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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 and Steven V. Roberts: The cruel cost of cutting food stamps

Last week Republicans in the House of Representatives voted to slash food stamp spending by $39 billion over 10 years. The next day, the Washington Post ran a picture of a job fair in suburban Maryland. The caption reported that “about 1,000 applicants an hour” streamed into the event search…

September 27, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Roberts: We must not be enemies

As the Senate headed for a showdown this week over a Democratic threat to erode the filibuster rule, a senior Republican was musing about the party leaders he’d known over his long career.

July 19, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Cokie and Steven V. Roberts: It's time for Obama to start leading

President Obama keeps traveling the country to promote the highlights of his legislative agenda — tighter controls on weapons, clearer pathways for illegal immigrants, higher taxes on the wealthy. And Republicans keep getting more frustrated.

March 01, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Cokie and Steven V. Roberts: Voting reform would end a national disgrace

''Obama's proposed voting commission under partisan fire from both sides."

February 22, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Cokie and Steven V. Roberts: Post-election truth: All must give to tackle deficit

Both candidates for president failed to tell the truth about the biggest issues facing the country: spending, taxes and deficits.

November 09, 2012 12:05 amLoading…

Cokie and Steven V. Roberts: Romney fibs about balanced budget with no new taxes

''It's time to tell people the truth," Mitt Romney said in a radio interview last spring. "And so my campaign's about telling people we've got to cut back on our spending and finally live within our means or we could face economic calamity."

August 21, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Cokie and Steven V. Roberts: Real stories could save Obama's presidency

Barack Obama was reflecting recently on what he’s learned as president. At first, he told CBS, he thought “this job was just about getting the policy right.” But now he realizes that “the nature of this office is also to tell a story to the American people that gives them a sense of unity an…

July 30, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Cokie and Steven V. Roberts: Slips and blips won't decide election

The political world is overheated and overtweeted. Every little blip and slip is treated as a decisive turning point in an election still almost five months away. The same pundits who wrote off Mitt Romney for mentioning his wife’s two Cadillacs are now dismissing Barack Obama for saying the…

June 17, 2012 12:05 amLoading…

Cokie and Steven V. Roberts: Veterans suffer invisible scars of war

One troubled veteran blows himself up on a busy street in the nation’s capital. Another former soldier kills dogs, birds and finally a Cabinet officer in an increasingly desperate plea for help from his government.

June 03, 2012 12:05 amLoading…

Cokie and Steven V. Roberts: Agents of religious intolerance return

Mitt Romney made an important speech at Liberty University, preaching the virtues of tolerance. But some members of the Republican Party he will lead next fall are not listening.

May 20, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Cokie and Steven V. Roberts: Women have a civilizing influence on Congress

“Is it possible that Congress would get more done if there were more women in Congress?” President Obama asked recently. Then he answered: “I think it’s fair to say. That is almost guaranteed.”

April 15, 2012 12:05 amLoading…

Cokie and Steven V. Roberts: Candidates face a religious balancing act

Republicans talk too much about religion, and Democrats don’t talk about it enough. That’s one way to read two new polls examining the connection between religion and politics in this year’s election.

April 05, 2012 12:05 amLoading…

Cokie and Steven V. Roberts: 2012 election outcome in women's hands

Barack Obama cannot win re-election without piling up a sizable majority among female voters. Sorry, fellas, but the ladies will pick the next president.

March 18, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Cokie and Steven V. Roberts: Toxic politics; Who's afraid of Rush?

Olympia Snowe and Sandra Fluke don’t have much in common. One is a 65-year-old Republican senator from Maine, the other a 30-year-old feminist law student at Georgetown. But their stories reflect a similar theme: the growing dismay and disgust over the toxic political climate in Washington today.

March 09, 2012 12:05 amLoading…

Cokie and Steven V. Roberts: Santorum the candidate needs lesson on value of education

Candidates say nutty things, but usually they’re accidental, unscripted remarks. No adviser or focus group ever suggested to Mitt Romney that he mention his wife’s two Cadillacs or bet Rick Perry $10,000. While those comments revealed Romney’s isolation from the realities of kitchen-table Am…

March 02, 2012 12:05 amLoading…

Cokie and Steven Roberts: Obama campaign counting on Twitter appeals

Team Obama trotted out its secret weapon for the fall campaign the other day. To quote an email message sent to supporters by deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter, that weapon is "you." Put another way, Obama is depending again -- as he did in 2008 -- on a vast army of volunteers bound b…

February 17, 2012 12:05 amLoading…

Cokie and Steven V. Roberts: Voters leaning toward Obama in matchup with Romney

A choice or a referendum? With Mitt Romney emerging as the likely Republican nominee, that is the question on which voters can now start focusing. And a new ABC/Washington Post poll shows how crucial their answers will be.

