WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is increasingly known not for its legislative achievements but for its federal waivers to legislative achievements.
Romney's whole post-primary approach to immigration has been careful and reasonable. — but politically, a strategic failure.
Over the last few decades, the obituaries of World War I veterans have come, according to historian Martin Gilbert, like “like a muffled drum.” With the recent passing of Frank Buckles — the last doughboy — Pershing’s army has finally retired from the field. The drum is stilled and put away.
The main achievements of the lame-duck session of Congress were reminders of what might have been. President Obama gave something to get something. To secure a second stimulus, he accepted Republican economic methods. To pass the New START treaty, Obama offered assurances to Republican senators on nuclear modernization and missile defense. Contrast this with health-care reform, imposed in party-line maneuvers that left an aftertaste of ideological radicalism.
The final outcome of the health-care-reform debate is uncertain -- who can predict where a writhing eel will land? -- but we have learned a few things already.
Editor's note: David Broder is on vacation. His column will resume Sunday.
Editor's note: Kathleen Parker is on vacation. Her column will resume Dec. 31.
Editor's Note: David Broder is on vacation. His column will resume next week.
KIGALI, Rwanda - Cindy McCain's first visit to this country, in 1994, was during the high season of roadblocks and machetes and shallow graves.
IN THE ARCTIC CIRCLE - North of Oslo, north of Longyearbyen, almost as north as North itself, the National Geographic Endeavor breaks pack ice in endless daylight through a gray-teal sea. The expedition has been cruising near Svalbard, a group of high arctic islands larger than Denmark - in summer, a land of brown mountains streaked with snow-filled gullies, low clouds that blur distinctions of sky and land, and wide glaciers reaching the ocean in gashes of bright sky blue.