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. The most recent -- and perhaps egregious -- example of the White House's disregard for the far end of Pennsylvania Avenue came when it helped push out incoming Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) after Lott praised Sen. Strom Thurmond's (R-S.C.) segregationist 1948 presidential campaign. Bush adviser Karl Rove didn't stop Sen. Don Nickles (R-Okla.) from announcing publicly that he wanted Lott's job. But...

House Rules

I t 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." What was surprising was that the mainstream media joined the party, repeatedly assigning the word "liberal" to Pelosi. When Tim Russert hosted the representative on Meet the Press just days after her election, he introduced her as "California liberal Nancy Pelosi." Russert wasn't alone: A recent LexisNexis search revealed that "Nancy Pelosi" and "liberal" yielded more than 1,000 documents. Yet even though Rep. Tom DeLay's (R-Texas) ascension to the majority leader post is part of the biggest change in House Republican leadership in almost a decade -- and...

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. Lott's latest apology came just a day after President Bush criticized him for his comments that "do not reflect the spirit of our country." Earlier this week, Lott appeared on Sean Hannity's radio show -- a safe enough venue -- to say he was sorry, but the White House felt Lott needed to be more emphatic about his remorse. So at his press conference in Mississippi today, Lott called segregation and racism "immoral." But considering Lott's history of making racially insensitive remarks and his poor record on civil rights -- he voted against extending the civil rights act and against passing the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday -- you have to...

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. Nevertheless, Harris is now out with a book titled, "Center of the Storm: Practicing Principled Leadership in Times of Crisis." Harris outlines 12 ideas -- from "finish what you start" to "embrace the differences" -- that she says are key characteristics of leadership. It's those lessons one presumes that she'll take...

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. The economy has been a problem area for the administration since Bush took office almost two years ago. A $1.35 trillion tax cut passed in 2001 failed to bring the economy out of a recession as Republicans had promised. The Sept. 11 attacks and the war on terrorism have deepened the deficit. O'Neill, who won attention for traveling with rock star Bono to poor nations, had also failed to make friends on Capitol Hill. He got into a tussle with Senate Appropriations Committee...

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