February 10, 2012 12:05 amLoading…

Cokie and Steven V. Roberts: Obama risks losing Catholic vote

''Religious liberty in our country is in jeopardy." Catholics in the Washington, D.C., area heard those ominous words from their archbishop read during Masses last Sunday. With similar statements echoing through churches around the country, the Republican candidates for president have taken …

February 03, 2012 12:05 amLoading…

Cokie and Steven V.Roberts: Newt brings talent, trouble to GOP

We’ve covered Newt Gingrich for 30 years, and there has always been two sides to the man. The Good Newt and the Bad Newt. Towering talent and awesome arrogance. Boundless energy and porous ethical boundaries. A firm belief in his own destiny, and a cynical conviction that distortion and dece…

January 30, 2012 12:45 pmLoading…

Cokie and Steven V. Roberts: Attack on voting rights is un-American

When this country was founded, only white men owning property could vote. Since then, the franchise has gradually expanded to include blacks and women, the poor and the young. Poll taxes and literacy tests have been abolished. A firm national principle has been established: Every vote should…

January 20, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Cokie and Steven V. Roberts: Well financed, organized campaign hasn't yet excited voters

Now that real voters in Iowa have actually made real choices, two things are increasingly clear about the Republican race. Mitt Romney has the organization, money and ruthlessness to win the nomination. He also has alienated Hispanic voters and failed to generate enough electricity to light …

January 09, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Cokie and Steven V. Roberts: US military women still waiting for recognition

Here’s a tale of two photographs distributed recently by news agencies. In one, two sailors embrace on a pier in Virginia and exchange the traditional “first kiss” as one of them completes an 80-day sea voyage. In the other, two Marines in full battle gear walk patrol in Afghanistan’s Helman…

December 31, 2011 12:05 amLoading…

Cokie and Steven V. Roberts: Presidential candidates fall far short of ideal

We were talking to a group of senior Republicans recently about the election, and here’s the essence of what they said: Damn it. We should have gotten Chris Christie or Mitch Daniels or Paul Ryan to run.

December 09, 2011 12:05 amLoading…

Cokie and Steven Roberts: Health initiative will save 1000s of lives

Something good — not just good, important — happened in Washington the other day with bipartisan support, but you wouldn’t know it by listening to the news or reading the papers.

September 23, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Cokie and Steven V. Roberts: In Estonia, flowers are blooming from ashes

TALLINN, Estonia — “Something wonderful has happened here. A miracle, really.” We read those words on a giant screen during a music festival marking 20 years of Estonian independence. They are an understatement.

August 26, 2011 12:00 pmLoading…

Cokie and Steven V. Roberts: Trade pacts, immigrants can rev up U.S. economy

The economic news remains dreadful — stock markets, credit ratings and consumer confidence are all plunging. Worse yet, the administration has few tools available to reverse the trend. New stimulus spending is politically impossible, and interest rates are already at rock bottom.

August 14, 2011 12:05 amLoading…

Cokie and Steven V. Roberts: A solution to men behaving badly

A solution to men behaving

June 20, 2011 12:05 amLoading…

Cokie and Steven Roberts: Time for grown-ups to lead on immigration reform

President Barack Obama has called for an “adult conversation” about the country's fiscal failures. Well, Washington desperately needs a grown-up approach to another unavoidable crisis — the immigration mess.

February 21, 2011 12:05 amLoading…

Cokie Roberts & Steven Roberts: Political compromise doesn't mean selling out

President Obama was thrilled after a key Senate vote strongly endorsed the package of tax cuts and unemployment benefits he had negotiated with congressional Republicans. “This proves,” he said, “that both parties can in fact work together to grow our economy and look out for the American people.”

December 21, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Cokie Roberts and Steven V. Roberts: Liberals in fantasyland while Obama deals with reality

Welcome to another episode of liberals in fantasyland! The “professional left” (as White House spokesman Robert Gibbs calls them) is going crazy over President Obama's deal with the Republicans to extend tax cuts and unemployment benefits.

December 12, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Cokie and Steven Roberts: Don't unpack: More waves of change may rock Capitol

While Republicans cheer their larger-than-expected gains in their takeover of the House of Representatives, some election results are giving them reasons to worry about the path ahead. Even as they handed the House to the GOP, a majority of voters said they have an unfavorable view of the Re…

November 05, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Cokie Roberts and Steven V. Roberts: Seniors: Fired up and ready to throw the bums out

During his barnstorming around the country in the final frantic lead-up to Election Day, President Obama landed on several college campuses to try and get young voters fired up once again and ready to go to the polls. He would have done better to spend his time in senior centers. That is whe…

October 31, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Cokie Roberts & Steven V. Roberts: Wanted: A government that works

“Throw the bums out” is the slogan of the year. By “bums,” voters seem to mean “tax-and-spend” Democrats who want to impose a liberal, even “socialist” concept of big government on the American people.

