franz Kafka, bureaucrat
11/29/16: And so it goes, on and on
11/28/16: Here's to life
11/24/16: Mourning became the Cubs
11/16/16: Fermi conducted the music of the atomic particles
11/15/16: The nature of change in politics
11/08/16: At the end of the day
10/28/16: Imminent Victorians
10/19/16: A trumped-up campaign
10/13/16: Visions
10/10/16: Two candidates of limitless faith in themselves
10/05/16: Dreams
09/30/16: She was a loner
09/28/16: The shale bust: What can be next?
09/27/16: Wanted: A leader
09/13/16: Back to the cliche factory
09/08/16: A belated casualty
09/07/16: Kill the monster ... and replace Obamacare
08/31/16: Bye-bye, kudzu, or: The South will rise again
08/30/16: Come politics or high water
08/26/16: Short stories
08/19/16: In praise of Barnum
08/17/16: The Purge Of The Past
08/12/16: Fakes galore --- but not one of them could match him
08/04/16: The handy scapegoat to blame for today's prosperity
08/02/16: The facade crumbles at the Democratic National Convention
07/25/16: Tom Cotton, a Republican to watch
07/21/16: Turkey's ordeal
07/20/16: A pivot to the center
07/18/16: Rain in summer
07/11/16: Man vs. machine
07/08/16: Montesquieu saw it coming
07/07/16: A fable
07/06/16: Robocalls and how to stop them
07/01/16: Requiem for Ali
06/29/16: Very well, alone
06/28/16: The worst ideas
06/24/16: Annals of pseudoscience from Lysenko to climate changers
06/23/16: Best not to bully the British
06/21/16: Cultural inequality
06/15/16: Leave the artists out of it
06/08/16: Trump's world, and the simple secret of how it is made
06/01/16: The people vs. power
05/28/16: The last laureate
05/23/16: Victory over Japan
05/18/16: Time warp
05/13/16: The Huck's back ... and saying the right things
05/12/16: Looking for trouble
05/11/16: Baseball daze
05/10/16: Up from politics
05/09/16: Beyond belief
05/04/16: Janus calling
05/03/16: Race to the bottom
04/26/16: The rise and fall of American women
04/19/16: For whom the bell still tolls
04/13/16: Down with equality!
04/11/16: Mad vs. crazy
04/08/16: Justice Scalia's greatest dissent
04/06/16: My Chicago
04/05/16: The Inquisition is back
04/01/16: Wanted: A sense of humor
03/30/16: Trump can still be trumped
03/29/16: Huey Long understood
03/28/16: Another time in Cuba: The forgotten saga of Rene Arocha
03/26/16: An old idea made new
03/23/16: Bernie the Red
03/22/16: Been here before
03/21/16: Ethics vs. ethics codes
03/17/16: Wanted: One great speech
03/16/16: The rain
03/15/16: Here comes Maximum Leader Trump
03/10/16: First impressions of a not-so-super Super Tuesday
03/09/16: Worse and worser
03/08/16: American letters: The best and worst
03/03/16: Here comes Brexit!
02/22/16: Incidental intelligence
02/18/16: Let us now praise other presidents
02/17/16: Suddenly, a silence
02/16/16: The case of the body that moved
02/02/16: Duty, honor, country
01/28/16: Whiteout
01/26/16: Politicspeak
01/19/16: Binx (with apologies to Walker Percy)
01/13/16: The key to it all
01/06/16: The happiest of new years
12/29/15: A writer's tale
12/24/15: Culture ain't dead yet: A rebuttal to Joseph Epstein
12/17/15: My sister Lillian
12/16/15: The office: A brief history
12/15/15: The downfall of Wal-Mart
12/10/15: I hear America singing
12/08/15: Long day's journey into night
12/03/15: Nightmare Avenue
12/02/15: Land of the free, home of the generous
11/27/15: The blind West
11/26/15: The farce continues
11/25/15: In defense of empire
11/24/15: Sound and fury: A tale told by a populist
11/20/15: Not that it matters ... but the Democrats are still debating
11/18/15: Now we know
11/17/15: Speech codes, 'civility' and the decline of academe
11/12/15: Forgiveness
11/10/15: What ever happened to letter writing?
11/03/15: Word games
11/02/15: The word from Huey Long
10/28/15: Better than a confession
10/27/15:The kids aren't all right
10/22/15: Annals of retreat
10/21/15: It's simple, really
10/16/15: God and man in Carolina
10/13/15: America the isolationist
10/12/15: Mr. Fury vs. Miss Reason
10/09/15: There will be no peace
10/08/15: Dangerous road ahead
10/02/15: Who is Pat Sajak? or: Another reason to love Chicago
10/01/15: The missing middle
09/30/15: It can be done --- we've done it before
09/28/15: A real revolutionary appears
09/25/15: In defense of imperialism
09/24/15: The case for inequality
09/22/15: A vast sea of debt
09/18/15: Somebody get the hook!
09/17/15: It could've been today
09/16/15: A monumental mistake
09/11/15: The first Americans to fight back
09/09/15: A mountain disappears
09/07/15: 10 years after the flood
09/04/15: The peacemakers --- or are they warmongers?
09/02/15: In praise of losers
09/01/15: Conquest without his conquest
08/31/15: We're two nations now
08/28/15: A game of chess
08/27/15: The know-nothing candidate
08/26/15: Strangers on a train
08/25/15: Those mysterious flagpoles
08/19/15: The arrogance of powerlessness
08/18/15: America the beautiful --- and practical
08/14/15: It's not real to them
08/13/15: Assuring words --- if you don't know much about history
08/12/15: Back to reality --- as the illusions keep fading
08/11/15: Back to first things
08/07/15: Letter to a damnyankee
08/06/15: Doubting Thomas
08/05/15: Our suddenly silent president
08/04/15: Daily dispatches
07/30/15: What's the alternative?
07/28/15: The casualness of it
07/24/15: Notes on a common malady
07/23/15: Reality show: Hillary and The Donald share top billing
07/22/15: Notes on the news
07/21/15: The truth will out
07/20/15: All the news that isn't
07/14/15: Where I went wrong
07/09/15: The end of art
07/09/15: Greece says yes to no
07/07/15: My own speech code
07/03/15: The talented Senator Paul
07/02/15: In Greece's tribulation, shades of the 1930s
06/30/15: History as a detective story
06/29/15: Q. and A.
06/26/15: The Age of Nobody
06/25/15: Night visitor
06/17/15: Notes on the news
06/16/15: You can't say that
06/15/15: Hillary's scary ghost tales
06/10/15: The Fed in Wonderland
06/10/15: The ugliest crime
06/09/15: Why Lindsey Graham doesn't have a chance
06/08/15: Boy, that brings it all back
06/05/15: America the unguarded (cont.)
06/02/15: America the unguarded
05/29/15: After the fall
05/28/15: The end of history
05/27/15: The newest Nixon
05/20/15: Two states of mind
05/19/15: Stereotypes
05/18/15: Happy V-E Day?
05/14/15: The death of candor
05/11/15: Hip, hip, hooray for the humdrum
05/08/15: Did you know...?
05/06/15: British elections: A guide for the perplexed
05/05/15: Actions speak louder
04/29/15: Tempest in a censer
04/28/15: The Huckabee Show hits the road --- again
04/24/15: Lip service
04/22/15: A scar on the calendar
04/21/15: A fading eloquence: The state of American rhetoric
04/16/15: Provocations
04/14/15: Fear is big again
04/09/15: Not the foggiest ...
04/06/15: An apology to Neville Chamberlain
04/01/15: Dusting off the Logan Act
03/30/15: Who is this Scott Walker?
03/27/15: Guernica all over again
03/24/15: It was the worst of times...
03/20/15: Of methods and manners
03/19/15: The divided self
03/18/15: The decline of language
03/17/15: Of pens and swords
03/11/15: The past is the present
03/10/15: Of the living, the dead and the fictional
03/09/15: Munich, the sequel
03/04/15: Scoundrel time
03/03/15: Peace in our time
02/26/15: Enemy without a name
02/20/15: Uncertain trumpet
02/19/15: The forgotten prophetess
02/18/15: Letter from below
02/11/15: Let 'em rot in hell
02/09/15: Ignorance in action
02/06/15: Patient thoughts
02/03/15: Welcome, troublemaker
02/02/15: Lost words, lost worlds
01/28/15: The decline of the West, again
01/27/15: Mike Huckabee's road show
01/22/15: The state of his union, or: The dream palace of B. Obama
01/21/15: Icarus falling
01/19/15: Destination Mars
01/14/15: It can happen here --- and has
01/13/15: Man of the year: Jonathan Gruber
01/12/15: Paris calling --- shock, horror, dismay ... then we forget
01/09/15: The year in quotes
01/08/15: Why teach art history?
01/06/15: It's always a shock
12/31/14: Happy Old Year!
12/23/14: It's a wonderful life
12/22/14: 'It's too early to tell' --- Will the new Cuba policy work?
12/18/14: When the big news isn't news
12/16/14: The moral of this sad story: Never tell the truth
12/15/14: How to do it: Follow American example
12/12/14: History repeats itself --- but who notices?
12/11/14: Don't think about it, just vote
12/10/14: Irony abounds --- but the madding crowd may not notice
12/04/14: Provocations galore
12/02/14: Time to fess up
12/01/14: Mr. Fury vs. Miss Reason
11/25/14: Real hope and change
11/20/14: The Absolute Harry
11/19/14: Opportunity knocks --- again
11/18/14: It happens every time
11/14/14: The dream of American isolation
11/13/14: This president is different
11/12/14: The fix is in
11/11/14: The death of opera
11/07/14: The morning after, Or: Notes on another swing of the pendulum
11/05/14: The rest of the news
11/04/14: Music of the night
10/31/14: The soul of the fanatic
10/29/14: Saving Private Turner
10/24/14: The age of spam
10/22/14: Heaven has arrived, or: Ecclesiastes takes a walk
10/20/14: One picture said it all
10/15/14: A sense of place
10/13/14: 'Tis the season -- of ill will
10/09/14: Well and simply done, your honors: The court declares a time-out
10/06/14: House and home
10/02/14: Great leader, little country
09/30/14: Who is this man?
09/29/14: Art and its discontents
09/23/14: A still United Kingdom
09/19/14: Barack Hussein Obama
09/18/14: The Scottish play
09/15/14: And in conclusion ... there wasn't one
09/11/14: Against certainty
09/10/14: The Hollow Men
09/04/14: Words in vogue
09/02/14: Lee's leadership --- and Obama's
09/01/14: A labor of love
08/29/14: The lessons of Ferguson --- and Cincinnati
08/28/14: Plague strikes in Arkansas
08/26/14: The anatomy of terror
08/21/14: Two for one
08/20/14: Down here on a visit
08/18/14: The end of Iraq (cont'd)
08/14/14: The Buddha in the TV room
08/13/14: Gentlemen of the club
08/11/14: Leading from behind --- way behind
08/06/14: Waiting for the dark
08/05/14: Fanaticism needs no reason
08/04/14: And the war came
08/01/14: The beauty of blight
07/28/14: Like a hotel burglar . . .
07/25/14: Going home
07/23/14: Quick, hide the past
07/22/14: The Israelis are back, or: One round trip to Gaza, please
07/21/14: The fragmentary South
07/17/14:Try it, you'll like it, Or: Economics for beginners
07/15/14: Like a coiled spring . . .
