Richard Ben Cramer, a journalist I knew and admired greatly, has passed away at the age of 62.
Andrew Sullivan discovers that Bill Kristol once favored the “anti-Israel” appeaser as George W. Bush’s vice president. Gak!
The relentlessly sane Michael Tomasky shows why the next silly Washington crisis is manufactured, synthetic baloney.
I’ve known Barney for more than 40 years and he’s been a terrific public servant, with one exception: his non-oversight of FNMA (Fannie-Mae) as House Banking Committee chair. That should eliminate him from consideration as even a temporary Senator.
This week’s print column: whether or not the President appoints Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense next week, he’s going to be facing a foreign policy fight over Israel and Iran with the neoconservatives.
We decided to ring the New Year in with CNN–obviously, Swamp spouse and I are wild party beasts–and we saw this. Oh my.
This is not a list of the best books published in 2012, just the best I’ve read in the past year:
Tom Friedman weighs in on the Chuck Hagel non-nomination, with some very clear thinking. But the Obama Administration is still silent–which remains deeply unfair to Hagel, and deeply satisfying to the extremists who oppose his nomination.
Krauthammer is right about the three components of our culture of violence.
It isn’t easy to find examples of political courage in an election, but I give it a shot in my annual column.
Pete Wehner, with whom I’ve been known to disagree, has some wise things to say about the facile moral posturing that has attended much of the commentary about the Newtown massacre. We’ve been too focused on the need for gun control and spent too little time talking about the far more difficult part of the problem: mental health.
The 2012 election was not a wonderful experience for neoconservatives–and it was a disaster for their beloved hero, Bibi Netanyahu, a foreign leader who tried to influence the American presidential campaign. Indeed, they’ve been proven conclusively ridiculous over the past dozen years, but still they persist. Now they’re after former …