The president's personality is less important to his success than the circumstances of his presidency.
The new U.S. senator from Texas has a talent for reading the political tea leaves.
Taking issue with George Will's arguments against Pamela Karlan's essay on the Supreme Court's contempt of Congress.
The Hagel pick makes Obama look far less timid than he did during first-term nominating battles—and far more likely to follow up on his big 2008 foreign policy promises.
But we will have lots of old people in the future.
You won't catch Republican presidents thinking they have to placate the other side by appointing Democrats.
Catching up with Americans Elect
A not-so-great battle in the world of organizing threatens to limit the effectiveness of the nation's two biggest health-care unions.
The consequences don't matter, it seems.
Republicans won't be able to count on bipartisan disagreement to oppose the former Nebraska senator.
Zero Dark Thirty brings the torture debate back.
President Obama should raise the debt ceiling himself and increase the ceiling on incomes subject to payroll taxes.
A less-confident GOP goes into the debt-ceiling fight with an eye toward the future of the party.
Short-term thinking geared toward maximum electoral success leads to long-term rule changes that don't do much good for our democracy.
Congress passed an extension on the farm bill, dismantling all the good programs, and leaving in all the old and inefficient ones.