07/14/14: A word for the Kurds
07/10/14: The office
07/08/14: The alien patriot
07/04/14: A blow for liberty, or: The Supremes choose life
07/03/14: Howard Baker, man in the middle
07/01/14: Our arrogant president
06/30/14: June 28, 1914: Armageddon, Act I
06/25/14: Shale gas, the silent revolution
06/24/14: Iraq agonistes
06/17/14: Quality education -- for all
06/16/14: An appointment in Samarra
06/12/14: Call it Obamacare for vets
06/11/14: Remember the real tomato?
06/10/14: Just wait a minute, willya?
06/09/14: Another time, another scandal, or: it all sounds so familiar
06/06/14: D-Day, the Sixth of June: 'He don't know where, he don't know when'
06/04/14: A general's farewell salute
06/02/14: Uncertain trumpet, or: The president sounds retreat
05/26/14: Europe remains Europe, more's the pity
05/26/14: The forgotten massacre
05/23/14: The great bobwhite question, or: In defense of the American vernacular
05/22/14: The morning after in Arkansas
05/21/14: Frank Lloyd Wright lives again --- in Arkansas
05/15/14: Shut up, they explain
05/11/14: Church 5, State 4
05/08/14: 'Be not deceived...'
05/06/14: Good thug, bad thug
05/01/14: Holocaust Day again
04/30/14: Law v. Common Sense, or: When the hypothetical becomes the real
04/29/14: What a surprise, or: The curious case of the green men
04/28/14: The coming end of affirmative action
04/24/14: Save the Fulbrights
04/21/14: Where we are now
04/18/14: The decline of the West (cont'd)
04/17/14: And they call it ... success!
04/15/14: Death of an old fox
04/11/14: Hooray for snooping!
04/09/14: Very well, alone!
04/08/14: A blow for liberty
04/04/14: Poor Paul's Almanac
04/02/14: Death and joy in the spring
04/01/14: The shoals of equality
03/28/14: Program notes
03/26/14: Where does the South begin?
03/25/14: The axe vs. the icon
03/24/14: Of sex, age and politics
03/21/14: What changes and what doesn't
03/18/14: And the band plays on
03/17/14: Back by popular demand: Tyranny
03/11/14: Playing tonight: Mahler
03/06/14: The Cossacks are back
03/05/14: 1936, the sequel
03/04/14: An innocent abroad
03/03/14: Back to the '30s: The great American retreat
02/26/14: To an old friend . . .
02/25/14: Is this good news or bad? Politics and the English language
02/24/14: Opinions in a flash
02/18/14: Meet Sid Caesar: For those who never saw Your Show of Shows
02/17/14: They call it Darby Day
02/14/14: Mobs I have known
02/13/14: NYT shocker: Times scribes discover editorial page is dull, pointless
02/12/14: The key to it all/ Lincoln's birthday, 2014
02/07/14: Death of an artist: The actor of his generation
02/06/14: Holden at 65
02/05/14: You can almost hear this one squeal
01/31/14: State of the Union: All drift, no real direction
01/29/14: Newspeak spoken here
01/28/14: Selfies
01/27/14: The death of the editorial (It was done in the conference room with a dull knife)
01/23/14: It could have been worse
01/22/14: The Dream
01/17/14: Beyond all that changes: The unchanging Lee
01/15/14: A man for one season
01/14/14: Last of the old lions: Scenes from a life --- and death
01/10/14: A purge for the books
01/08/14: In today's mail
01/07/14: The way we were --- and are
01/06/14: 1927, the American year
12/30/13: Predictions of things to come
12/30/13: Lost in the maze
12/27/13: Peter O'Toole: The chronic actor
12/20/13: It's a wonderful life
12/18/13: Here's the real issue
12/17/13: The empire strikes back
12/11/13: Where we are now
12/10/13: Remember the energy crisis?
12/07/13: Remember Pearl Harbor
12/04/13: Showbiz and politics: Always the twain seem to meet
12/03/13: Of honors and honor
12/02/13: Time For A New Contract With America
11/29/13: Peace in our time
11/28/13: The Pilgrims and us
11/26/13: The end of the filibuster: Another American institution abandoned
11/22/13: Today
11/21/13: 272 words at Gettysburg
11/20/13: One saving moment
11/19/13: Can this presidency be saved?
11/18/13: The soul has a music of its own
11/15/13: Church, state and the Supremes
11/13/13: John Kerry hits a bump
11/12/13: Scattered returns: As New Jersey goes, Virginia doesn't
11/08/13: Two brothers, two heroes
11/06/13: 'Shield' for journalists? Thanks but no thanks
11/04/13: Better the president shouldn't know
11/01/13: Obamacare: The latest from Glitches R Us
10/31/13: Now playing: Obamacare, a tragicomedy
10/30/13: Hooray for snooping
10/29/13: A tale of two cities
10/22/13: Nuclear talks with Iran: How the game is played
10/17/13: Ecclesiastes on a bicycle
10/16/13: And the game goes on, or: High popalorum and low popahirum
10/15/13: And the winner is ... Alice Munro!
10/11/13: The beauty of simplicity
10/10/13: The slick salesman from Teheran
10/07/13: That was then ... when politics required thought
10/04/13: Dim sum for the mind: A selection of tidbits spicy, sour and sweet
10/03/13: One writer, indivisible
10/02/13: Half a loaf, anyone?
10/01/13: The quiet man speaks up
09/30/13: How to save Obamacare
09/25/13: A whole different ball game
09/24/13: The foreign policy that was
09/23/13: Memo to an applicant
09/18/13: Peace is proclaimed
09/17/13: Here comes the long stall
09/13/13: A president adrift
09/11/13: 40 Americans
09/10/13: Onward to ... drift! Or: On waging war by committee
09/09/13: Ethics vs. professional ethics
09/05/13: Familiar territory: Haven't we been here before?
09/04/13: For the record, or: The art of airbrushing history
08/30/13: Labor omnia vincit
08/29/13: The way it was
08/28/13: Shoptalk, or: What makes a columnist?
08/27/13: They're . . . BACK!
08/23/13: What a magazine should be
08/22/13: Hold the panic
08/20/13: The more Egypt changes...
08/19/13: The missing element: Constancy of purpose
08/13/13: Ah, Russia!
08/09/13: Today's dirty word: Coup
08/08/13: Tell it to the Marines
08/07/13: The 1930s and us
08/05/13: Lost places
08/01/13: How to be an emir
07/31/13: The forgotten war
07/29/13: Their revolution and ours
07/26/13: She was part of our lives
07/25/13: The president forgets something
07/19/13: Save the filibuster
07/16/13: When a coup isn't a coup
07/15/13: False identity
07/12/13: Gettysburg at 150: The show's over, the ghosts remain
07/09/13: He's great out of the country
07/08/13: Another day, another pharaoh
07/01/13: A murk called law
06/26/13: Free Gen. Helms: The U.S. Senate takes a hostage
06/25/13: Obama in Berlin
06/24/13: 'We win, they lose'
06/20/13: Hope rises --- in Iran!
06/19/13: The awakening: America stirs, but will we lead again?
06/14/13: Edith Bunker, 90: Death of a fictional character
06/12/13: Just follow the numbers
06/11/13: G0D save the queen
06/07/13: Scandal watch
06/05/13: Murrey Marder, 93
06/05/13: The state of the language
06/04/13: Styles in role models
06/01/13: Suicide of a newspaper
05/31/13: On leaving the hospital
05/30/13: What was that he said?
05/26/13: Shakespeare knew all about deniability
05/25/13: The old lady in black
05/22/13: The growing case for life
05/21/13: Deja vu all over again
05/20/13: Scandal of the day
05/17/13: What? Of Barack Obama and Don Draper
05/15/13: The cover-up unravels
05/14/13: That's the Middle East --- and the West, too
05/07/13: Close down Gitmo? Why, sure
05/06/13: The silence of the lambs
05/03/13: There goes Iraq --- again, or: Depart in haste, repent at leisure
05/01/13: The rise of the neo-Birchers
04/30/13: The trainwreck called Obamacare
04/24/13: The times we live in
04/22/13: Simple gifts, or: Boston in Little Rock
04/17/13: My Bill Mauldin story, or: A tale of two vets
04/16/13: Shut up, he explained
04/15/13: The loveliest game
04/12/13: When words lose their meaning
04/11/13: And there arose a prophetess in the land...
04/10/13: Monumental mistakes
04/04/13: The general and me/ Dept. of Rebuttals and Ruminations
04/03/13: Time, the best judge
03/28/13:Too big to save
03/26/13: Remember the name
03/21/13: Mencken and me
03/20/13: Annals of illiteracy
03/12/13: Just one small point ...
03/08/13: Sic semper tyrannis
03/07/13: Behind all the hullabaloo ... the secret about those budget cuts
03/06/13: The nation's doctor
03/01/13: The customary crisis
02/26/13: Program notes
02/25/13: Higher education, R.I.P.
02/22/13: Voice of America
02/20/13: Washington emerges: Across the river and into history
02/19/13: Keep talking, senators: Of filibusters and Chuck Hagel
02/18/13: The best of the Delta
02/15/13: The State of the Union: The good, the bad and the eloquent
02/14/13: Love's day is long
02/12/13: In defense of losing
02/08/13:The turret gunner was a she
02/05/13: The Great Divider
01/31/13: Of sermons and soda water
01/30/13: Lady Hillary of Benghazi
01/29/13: Not to call names, but . . .
01/25/13: A gentleman and a . . . ballplayer
01/23/13: Obama's second inaugural
01/22/13: Obamacare strikes again
01/21/13: In his own words
01/18/13: Comes a stillness
01/15/13: Chuck Hagel: A man to watch --- carefully
01/10/13: Hold the applause
01/09/13: Angle of repose
01/08/13: Come let us reason together, or: A matter of public health
01/03/13: Robert Bork, verb
01/01/13: Remember what honor was? On the passing of a general --- and more
12/31/12: The Sandy Claus Bill
12/28/12: The secret bureaucrat
12/26/12: Once there were giants
12/24/12: B is for bizarre --- also for Boehner, budget and Washington bozos
12/21/12: Let Your People go!
12/19/12: No admittance: The Boehner-Obama show goes on
12/18/12: A welcome decision: Congratulations, Madam Ambassador
12/14/12: I still like Ike
12/11/12: Time out --- take five with the Brubeck Jazz Quartet
12/10/12: A light in the dark
12/06/12: Cutting throught the fog of news
12/04/12: Roll out the red carpet --- a new state is born (kind of)
11/30/12: Over the Fiscal Cliff
11/28/12: The land of pharaohs: The more Egypt changes ...
11/27/12: This much we know: What happened at Benghazi
11/22/12: Peace, it's wonderful --- or could be
11/21/12: The ways of tyrants
11/19/12: The gathering storm
11/15/12: Estudia espanol!
11/13/12: How the mighty have fallen
11/12/12: The bureaucratic impulse
11/09/12: Ecclesiastes on a bicycle
11/08/12: Four more years
11/07/12: The morning after
11/05/12: Mitt Romney, throwback
11/01/12: Escape velocity
10/31/12: How a presidency falls apart
10/26/12: The long voyage of George McGovern
10/25/12: The final debate: Who's living in the real world?
10/19/12: Show vs. substance
10/17/12: The crown of Aleppo
10/16/12: Deep into the weeds: Notes on a debate of the second class
10/12/12: They called him Punch
10/11/12: Shades of the Monkey Trial
10/10/12: A fork in the road to Election Day, or: The choice just got clearer
10/08/12: What?
