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Steven V. Roberts
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…
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.
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.
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.
Cokie’s mother, Lindy Claiborne Boggs, was born on a plantation in the segregated South before women could vote. When she died in July at 97, Barack and Michelle Obama celebrated “her legacy as a champion of women’s and civil rights that will continue to inspire generations to come.”
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. …
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.
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…
Have these men lost their minds?”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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…
''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.
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."
The most important word in American politics is trust. And that’s why Barack Obama is maintaining a slight lead over Mitt Romney, despite a sputtering economy and a gloomy electorate.
On Sept. 5, Michelle Obama sent a message to her husband’s email list with the subject line, “As always, thank you.” It was the morning after her speech to the Democratic convention, and she wrote: “I know your life is full — with work, or school or family — and yet you still find the time t…
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Outside the convention hall here, volunteers circulated through the crowd at a street festival, hunting for recruits. Want an Obama bumper sticker? They’re free. Just text us with your cellphone number. Inside the hall, giant screens flashed websites and hashtags that deleg…