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Cokie Roberts

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…

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Voter-empowered Obama shouldn't back down

WASHINGTON -- President Obama knows foolishness when he sees it. He has been toughened by four years of unremitting Republican opposition and has behind him both a large Electoral College victory and an advantage of about 3 million popular votes. The word "mandate" is overused -- just ask Ge…

November 13, 2012 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: Sandy response shows what Americans want from government

What's the proper role for the federal government? That question has been a major topic in the election, but all too often, the answers have been reduced to silly oversimplifications that can fit into a 140-character Twitter feed.

November 04, 2012 12:05 amLoading…

Cokie and Steven V. Roberts: Women voters hold keys to White House

Democrats cannot win the presidency without rolling up a sizable margin among female voters. And President Barack Obama's re-election is in danger because his advantage with women is shrinking.

October 29, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Cokie and Steven V. Roberts: Obama retains advantage in last weeks of campaign

Mitt Romney's stellar debate performance injected new energy, enthusiasm and money into his presidential campaign. National polls now show the race tied with less than a month to go. But have the fundamental factors governing this election changed? Not really. Not yet.

October 14, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Cokie and Steven V. Roberts: U.S. women finally gaining political power

This really is the Year of the Woman.

October 04, 2012 12:05 amLoading…

Cokie and Steven V. Roberts: Polls reflect Romney's trust deficit

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.

September 23, 2012 12:05 amLoading…

Cokie and Steven V. Roberts: Political email stokes admiration, animosity

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…

September 20, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Cokie and Steven V. Roberts: Social media transform political campaigns

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…

September 10, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Cokie and Steven V. Roberts: Candidates fighting for middle class votes

TAMPA, Fla. — Two buzzwords are dominating the presidential campaign: middle class. In speeches, ads and interviews, both parties are saying virtually the same thing to this key audience: We’re your friends, and the other guys are not. The tagline for a commercial sponsored by a pro-Obama gr…

September 04, 2012 12:00 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…

Coke and Steven V. Roberts: Immigrants strengthen U.S. Olympic team

Leo Manzano is the son of an undocumented farmworker from Mexico. Meb Keflezighi and his family fled civil war in Eritrea. Danell Leyva’s stepfather defected from Cuba’s gymnastics team during a meet in Mexico and swam across the Rio Grande River to reach America.

August 10, 2012 12:05 amLoading…

Cokie and Steven V. Roberts: History should inspire women religious

When Catholic women religious meet next week in St. Louis, they will try to solve a problem tougher than any they assigned to generations of schoolchildren. The nuns will decide how to respond to an edict from the Vatican ordering them to toe a doctrinal line and assigning three bishops to o…

August 05, 2012 12:05 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: Voter ID laws aim to discourage young, poor, minorities

Poll tax is a loaded term that should not be used lightly. But when Attorney General Eric Holder addressed the NAACP convention in Houston, he was absolutely right in his description of new voting laws passed by Republican legislatures in a dozen states: “We call those poll taxes.”

July 23, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Steve and Cokie Roberts: Big political spenders should be accountable to public

Here’s a simple idea that both parties should agree on: disclosure. Anybody who contributes money to influence an election — corporations, unions, advocacy groups, individuals — should be required to tell voters what they’re doing. Then they can be held accountable for their actions.

July 16, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Cokie and Steven V. Roberts: Friends celebrate Barney and Jim's wedding

Our friend Barney is getting married. That’s hardly newsworthy — this is the wedding season, after all — except for one thing. Barney’s last name is Frank, he was the first gay congressman to talk openly about his sexuality. Now he’s the first to have a legal wedding.

July 06, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Steve and Cokie Roberts: Popular priority: Obama's common sense immigration order

There are a lot of drawbacks to running for re-election when the unemployment rate hits 8.2 percent and a majority of Americans think the country is headed in the wrong direction. You get blamed for problems that are not your fault — such as high gas prices — and are at the mercy of events y…

June 25, 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…

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