10/05/12: The inexhaustible vice president, or: Of hogs, acorns and Joe Biden
10/03/12: A word for freedom/ The president heard from at last
09/28/12: Soldier's song
09/27/12: Homage to Orwell
09/26/12: Now they tell us
09/25/12: The flood approaches
09/24/12: You brought it all back
09/21/12: The gaffe game
08/22/12: Who is John Galt? And why does Ayn Rand still fascinate the young?
08/21/12: Not just a little girl from Little Rock
08/16/12: In the middle of the night
08/14/12: A man of ideas, and who is clear about them
08/13/12: Him again
08/10/12: He's . . . back!
08/08/12: The trouble with Harry
08/07/12: Lost: the plain meaning of words
08/06/12: Another convert to the cause
08/03/12: 50 ways to beat the heat
07/31/12: Amidst the ruins
07/30/12: Mr. President, meet M. de Tocqueville
07/26/12: Be still for once, or: A teachable moment -- really?
07/25/12: Visitor at the door
07/24/12: Tale of the South
07/23/12: Anatomy of a smear
07/18/12: This way to wisdom
07/17/12: Mitt Romney in the lion's den
07/16/12: There he goes again, or: A primer on Obamanomics
07/12/12: The art of self-restraint
07/10/12: The root of confusion
07/04/12: The American idea
07/03/12: Still fighting the problem, or: The vacuum of leadership
07/02/12: After the quake, it's time to assess the damage
06/27/12: Invitation to the dance
06/26/12: Educanto marches on
06/21/12: Death the deliverer
06/20/12: Poetless
06/19/12: Simpler is better: Dust off Glass-Steagall
06/18/12: Night visitor
06/13/12:The taste of love
06/12/12: Ray Bradbury, RIP
06/11/12: The Age of Mediocrity
06/08/12: Wisconsin: Bellwether or just a blip?
06/06/12: The man who won't go away
06/04/12: Exciting changes, or: How not to report the news
05/29/12: Today's outrage: No heroic deed goes unpunished
05/25/12: The old lady in black
05/24/12: The curious incident of the mud not thrown
05/23/12: The week that was
05/22/12: She can't say that!
05/18/12: The $2 billion lesson
05/16/12: Gay 'marriage' and all that...
05/14/12: Revolution as fashion
05/11/12: The power of one free man
05/09/12: The dirtiest campaign?
05/08/12: The great American guessing game: Who for vice president?
05/07/12: A few words for Newt Gingrich
05/01/12: The war goes on
04/27/12: Old man in a bar, or: A meditation against entropy
04/25/12: A night in the Great Hall
04/24/12: Dreamwork
04/20/12: The decline of scandal
04/17/12: Repeal that infernal tax code
04/13/12: Pomp and circumstance
04/12/12: It's over -- it's been over
04/11/12: Hilton Kramer vs. Artspeak
04/10/12: The Obama Manifesto
04/04/12: Another line crossed
04/02/12: The cynicism of it
03/29/12: A little perspective, please
03/28/12: Mitt Romney's big lead --- and big problem
03/27/12: What's in a name --- if it keeps changing?
03/22/12: Appeasement in fast time
03/21/12: In search of celebrity
03/16/12: Last man standing: This week it's Rick Santorum
03/15/12: Son of Climategate
03/14/12: Good for Eric Holder: The education of an attorney general
03/09/12: It was super, kind of
03/07/12: Program notes, Or: Lutoslawski in Little Rock
03/06/12: Wouldn't it be nice?
03/05/12: The pause that refreshes
02/29/12: Watch that speed limit
02/28/12: Words, words, words ... more statements, less meaning
02/27/12: Spare that post office
02/22/12: 'Thy life's a miracle'
02/21/12: Divide et impera: Another high-budget production
02/20/12: Gobbledegook galore: How to have fun on a budget
02/15/12: Happy days are here again
02/14/12: The Almighty meets the media
02/13/12: A blank canvas can be a beautiful thing
02/08/12: A moment of clarity --- thanks to the Race for the Cure
02/07/12: Economics 101: Change happens
02/06/12: Mitt Romney wins, but where's the magic?
02/01/12: The next war
01/31/12: Just read the words: Separation of Church and State and works two ways
01/27/12: The State of the Union -- a free translation
01/25/12: Newtzilla conquers all?
01/24/12: Two brothers
01/20/12: There goes another one
01/19/12: The use of heroes: Lee's birthday, 2012
01/16/12: The unsinkable Mitt
01/13/12: The idol and the republic
01/12/12: Occupy everything!
01/10/12: The GOP choice: New cast, old script
01/09/12: The comedy club
01/04/12: A star is born, or: Truth-in-jest dept.
01/03/12: Signed with their honor
01/02/12: New year, new man
12/28/11: Eye of Newt: It's always on the main chance
12/21/11: Small country, great leader
12/19/11: Innocence in triplicate
12/16/11: Bonjour tristesse
12/14/11: The last days of a despot, Or: A nervous man sings a nervous song
12/13/11: Return of the Newt
12/12/11: News flash: Russia remains Russia
12/07/11: 70 years ago today
12/06/11: Scandals past and present, Or: What would Ike say?
12/02/11: The banality of evil (cont'd)
11/30/11: Occupied or vacant?
11/29/11: Sphinx without a riddle
11/25/11: Short Bursts
11/23/11: The new Gingrich
11/22/11: Coming home to the wilderness
11/17/11: As the world turns . . . and the centrifuges whirl in Iran
11/16/11: Wanted: Adult for president
11/14/11: The Big Story, or: Say It Ain't So, Joe
11/11/11: A Fair Tax That Really Is One
11/09/11: The Emergence of Mitt Romney
11/08/11: Witness
11/04/11: The Sound of Music
11/03/11: Ecclesiastes on a Bicycle
11/01/11: Remember Lockerbie
10/26/11: Just Call 9-9-9
10/25/11: Sic Semper Tyrannis
10/24/11: Mixed Feelings at a Homecoming
10/20/11: The Obama Bus Tour
10/19/11: The Anatomy of a Protest
10/18/11: What Makes a Great Teacher?
10/17/11: Fact vs. Fiction
10/12/11: Victory and Its Discontents, Or: Law, War and Nonsense
10/11/11: Hubris 4, Bosox 3
10/07/11: Jobs and Us
10/05/11: Letter to a Businessman
10/04/11: When Science Isn't
10/03/11: Pot Calls Kettle Risky, Or: The Wit and Wisdom of T. Geithner
09/28/11: About That Article You Hated . . .
09/27/11: Where's the (Tea) Party?
09/26/11: This Is Where I Came In …
09/21/11: Names in the News
09/19/11: He Made It Worse
09/15/11: The Case for Doing Nothing
09/14/11: Mindstream
09/12/11: The GOP Field Expands --- and Narrows
09/09/11: 'What Have We Learned From This?'
09/07/11: Of Poets Good, Bad and In-Between
09/05/11: Keep the Faith
09/02/11: Labor vs. Drudgery
08/29/11: Socialist Realism on the Mall
08/24/11: The Grand Illusion: It's Coming Right on Schedule
08/23/11: Here It Comes: The Great Quadrennial Seizure
08/19/11: Guest Column
08/17/11: Who's In, Who's Out
08/16/11: GOP Field Narrows
08/15/11: With Their Boots On
08/12/11: Rain!
08/10/11: From Crisis to Malaise
08/09/11: Lion in a Cage: Hosni Mubarak on Exhibit
08/08/11: The Angel's Dictionary
08/05/11: Forgotten Places
08/03/11: The End of Books
08/02/11: Sales Department -- Barack Obama, Manager
08/01/11: Heretical Thought: The System Is Working
07/27/11: The Road to Serfdom: More Debt, Less Leadership
07/26/11: The Man Who Told the Truth --- About Himself
07/22/11: No Time to Go Wobblys
07/20/11: Decline of the English Scandal
07/19/11: Letters Dept.
07/18/11: Against Process
07/12/11: To the Shores of Tripoli
07/08/11: It's . . . Back! The Misery Index Rides Again
07/06/11: Chronicles of Higher Education
07/05/11: War by Euphemism
07/01/11: Of Great Empires and Little Minds
06/29/11: 'Just One More Thing …'
06/24/11: The Last Domino: Syria
06/23/11: 50 Ways to Beat the Heat
06/22/11: The Taste of Love
06/21/11: We Do This Every Day
06/20/11: The (Not So) Great Debate
06/10/11: Sex Scandal Sans Sex
06/07/11: Custom-Tailored History
06/03/11: Education and Its Discontents
06/02/11: Justice for a General -- At Last
05/31/11: Names in the News
05/30/11: Remembering, We Forget
05/25/11: The Scapegoat Syndrome
05/23/11: The Latest Futility: New President, Same Middle East
05/19/11: Critique of Pure Reason
05/18/11: Baseball as Civic Theater
05/17/11: Give Victory a Chance
05/13/11: The Learning Curve of Presidents
05/11/11: Pact With the Devil
05/10/11: Geronimo! Or: What's in a Name?
05/05/11: And Now the Deluge
05/04/11: Got Him!
05/01/11: Letters Dept.
04/29/11: Enough Drama Already --- the Country's Getting Sick of It
04/27/11: He's Serious, All Right, But Not About the Deficit
04/21/11: The Bible in School: A Retort to Modern Contempt
04/19/11: A Cliche a Second
04/14/11: The Doctor Who Saw What He Did
04/13/11: Cut Off Its Water, Or: It's Time NPR Grew Up and Supported Itself
04/12/11: Uncertain Trumpet, Or: Eric Holder Sees the Light, Dimly
04/11/11: Where It's At
04/05/11: It's Time, Mr. President: A Time for Clarity
04/04/11: What's That He Said?
03/30/11: Ahead of the Game
03/29/11: It's BACK! The Return of Stagflation
03/28/11: Rommel Drives on Deep Into Egypt
03/22/11: And Deeper in Debt
03/18/11: 'Another Snout at the Public Trough'
03/16/11: The Thought We Hate
03/15/11: Short Bursts
03/11/11: Reality Begins to Dawn, Or: George W. Obama
03/10/11: When a Lie Isn't One
03/09/11: The Uses of Antisemitism
03/04/11: On the Road to New Orleans
03/03/11: Recommended Reading: Oh, to Be a Teacher in Milwaukee!
03/02/11: A Sense of Place
03/01/11: The Arab Revolt
02/23/11: Bill O's yawner
02/18/11: Censor the Constitution, Too
02/15/11: In Defense of Custom
02/14/11: The Death of Civility: Fadspeak's Latest Victim
02/11/11: It's Still the Land of Lincoln
02/09/11: Brave New World
02/08/11: Sphinx Without a Riddle
02/07/11: Brothers Under the Skin
02/04/11: Flood on the Nile: Of Great Events and Little Men
01/31/11: Games NPR Plays
01/28/11: A Perfunctory Performance
01/25/11: For (and Against) the Filibuster
01/21/11: Who Needs Democracy?
01/19/11: On Rule by Experts, or: The New Barbarism
01/18/11: The Shattered Glass: On Lee's Birthday, 2011
01/14/11: The Man Who Changed Things
01/12/11: Chicago on the Potomac: When in Trouble, Call a Daley
01/10/11: For the 112th Time: New Congress, Same Challenges
01/07/11: When the Times Turn Awful
01/04/11: They're Back! The Return of the Death Panels
12/31/10: Obama vs. Biden
12/29/10: How Did This Happen?
