Mary Lynn Jones

Mary Lynn F. Jones is a Washington-based writer. Her work has also appeared in The Chicago Tribune, National
Journal
, 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

Abusive Relationship

The Bush White House has never had a lot of respect for Congress. Vice President Dick Cheney refused to turn over key documents about who sat on his energy task force to the General Accounting Office, Congress' investigative arm. President George W. Bush claimed that his head of homeland security, Tom Ridge, didn't have to testify before Congress because Ridge was a presidential adviser, not an agency head. And lawmakers -- both Democrats and Republicans -- have complained about a lack of cooperation from the administration on issues from appropriations to national security.

House Rules

It was hardly a surprise that Republicans didn't waste any time calling Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) names once Democrats elected her House minority leader. Wesley Pruden, the editor-in-chief of The Washington Times, named her the Democrats' "new prom queen." Conservative columnist Cal Thomas referred to the Pelosi liberals as the "Fidel Castro wing of the Democratic Party." And The National Review dubbed her a "latte liberal."

Lott of Nerve

It's unclear whether Sen. Trent Lott's (R-Miss.) apology this afternoon for his remarks praising Sen. Strom Thurmond's (R-S.C.) segregationist past is enough to save his job as incoming majority leader. What is clear is that he should step down from the leadership post for holding views out of step with -- and an outrage to -- most Americans.

Katherine Harris Goes to Washington

When you think of the words "principled leadership," the image of Katherine Harris may not come automatically to mind. After all, this is the woman who conveniently forgot to resign her job as secretary of state before she filed to run for Congress this summer (even though she was in charge of the state's election laws). She got the nickname "Princess Katherine" for using public funds to enjoy cushy hotel rooms and other perks, and sponsored legislation in the Florida Senate that she later said she didn't understand. And, lest we forget, Harris certified George W. Bush's election over Al Gore in Florida in 2000 despite the fact that not all of the ballots were recounted.

O'Revoir

Two of President Bush's top economic advisers stepped down today, in a move that likely reflects the administration's growing concerns about the economy's slow recovery.

Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill and Lawrence Lindsey, who headed the White House National Economic Council, announced Friday that they are leaving their jobs. Both men had come under criticism, O'Neill for his unscripted remarks about the dollar's value and foreign assistance and Lindsey for projecting a $200 billion price tag for a war with Iraq.

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