October 22, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Cokie Roberts & Steven V. Roberts: Where is the ‘We Party’ in polarized politics?

Will a third party emerge and play a major role in the elections of 2012?

October 12, 2010 9:58 pmLoading…

Cokie Roberts & Steven V. Roberts: Obama must evoke optimism to battle expectations gap

Velma Hart became an instant celebrity when she told President Obama at a town-hall meeting on CNBC: “Quite frankly, I’m exhausted. I’m exhausted of defending you, defending your administration, defending the mantle of change that I voted for...”

October 05, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Mom’s great empire was home and family

Steve’s mom, Dorothy Schanbam Roberts, died last week at 91. She made no headlines, wrote no books, held no titles. She had no followers on Twitter, no friends on Facebook. She never owned a computer or a cell phone.

September 19, 2010 12:05 amLoading…

Cokie Roberts & Steven V. Roberts: Emergency planners neglect U.S. children

In the lead-up to Hurricane Earl, we heard a word we’ve never heard before in disaster preparedness: “children.” In talking about the lessons of Katrina, FEMA administrator Craig Fugate told CNN: “One of the things we’ve got to be prepared for are children and infants.” Finally, someone at t…

September 15, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

What U.S. must learn from Europeans

PARIS — During his first six months as a waiter in a fine Paris restaurant, Claude was a model employee. “But this you must know about French labor law,” says Claude’s boss. “During the initial ‘trial period,’ we could dismiss Claude without too much difficulty; after six months on the books…

August 15, 2010 12:05 amLoading…

War logs story reveals strengths of old, new media

The war logs, thousands of secret documents released to the public, don’t reveal much new information about the war in Afghanistan. But the whole episode reveals a great deal about modern journalism and the complex, ever-changing relationship between the old and new media.

August 08, 2010 12:05 amLoading…

LBJ’s words still ring true about racism in America

Plenty of people messed up in the firing of Shirley Sherrod. She is, of course, the African-American political appointee who was forced to resign from the Agriculture Department after an edited videotape made it look as if she were anti-white. But while it’s completely justifiable to point f…

August 01, 2010 12:05 amLoading…

More trade means more jobs

The debate over how to create more jobs has paralyzed the capital. President Obama wants to spend federal dollars to extend unemployment benefits and bolster state budgets. Republicans (and a few conservative Democrats) focus on reducing the deficit and encouraging the private sector. As com…

July 11, 2010 12:05 amLoading…

Cokie Roberts & Steven V. Roberts: Mama Grizzlies roar in state races coast to coast

PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. — Is this the year of the Mama Grizzlies? The answer is a clear, resounding maybe.

June 11, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Will U.S. senators have the guts to go public?

The U.S. Senate likes to think of itself as “the world’s greatest deliberative body.” Lately, however, it has often resembled the Iraqi parliament, a legislature where sectarian hostility undermines any chance for cooperation across tribal lines.

May 16, 2010 12:05 amLoading…

Congress shares blame for Gulf spill, W.Va. mine disaster

The massive oil-rig explosion off the coast of Louisiana has set off the usual round of finger-pointing. It’s British Petroleum’s fault, President Obama and members of his administration keep repeating, and the oil company will pay. But we need the federal government to help solve the proble…

May 09, 2010 12:05 amLoading…

Cokie Roberts & Steven V. Roberts: Brain drain: U.S. turns away many well-educated, optimistic immigrants

“To keep my edge, I must think and act like an immigrant.” Those are the words of Omid Kordestani, who was born in Iran, moved to California as a teenager and became a senior vice president of Google. “There is a special optimism and drive that I have benefited from and continue to rely on t…

April 28, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Cokie Roberts & Steven V. Roberts: Moderates on the ropes in partisan tug of war

So you think the partisanship in Washington is bad now? Just wait — it’s likely to get worse after the fall elections.

April 02, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Heavenly political wisdom on health care reform

Tip O’Neill loved Jack Kennedy stories. He especially liked the one about the president flying to New York to address the Catholic Youth Organization. After the speech, Kennedy’s aides told him that a group of bishops and a group of nuns each wanted to see him. Pressed for time, the presiden…

March 28, 2010 12:05 amLoading…

Washington needs more friendships to lubricate the legislative process

During the 1960s, Cokie’s father, Hale Boggs, served as the Democratic whip in the House of Representatives. For much of that time, the Republican leader was Gerald Ford, and in an interview with Cokie a few years before his death in 2006, Ford recalled the close personal relationship betwee…

March 01, 2010 12:05 amLoading…

Cokie Roberts & Steven V. Roberts: What’s good for families is good for U.S. business

Here are a couple of recent headlines that caught our eyes: “Women now a majority in American workplaces” and “Increasingly, wives earn more than husbands.” They follow on one a few years back: “Women now the majority of U.S. college graduates.” Here’s a headline we’re still looking for: “Co…

February 17, 2010 9:27 pmLoading…

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