12/28/10: Glow, Little Glow Worm, Glow
12/22/10: It's Still a Wonderful Life
12/21/10: The Talented Mr. Holbrooke
12/16/10: The Empty Chair
12/15/10: I Must Change My Life
12/14/10: Language and Its Discontents
12/10/10: The End of Books
12/08/10: Murderers' Row, Or: Exit Laughing
12/06/10: The American Dream: Pro and Con
12/03/10: Adventures in Polspeak, Or: Barack Obama Talks the Talk
12/01/10: Is NPR For Sale?
11/26/10: The World's Crazy Aunt Is at It Again
11/24/10: Helicopter Ben Whirls On
11/23/10: The Day Before
11/22/10: A Certain Slant of Light
11/17/10: Winners and Losers
11/16/10: Dr. Bernanke's Magic Elixir for the Economy
11/12/10: Bars into Churches
11/11/10: Post-Mortem: Random Notes on an Election
11/09/10: Letter From Arkansas, Or: Arkansas Makeover
11/05/10: The Hollow Core
11/03/10: The Morning After
11/02/10: The Bully Bullied
11/01/10: First Hope, Then Memory
10/27/10: Of Time and the River
10/26/10: Don't Give Up on the Brits
10/25/10: Great Teachers We Have Known
10/20/10: Returned to Life
10/19/10: The Plight of the Blue Dogs
10/18/10: A Lament for Joe Sobran
10/12/10: Of Public Servants Who Serve Themselves First
10/11/10: The State of the Obsession: Report From an Anarchists' Convention
10/06/10: Somebody Noticed, or: The Case of the Terrorist Emeritus
10/05/10: Constancy of Purpose
10/04/10: Ideology vs. Principle
09/27/10: A Failure to Communicate
09/21/10: The Office
09/21/10: And Now Government Press
09/17/10: What They Really Think of Us
09/15/10: Our Man in Moscow
09/14/10: America Rising
09/09/10: Here We Go Again
09/09/10: No Drums, No Bugles: None Dare Call It Victory
09/07/10: An Evening with Arne Duncan
09/06/10: A Labor of Love
09/01/10: The Senator from Agribusiness
08/31/10: Kilpo
08/26/10: Rare Sighting: Common Sense from the Bench
08/24/10: Mad Men
08/23/10: Let There Be Peace
08/19/10: She Was Something
08/18/10: The End of Books
08/17/10: A Man in Full
08/13/10: Blood on Their Hands
08/12/10: Magical Thinking in Washington
08/10/10: What Year Is This?
08/04/10: Malaise
07/30/10: Of Arms and the Man
07/26/10: Turkey Takes the Veil
07/21/10: A Mindset that Must Be Crushed!
07/20/10: Wal-Mart Strikes Back
07/13/10: Role Reversal: The Feds vs. Arizona
07/12/10: Spies Like Us
07/07/10: A New Birth of Freedom: The 14th Amendment Restored
07/06/10: He Can't Fool Me
07/01/10: Screwtape Heard From
06/30/10: Let Us Now Praise Famous Men
06/29/10: Here Comes the Judge
06/25/10: We Just Can't Have This, Or: Why the General Had to Go
06/23/10: Relativism Rampant
06/22/10: Malaise All Over Again, Or: Is This Jimmy Carter's Second Term?
06/21/10: A Presidency Is Drowning --- in Oil
06/16/10: The Slippery Senator from Arkansas
06/14/10: Thank you, Helen Thomas
06/09/10: Who Killed Scholarship?
06/03/10: Obama's Katrina: The Politics of It Is Oily, Too
06/02/10: The Word from Epictetus
05/31/10: The Old Lady in Black
05/24/10: The Calm Between Two Storms
05/21/10: The Morning After
05/18/10: The Restoration
05/17/10: Eyesore of the Month
05/13/10: The Great Devaluation
05/10/10: The Blather File
05/07/10: Politics, Always Politics
05/06/10: Still the Optimist
05/05/10: Just a Few Questions
05/04/10: Somebody Must Pay!
05/03/10: A Case of Selective Outrage
04/29/10: Death of a Rancher
04/27/10: What Slick Willie knows about civility and the betterment of society
04/26/10: Recalled to Life
04/20/10: Who Are We Now?
04/19/10: A Word for the Rejects
04/14/10: One Shining Moment
04/13/10: Turn Off the Sound
04/12/10: He Had Ganas
04/08/10: Nuclear Roulette: the Obama Doctrine
04/07/10: The Eye of the Storm
04/06/10: One nation, still under . . .
04/01/10: Strange Sighting in Iraq
03/30/10: No More Heroes?
03/24/10: Triumphal March Atop Rumbling Volcano
03/22/10: Welcome to 1937
03/18/10: Voices in the Wilderness
03/17/10: Everybody's Irish Today
03/12/10: Things I Don't Believe
03/10/10: Death Checks In
03/09/10: Barry Hannah Dead at 67
03/03/10: Women Know
03/02/10: The Life and Death of a Demagogue
02/26/10: It Happens Every Six Years
02/24/10: Sidebar: Sarah Palin's Road Show
02/23/10: Go West, Industry Hunters
02/19/10: A Senator Sees the Light
02/17/10: Moment of Truth
02/16/10: As Long as You're Healthy . . .
02/15/10: Security Risk: Eric Holder's Latest Folly
02/10/10: Not with a Bang . . .
02/08/10: Holden Caulfield Is Heard From
02/04/10: Forward to the Past
02/03/10: Before and After: A Security Failure All Around
02/02/10: 50 Ways to Beat the Cold
02/01/10: The State of the President
01/28/10: The Newest Cliche
01/27/10: Educanto and the English Language
01/26/10: Quotes of the Day
01/25/10: Another Tea Party
01/20/10: Madness, Madness. . .
01/19/10: Lee and the Lingering South
01/18/10: Racing Downhill
01/13/10: Iran Sacrifices Its Future
01/12/10: The Transformation of Barack Obama: Surprise Us, Mr. President
01/08/10: The Corporate State
01/06/10: Fasten Your Seatbelts: Bumpy Ride Ahead
01/01/10: The Devil's Work
12/31/09: Asleep on the Terrorist Watch
12/30/09: Predictions of Things Not to Come
12/29/09: Oh, Yes, Copenhagen
12/24/09: Season's Greetings — and We'll See You in Court, or: The Christmas Wars
12/23/09: It's Still a Wonderful Life
12/21/09: The Latest Incoherence
12/17/09: Another Line Crossed
12/16/09: The Rock Chunkers
12/15/09: How to Earn a Nobel Prize
12/01/09: The War on the Book
11/25/09: How to Play Both Sides of an Issue
11/23/09: Annals of ObamaLaw, Or: Verdict First, Trial Afterward
11/18/09: What, No Ticker-Tape Parade?
11/11/09: Questions
11/09/09: When Freedom Was at High Tide
11/04/09: A Growing Sense of Unease
11/02/09: The Holocaust is now on Facebook
10/28/09: Teacher (Mis)education
10/27/09: The United Nations Is Outraged Again, Or: Department of Mideast Static
10/23/09: Record Time to Nowhere
10/22/09: Heaven Arrives, Or: Ecclesiastes on a Bicycle
10/21/09: Blank-Check Economics
10/19/09: Hillary Goes to Moscow, Or: What, No Umbrella?
10/14/09: Who's at the Helm?
10/13/09: Here Comes Iran's Nuke
10/09/09: Half-Speed Ahead and Unsteady as She Goes
10/06/09: Unhappy 60th in Beijing, or: A Scene Out of the Past — or the Future?
10/02/09: Words Without Action, or: Resolved to Be Unresolved
09/30/09: The Intellectual Talent Scout
09/27/09: The Man Who Changed Everything
09/25/09: Picture This, Or: Seeing Is Believing
09/23/09: Uncertain Trumpet
09/22/09: Seems Like Old Times
09/21/09: Where Does the South End?
09/17/09: The Long War (September 11, 2001 — )
09/16/09: Like a Knife Through Water
09/11/09: History Made to Order
09/09/09: The Case for Irrelevance
09/07/09: The Labor Theory of Value
09/02/09: How to Break the CIA
09/01/09: The Mutilated Book
08/28/09: Another name to remember
08/25/09: Losing Touch: the President and the People
08/21/09: Another Promise Broken — in Record Time
08/20/09: The Answer to Everything
08/14/09: How ethics disappear
08/12/09: Life and its discontents
08/11/09: Simple Gifts
08/07/09: Orders are easy to give, just hard to carry out
08/05/09: The Villains of Health Care
08/04/09: Dancing still
07/29/09: St. Sonia the Obscure, or: The Triumph of the Opaque
07/28/09: The President's Sales Pitch
07/23/09: A Terrible Feeling
07/20/09: The Show on Capitol Hill
07/17/09: Scraps, or: The Judge, the Countess and My Mother
07/15/09: The Spanish Prisoner
07/10/09: Robert Strange McNamara, a Man for the Soulless Age
07/08/09: She's breaking our hearts
07/03/09: Bless This Honorable Court
07/02/09: Cap and confuse
07/01/09: To Family!
06/30/09: Of shame, folly and true grit
06/26/09: Lawspeak, or: She'll Do Well in America
06/23/09: Hungary 1956, Iran 2009
06/19/09: The Too Usable Past
06/18/09: The Silent Revolution
06/15/09: A cedar grows in Lebanon
06/11/09: Madness, Madness …
06/10/09: Watershed moments
06/04/09: The War Comes to Little Rock
06/01/09: Let the games begin
05/28/09 b: Today, North Korea; Tomorrow, Iran
05/28/09: Rare Sighting: Reason in the Senate
05/25/09: The Old Lady in Black
05/22/09: The News That Didn't Happen
05/20/09: George W. Obama
05/15/09: The Vanishing Newspaper
05/12/09: The Lost Light
05/08/09: Here we go again: Annals of thoughtcrime
05/01/09: The last optimist
04/28/09: Contortion a day: Our ever flexible president
04/24/09: VOILA! A double agent exposed
04/22/09: Soft tyranny
04/21/09: Leave them to history
04/20/09: Hail Britannia
04/17/09: Words, words, words …
04/15/09: Victory at sea
04/14/09: Drifting toward the cataract
04/08/09: Born free
04/06/09: Justice terribly delayed: The sad case of Ted Stevens
04/03/09: The Entitled
04/01/09: U.S.A., INC.
03/31/09: The easy-listening president
03/26/09: The first temptation
03/25/09: When enemy combatants aren't
03/19/09: The politics or outrage, Or: The congressman from chutzpah
03/18/09: Old man in a dark shop
03/17/09: The New Order cometh
03/16/09: In the 9th inning
03/10/09: George W. Obama
03/09/09: Save the electoral college
03/04/09: When free money isn't
03/03/09: The last optimist
02/27/09: And then something happened ... notes on the State of the Union
02/24/09: Our own Lost Decade?
02/20/09: The lost holiday: Quick, whose birthday is this?
02/18/09: This — I don't believe
02/16/09: Obama at the Plate
02/12/09: A touch of Chicago
02/11/09: The key to it all
02/06/09: Deja vu all over again, Or; On being driven to distraction
02/05/09: A streetcar named St. Charles
01/30/09: The more things change...
01/27/09: General order and confusion of the day
01/26/09: Justice delayed: This could get interesting
01/22/09: Inaugural mosaic
01/21/09: Something waits beneath it...
01/19/09: Two Southerners, one holiday
01/14/09: A life in and beyond politics
01/13/09: Shut up, they explain
01/08/09: Amateur hour at the CIA
01/07/09: Eyeless in Gaza, or: Waiting for the smoke to clear
01/05/09: The face in the photograph
12/31/08: The triumph of consensus
12/23/08: HE'S B-A-A-ACK!
