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Cokie Roberts

Cokie Roberts and Steven V. Roberts: Women exert bipartisan power in Senate

The headline in the Washington Post read, “Moderates flex muscle.” Below that were pictures of 12 senators, six from each party, who are helping to forge a bipartisan compromise that would reopen the government and pay its bills. But the story never mentioned a key fact: Five of the 12 are w…

October 20, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Cokie Roberts and Steven V. Roberts: How gerrymandering sunk U.S. into gridlock

This is not the most acrimonious period in American political history. In 1804, Vice President Aaron Burr killed his longtime rival, Alexander Hamilton, in a duel. Fifty-two years later, Rep. Preston Brooks of South Carolina assaulted Sen. Charles Sumner of Massachusetts with a heavy cane.

October 13, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Cokie Roberts and Steven V. Roberts: Pretext of voter fraud claims is fraud

Hardly anyone noticed last spring when Jon Husted, the Republican secretary of state in Ohio, issued a report on the 2012 election. Out of 5.63 million ballots cast in that state, he identified 135 possible cases of voter fraud.

October 06, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Cokie Roberts and Steven V. Roberts: Who is a journalist and why does it matter?

Who is a journalist? That’s not a question limited to college classes, like the one Steve teaches on media ethics at George Washington University.

September 22, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Cokie Roberts and Steven V. Roberts: Welcome immigrants: Advice from conservative religious leaders

Republicans have long portrayed themselves as the party of faith, and religious practice is a reliable indicator of political behavior. Among voters who attend worship services more than once a week, 63 percent backed Mitt Romney last fall, while 36 percent supported President Barack Obama. …

July 28, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Cokie Roberts and Steven V. Roberts: Egypt must keep striving for real democracy

Can democracy survive when voters choose a government that destroys democratic values and institutions? That’s the critical question posed by the turmoil in Egypt, where the military has ousted President Mohammed Morsi and arrested many of his supporters.

July 12, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Cokie Roberts and Steven V. Roberts: High Court affirms value of diversity in higher ed

It was graduation weekend at George Washington University, where Steve has taught for the past 23 years. At a brunch for students and their families, one group stood out: a half-dozen women in brightly colored hijabs, traditional Muslim headscarves. They were there to support and celebrate A…

June 28, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Cokie Roberts and Steven V. Roberts: American families depend on breadwinner moms

Cokie Roberts and Steven V. Roberts: American families depend on breadwinner moms

Have these men lost their minds?”

June 17, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Cokie Roberts and Steven V. Roberts: Immigration compromise bill worth celebrating

Compromise is one of the noblest words in the political lexicon. Especially when power is divided between the parties, as it is now, governing a country this vast and diverse is virtually impossible unless lawmakers bring a certain level of trust and flexibility to the bargaining table.

May 31, 2013 12:05 amLoading…

Cokie Roberts and Steven V. Roberts: Obamas speak hard truths to college grads

Barack Obama is a gifted storyteller, and he’s always used his own life as a text, a parable, a lesson. Often he’s told tales from his own past to transcend race, to identify with mainstream America, to claim common ground about hardships suffered and obstacles overcome.

May 28, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Cokie Roberts and Steven V. Roberts: DOJ lost its balance with secret AP subpoena

Finally, an issue Republicans and Democrats can agree on: The Justice Department went too far in secretly obtaining phone records from the Associated Press that covered parts of two months and more than 20 separate lines.

May 19, 2013 12:05 amLoading…

Cokie Roberts and Steven V. Roberts: Agents of intolerance hinder GOP

A group of rich Republicans is raising money to support same-sex marriage. By doing so, they reveal a fundamental split in conservative ranks between two very different philosophies.

May 03, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Cokie Roberts and Steven V. Roberts: Let's welcome immigrant scientists & families, too

As the debate over immigration reform reaches a climax, a troubling idea seems to be gaining traction. It is that annual limits on new visas should be severely restricted, and that America must choose between two groups of newcomers: high-tech workers with advanced degrees or family members …

March 29, 2013 12:05 amLoading…

Cokie and Steven V. Roberts: Lawmakers on both sides flunk math tests

There's a lot of hand-wringing about American students lagging their foreign counterparts in math skills. That should not be a big surprise, since many of our political leaders aren't very good at math either and deny the realities that numbers reveal. Republican Sen. John McCain recently la…

March 22, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Cokie Roberts and Steven V. Roberts: Profit motive drives course correction at Fox News

Roger Ailes, the head of Fox News Channel, is a very smart man. And he knows how to count, a skill that has apparently eluded many of his fellow conservatives.

February 17, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Cokie Roberts and Steven V. Roberts: Obama rallies supporters for second term success

''We must act," President Barack Obama declared in his inaugural address. A critical part of his strategy is harnessing the energy and enthusiasm of his campaign supporters to promote his legislative agenda.

January 25, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Cokie Roberts and Steven V. Roberts: Children heed Mother Nature's threats, so should we

Here at home, U.S. government action on climate change has been paralyzed by politics, but American taxpayers are actually trying to make things better abroad, whether they know it or not. At the front lines in the climate change war, there's no argument about whether weather disasters come …

January 06, 2013 12:05 amLoading…

Steven V. and Cokie Roberts: Obama and Boehner should take lesson from Reagan and O'Neill

BOSTON — In the early 1980s, Tip O'Neill played the same role that John Boehner does now — speaker of the House, while a popular president from the other party dominates the political debate. O'Neill (who left office in 1987 and died in 1994) would have turned 100 this month, so it's appropr…

December 17, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Steven V. and Cokie Roberts: No more rigid partisan pledges

''The only pledge I'd sign is a pledge to sign no more pledges." That bit of wisdom came from Rep. Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican, during his successful run for a U.S. Senate seat. Now a few of his more courageous colleagues are taking the same path and renouncing the politics of purity.

December 02, 2012 12:05 amLoading…

Cokie and Steven V. Roberts: GOP lost White House by shutting out "others"

The single biggest mistake Mitt Romney made during the election was to swing to the right on immigration. As one Republican strategist put it, his inane suggestion that Latinos "self-deport" from America ensured that Romney "self-deported from the White House."

November 16, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

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