Mary Lynn Jones

Mary Lynn F. Jones is a Washington-based writer. Her work has also appeared in The Chicago Tribune, National
, the Washington Business Journal and Barron's Guide to the Most
Competitive Colleges
. A native Washingtonian, Jones has been a regular
political commentator for WMAL-AM and has made numerous radio and television
appearances, including on National Public Radio's "Talk of the Nation"
and Fox
News Channel. Mary Lynn received her master's degree in journalism from
Columbia University and her bachelor's degree from Wellesley College.

Recent Articles

New Year, New Fear

Shortly after the Republican sweep of Congress in November, President Bush said he looked forward to working with lawmakers to "make our country a better and more compassionate place." And when Sen. Bill Frist was elected majority leader in December, the Republican from Tennessee promised to "listen, to diagnose, to treat ... to heal," and to focus particular attention on strengthening Medicare, lowering the number of uninsured and boosting the economy.

Vote Oprah

Oprah Winfrey should run for the U.S. Senate next year.

I know it sounds like a crazy idea, but it actually makes a lot of sense. She could fund her own campaign. She has a good personal story, having gone from "humble beginnings in rural Mississippi" to being "one of the most important figures in popular culture," according to her Web site. She has high name recognition -- about 21 million people in the United States watch her show each week -- and Time magazine named her one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. Plus, she'll be looking for employment soon: Oprah's already announced plans to quit her weekday gabfest in 2006.

No Difference

There are lots of ways to meet people these days: dating Web sites, newspaper personals, matchmaking services. And then there's the newest one: appearing on a reality-television show.

Trista Rehn takes it one step further. Rehn was spurned last year on ABC's The Bachelor. But she got a sweet consolation prize: a chance to be the star of ABC's The Bachelorette -- which debuted Wednesday night -- and to choose from among 25 potential Prince Charmings.

Dynamic Duo

As the 108th Congress convened today, the two men charged with leading the Democrats in recent years each made stunning announcements. Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) declared that he will not run for president in 2004, while former House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt (D-Mo.) has decided not to seek re-election to Congress next year.

Northern Exposure

Al Gore's decision to drop out of the presidential race last month signaled a huge shift for the Democratic Party. Not only did he leave the primary field wide open but, for the first time in a dozen years, the party's nominee will likely hail from north of the Mason-Dixon Line. And if President Bush loses his re-election bid, 2004 could mark the first year a non-southern Democrat has been elected to the White House since 1960.