12/17/08: Another kind of corruption
12/16/08: A changed man
12/15/08: Modern times
12/10/08: Time to walk off the lot
12/09/08: Myth no. 87
12/04/08: Hope rises
12/03/08: The shock of recognition
12/02/08: Class in America
12/01/08: Just follow the map
11/28/08: Barack the practical
11/26/08: Thanksgiving in uncertain times
11/24/08: The Ace
11/19/08: A time like this
11/18/08: Rx for conservatives
11/11/08: Hail to the Chief
11/05/08: We forget …
11/04/08: The joy of losing
11/03/08: LIES
10/30/08: Let's go to press ...
10/28/08: Greenspan agonistes
10/27/08: On rolling out the big guns
10/23/08: Up the memory hole
10/21/08: Obama, McCain and Joe the Plumber
10/20/08: Hold the hysteria
10/16/08: The unFairness Doctrine
10/14/08: The talented Mr. Biden
10/13/08: Q and A — How would you answer?
10/07/08: How to judge a political debate
10/06/08: QUICK, DO NOTHING!
10/03/08: The image and reality meshed
10/02/08: Winners and loser, or: Why not have a real debate?
09/30/08: The state of the editorial, or: A loss of faith
09/29/08: Fasten your seat belts
09/22/08: The one thing you must do . . .
09/18/08: A clatter of editorial writers
09/17/08: Art for the artist's sake
09/16/08: In the pigs and lipstick dept., context can be all
09/11/08: I (Heart) Sarah
09/10/08: No exit
09/09/08: McCain needs to play to his strengths
09/08/08: Sarah's night
09/05/08: A play in two acts
09/04/08: Sarah who?
09/03/08: A William Jennings Bryan for metrosexuals, whose experience essentially consists of the sum of his speeches
09/02/08: The labor theory of value
08/29/08: Hillary's act of grace
08/28/08: Mother knows best
08/27/08: Identity theft: The case of the talented Mr. Biden
08/22/08: No sale: General Obama and the VFW
08/20/08: Ghosts I have known
08/19/08: Modals and me
08/18/08: Road map to power: The subpoena as a political weapon
08/13/08: How it was once done
08/12/08: Marching through Georgia
08/07/08: The return of a prophet
08/06/08: Come one, come all, to the genocide olympics
08/05/08: Exit Olmert (no encore, please)
07/31/08: Road show
07/30/08: Death of a type
07/29/08: Class in America
07/23/08: Dreamwork
07/22/08: Academe then and now
07/21/08: Good news is no news
07/17/08: The problem of evil
07/16/08: Tony Snow: A remembrance
07/15/08: The kibitzers
07/08/08: A willful blindness
07/02/08: My hero
07/01/08: A President who is history deficient?
06/25/08: Could we talk honestly about this?
06/24/08: The descent of St. Barack
06/18/08: On suing the enemy
06/17/08: Apologia pro redneck, Or: In defense of a word — and a people
06/16/08: Moment of truth
06/11/08: The plot thickens, Or: Those neocons were everywhere
06/06/08: Let the games begin
06/05/08: The ahistorical candidate
06/04/08: Endgame: Creeping to victory
05/30/08: Things I don't believe
05/29/08: A few days on a small island
05/27/08: No joking matter
05/23/08: The lady fights
05/22/08: Invasion of the flogos
05/20/08: Things I should have learned
05/19/08: Ever lower she goes . . .
05/16/08: Interview with Confucius
05/14/08: Boredom with balloons, or: The campaign that won't end
05/12/08: OH, FREEDOM!
05/08/08: Flashback
05/05/08: The decline of insult
05/02/08: Problems, problems . . .
04/30/08: Wright and the Nixon Effect
04/30/08: Mister Beautiful
04/28/08: Dept. of Correspondence
04/23/08: Eyes on the prize
04/18/08: In defense of the old graces
04/16/08: Carter's latest/on the road to damascus
04/15/08: Time warp: Different war, same question
04/14/08: Game called on account of tornado
04/09/08: ‘We interrupt this program…’
04/08/08: The dead speak
04/04/08: The truly great
04/01/08: On the beauty of ambiguity
03/31/08: False memory: The strange case of Hillary Clinton
03/19/08: Stop revising the prayerbook!
03/18/08: Toward the light
03/17/08: How the mighty have fallen — again
03/13/08: The lost art of the apology
03/11/08: Flying into the past
03/10/08: The test of a candidate
03/05/08: Nominate in haste, repent at leisure
03/04/08: The word from Huey Long
03/03/08: A conservative for all seasons
02/27/08: Oh, please (or why Hillary's in trouble)
02/26/08: Notes on a debate
02/25/08: Words, words, words: the decline of American eloquence
02/20/08: Terrorists' rights
02/19/08: The personal is the political
02/13/08: On calling it wrong every time
02/12/08: He is in our dreams
02/08/08: A preview of the campaign ahead
02/06/08: Down with polls
02/05/08: 50 Ways To Beat the Cold
02/01/08: America in flux
01/30/08: Confession
01/28/08: Obama's great challenge
01/23/08: Dr. Frankenstein plods on
01/21/08: Martin Luther King: The radical as conservative
01/18/08: Lee and the lingering South
01/16/08: What's old? A visit with Pierre Cliche
01/15/08: The more North Korea changes . . .
01/14/08: The New Hampshire blur: What did it mean, if anything?
01/11/08: Too good for this world: Waterboarding and its discontents
01/10/08: The laugh's on us
01/09/08: Early notes on the Big Race
01/08/08: The music of time
01/03/08: A life lived in service to life
01/02/08: The world in which we live
12/18/07: Post-modern music circa 1909
12/17/07: The specter of victory
12/12/07: Who is Huckabee? Preacher, populist, problem-solver and . . . president?
12/07/07: The more Russia changes . . .
12/06/07: Venezuela strikes a blow for liberty
11/30/07: Slick Willie rides again
11/27/07: The wasteland: The presidential campaign so far
11/26/07: Peace through confusion
11/21/07: Wartime Thanksgivings
11/20/07: How goes the war?
11/16/07: Two stories
11/14/07: Charters and cherries
11/13/07: A man and his moment of truth — half a century later
11/09/07: Notes on the news
11/07/07: Out of it
11/06/07: On the care and feeding of terrorists
11/02/07: The word from Joe
10/31/07: Shocking: Scientist commits heresy
10/30/07: A herd of Irish bulls
10/26/07: Doris Lessing, free spirit
10/24/07: Shoptalk
10/23/07: Time capsule
10/19/07: England your England: Shocking row in parliament
10/17/07: Ecclesiastes on a bicycle
10/16/07: Today's catch
10/12/07: Kansas City blues
10/10/07: Sentimental journey
10/09/07: How goes the war?
10/03/07: Minds running in idle
10/02/07: Freighted with insignificance
10/01/07: Provocations
09/26/07: 1957: A crisis 50 years later
09/24/07: WH-E-E-E! Happy days are here again
09/20/07: In the news
09/19/07: Voices in the wilderness
09/18/07: Economics vs. politics
09/12/07: September 11th comes and goes
09/11/07: Goodbye and good luck
09/07/07: Larry Craig and all that: A mirror of our confusions
09/05/07: Who's the biggest phony of them all?
08/31/07: The labor theory of value
08/29/07: A night at the opera
08/28/07: The trouble with George: He just doesn't get it
08/22/07: Names in the news
08/20/07: It was the summer of 1980 . . .
08/15/07: What is the South?
08/14/07: The inarticulate society
08/09/07: The shops are gone now/ Edward Hopper's sunlight recaptured
08/08/07: Boston 8, Chicago 5
08/06/07: The consolations of history
08/02/07: Dept. of Etiquette
07/25/07: Writing: Art or science?
07/24/07: The old appeal of the new
07/23/07: What makes a great cartoonist?
07/06/07: The elusive quality we call justice
07/03/07: Me, Ma and Ben Franklin
07/02/07: Fifty ways to beat the heat
06/27/07: Notes on today's constitutional ‘crisis’
06/26/07: The first moment of summer
06/20/07: Man of the Century
06/18/07: Is this Congress or Parliament?
06/13/07: The Soprano Effect: The decline of TV masterpieces
06/12/07: Shoptalk: A case of split personality
06/07/07: 5.5 degrees of separation
06/06/07: Israel is doomed (again)
06/05/07: A myth grows: America's first pre-emptive war?
06/01/07: The last gentleman
05/25/07: Remember the living, too
05/22/07: Vive la France! What the French can teach us
05/30/07: HE-E-E'S BACK! Jimmy Carter, president and poet
05/28/07: Remember the living, too
05/22/07: Vive la France! What the French can teach us
05/18/07: Pilgrimage: Dinner in Charleston
05/15/07: AH, SCIENCE!
05/11/07: The Little Rock crisis returns
05/09/07: And now we commence…
05/01/07: Letters galore
04/27/07: The sound of one man weeping
04/25/07: Of style and the I-man
04/24/07: Toward life: The Court takes a small step
04/20/07: A fan's notes
04/19/07: Inventing the (bloody) future
04/17/07: Kill this monster
04/12/07: The rites of Spring
04/06/07: Save the electoral college
04/05/07: Where music takes us
03/27/07: When in doubt, act offended
03/23/07: A familiar scenario
03/21/07: What I should have learned by now
03/20/07: Moments
03/16/07: The latest non-scandal
03/14/07: Operation Slow Bleed: The war in Iraq — and in Congress
03/13/07: On being a key opinion leader
03/09/07: The court historian
03/08/07: The charms of denial
03/06/07: The Great Apostrophe War
03/02/07: In defense of Orwell
02/28/07: Free at last: Little Rock out of court
02/27/07: Russia Vs. America — again
02/22/07: The sound of distant music
02/21/07: What was that all about?
02/14/07: Law, like history, comes full circle
02/09/07: On Lincoln's birthday, 2007
02/07/07: Letters from all over
02/05/07: Down with self-esteem
01/30/07: Simple gifts
01/30/07: The home front
01/29/07: Hold on to the plow
01/25/07: A life in the family
01/24/07: By the book: What's next in Iraq?
01/22/07: Judges and politics
01/19/07: An evening with General Lee
01/16/07: Surge: What's in a word?
01/12/07: My son the legislator
01/10/07: Who are we today? Or: Notes on American ethnography
01/04/07: The madness of crowds
12/29/06: Gerald Ford: The in-between president
12/26/06: English spoken here
12/20/06: (Biblically) illiterate in the Ivy League
12/18/06: The good die young: Augusto Pinochet dead at 91
12/13/06: AT LAST, REALISM! Or: The Baker-hamilton report-of 1943
12/11/06: The one sure guide in Iraq
12/08/06: Stranger on a plane
12/06/06: Occult hand strikes back
12/04/06: A herd of Irish bulls
11/30/06: The GOP's dark little shop
11/29/06: Shoes and me
11/28/06: Confession about a little giant
11/27/06: Now she tells us, OR: A Justice gets her swing back
11/22/06: November 22nd
11/17/06: The cultural capital called Arkansas
11/15/06: Something waits beneath it
11/13/06: ME VS. ME
11/10/06: The inevitable isn't
11/08/06: The calm between two storms
11/06/06: Kerry strikes again
11/03/06: What's this job all about?
11/01/06: The long view: Of war and public opinion
10/30/06: Way down South in … Delaware?
10/27/06: Madness, madness….
10/25/06: He may be the GOP's only hope
10/23/06: Late-night thoughts
10/20/06: Something about Harry
10/18/06: What ever happened to honor?
