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  • A consensus on criminals Aug 15, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnists Steven and Cokie Roberts: Partisan antagonism rules the capital, drowning out most attempts at constructive compromise. But on at least one issue, reasonable lawmakers from both parties strongly agree: reforming the criminal justice system to reduce the prison population and enable former inmates to become more productive members of society.

     
  • We must not be enemies Jul 6, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnists Steven and Cokie Roberts: Howard Baker wrote his own epitaph. The Tennessee Republican served in the Senate for 18 years — eight of them as his party’s leader — before retiring in 1984. When he died recently at 88, we looked up a speech Baker gave in 1998, in which he described his leadership style. “Very often,” he said, he found himself “engaged in fire-breathing, passionate debate” with fellow senators. But afterward, “I would usually walk to the desk of my most recent antagonist, extend a hand of friendship, and solicit his support for the next issue for the following day.”

     
  • Governments hide, voters decide Jun 12, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnists Steven and Cokie Roberts: Congress doesn’t do much these days, but here’s one bill that could command bipartisan support: a federal shield law protecting journalists against overzealous prosecutors. The urgency behind this measure increased sharply when the Supreme Court recently declined to take the case of James Risen, a New York Times reporter who is facing jail time for refusing to reveal the confidential sources he used in a book about the CIA.

     
  • The booming Benghazi business May 13, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Steven and Cokie Roberts: Search the word “Benghazi,” and up pops a paid link to a website that advertises: “Benghazi — T-shirts, Sweatshirts, Mugs and More.” Click on the link and 401 items are offered for sale.

     
  • When facts become casualties Apr 9, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnists Steve and Cokie Roberts: It’s shocking -- and revealing -- when a senior lawmaker thinks he can wield more influence running a radio show than a major congressional committee.

     
  • The election is not quite over Mar 27, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnists Steven and Cokie Roberts: Democrats are reeling. They’re playing defense, not offense. Their loss in a Florida election for a vacant House seat — in a district President Obama carried twice — was a devastating blow. As Robert Gibbs, the president’s former spokesman, admitted on NBC’s “Meet the Press:” “There’s a real, real danger that Democrats could suffer big losses” this fall.

     
  • An outbreak of sanity Feb 25, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnists Steven and Cokie Roberts: Reports by presidential commissions are often like those statues that dominate public squares in Washington: massive in size, but opaque in origin and quickly obscured by a thick layer of grime. But one commission presented a report last month that reflects an unusual amount of bipartisan cooperation and good sense. It deserves far more attention than it’s received so far.

     
  • The cowards running Congress Feb 18, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnists Steven and Cokie Roberts: John Boehner and Harry Reid deserve each other. But the American people deserve better than either one.

     
  • Hunger hurts us all Jan 9, 2014 5:00 AM
    Columnists Steven and Cokie Roberts: Carly Poe is a 33-year-old single mother in Portland, Ore. Despite a college degree, she struggles to find work and raise a teenage son with serious medical problems. Food stamps — the government program officially known as SNAP — help her survive.

     
  • Time to say yes Dec 26, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnists Steven and Cokie Rorberts: Finally, the grown-ups have taken back control of Capitol Hill. The question now is whether they can keep it. The passage of a modest bipartisan budget plan shows that Congress can occasionally function on a reasonably effective level. That’s a low bar, of course. But for the last few years, lawmakers have failed to meet even a minimum standard of competence.

     
  • Fallout from the ‘nuclear option’ Dec 3, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnists Steven and Cokie Roberts: Republicans were totally unjustified in using the filibuster to block three of President Obama’s eminently reasonable and completely qualified nominees to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. They were trying in effect to overturn the results of the last election, and their dead-end strategy seems deliberately designed to push Democrats to the breaking point. Instead of showing restraint, however, Democrats allowed themselves to be pushed.

     
  • Reversing the GOP ‘death spiral’ Nov 1, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnists Steven and Cokie Roberts: But instead of recognizing that demographic reality, instead of appealing to new voters, many Republicans are following a very different strategy: stop them from voting.

     
  • The women are taking over Oct 18, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnists Steven and Cokie 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 women, three Republicans and two Democrats.

     
  • The cruel cost of cutting food stamps Oct 3, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Steven and Cokie Roberts: 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 searching for work.

     
  • Filling the fertility gap in Europe Aug 29, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnists Stephen and Cokie Roberts: Yes, Americans are somewhat more fertile than Europeans, but the United States has something else that is just as valuable to the economy as children. Foreigners. Proponents of immigration reform have focused on the enormous economic benefits contributed by newcomers — starting new businesses, inventing new products, filling jobs others don’t want. But they also foot the nation’s bills.

     
  • How a true democracy operates Aug 12, 2013 9:46 AM
    Columnists Steven and Cokie Roberts: The Voting Rights Act is weaker but still standing, and the administration is right to use every power it has left to protect the essence of “true democracy.”

     
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