10/16/06: The State of the Press, or: The power of the personal
10/13/06: Apocalypse Soon: The clock is ticking — like mad
10/11/06: A poet and don't know it
10/09/06: Opportunity lost
10/06/06: Memories of The Billy Goat
10/04/06: On language
10/01/06: Travel Journal: From savagery to serenity
09/29/06: Bill's hissy fit
09/27/06: On to (military) justice
09/25/06: Constructing reality: The news and you
09/19/06: Havana, U.S.S.R.
09/14/06: Two alternate futures
09/13/06: A Prophet heard from
09/08/06: Why we love the game
09/05/06: Here comes Joe Bob Biden
09/01/06: The labor theory of value
08/29/06: A successful repetition
08/28/06: Sophocles at Fenway
08/25/06: Travel in a time of terror
08/23/06: Ideology 1, Law 0: Another strange decision
08/22/06: Dept. of Correspondence and Psychoanalysis
08/17/06: Jewish columnist: Founding of Israel was mistake
08/11/06: The fatal charm of the Left
08/09/06: How to gag a president
08/07/06: Lonely Lieberman
08/04/06: Notes on a war
08/02/06: Poor Lebanon
07/26/06: The Frankenstein Syndrome
07/24/06: This war may have just begun
07/21/06: Beach scene with murderers
07/20/06: Ahmed bar the door: From incidents to two-front war
07/14/06: MMMM . . .
07/12/06: Conscience of a conservative
07/11/06: O TIMES, O MORES!
07/07/06: Nothing seems to shock terrorist leaders so much as being taken seriously
07/05/06: The fog of law
07/03/06: It's a Grand Old Flag amendment
06/28/06: The NYTimes strikes again
06/27/06: Secrets, anyone?
06/23/06: Picasso in Little Rock: Pictures at an exhibition
06/22/06: How not to edit
06/20/06: Good news can be frustrating
06/19/06: Juneteenth: At last it's official
06/16/06: Future foretold here
06/14/06: Congress vs. justice
06/13/06: Say no to a language war
06/12/06: One more down
06/07/06: Parallel presidencies
06/01/06: In praise of failure
05/29/06: A stillness in the morning
05/26/06: The storm before the calm
05/24/06: Coming to America
05/22/06: The high price of economic ignorance
05/19/06: Fun with numbers
05/17/06: Letter from the asylum
05/15/06: A general in charge of the CIA? Shocking!
05/10/06: Notes on a verdict
05/05/06: It's a grand old flag . . .
05/03/06: G Tone poem
05/02/06: The dark rolling fields of the Republic
04/26/06: I get letters . . .
04/18/06: Mexican standoff: Washington in inaction
04/18/06: Happy Tax Day
04/12/06: Mindstream
04/06/06: The things people say
04/05/06: Pilgrimage
04/03/06: No good deed ... the hounding of Cap Weinberger
03/31/06: In praise of plagiarism
03/30/06: Why not the best of both?
03/24/06: Reply all
03/28/06: Army Days: A memoir and endorsement
03/22/06: The joker
03/21/06: Confessions of a word addict
03/17/06: On the death of another despot
03/16/06: Unsettling
03/14/06: Singing the neo-conservative blues
03/10/06: Score one for common sense
03/06/06: An age of arrogance
03/01/06: Media ethics: An oxymoron?
02/22/06: The sound of distant music
02/21/06: Cheney's ongoing problems
02/16/06: The decline of the West
02/13/06: Mr. Lincoln and the law
02/10/06: Prejudices
02/06/06: Amnesiac America
01/27/06: Her kind of majesty
02/01/06: Happy birthday, Mozart
01/26/06: Conflicted: Federalism v. life
01/23/06: Miss Hillary's hissy fit
01/19/06: Virtue eclipsed
01/17/06: In the camera's eye
01/12/06: Return of the anti-federalists
01/10/06: Farris Hassan, boy reporter
01/06/06: Shocking discovery: President determined to defend U.S.
01/04/06: Book of the year
12/30/05: My new year's resolutions
12/28/05: A puzzle: when domestic spying isn't
12/19/05: Talking power to truth
12/15/05: Two obituaries
12/13/05: A brief history of Western valor: From time immemorial to Howard Dean
12/02/05: Amiable duffer in politics getting well deserved honor
11/29/05: The Clinton library after one year
11/28/05: The great conspiracy
11/23/05: ET TU, WOODWARD?
11/22/05: November 22nd
11/21/05: The wrong message to send
11/16/05: Judith Miller's long goodbye
11/15/05: Realists who aren't
11/11/05: To filibuster or not to filibuster, that is the question
11/09/05: Is Paris burning?
11/08/05: The paranoid style in American politics
11/04/05: Of the old school
11/02/05: On to a real debate: This nominee thinks
11/01/05: And there it wasn't
10/28/05: Self-portrait of a martyr: Judith Miller begins to annoy
10/27/05: America, the game
10/24/05: The balm of time
10/21/05: The religion of the South
10/14/05: It was wholly a pleasure . . .
10/14/05: Cold comfort
10/13/05: The mystery nominee
10/11/05: On political labels
10/10/05: The next little step: Human cloning
10/06/05: Madame X: W's latest surprise
10/03/05: Monologue
09/29/05: Church, State and Wal-Mart
09/28/05: Notes in transit
09/27/05: The Nazi hunter
09/26/05: Calling all saints --- it's time to come marching in
09/22/05: Ragin' Nagin
09/19/05: Flotsam, or: Do you know what it means . . .
09/16/05: A clatter of editorial writers
09/13/05: Unveiled: The Little Rock Nine
09/12/05: A flood of words
09/09/05: Voices after the storm
09/07/05: Rehnquist: He kept the court together
09/02/05: The Katrina syndrome: What a hurricane can teach
08/24/05: Family quarrel
08/24/05: A sense of style
08/19/05: The terrorists next door
08/16/05: Talking to tomorrow
08/15/05: So sorry
08/12/05: A fortress against time
08/09/05: Travel notes: Boston or bust
08/08/05: The law is the law
08/04/05: Fifty ways to beat the heat
08/02/05: Any excuse will do
08/01/05: It must be the heat: This nominee drives 'em crazy
07/27/05: Artist in residence
07/26/05: Freighted with insignificance
07/20/05: Malaise, a short story
07/19/05: Now I get it
07/18/05: Get Karl Rove!
07/14/05: The Englishness of it
07/13/05: Fasten your seat belts . . .
07/08/05: Back to first principles
07/06/05: The Commander in Chief heard from
07/04/05: ‘My fellow citizens …’
06/30/05: Unholy spectacle
06/28/05: Wanted: A little perspective, please
06/24/05: The drum major
06/23/05: A modest proposal
06/20/05: Howard Dean gallops on
06/17/05: A son's story
06/15/05: I hate that (the rise of identity journalism)
06/10/05: A test for the Senate
06/08/05: Respect and disrespect
06/07/05: It's still Nixon's America — Deep Throat brings it all back
06/02/05: The more Europe changes . . .
05/30/05: Art world in a tizzy
05/26/05: Filibustered out: Back where we started
05/24/05: On the beach
05/18/05: The religion of the South
05/16/05: Games with history
05/12/05: Who's for the filibuster now?
05/10/05: Department of language
05/06/05: The next scientific discovery: Ethics
05/04/05: Calling all Francophobes . . .
05/02/05: The Nanking ‘incident’
04/28/05: The shame on the South
04/26/05: The war on religion
04/21/05: Holding pattern
04/19/05: April fool
04/15/05:The long wait, or: Why we hate baseball
04/13/05: A stranger at home
04/08/05: Waiting for Bolton
04/07/05: The U.N.: Rot at the top
04/05/05: A stranger at home
04/04/05: Lost en route
03/31/05: The big carnival
03/29/05: A failure to communicate
03/28/05: Baseball strikes out
03/24/05: Of life, death and filibusters
03/22/05: On a fast train
03/18/05: An appeal to reason: What to do about illegal aliens
03/16/05: Memory
03/11/05: Hotel Darfur: Now showing at the U.N.
03/09/05: The Big Ten before the Supreme Court
03/03/05: Freedom tide a-rising
03/02/05: On following ideas over a cliff
02/28/05: Attention must be paid?
02/22/05: Democrats for life?
02/21/05: Washington: The unfinished portrait
02/17/05: North Korea's nuke: what would FDR have said?
02/15/05: A poet's holiday
02/11/05: The essential Lincoln: Reflections on a great President's birthday
02/08/05: Fear itself
02/04/05:An incredible day
02/01/05:The globalization of American rhetoric
01/31/05:The Old Man
01/27/05:Letters from an editor
01/24/05:Notes on an inaugural: what after the words?
01/19/05:Lee outside the frame
01/18/05:It makes you wonder why Rather got into journalism in the first place
01/11/05: Their own worst enemy
It's what Alberto Gonzales didn't do
01/10/05: Their own worst enemy
01/05/05: Two New Yawkers   —   and two Americas
01/04/05: Obituary of the year
01/03/05: Where I went wrong
12/16/04: Sixty years ago at dawn
12/15/04: Give up, Americans!
12/14/04: Call from a congressman
12/13/04: Dept. of sanitized history
12/07/04: Scattershot
12/03/04: The big change in the news
12/01/04: Why you can't trust Congress
11/30/04: Southern exposure
11/24/04: The Clinton library's sanitized history
11/17/04: The unwelcome guest: Slick Willie
11/11/04: ‘Moral values’ — just what are they?
11/09/04: Election day meditation: The calm between two storms
11/01/04: On changing horses
10/29/04: The invisible ethnic group
10/27/04: Can we trust the U.N. (again)?
10/26/04: The world turned upside down
10/20/04: The bright side: Two elections to cheer
10/15/04: W., the debate, and my big sister
10/12/04: Notes on a debate; simplicity vs. finesse
10/06/04: Iran goes nuclear
09/29/04: The Angel's Dictionary
09/27/04: Because the West dares to exist
09/15/04: Provocation a minute
09/13/04: Bless his heart
09/10/04: Crazy like Fox: Of bounces and non-bounces
09/07/04: Who controls the past? Zell Miller, memory and politics
09/03/04: The labor theory of value
08/30/04: Low point
08/25/04: Still for the Union
08/23/04: Don Quixote in town
08/19/04: What's right with the Electoral College
08/18/04: More light, less heat: This debate grows tedious
08/16/04: Meet Dr. Kerry and his cure for Alzheimer's
08/11/04: Adventures in medialand
08/09/04: A full confession
08/04/04: The man behind it all
07/30/04: The big shift
07/27/04: All that jazz: Why we watch the conventions
07/23/04: So help us ... ?
07/19/04: Some things I don't believe
07/16/04: Bubba and the Little People
07/14/04: Reason 51, Prejudice 46
07/09/04: John Kerry's smart move
07/07/04: The High Court's non-decision
07/02/04: Hi-Ya, Babe! — The Spirit of '76 Goes Rolling Along
06/29/04: Our Saudi Friends
06/25/04: The History of Slick Willie — from the coiner of the moniker
06/23/04: They still don't get it
06/22/04: John Walker Lindh heard from
06/18/04: Dispatch from the future
06/16/04: The legality of evil
06/09/04: Room at the top
06/07/04: The Music Man: How a b-movie actor changed the world
05/31/04: Unheroic heroes
05/25/04: Editorialists put on the spot
05/19/04: Letter from America
05/17/04: Invitation to a beheading
05/12/04: A time to talk plain
05/06/04: Iraq through a rearview mirror
04/27/04: HE-E-E'S . . . back!
04/23/04: Sideshow: Politics in wartime
04/14/04: Looking for Vietnam
04/11/04: Does bestsellerdom beat the No. 2 job Clarke wanted in Homeland Security?
04/01/04: 'Condoleezza Rice, do you swear . . .'
03/22/04: The death of Abu Abbas — and hope in the Middle East
03/17/04: Spain goes wobbly
03/12/04: He's the toast of Paris
03/10/04: One life or two?
03/08/04: Will hatred be enough?
03/04/04: The critical period
02/23/04: Unfinished portrait: Washington and the republic
02/19/04: Big tempest, little teapot
02/17/04: An imminent threat — to his own credibility
02/11/04: High dudgeon and low politics
02/09/04: The stalker called ALS
02/04/04: The BBC meets British justice
01/30/04: As New Hampshire goes. . .
01/28/04: Ethics Department: George Will, a case study
01/26/04: Back to Earth
01/22/04: The campaign to date
01/21/04: The revealing results in Iowa
01/19/04: The radical as conservative
01/15/04: Pernicious abstractions: Of Lincoln and Iraq, practice and theory
01/13/04: The secret of the South: Altitude is attitude
01/07/04: Second thoughts at the turn of the year
01/05/03: An obituary for qualities
12/31/03: Where I went wrong
12/29/03: A letter from Flannery O'Conner
12/19/03: Bob Bartley, an American story
12/17/03: One more mission accomplished
12/16/03: Bad day for the First Amendment
12/15/03: With apologies to Walter Winchell
12/11/03: Texican as she is spoke
12/09/03: My first game of Bocce
12/03/03: The Clark bandwagon breaks down
12/02/03: Fellow feeling
11/25/03: The decline and fall of words: Humpty Dumpty on unholy matrimony
11/21/03: A certain slant of light
11/19/03: Vocabulary is all in the abortion debate
11/11/03: Will the recovery last? The 7.2% solution
11/07/03: The Confederate from Vermont
11/03/03: Rolling stone gathers moss
10/30/03: Who will rebuild Iraq? Responsibility and its opposite
10/27/03: Feticide, as peace of mind
10/24/03: Why judges should be seen and not heard
10/20/03: Damn Yankees: A tragedy in Eleven Innings
10/15/03: End of the affair
10/13/03: How to kill a crazy man
10/03/03: Mystery solved!: Or: Who called the general?
10/01/03: The fall of the House of Kennedy: A new low
09/23/03: When editorial writers collide
09/16/03: Hey Porter: Johnny Cash comes home
09/15/03: End of the road(map)
09/09/03: If only Miguel Estrada had been just another mediocre tortician with a bigger mouth than brain
09/05/03: Death Wish
08/29/03: Of Labor Day, Seabiscuit and ideology
08/28/03: FORMIDABLE!
08/25/03: The new Wesley Clark (and why I miss the old one)
08/13/03: Familiarity breeds respect
08/11/03: It was time: Fritz Hollings limits his term
08/08/03: Monk and the Case of the Iraqi Maze
08/06/03: The saga of Sam Phillips, or How the South rose again
08/05/03: BoSox win — but can science beat art?
08/01/03: Admiral Strangelove
07/28/03: Red states versus Blue
07/25/03: General indecision: Wesley Clark orders breakfast
07/22/03: How diversity became Orwellian
07/16/03: MY, WHAT LANGUAGE!
07/14/03: Dr. Dowd analyzes Clarence Thomas
07/10/03: A genealogy of ideas: American, un-American and French
07/07/03: The return of Baghdad Bob
06/30/03: What the Supreme Court doesn't know about race
06/26/03: Shock and awe on Fleet Street
06/20/03: HILLARY — THE BOOK!
06/19/03: Brinkley was a class act — and he told the truth
06/17/03: An obituary for Atticus Finch
06/10/03: Media myths and how they're made, or: Maureen the magician
06/03/03: For the record: Bill Clinton vs. history
05/22/03: Bookstore by the sea
05/20/03: Another case of 'Borking' Judicial nominees are routinely assailed for everything they've ever said or done from approximately the age of 3, and quite a few things they haven't
05/15/03: The great tax debate, or: politics vs. economics
05/12/03: It's the vision thing
05/07/03: The next Baghdad Bob
05/05/03: Glimmerings of peace
05/01/03: A few of my favorite things
04/28/02: SOUND FAMILIAR? Truman meets the press
04/22/03: Glimmerings of peace
04/16/03: How to leave Egypt
04/15/03: Three snapshots of a war
04/03/03: Coffee, beignets and war
03/27/03: What's the weather in Karbala?
03/25/03: Go to the seers and poets
03/17/03: The sleepwalkers
03/05/03: Those interfering Americans
03/03/03: The unstrung quartet
02/24/03: The mob forms here: The borking of Miguel Estrada
02/21/03: The Thirties revisited
02/18/03: To kill an idea, file suit
02/14/03: A Question for Tom Daschle
02/12/03: A man for this season, too
02/06/03: The Prosecution rest: Colin Powell at the U.N.
01/31/03: Waiting for war
01/06/03: Here come the clones (Vincent Price, where are you?)
11/27/02: Suddenly a pause
11/13/02: Scattered returns: Election night as a test of character
11/06/02: The morning after
11/04/02: The storm before the calm
10/28/02: Crossing the line
10/24/02: One war at a time
10/15/02: Carter gets his Nobel --- at last
10/08/02: The case is made
09/30/02: Thank Heaven he's not president
09/24/02: An offer we can refuse
09/13/02: More globaloney --- and a ray of hope
08/26/02: The Wal-Mart culture
08/20/02: How (much) low(er) can Bubba go?
08/02/02: Boundless: The return of Slick Willie
07/29/02: Affirmative Action's latest victim: A black judge
07/15/02: Science vs. art: Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio
07/09/02: HE-E-E'S BACK!
07/05/02: A different Fourth of July
07/02/02: When principles conflict: Let there be light
06/26/02: A provisional state; new name for the same old chaos
06/24/02: The Clinton legacy: An autopsy
06/20/02: What do you say to leaders?
06/18/02: Tread on us: How the press fooled itself
06/13/02: Amateur hour
06/10/02: Yasser, that's our baby: How long will this farce continue?
06/06/02:: 'Speak, that I may see thee' or: letters from an editor
06/03/02:: Conventional wisdom down the tubes
05/29/02:: Arm the pilots
05/24/02:: Let us cross over the river …
05/22/02:: Pictures at an exhibition
05/16/02:: Invitation to a beheading - thanks, but no …
05/14/02: Cloning words: a senator shows how it's done
05/10/02: My mother vs. Europe
05/09/02: A graduate seminar in courage
05/08/02: Looking for oneself
05/06/02: Politics vs. history (history ain't got a chance)
05/02/02: Foggy Bottom blues
04/29/02: About our 'broken' election system ...
04/23/02: Life begins again: Heaven is opening day in the minors
04/17/02: Masterful indirection: An American tradition
04/15/02: Happy April 15th
04/11/02: They found him
04/02/02: Fidel and friends
03/19/02: Good news, bad news: thinking the unthinkable
03/13/02: A modest proposal
03/11/02: One against the crowd
03/04/02: Common sense about immigration
02/27/02: More mush from The Wimp
02/20/02: Trading with the enemy
02/15/02: A word for Lincoln --- and perseverance
02/01/02: The alert State of the Union
01/23/02: The endless campaign
01/21/02: The State of the Dream
01/16/02: Nothing succeeds like failure
01/14/02: Cry for Argentina
01/10/02: The living and the dead
01/08/02: Happy old year: They met the test
01/04/02: Nuclear winter: Toward the brink again
12/31/01: Right where he belongs
12/26/01: Naked to our enemies: A treaty is not a defense
12/19/01: The end of the affair: The war that Oslo wrought
12/17/01: Travel time
12/12/01: To an anxious friend
12/05/01: End of the road? Arafat's bloody trail
12/03/01: The secret presidency
11/29/01: Now the ground war
11/27/01: Notes on a war
11/20/01: Victory through air power
11/16/01: What's good for the Delta ... is good for the country
11/15/01: No drums, no bugles: a time for Billy Collins
11/14/01: No land war in Asia, or: What's your hurry, Mack?
11/12/01: Confessions of a fan
11/08/01: The Israelis miss a chance
11/05/01: Welcome to 'After'
10/31/01: We're on the way to airline security
10/29/01: Field guide to fanatics
10/24/01: Naipaul's Nobel: the eye of exile
10/22/01: Sound familiar?
10/18/01: Pentagon may be best lead agency in bioterror war
10/16/01: Advice from the past
10/11/01: Tony Blair's finest hour
10/08/01: And the war came
10/04/01: Why do they hate us?
10/01/01: The way we were: try to remember ...
09/26/01: The sound of the trumpet: A different call to arms
09/25/01: On understanding terrorism
09/17/01: Unnecessary call
09/14/01: The good amid the wreckage
09/13/01: At war against an invisible enemy
08/31/01: Theory and reality: Labor Day 2001
08/23/01: What's an ex-president for?
08/15/01: The clones are coming! The clones are ...
08/14/01: Toward that Brave New World
08/07/01: Drawing the line -- again and again and again
08/02/01: The long hello
07/18/01: A good idea runs into ideology
07/16/01: And the truth will set you free
07/13/01: We have forgotten how to shudder
07/11/01: Cuba waits -- for the inevitable
07/09/01: A practical defeat
07/03/01: Heroes, who needs 'em?
06/28/01: It never stops
06/26/01: The fruit of time
06/21/01: They just don't get it
06/19/01: It's over: Delusion of grandeur
06/14/01: The politics of Procrustes
06/07/01: McVeigh's world: Falsity forever
06/04/01: Monumental mistake
05/31/01: Monumental mistake
05/16/01: The Angel's Dictionary
05/08/01: The calloused conscience
05/02/01: The uses of ambiguity: W., Ike and Wordfog
04/30/01: A Reaganless administration
04/27/01: On the decline of lying
04/25/01: Guide to a Collapsing Society
04/23/01: YAHOO! Decency makes a comeback
04/17/01: Abolish the Internal Revenue Code
04/13/01: Welcome home and stay vigilant
04/06/01: Chinese puzzle
04/04/01: Diversity, the new uniformity
04/02/01: The uses of freedom, or: thank you, Ted Turner
03/28/01: Law into politics: Exit the ABA, unwillingly
03/23/01: Lost causes found, or: Small nation, great people
03/20/01: Look away, look away: The rage for RU-486
03/16/01: NASCAR: Now it's top secret
03/14/01: A record broken: The delights of awful prose
03/08/01: D-Day in New Orleans
02/27/01: Behind the scenes (It's crowded back there)
02/14/01: A collection of valentines
02/07/01: The Music Man and his critics
02/02/01: Annals of 'thoughtcrime'
01/31/01: How far we've come: A theory of devolution
01/29/01: Found!:Dubya's to-do list
01/25/01: On power
01/23/01: Advice from the past
01/11/01: The necessity of grace
01/09/01:The quiet sell-out
01/05/01: Faces in a cabinet
01/03/01: Resonant lives
12/29/00: Victor Borge: The one-man Marx brothers
12/22/00: In praise of plagiarism
12/19/00: Back to the furious fifties --- OR Sea change at a car wash
12/18/00: After the storm
12/12/00: They're tearing my country apart
12/08/00: Hold that metaphor
12/05/00: Department of hindsight: Where it went wrong
12/01/00: Just call him Al
11/30/00: Surreal: Politics and the American language
11/27/00: The hollow crisis
11/23/00: This Thanksgiving, I'm grateful for ...
11/22/00: What a tangled web: A Dickensian election
11/21/00: The long hello: Pregnant chad and presidents-elect
11/20/00: Through a glass darkly: Scattered reflections on a shattered election
11/17/00: The road to madness: The constitutional crisis of 2000
11/16/00: TO BE CONTINUED: Waiting for president godot
11/14/00: Hail to the Chief, whoever he is
11/10/00: The man who started it all
11/08/00: Now we know: The perils of prophesying
11/02/00: The Electoral College: It's working again
10/31/00: The Miss America parody
10/25/00: Round three: a matter of trust
10/24/00: Instant summit, instant violence
10/20/00: The dream in ruins: A new realism in the Mideast
10/16/00: The second team: It's first rate
10/12/00: Peace is war: That's the Middle East -- still
10/10/00: O freedom: The scenes from Serbia
10/05/00: O Brave New World: Better dying through chemistry
10/03/00: I am mightily offended, or: In defense of Moonpies
09/28/00: Just what we love: Another cheap political ploy
09/26/00: With a whimper: Whitewater peters out
09/21/00: News from the death sciences
09/20/00: What I saw in Seattle: Report from the future
09/19/00: Squandered
09/14/00: Will there always be an England?
09/12/00: In the matter of No. 73019
09/06/00: Quarterback sneak: Prayer under the lights
08/31/00: Joe Lieberman's G-d problem
08/30/00: THE KISS: Love, videotape and politics
08/28/00: Well, what a surprise: AlGore beats the rap
08/25/00: After the conventions
08/23/00: Two worlds
08/21/00: He blew it: A night of sheer goredom
08/18/00: Downhill from here: Conventional rhetoric
08/17/00: The First Hurrah; Bubba sets the tone
08/16/00: Still center stage: Bubba's first last appearance
08/15/00: A Peek into chaos: Pat Buchanan's world
08/14/00: The other convention
08/10/00: Joe Lieberman, Fundamentalist
08/09/00: The back of the book:
Notes on a convention
08/08/00: Was it a great speech?
08/07/00: BOFFO! Cheney wows 'em
08/04/00: Convention diary: Waiting for W.
08/03/00: The keynotes: There's a method to their moderation
08/01/00: Bubba to investigator: 'But It was only a million dollars'
07/27/00: Speed kills: The lesson of another Waco post-mortem
07/26/00: Safe at home: Andy Morales makes it
07/21/00: The man is an artist: He's not just 'Slick Willie' anymore
07/19/00: The Arab tragedy: When mistake becomes tradition
07/17/00: Very well, alone-- Barak's solo
07/13/00: The don't-be-a-darned-fool rule
07/10/00: To the summit -- and back down again?
07/07/00: Hate mail about hate crimes?
07/05/00: Revolution in Mexico -- and it's the best kind
06/30/00: A confused Court: Once more into the murk
06/28/00: Gore fatigue sets in
06/26/00: Confessions of a thoughtcriminal
06/23/00: Schools as prayer-free zones
06/21/00: The case of the not-so-missing secrets
06/19/00: Them are us: Why the death tax is dying
06/15/00: Engine trouble: AlGore's sputtering campaign
06/13/00: Death of a tyrant: Sic semper tyrannis
06/07/00: That ever vaster right-wing conspiracy
06/02/00: Adios, Elian --
or is it hasta luego?
05/31/00: Barbara Cartland's romance comix: She knew us better than you might think
05/25/00: Disbar the shyster, or how 'bout them Arkansas mores?
05/23/00: The New World Disorder
05/16/00: No end in sight: The long disbarment
05/11/00: Bill Clinton's next career
05/09/00: Who owns the Blues?
05/05/00: Waiting for Miss Daisy: On time after all
05/02/00: Exit smiling: Homage to Gorey
04/28/00: Down the memory hole
04/24/00: Orders are orders: Seize the child!
04/18/00: What a piece of work: The latest from Clinton
04/14/00: The tragedy may only have begun
04/04/00: The littlest fugitive, or: They're coming for Elian
03/30/00: Visiting with W.
03/28/00: The news from Arkansas; weirder than usual
03/23/00: Justice delayed: There he goes again
03/20/00: The courting of the losers: An election-year ritual
03/17/00: A political St. Patrick's
03/02/00: Starr Trek
02/29/00: Two Comeback Kids?
02/24/00: Ghosts in the attic, or: The maturity of Slick Willie
02/18/00: In praise of the Lincolnesque: We shall have need of it
02/17/00: Fear of victory
02/15/00: Resign, Mr. President -- from the bar
02/11/00: HILLARY!: The latest version
02/09/00: John McCain's hour -- or just his 15 minutes?
02/07/00: Just one mistake: Slick Willie's latest line
02/03/00: The state of the president
01/27/00: Iowa: Ho hum-now for a real election
01/19/00: When editorial writers collide
01/14/00: The prodigal returns
01/11/00: The man behind it all
01/06/00: The changing of the czars, or: The more Russia changes ...
01/04/00: The worst books of the Century
12/31/99: Hey, what a party! New Year's at the White House
12/29/99: A historian for his time
12/21/99: The republic of irony
12/17/99: My runaway mind
12/15/99: Why all the fuss over just a child?
12/10/99: The simple things, or: Wednesdays with Morrie, too
12/07/99: Eyeless in Seatle
12/02/99: Trading with the enemy
11/30/99:Targets of opportunity
11/19/99: A certain slant of light
11/17/99: Uncle Sam, deadbeat
11/15/99: Macrothoughts about Microsoft
11/10/99: Mindmap
11/02/99: Life, death and the U.S. Senate
10/27/99: The new isolationists aren't
10/27/99: From the clip file
10/21/99: Is Bubba a Reagan clone?
10/19/99: Bill Moyers' other scandal
10/12/99: Seizing the center -- or 'W' is for winner
10/07/99: Looking up the slippery slope
10/05/99: Annals of Clintoniana
09/30/99: The worst thing about Buchanan
09/28/99: Enter Buchanan
09/24/99: The South and the 'Net
09/22/99: Lost in the stars
09/20/99: Witness for the prosecution
09/14/99: Chaos by design: The U.N. strikes again
09/10/99: Who owns 'the blues'?
09/08/99: Janet Reno's truth: She keeps changing it
09/02/99: Save the children: The case for school vouchers
08/30/99: Chinese puzzle: What would Reagan do?
08/24/99: The rise and fall of the American bar
08/17/99: The Bear in travail: new government, same Russia
08/17/99: This is not a parody
08/13/99: Why this is still the age of Nixon
08/10/99: Bill Btfsplk, or: that magic Clinton touch
08/06/99: A vast indifference: cleaning up post-Clinton
08/04/99: The great Arkansas flag flap
08/02/99: With rue our hearts are laden
07/29/99: Rudy does Arkansas (while Hillary does New York)
07/26/99: The Balkan bookends
07/20/99: Celebrity and person
07/15/99: Israel's new friend: Hillary, born-again Zionist
07/13/99:50 Ways to beat the heat
07/08/99: Today's tax tip: the Webb Hubbell System
07/02/99: Vision restored: the Supreme Court gets it
06/29/99: What makes Hillary run?
06/24/99: A Cafe Called Time: A Play In Three Acts
06/22/99: Amazing stories from D.C. Comix
06/17/99: George W.'s first mistake
06/08/99: Hail to the chief?
06/02/99: In praise of failure
05/26/99: Betrayal in the making: let's not make a deal
05/20/99: Israel's big switch: new era or just a mood swing?
05/18/99: Free our kids: revive the land of opportunity
05/13/99: This war will end --- or spread
05/11/99: South Sider comes through
05/07/99: There is no substitute for victory
05/05/99: A Tale of two colonels
05/03/99: It's the culture, stupid
04/30/99: Bumpers' 'B.S.'
04/27/99: An American tragedy: the fall of Kenneth Starr
04/23/99: Presidents and the press
04/14/99: A revealing moment
04/14/99: War Day by day
04/12/99: Just a few questions
04/06/99: The problem with the Left
04/05/99: The problem with the Right
03/30/99: But can he convince himself?
03/26/99: Short bursts
03/24/99: Once more into the quagmire
03/17/99: Big time in Little Rock
03/15/99: Our own Roger Taney
03/09/99: A different ‘Waterfront’
03/05/99: Law and disorder
2/26/99: King Richard's revenge
2/25/99: Open season on the fetus, and a good word for the pagans
2/23/99: It never ends: Here comes the judge
2/19/99: After the storm: Going through the debris
2/17/99: Where's the closure?
2/12/99: Hussein the Hashemite: The wiliest player on the board
2/09/99: The social security game
2/04/99: Our own Inspector Clouseau
2/01/99: Night scene, night thoughts
1/28/99: The decay of the art of lying
1/26/99: Impeachment: Short subjects
1/22/99: Bounce, glitz and tedium: The State of the Disunion
1/20/99: Destructive engagement: How to encourage tyranny
1/18/99: Martin Luther King: The radical as conservative?
1/11/99: Why America is apathetic about Bill's date with destiny
1/06/99:The year of Moronica
1/04/99: Clinton’s janitorial crew of two
12/29/98:The Senate will be on trial, too
12/29/98:A look down the avenue
12/22/98: The surreal impeachment
12/17/98: Another moment of truth approaches
12/15/98: The President's defenders: witnesses for the prosecution
12/10/98:The latest miracle cure: CensurePlus
12/03/98: Sentences at an airport Sentences at an airport
12/03/98: Games lawyers play
12/01/98: Ms. Magoo strikes again, or: Janet Reno and the law
11/26/98: The most American holiday
11/23/98: Same game, another round
11/18/98: Guide to the perplexed
11/09/98: A vote for apathy
11/03/98: Global village goes Clintonesque
11/02/98: Farewell to all that
10/30/98: New budget, same swollen government
10/26/98: Of life on the old plantation -- and death in the Middle East
10/22/98: Starr Wars (CONT'D)
10/19/98:Another retreat: weakness invites aggression
10/16/98: Profile in courage
10/14/98: A new voice out of Arkansas
10/09/98: Gerald Ford, Mr. Fix-It?
10/07/98: Impeachment Journal: Dept. of Doublespeak
10/01/98: The new tradition
9/25/98: Mr. President, PLEASE don't resign
9/23/98: The demolition of meaning
9/18/98: So help us G-d; The nature of the crisis
9/17/98: First impressions: on reading the Starr Report
9/15/98: George Wallace: All the South in one man
9/10/98: Here comes the judge
9/07/98: Toward impeachment
9/03/98: The politics of impeachment
9/01/98: The eagle can still soar
8/28/98: Boris Yeltsin's mind: a riddle pickled in an enigma
8/26/98: Clinton agonistes, or: Twisting in the wind
8/25/98: The rise of the English murder
8/24/98: Confess and attack: Slick comes semi-clean
8/19/98: Little Rock perspectives
8/14/98: Department of deja vu
8/12/98: The French would understand
8/10/98: A fable: The Rat in the Corner
8/07/98: Welcome to the roaring 90s
8/06/98: No surprises dept. -- promotion denied
8/03/98: Quotes of and for the week: take your pick
7/29/98: A subpoena for the president:
so what else is new?
7/27/98: Forget about Bubba, it's time to investigate Reno
7/23/98: Ghosts on the roof, 1998
7/21/98: The new elegance
7/16/98: In defense of manners
7/13/98: Another day, another delay: what's missing from the scandal news
7/9/98:The language-wars continue
7/7/98:The new Detente
7/2/98: Bubba in Beijing: history does occur twice
6/30/98: Hurry back, Mr. President -- to freedom
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